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Town of Rimbey
Mainstreet Rimbey
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Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 8
Municipal district Ponoka County
 • Village June 13, 1919
 • Town December 13, 1948
 • Land 11.4 km2 (4.4 sq mi)
930 m (3,050 ft)
 • Total 2,567
 • Density 225.1/km2 (583/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
Postal code span
T0C 2J0
Area code(s) +1-403
Highways Highway 20
Highway 53
Waterways Gull Lake

Rimbey is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located at the junction of Highways 20 and 53 in the Blindman River valley area approximately 62 kilometres (39 mi) northwest of Red Deer and 145 kilometres (90 mi) southwest of Edmonton.

Provincially, Rimbey is part of the Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre electoral district and federally in the Wetaskiwin riding.


Officially made a community in 1902, the first name given to the settlement at the turn of the century was Kansas Ridge as many of the settlers originated from the American state of Kansas. Among them were the three Rimbey brothers (Sam, Ben, and Jim) for whom the town was officially named after in 1904. The Rimbeys moved to Canada from Scott County, Illinois having moved to Illinois in the 1830s from Maryland. They were born in Pennsylvania.

In 1919 the Lacombe and Blindman Valley Electric Railway (later part of the Canadian Pacific Railway) reached Rimbey, and there was much enthusiasm for the "new town" by the tracks (now Highway 20). Two grain companies built elevators the following year and Rimbey's population swelled to 319 by 1921.

The Second World War brought abrupt changes to Rimbey, as young men and sometimes their families left the village. When war was over some returned and others did not. Many new faces came to Rimbey and the population surged to 634 by 1946.


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Rimbey recorded a population of 2,567 living in 1,077 of its 1,160 total private dwellings, a 7.9% change from its 2011 population of 2,378. With a land area of 11.4 km2 (4.4 sq mi), it had a population density of 225.2/km2 (583/sq mi) in 2016.

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Rimbey had a population of 2,378 living in 983 of its 1,081 total dwellings, a 5.6% increase from its 2006 population of 2,252. With a land area of 11.34 km2 (4.38 sq mi), it had a population density of 209.7/km2 (543/sq mi) in 2011.

The population of the Town of Rimbey according to its 2008 municipal census was 2,496.

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