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Rocky View County

Municipal District of Rocky View No. 44 (1956–2009)
Municipal District of Calgary No. 44 (1955–1956)
View of the Rockies and Foothills
View of the Rockies and Foothills
Flag of Rocky View County
Flag
Official seal of Rocky View County
Logo
Location within Alberta
Location within Alberta
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Planning region South Saskatchewan
Metropolitan area Calgary
Incorporated January 1, 1955
Name changed January 9, 1956
June 24, 2009
Administrative office Balzac
Area
 (2021)
 • Land 3,828.85 km2 (1,478.33 sq mi)
Population
 (2021)
 • Total 41,028
 • Density 10.7/km2 (28/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Forward sortation area
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Rocky View County is a municipal district in southern Alberta, Canada that is named for its views of the nearby Rocky Mountains to the west. It surrounds most of Calgary, forming the city's northern boundary and most of the city's western and eastern boundaries. At a population of 39,407 in 2016, Rocky View County is the most populous municipal district in Alberta. Though predominantly rural in nature, Rocky View County is home to 14 hamlets, including Langdon, one of Alberta's most populous hamlets. Its rural areas are home to numerous country residential subdivisions.

History

The Municipal District (MD) of Calgary No. 44 was originally formed on January 1, 1955 from part of Improvement District No. 46 and parts of five municipal districts – the MD of Serviceberry No. 43, the MD of Conrich No. 44, the MD of Springbank No. 45, the MD of Kneehill No. 48, and the MD of Mountain View No. 49. The MD of Calgary No. 44 was renamed the MD of Rocky View No. 44 on January 9, 1956.

"Rocky View" was the successful entry selected in December 1955 in a local competition to rename the newly formed municipal district. The entry was submitted by Leslie Burwash of Balzac. "Bow View" and "Chinook" placed second and third respectively in the competition. The name "Rocky View" was successful due to its descriptive nature as most areas within the MD of Rocky View No. 44 have views of the Rocky Mountains to the west.

The MD of Rocky View No. 44 had its name changed to the Rocky View County on June 24, 2009.

Geography

Rocky View County is located within the Calgary Region and forms part of the Calgary census metropolitan area. Being located along Highway 2, it is also located within the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor.

Communities and localities

The following localities are located within Rocky View County.

Localities
  • Allandale Estates
  • Anatapy
  • Artists View East Subdivision
  • Artists View Park West (designated place) or Artists View West Subdivision
  • Banded Peak Place
  • Bearspan Heights
  • Bearspaw
  • Bennett
  • Braemore Ranch
  • Caldbeck
  • Calling Horse Estates
  • Camp Gardner
  • Circle Five
  • Colpitts Ranch Subdivision
  • Country Estates
  • Craigdhu
Other places

Demographics

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In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Rocky View County recorded a population of 39,407 living in 13,042 of its 13,620 total private dwellings, a 10.2% change from its 2011 population of 35,754. With a land area of 3,836.33 km2 (1,481.22 sq mi), it had a population density of 10.3/km2 (27/sq mi) in 2016.

Rocky View County's 2013 municipal census counted a population of 38,055, a 6.4% increase over its adjusted 2011 federal census population of 35,754. Its previous 2006 municipal census counted a population of 34,597.

Attractions

Infrastructure

Transportation

Highways

Rocky View County is bisected by the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) and Highway 2. Highway 9, a major transportation route between Calgary and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, also bisects the eastern portion of Rocky View County.

  • Hwy 1 (TCH)
  • Hwy 1A
  • Hwy 2
  • Hwy 2A
  • Hwy 8
Railways

The main lines of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and the Canadian National Railway (CNR) between Calgary and Edmonton travel through Rocky View County. The CPR main line is routed through the City of Airdrie and the Town of Crossfield, while the CNR main line is routed through the Town of Irricana and the Village of Beiseker.

Airports

Two airports are located within Rocky View County – Beiseker Airport and Springbank Airport.

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