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Town of Stettler
Main Street, Stettler
Main Street, Stettler
The Heart of Alberta
Stettler is located in the County of Stettler
Location in the County of Stettler
Stettler is located in Alberta
Location in Alberta
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Municipal district County of Stettler No. 6
 • Village June 30, 1906
 • Town November 23, 1906
 • Land 13.19 km2 (5.09 sq mi)
820 m (2,690 ft)
 • Total 5,695
 • Density 431.9/km2 (1,119/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
T0C 2L0 to 2L2
Area code(s) 403, 587
Highways Highway 12
Highway 56
Waterway Redwillow Creek

Stettler is a town in east-central Alberta, Canada that is surrounded by the County of Stettler No. 6. It is approximately 80 km (50 mi) east of Red Deer and 97 km (60 mi) north of Drumheller at the junction of Highway 12 and Highway 56 and approximately 183 km south of Alberta's capital city, Edmonton. The town is nicknamed "The Heart of Alberta."


Stettler was founded in 1905 and was named after Swiss immigrant Carl Stettler, who also founded a settlement east of the town at Blumenau, as well as being influential in the nearby community of Castor. He also served on the first town council of Stettler.


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In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Stettler recorded a population of 5,952 living in 2,415 of its 2,607 total private dwellings, a 3.5% change from its 2011 population of 5,748. With a land area of 13.14 km2 (5.07 sq mi), it had a population density of 453.0/km2 (1,173/sq mi) in 2016.

The population of the Town of Stettler according to its 2008 municipal census is 5,843.

The median household income in 2005 for Stettler was $56,201, which is below the Alberta provincial average of $63,988.


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Alberta Prairie Railway, engine 41

Stettler is also home to Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions, a popular attraction delivering rail tours on a line running from Stettler to Big Valley, a 35 km (22 mi), one-hour trip.



Stettler experiences a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb).


The town has three schools in the Clearview Public Schools -(Clearview School Division No. 71):

  • Stettler Elementary School
  • William E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus.

As well as one school in the East Central Catholic School Division

  • Christ King Catholic School

As of 2019, The High school is known as the William E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus and contains grades 7-12 with the town's Performing Arts Center, two gymnasiums and three dedicated welding, construction and mechanic shops. The Elementary school now runs K-6 and heavily stresses the 7 Habits program. The schools (including the Catholic school) are set on a large field containing playgrounds, soccer nets, a football, and the track and field facilitates built for the Summer Games when Stettler hosted them.

Notable people

  • Kenn Borek, founder of Kenn Borek Air
  • Bob Falkenberg, retired professional hockey player
  • Marie Jean Laing, Canadian politician, NDP MLA (1986-1993)
  • Brian Ogilvie, retired professional hockey player
  • Chester Reynolds, Social Credit party politician in the Alberta provincial government and grandfather to Ryan Reynolds

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