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Town of Stettler
Main Street, Stettler
Main Street, Stettler
The Heart of Alberta
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 7
Municipal district County of Stettler No. 6
 • Village June 30, 1906
 • Town November 23, 1906
 • Land 13.14 km2 (5.07 sq mi)
820 m (2,690 ft)
 • Total 5,952
 • Density 453/km2 (1,170/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 within the County of Stettler No. 6. It is located approximately 101 km (63 mi) east of Red Deer at the junction of Highway 12 and Highway 56. 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.


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.

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Stettler had a population of 5,748 living in 2,350 of its 2,536 total dwellings, a 5.6% change from its 2006 adjusted population of 5,445. With a land area of 13.12 km2 (5.07 sq mi), it had a population density of 438.1/km2 (1,135/sq mi) in 2011.

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.


Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions 3409
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).

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