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Three Hills
Town of Three Hills
Three Hills Health Centre
Three Hills Health Centre
Three Hills is located in Alberta
Three Hills
Three Hills
Location in Alberta
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 5
Municipal district Kneehill County
 • Village June 14, 1912
 • Town January 1, 1929
 • Land 6.74 km2 (2.60 sq mi)
896 m (2,940 ft)
 • Total 3,042
 • Density 451.2/km2 (1,169/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal Codes
T0M 2A0 & T0M 2N0
Highways Highway 21
Highway 583
Waterway Threehills Creek

Three Hills is a town in southern Alberta, Canada. It takes its name from the three somewhat larger than normal hills that are situated to its north.


Three Hills was incorporated as a village in 1912, the year it was moved to its current location on the Canadian Northern Railway. With ranchers and farmers constituting its first residents, it soon became a centre for the surrounding wheat-growing area.

In 1922, the Prairie Bible Institute was established in Three Hills with L.E. Maxwell as its founding principal. This occurrence helped to increase the population of the town proper and its adjacent settlements. By the mid 1980s, the 130-acre (0.53 km2) Bible College campus and the nearby hamlets of Grantville and Ruarkville were annexed to the town.

Although a relatively small community, Three Hills had the distinction of hosting the Alberta Seniors Games in the summer of 1998. The town was chosen to host this event because of its ability to utilize large and well equipped facilities at the college. This included the opening and closing ceremonies which took place in the 4,300 seat Maxwell Memorial Tabernacle, located on the Bible College campus.

The Maxwell Tabernacle was Canada's largest religious auditorium before it was demolished in 2005. It operated from 1954 to 2005 as a local church, concert hall, and graduation auditorium for Prairie Bible Institute and Three Hills School high school classes.

Because of development regarding the nearby methane fields, the food and lodging industries in Three Hills have grown considerably over the past few years.


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In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Three Hills recorded a population of 3,212 living in 1,232 of its 1,306 total private dwellings, a 0.4% change from its 2011 population of 3,198. With a land area of 6.75 km2 (2.61 sq mi), it had a population density of 475.9/km2 (1,233/sq mi) in 2016.

The Town of Three Hills' 2012 municipal census counted a population of 3,230, a 2.8% decrease from its 2008 municipal census population of 3,322.

Notable people

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  • Erica Durance, actress known for her roles as Lois Lane (in Smallville) and Dr. Alex Reid (in Saving Hope)
  • Paul Janz, musician and theologian
  • Josh Pelland, competitive para-cyclist. In 2016, Josh was selected to participate in an exoskeleton research project at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.
  • Bill Peters, NHL coach
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