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Town of Carstairs
—  Town  —
Main street in Carstairs


Coat of arms
Town of Carstairs is located in Alberta
Town of Carstairs
Location of Carstairs in Alberta
Coordinates: 51°33′43″N 114°05′43″W / 51.56194°N 114.09528°W / 51.56194; -114.09528
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Calgary Region
Census division 6
County Mountain View
Founded 1903
Incorporated 1966
Government [1]
 - Mayor Lance Colby
 - Governing body Carstairs Town Council
 - Manager Carl McDonnell
 - MP Blake Richards, Wild Rose
 - MLA Richard Marz
 - Total 5.0 km2 (1.9 sq mi)
Elevation 1,061 m (3,481 ft)
Population (2006)[2]
 - Total 2,656
 - Density 531.2/km2 (1,375.8/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Postal code T0M 0N0
Area code(s) +1-403
Highways Highway 2A
Website Town of Carstairs

Carstairs is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located on Highway 2A, 241 kilometres (150 mi) south of the provincial capital, Edmonton, and 48 kilometres (30 mi) north of Calgary, the nearest major city. The closest neighbouring communities are the towns of Didsbury and Crossfield. Carstairs is located entirely within the rural Mountain View County.

Named after Carstairs, Scotland, Carstairs began life as a loading platform on the railway connecting Calgary to Edmonton.



Old Dominion Hotel

Carstairs is home to an 18-hole golf course, a Memorial Complex with abundant parks and playgrounds, and Tourist Information Center. Just west of town is the Silver Willow 9-hole golf course. Carstairs has historically been an agricultural community,as it used to have 7 grain elevators in town. It celebrates each year with the Ranch Rodeo in June, Beef & Barley Days and the annual rodeo in July, the High School Rodeo in September, 4-H Calf Show and Sale, Bull-A-Rama, Horticultural Show, and Pumpkin Festival.

There are 7 churches in the town, including the Carstairs Church of God, St. Agnes Catholic Church, and the Carstairs Bancroft United Church. One of the churches is being used as a museum that often has religious services.


In 2006, Carstairs had a population of 2,656 living in 1,019 dwellings, a 17.8% increase from 2001. The town has a land area of 5.00 km2 (1.9 sq mi) and a population density of 531.2 /km2 (1,375.8/sq mi).[2]

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