297 km from Calgary
Farming, ranching, oil & gas, and a growing tourism sector
Approximately 1,700 residents
Kindergarten to grade 12 and adult learning opportunities
The land was flat, semi-arid, and empty. Nothing would grow here, declared the British Palliser Expedition’s report, and for a long time, nothing did, until someone else looked at the wide-open spaces under blue skies and saw opportunity.
The land was advertised as the “Last Best West,” and homesteaders steadily began to arrive, accelerating with the addition of the railway line through Bishopburg. Andrew Oyen, a Norwegian homesteader, walked the 930 km from Spokane, Washington to what would become Oyen, Alberta.
Modern residents of Oyen enjoy small-town living with all the essential amenities. Schools, parks, playgrounds, churches, community leagues, and recreation facilities all contribute to a relaxed family-friendly environment. There are a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy, including hockey, softball, tennis, boxing, swimming, dance, and golf courses.
The community’s strong farming and ranching roots mean an active agricultural society and 4-H club, with the annual rodeo and Bull-a-Rama as annual highlights. Other annual events include the summer Show & Shine Antique Car Show, Annual Sports Day, and Farmers’ Markets.
Learn more about Oyen and area through their town website.