179 km to Edmonton
Oil & gas, farming and ranching
Approximately 5,089 residents
Kindergarten to grade 12 and post-secondary programs
Did you know? Just four years after the Wright brothers made their first flight, Stettler, Alberta’s Underwood brothers created a kite apparatus to take to the skies – and earn their own spot in aviation history.
Here in the “Heart of Alberta,” the landscape, like the history, is varied and rich. Located 179 kilometres southwest of Edmonton, 230 kilometres northeast of Calgary and 101 kilometres east of Red Deer, Stettler is positioned in a transitional area between fertile ranch land and desert, forest and foothills.
The town’s residents have close ties to the land. The main industries in the area include farming and ranching, caring for grain crops, raising cattle, hogs, or poultry, or working with natural resources like oil and natural gas, coal, or sulfur.
Stettler is perfect for a growing family. Residents build a strong connection with each other, staying active and social through a number of community organizations, performing arts and cultural groups, sports and other activities. You can enjoy all the essential amenities, keep active skating and playing hockey at the local arena, stay fit at the fitness centre, or swim at the indoor pool. There are also accessible parks and playgrounds, a skate park, off-leash area and schools, as well as Alberta Campus Central, a unique partnership between Olds College and Red Deer College that brings a range of programs to the community.
A favorite activity of many is taking a ride on a vintage steam train from Stettler to nearby Big Valley - where you’ll enjoy scenic landscapes, delicious food, and on some days, a re-enactment of a wild west train robbery. Annual events and celebrations of all sorts give residents plenty to do throughout the year. From Art Walk and the Show and Shine, to the Flying Club’s Fly-in Breakfast, there are activities and celebrations that welcome young and old alike.