Town of Claresholm
Where Community Takes Root
Population: 3780 (2016)
Sited where the prairies roll gently into the Porcupine Hills of the Rocky Mountains, the history of Claresholm is rooted in farming and ranching, and an economic role as an agricultural service centre.
Located mid way between Calgary and Lethbridge on Highway 2 - Alberta’s most significant economic corridor - Claresholm has evolved into a service centre for health care, education and commerce. Primary industries in Claresholm are business and community service, retail, manufacturing, public administration, transportation, and utilities. Ease of access to urban centres has contributed to local growth of food processing and transportation industries. Manufacture of green building systems also has prominence in the community with iLevel, a Weyerhauser company, employing 100 people (located at the airport 5 km west of Claresholm in the M.D. of Willow Creek).
Claresholm's new $10 million, advanced technology water treatment plant opened in 2010, which has generated economic benefit to date in the form of food processor El Molino Foods, which moved its operations from Abbotsford and Calgary to Claresholm.
Leafy neighbourhoods, active community groups, a breadth of recreation, and uncrowded access to provincial health services have shaped Claresholm’s recent success in attracting retirees. This dynamic has in turn generated an influx of doctors, nurses and other health workers. Today, Alberta Health Services provides almost one third of Claresholm's jobs, spread among Claresholm General Hospital, Claresholm Mental Health and Addictions Centre, Willow Creek Continuing Care Centre, and Claresholm Health Unit.
- The yellow Harvard aircraft on display in Centennial Park honours Claresholm's hosting of military pilot training from 1941 to 1958.
- Claresholm's sandstone passenger station was once half of Canadian Pacific's downtown Calgary station. It was moved to Claresholm in 1912 and is the site of the Claresholm Museum and Visitor Information Centre.