Welcome to the Carmangay Community Profile

Welcome to Carmangay


Welcome to Carmangay! With a beautiful blend of prairie, river valley, and mountains, the Village of Carmangay is the perfect place for any couple to raise a family. Carmangay offers unlimited opportunites for business, industrial or residential projects. Affordable, fully serviced lots, low taxes and a unique geographical location provides opportunities galore for you and your family.


Welcome to Carmangay!



Area Overview


Carmangay is the oldest municipality in Vulcan County. C.W. Carman and his wife (nee Gay), settled in 1907. The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) branch line made Carmangay a "boom town" in its' early years. During this time, the rail line extended only as far as Carmangay. The prosperity ended in 1911 when the bridge over the Little Bow River was completed, and the rail line then extended north. Nevertheless, Carmangay continues to progress. Carmangay is the "Home of Southern Hospitality" and offers an excellent quality of life with family and country-style living, fresh air, blue skies and a progressive community spirit.

In November, 2010 the Alberta Transportation and Municipal Sustainabilty Grant funded the replacement of the major water and sewer lines in the town of Carmangay.

Carmangay is set to host the largest wind farm in Canada.  Greengate Power Corporation is set to begin construction on the Black Spring Ridge Wind Project in 2012 that will require over 300 skilled individuals.  Don't miss out on your opportunity to get involved!



Carmangay is peacefully located off Highway 23 on the banks of the Little Bow River. It is approximately 150 km (90 miles) south of Calgary, and 65 km (40 miles) north of Lethbridge. Carmangay is also situated 30 miles south of the Little Bow Park and Resort.


Economic Base

Farming and ranching are the primary industries. Carmangay is close to The Little Bow Provincial Park which offers camping, water activities in the summer, and ice fishing in the winter. Carmangay lies directly on the Canadian Pacific main rail line.

Wanting to start a business in Carmangay? Find out what you need by checking BizPal for licenses and permits.

Looking to build in Carmangay?  There are three residential lots for sale at $140.00/frontage foot.  These lots are indicated by an arrow.  If you have any other questions contact Carolyn Erb, Chief Administrative Officer at 403-643-3595.


Economic Facts

Alberta Treasury Branch - Satellite Office

Benci Seeds
Carmangay Seed Cleaning Ltd

Creative Framing
Grange Hotel
KC Catering
Transitions: Mind, Body & Soul
Sanded Angel & Sea Grass Spa
SAGA Books
Stinger Mechanical
Krona/Rite Industries
JC Accounting
Carmangay Community Store




Direct Energy
Atco Gas


Fortis Alberta




Wild Rose Internet




Carmangay 2012 Mill Rates

Residential - 12.269

Commercial/Industrial - 13.553


Water - Summer (May 1 - Oct 31) $35.43 for 36 cubic meters or a portion thereof per month.

             Winter (Nov 1 - Apr 30) $35.43 for 18 cubic meters or a portion thereof per month.

             Each cubic meter over the base amount is an additional $6.00

Sewer - $10.57 per month for residential and all other establishments not specified

              $20.56 for hotels, hospitals and schools

Garbage - $14.00 per month




The nearest commercial and freight service is at the Lethbridge Airport.
Calgary International Airport is the closest international facility.

Carmangay lies directly along the CP main rail line.

Businesses in Carmangay have courier service.


Community Lifestyle

Carmangay is the oldest municipality in Vulcan County and is the home of two sites designated as Historical Buildings by the Alberta Government. The Fire Hall is over 90 years old and houses the first fire truck ever owned by the Village. The United Church of Canada continues to hold Church services and is available for country weddings. Call the Village Office for information.

The McFarland Trail offers spectacular views of the prairie, river valley and mountains. The trail ends at the steel bridge, built in 1928, which spans the coulees. Along the way you can rest and enjoy the peacefulness that is common in this Village.
The Village Campground is the starting point for the McFarland Nature Trail. With the camp kitchen, group and individual firepits, and the playground close by, this makes a nice, peaceful atmosphere to relax.

The Carmangay Sports Day and Fair is hosted on the first weekend in August. A baseball tournament and a fair where handicrafts, baking and canning are displayed and judged are popular events held during the day.

Carmangay United Church




Carmangay lies in the Palliser School Division. 

Children from Kindergarten to grade 9 are bussed to the Champion Community School located in Champion. 
Children from grades 10 - 12 are bussed to the County Central High School located in Vulcan.


Post Secondary


Carmangay is only 65 km (40 miles) from Lethbridge, which boasts 2 post secondary institutions.

Lethbridge College

University of Lethbridge 



Carmangay is the home of Little Bow Auxiliary Hospital, a 20 bed continuing care facility.

Vulcan Hospital lies 33 km (21 miles) north of Carmangay. It is an 8 bed active facility with 15 long care beds, D level radiology, fully equipped modern lab and emergency care area. Other services include the Vulcan Medical Clinic, Dentist, Chiropractor, Optomotrist, Podiatrist, Hearing Aid Service, Occupational Therapy, Mental Health Worker, Social Worker, Palliative Care and a Public Health Unit.

Friends of the Little Bow is a volunteer organization dedicated to the purchase of necessary equipment for the Little Bow Continuing Care Centre.  They offer a tuck cart service to residents for personal items and provide support for the operation of the Little Bow Continuing Care Centre's Handibus.



Emergency Services


911 Service

Twelve volunteers make up the fire department. They have a pumper truck and response unit.

Emergency Medical Services (ambulance) is based in Vulcan.

Vulcan Regional Victim Services is a non profit organization working directly from the RCMP detachment.


Carmangay Fire Hall


Community Services

Carmangay has a very active curling rink and has bonspiels for all ages.

A Seniors Center offers various activities during the year.

A Public Library is available and is part of the Chinook Arch Library System.

Little Bow Continuing Care Center offers a baby clinic once per month, lifeline responder, an adult day support program, handibus service and meals on wheels.

Recycling and garbage is handled through the Vulcan & District Waste Commission

Family and Community Support is based in Vulcan.

Vulcan County Adult Learning Society offers a variety of courses.




Click this link to view Carmangay's forecast.


Key Contacts


Ian Donovan
Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA)
Little Bow Constituency

Consituency Office:
P.O. Box 231
111 Carman Street
Carmangay AB T0L 0N0
Tel:  403-643-2077 
Toll Free:  1-800-563-0917 
Fax: 403-643-2024


Ted Menzies
Member of Parliament (MP)
Macleod Constituency
4925 - 1 St. W.
Box 40
Claresholm AB, T0L 0T0

Village Of Carmangay

Kym Nichols, Mayor
Carolyn Erb, Chief Administrative Officer
Box 130
Carmangay AB  TOL 0N0
Hours of operation Monday to Friday
9am - 12:00, 12:30 - 3:00pm

Economic Development

Leslie Warren, Economic Development Officer
Vulcan Business Development Society
Box 1205
Vulcan AB   T0L 2B0

Vulcan County

Vulcan County Administration
Email: Receptionist
Box 180, 102 Centre St
Vulcan, AB T0L 2B0

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