Welcome to the Coalhurst Community Profile

Welcome to Coalhurst

If you are looking for a residential town with quiet streets, good schools, caring people
and lots of potential - this is the place for you. Our proximity to the City of Lethbridge
and access to their shopping, post-secondary, medical, seniors and recreational
facilities gives us the best of two worlds - city amenities and small town living.

We have residential developments offering a choice of building lots. Owning a home in
Coalhurst is a reality. Our growth is steady and without many of the problems being
experienced by communities who are outgrowing their infrastructure. Combined property
tax and utility rates are one of the lowest in Alberta. The servicing of our long term
debt takes only 7.8% of our total operating budget! Entrepreneurs are always happy to
hear we have no business tax.

Being part of the Alaska - Mexico corridor, Highway #3 is a four lane divided highway
bringing the world to us. We are one hour from the U.S. border, one and a half hours
from the British Columbia border and two hours from the City of Calgary. In addition to
road transport, we also enjoy the convenience of the County of Lethbridge Airport and
are adjacent to the CP Rail main marshalling yards at Kipp.

We invite you to read on, find out why the Town of Coalhurst may be just what you are
looking for in a community where you can live, raise your family, build your business,
develop and grow.

Our silhouettes welcome everyone to our Town.


Area Overview

In August 1910 a mine shaft was sunk approximately 10 km west of Lethbridge. This
coal mine was the beginning of a community to be named Coalhurst. The coal mine was
closed in 1935 following a tragic mining accident resulting in the death of 16 miners.

At its lowest point, only a mere handful of residents remained. Then, in the 1970s, there was renewed interest in the area as people sought a quiet place to live, away from the city but close enough to enjoy all the benefits of city life. Coalhurst was the ideal place.

Reincorporated in 1979, today Coalhurst is a small, residential community where residents enjoy the amenities of large-city living in a place that, in the words of Mayor Dennis Cassie, “…today shines on the prairie of Southern Alberta as a dynamic and growing community.”




The Town of Coalhurst is just a short 5 minute drive west of the City of Lethbridge and 207 km south of the City of Calgary.

Location: County of Lethbridge

Major Highways: Highway 3 Highway 2 

Secondary Highways: Highway 25

Distance to Major Areas:

7.5 km (4.5 miles) from west Lethbridge

207 km (129 miles) from Calgary

115 km (72 miles) from Coutts/Sweetgrass USA Border Crossing


Economic Base

Coalhurst's economic base is agriculture.  Major businesses in Coalhurst include a cedar retail outlet, cabinet manufacturing, roofers, directional drilling and fountain factory. Service available locally include restaurant, gasoline/convenience stores, floral design, car wash, computer software instruction, various trades, picture framing, barber shop, beauty salons, self storage, taxidermy, DJs, landscaping and Legion. 


Economic Facts

About the South Central Alberta Region:

  • Approximately two-thirds or the population is between the age of 15 and 64 (Statistics Canada, Census 2006).
  • The average age of a person residing in the SouthGrow region is 34.9 years old (2004).
  • Amongst 18 Canadian jurisdictions studied in a 2008 KPMG Competitive Alternatives Study, Lethbridge ranked in the top five for low cost of doing business.
  • The SouthGrow region consists of 18,604.5 square kilometers of land area (Statistics Canada).
  • SouthGrow has a well-established agriculture economy.  There are over 1 million acres of irrigated farm lands in the region.
  • The SouthGrow region enjoys 2,073 million dollars worth of gross farm receipts (Census of Agriculture, 2001).
  • There are nearly 233,000 sq ft of area under greenhouse production (Census of Agriculture, 2001).
  • Large greenhouse and field vegetable production providing a base for processing operations.  The region produces 61% of Alberta’s vegetable crop (Census of Agriculture, 2001).
  • The region produces about 25% of Alberta’s food and manufacturing products.
  • The region has nearly 14 percent of the cattle production, over 15 percent of the provincial pig population, and over 16 percent of the hen and chicken population in the province. (Census of Agriculture, 2001).
  • Strong food processing activities in meat, potatoes, canola, seed cleaning and small scale value added developments.
  • The region is strategically located on the North South International Trade Corridor (CANAMEX Highway) and is close to the United States border.
  • The region has Alberta’s only 24 hour Port of Entry in Alberta is the Coutts/Sweetgrass Border Crossing.
  • Strong tourism sector attracting 550,000 visitors annually.
  • The region is home to the Southern Alberta Alternative Energy Partnership (SAAEP), a partnership of 37 municipalities in south central and south western Alberta that facilitates the development of alternate energy systems and attracts corresponding businesses.
  • The SouthGrow region is home to key research, innovation and education centres including the University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge College, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Research Centre, and Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.



Water, Sewer, Garbage

Town of Coalhurst
Box 456, 100 - 51 Avenue
Coalhurst, Alberta
T0L 0V0
Telephone : 403.381.3033

Residential Rates (effective January 1, 2007)

Water rate $32.30 for 28 cubic meters plus $1.00 for each additional cubic meter/month
Sewer rate $18.60/month
Garbage rate $11.55/month

Commercial Rates (effective January 1, 2007)

Water - $32.30 for 28 cubic meters plus $1.00 for each additional cubic meter/month.
Sewer rate $18.60/month
Garbage rate $16.20/month


Telephone : 1.877.571.7111

Natural Gas

410 Stafford Drive North
Lethbridge, Alberta
T1H 2A9
Telephone : 403.310.5678


808 - 4th. Avenue, South
Lethbridge, Alberta
T1J 0P2
Tel: 403.329.5911


Municipal Tax Rates: 2010

Residential/Farmland: 8.0279 mills

Non-Residential: 12.1277 mills



Air Services

The nearest airport, commercial and air freight services are at Lethbridge [10 km east]. Lethbridge County Airport.

Rail Services

Coalhurst is served by Canadian Pacific Railways. Spur trackage is available.


Highway 3 is the connecting highway, leading east to Lethbridge and west to Highway

Trucking Firms

Fort MacLeod Transportation
Other local, regional and national carriers from Lethbridge

Couriers and Taxis

Regional courier companies from Lethbridge


Community Lifestyle


Miners Memorial Park has 4 baseball diamonds, 3 soccer fields, horseshoe pits, an
outdoor ice rink, over-night camping area, a social area and playground. Our social area
is a privately fenced area with a covered facility including a kitchen, gas grills, fireplace
and picnic tables. Great for company socials, weddings and family reunions.

The Coalhurst and District Community Centre consists of a main hall and stage area, and
general meeting rooms. We can accomodate functions of up to 300. Great for weddings,
gift openings, meetings, family reunions.

Community Organizations



Coyote Grill & Wok offer an excellent chinese and western menu.

David A Veres Social Area in Miners Memorial Park



Coalhurst is part of the Palliser Regional Division #26, headquartered in Lethbridge [Tel: 403.328.4111 Palliser Regional School Division Public schools in Coalhurst include Coalhurst Elementary School [Preschool - 6] and Coalhurst High School [7-12]. www.town.coalhurst.ab.ca


Post Secondary

Coalhurst residents have easy access to the Lethbridge College and the
University of Lethbridge, both located in Lethbridge.

University of Lethbridge  - Enrollment Approx. 8,200 FTE
Lethbridge College - Enrollment Approx. 3,800 FTE







Hospital services are provided 10 minutes away by the Lethbridge Regional Hospital.

Residents access medical practitioners, dentists and chiropractors through clinics and private practices in the City of Lethbridge.





Emergency Services

Emergency Services


Fire Protection

Coalhurst is served by a volunteer fire department (403.381.3633)

Police Services

Coalhurst is served by the Lethbridge detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Tel: 403.329.5010 (complaints)
403.329.5080 (administration).

Ambulance Services

Ambulance is provided from Lethbridge (Tel: 403.327.3340)


Community Services

Local Organizations:

Girl Guides of Canada – Coalhurst Sparks, Brownies, Guides.

Coalhust Business Association

Coalhurst 55 Plus Club

Coalhurst Elementary School Council

Coalhurst High School Council

Coalhurst Miners Days Committee

Coalhurst Volunteer Fire Department

Hilltoppers Gymkhana Club

Royal Canadian Legion #273

Coulee Kickers Soccer Association

Coalhurst Youth Committee

Coalhurst Good News Centre

Coalhurst BMX Club

County of Lethbridge Community of Learners

Barons-Eureka-Warner FCSS 

Parent Preschool Program of Southern Alberta

Coalhurst Shotokan Karate Club

Community Futures Lethbridge Region



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Key Contacts


Town of Coalhurst
Box 456
Coalhurst, Alberta
T0L 0V0
Tel: 403.381.3033
Fax: 403.381.2924
E-mail: main@town.coalhurst.ab.ca
Webpage: www.town.coalhurst.ab.ca

Dennis Cassie

Kim Hauta


Linda Erickson,

Director Regional Development Branch Alberta Treasury Board and Enterprise

105, 200 – 5th Avenue S.

Lethbridge, Alberta   T1J 4L1

Tel: 403-381-5414

Fax: 403-381-5741

E-mail:  linda.erickson@gov.ab.ca


Barry McFarland 

Member of the Legislative Assembly [MLA]
Little Bow Constituency

Constituency Office
P.O. Box 231
111 Carman Street
Carmangay, AB
T0L 0N0
Phone: 403.643.2077
Toll Free: 1-800-563-0917
Fax: 403.643.2024

Legislature Office
#639 Legislature Building
10800 - 97 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5K 2B6
Phone: (780) 427-0879
Fax: (780) 415-0951


Lethbridge, Alberta
Jim Hillyer 

Parliamentary Address
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Telephone: (613) 996-0633
Fax: (613) 995-5752
E-Mail: hillyer@jimhillyer.com

Constituency Address
255 - 8th Street South
Lethbridge, Alberta
T1J 4Y1
Telephone: 403.320.0070 1-877-327-0135
Fax: 403.380.4026
E-Mail: hillyer@jimhillyer.com

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