Welcome to Clearwater County

On behalf of Clearwater County, both staff and residents, we would like to extend our warmest invitations and greetings.

Clearwater County is an area that is rich in history, beauty and resources. For many years we have seen the community grow and prosper as businesses realize the great potential for growth here. We are continually striving to achieve a balance in development and preservation, and judging from our growth rates in both industry and tourism, we feel that we are succeeding.

Our municipality has a strong economic base, due to a wide diversity in industry and the attitudes of our residents. Our economically diverse community is strengthened by several key industries including oil & gas, agriculture, forestry and tourism. These industries are all major players in our community's sound economic base, and they will continue to be key industries as our community continues to grow and diversify.

Once again, we welcome you to visit Clearwater County. Whether you are a business looking for growth and development opportunities, or just planning on enjoying our fantastic scenery and recreation opportunities, we know that you will be impressed with what we have to offer.


Pat Alexander,
Reeve, Clearwater County


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Area Overview

Clearwater County is an attractive area located in west-central Alberta only a short distance from Red Deer. The population, including the Town of Rocky Mountain House and the Village of Caroline, is roughly 21,000 people.

The County has vast natural resources including oil and gas, forestry and agriculture. These industries, along with tourism, form the major economic sectors in the area.

Residents and visitors to the County can enjoy the area's immense natural beauty, and the numerous indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities that exist. In addition to its historic sites, the County boasts a wide array of modern recreational opportunities that appeal to all ages.





Clearwater County is located in West-Central Alberta. We are approximately 45 minutes west of the City of Red Deer and have easy access to Edmonton, Calgary, Jasper, and Banff.


Economic Base


Clearwater County's economic base includes agriculture, oil & gas, forestry and tourism.







The top five major employers, by sector, are agriculture [2,000], oilfield services [1,200], small business [800], schools [350], and tourism [300].















Economic Facts

Major/Key Employers

·         Caroline Supplies

·         Challand Excavating Ltd.

·         Diamond J Industries

·         Alberta Health Services

·         Denim Pipeline Construction

·         Extra Foods

·         Husky Oil Operations Ltd. Ram River Plant

·         Keyera Energy Resources Strachan Plant

·         Pidherney's Trucking Ltd.

·         Rocky Mountain House Coop Association

·         R. Pollitt Oilfield Construction Ltd.

·         Shell Canada - Shell Caroline Complex

·         Sobey's

·         W. Pidherney Welding Ltd.

·         West Fraser Mills Ltd.

·         Wild Rose Public Schools



Clearwater County's major products are oil, sour gas, agricultural commodities, and finished and unfinished lumber.  There are strong support services for these industries as well as a great many tourist opportunities and options.  Campers alone account for over 140,000 visitors annually.


Financial Institutions

·         Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

·         Scotiabank

·         Alberta Treasury Branch

·         Rocky Savings & Credit Union




Natural Gas  

5033 - 45 Street
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
T0M 1T0
Tel: 403-845-2229
Rocky Gas Co-op
Box 697
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
T4T 1A5
Tel: 403-845-2766

Diamond Valley Gas Co-op
4836-50 Ave
Eckville, Alberta
T0M 0X0
Tel: 403-746-3223

Electrical Power

Fortis Alberta
Rocky REA



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Municipal Tax Rate



Education – Alberta School Foundation Tax



Education Opted Out Tax Rate



Allowance for Non-Collection of Requisitioned Taxes



Seniors Lodge Accommodation Tax Rate





Air Services

There is a provincial airport with a 2,037 metre runway and all-weather facilities located in the County, just outside of Rocky Mountain House.  Shunda Helicopter Service Ltd. and Aerial Recon Surveys Ltd. operate out of the airport.

Rail Services

Clearwater County is served by Canadian National Railway.


Connecting highways include Highway 11 (east/west), Highway 22 (north/south), Highway 54 (east), Highway 12 (east) and Highway 53 (east). The Forestry Trunk Road (north/south) is also used extensively by industry and tourists to access the West Country.

Trucking Firms

  • Rocky Fast Express
  • Rocky Mountain Transport
  • Rimbey Transport

Bus Services

Greyhound Bus Lines provides regularly scheduled inter-community service. Freight pick-up and delivery is also available.

Couriers and Taxis

Purolator and Rainbow Courier serve the Clearwater area.

Clearwater Cabs operates in Rocky Mountain House and the surrounding area.


Community Lifestyle


Clearwater County offers unequalled beauty and adventure. The nearby mountain ranges offer climbing, hiking, camping, and caving opportunities for all levels of enthusiast and, with an abundance of green areas and hundreds of rivers, lakes and streams, Clearwater offers excellent camping, hunting, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, trail riding, fishing, swimming, boating and many other recreational pursuits.

Notable recreation facilities include multiple artificial ice skating arenas, outdoor rinks, curling rinks, golf courses, public libraries, a bowling alley, movie theatre, 400 metre outdoor oval ice surface, various stampede grounds, numerous ball diamonds, asphalt and coated tennis courts, an outdoor miniature golf course, fish ponds and a trout ranch, numerous major cross-country skiing areas, a 25 metre indoor swimming pool with a hot tub and water slide, multiple summer camps, riding stables, a dirt-bike track, museums and a gun and archery range.

Parks and campgrounds include the National Historic Park, Nordegg Historic Mine Site, Crimson Lake Provincial Park, Bighorn Wildland Area, municipal recreation areas, numerous Forestry campgrounds, municipal parks, campgrounds in Rocky Mountain House and Caroline, the Kootenay Plains Ecological Reserve, Pioneer Ranch Camp and Camp Caroline.

Community Organizations

Community organizations active in the County include 4-H Clubs, Agricultural Societies, the Caroline Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Chamber of Commerce, Elks Clubs, Royal Canadian Legion, David Thompson Country Fair Society, David Thompson Recreation Board, Debating Society, Drama Groups, regional FCSS, Figure Skating Clubs, Golf and Curling Clubs, Historical Societies, Kinsmen, Ladies Auxiliary, Martial Arts, Minor Hockey, Nordegg Recreation Board, Public Speaking Groups, Riding Academy and Equestrian Facilities, Royal Purple, Rocky Recreation Board, Stampede Boards, Tansi I.T.C., and the Youth Hall.

Religious Services

All major denominations are represented in the County.

Special Annual Events/Attractions

Clearwater County is rich in history. Two major historic sites include the Nordegg Historic Minesite and the Rocky National Historic Park.

Annual Events:

  • Rocky Trade Fair
  • Rocky Rodeo and Exhibition
  • Bighorn Rodeo and Stampede
  • David Thompson Days
  • Sea Cadets Annual Inspection
  • Western Wheels Car Show
  • Rocky Mountain Bike Racing [Snow Creek]
  • Terry Fox Run
  • Festival of Culture
  • 4-H Show and Sale
  • Arashi - Do Karate Tournament



Overnight accommodation is available in Rocky Mountain House, Caroline, Nordegg, and Leslieville.


Dining facilities are available throughout Clearwater County.



The County is part of the Wild Rose School Division No. 66, headquartered in Rocky Mountain House [Tel: 403-845-3376], and the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 13, headquartered in Drayton Valley [Tel: 403-542-5267].


The County is home to a number of day care centres, nursery schools and Early Childhood Services [ECS] programs.


Public education is available in Rocky Mountain House [K-12], Caroline [K-12], Leslieville [1-7], and Condor [1-7]. In addition to this, the David Thompson High School provides education for Grades 8-12.


St. Matthew's Catholic School [K-12], Rocky Mountain House


Rocky Christian School (K-9)


Post Secondary

Adult and post-secondary education is available from the Rocky Community Learning Council, Campus Alberta Central, and Red Deer College.


Red Deer College



Hospital care is available at the Rocky Mountain House Health Centre, which has 80 beds, and the Rocky Nursing Home, which has 50 beds. There are 10 medical doctors, 1 surgeon, and a medical clinic with laboratory facilities.

Other medical services include 4 chiropractors, 3 optometrists, 3 dental clinics, one acupuncturist, two physiotherapists, and the Red Deer Regional Health Unit [4 public health nurses, 6 home care nurses].

Facilities for seniors are available at the Westview Lodge [50 beds], Acton House [20 units], Day Manor [8 units], Columbus Place [36 units], all of which are located in Rocky Mountain House. There is also the Caroline Lodge [12 units] and Leslieville Lodge [8 units]. Services available include Home Care, Meals on Wheels, Drop-Ins, Historical Reunion Societies, and Family & Community Support Services [FCSS].

For further information, visit the Health page in the Clearwater County website, and Medical Services in the Town of Rocky Mountain House website.



The Rocky Mountain House Primary Care Network (PCN) is a partnership between Rocky Doctors and Alberta Health Services.The Rocky Primary Care Network is a not for profit entity that is funded by Alberta Health and Wellness. The Rocky PCN is just one of approximately 38 PCN's throughout Alberta. Each PCN attempts to provide local solutions for local problems, therefore each PCN has its own look and programming. The funding for the operations of each PCN is public, therefore there are no costs to patients to use the programming.



Emergency Services

Fire Protection

Clearwater Regional Fire Rescue Services was established 1999 which combined the Emergency Services from Clearwater County, Town of Rocky Mountain House, and Village of Caroline. The Regional Fire Rescue Services protects Clearwater County and the Municipalities with five stations. The fire stations are located in Nordegg, Rocky Mountain House, Leslieville, Condor, and Caroline. With these five stations, the Fire Rescue Services provide Fire Suppression, Vehicle Extrication, First Medical Response, Water Rescue, Ice Rescue, and Public Education services to the residents of Clearwater County and area.

There are two "Jaws of Life" systems, six pumper trucks, five water trucks, a telephone and radio paging system, and a radio communications system.

Police Services

Clearwater is served by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) from detachments in Rocky Mountain House, Sundre, Rimbey and Innisfail. The County also employs two Special Constables.

Ambulance Services

Ambulance services is provided from stations in Rocky Mountain House, Caroline, Rimbey, Nordegg and Sundre.

Search and Rescue 

Rocky Mountain House Search and Rescue is a dedicated group of volunteers trained in the skills and techniques of ground search and rescue. Some of the services that this group provides include ground search and rescue services, cliff and embankment rescue, assistance to emergency services, avalanche response trained snowshoe and ski search and rescue teams, emergency management trained personnel, and mutual aid to other jurisdictions.  




Emergency Contacts

RCMP 911
Ambulance 911
Fire 911
24 hour On Call Emergency Number 403-845-2200


Community Services


Clearwater County

P.O. Box 550
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

T0M 1T0
Tel: 403-845-4444
Fax: 403-845-7330

  • Public Libraries [Rocky Mountain House, Caroline, Nordegg]
  • Public Works
  • Agricultural Services Board
  • Nordegg Historical Mine Site
  • Family and Community Support Services( 403-845-3720)


Provincial departments with offices in the County include Agriculture, Attorney General, Crimson Lake Provincial Park, Eastern Slopes Region, Forestry, Opportunity Corps, Provincial Airport, Public Lands, Public Works, Recreation and Parks, Social Services and Community Health, Solicitor General, Transportation, and Wildlife.


  • Canada Post
  • Canadian Parks Service
  • Environment Canada
  • Health and Welfare
  • Canada Immigration and Employment Centre
  • Rocky Mountain House National Historic Park



For weather history for the Clearwater area, visit The Weather Network's Historical Weather page for Rocky Mountain House.


Key Contacts


Clearwater County
P.O. Box 550
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
T4T 1A4
Tel: 403-845-4444
Fax: 403-845-7330

Pat Alexander

Ron Leaf
Chief Administrative Officer


Dawna Allard
Regional Manager, South Central
Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education
T: 403.340.5302 | F: 403.340.5231 | E. dawna.allard@gov.ab.ca

Joe Anglin
Member of the Legislative Assembly [MLA]
Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre Constituency
724 Legislature Annex
9718 107 Street Edmonton, Alberta
T5K 1E4
Tel: 780-422-2036
Fax: 780-422-1671


Blaine Calkins
Member of Parliament [MP]
Wetaskiwin Constituency
Room 401
Justice Building
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Tel: 613-995-8886
Fax: 613-996-9860

Constituency Office:
Bay 6A
4612-50 Street
Ponoka, Alberta
T4N 1T6
Tel: 403-783-5530
Fax: 403-783-5532

Blake Richards
Member of Parliament [MP]
Wildrose Constituency
Room 602
Justice Building
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Tel: 613-996-5152
Fax: 613-947-4601

Constituency Office:
16, 620-1st Ave NW
Airdrie, Alberta
T4B 2R3
Tel: 1-800-667-0410
Fax: 403-948-0879

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