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Olds

Located in Mountain View County in the region of Central Alberta and just 45 minutes from the Calgary International Airport, Olds is conveniently nestled at the junction of Highway 2A and Highway 27, just west of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway and just 61 kilometres south of the City of Red Deer and 90 kilometres north of Calgary, Olds is strategically positioning itself to take advantage of these economic benefits.   

Olds College, soon to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013, offers hands-on learning and training programs in career and academic preparation, animal sciences, horticulture/landscaping, land use and environment, fashion, machinery/trades, agriculture, and applied business.   The Chinook's Edge School Division in partnership with Olds College, recently opened the Community Learning Campus (CLC), a phenomenal new secondary learning perspective for the Olds area.

Olds is more than a small rural college town; it is also a major agribusiness hub and a base for oilfield services and light industrial manufacturers.  

Health care facilities include the Olds Hospital and Care Centre, a health clinic, and a full complement of doctors, dentists and other health care professionals. 

Fast Facts

  • Olds has a population of 8,235 living in 3,702 dwellings (2011 Census), a 13.5% increase from 2006.
  • Olds is a leader in rural innovation and communications and is installing broadband fibre throughout the community.
  • Olds has great access to the entire province, nestled between highways #2, #2A, and #27 in the heart of Mountain View County and adjacent to the Edmonton – Calgary Corridor.
  • Olds is less than 1 hour to Calgary international airport and minutes to regional (Red Deer) and  municipal airports (Olds/Didsbury).
  • Olds is Alberta’s first Fair Trade Communityand one of only three certified Main Street Communities in the province, committed to heritage preservation and conservation.
  • Olds is a gateway to Alberta's tourism hotspots with convenient access via Hwy 27 to the foothills, Rockies, rivers & parks.
  • Olds has two local radio stations, local and county newspaper, and is home to Central Alberta Television (CATV).

Getting Down to Business

The local economy comprises agriculture, business services, health, trade, education services, government services, oil and gas, and services.

Olds has adopted innovative and aggressive direction with respect to sustainable economic growth. The four essential members and two associate members of the Olds Institute for Community & Regional Development (Town of Olds, Olds College, Olds Agricultural Society, Olds & District Chamber of Commerce, Chinook’s Edge School District, and Mountain View County) have adopted policies and practices based on the five dimensions of sustainability and are executing strategies for economic and community development that are having far reaching effects.

Olds is the first community in Canada to build an ultra-speed broadband fibre network for Internet, television and telephone services.  This community-owned company, O-NET, injects profits back into Olds for community economic development initiatives.

Recreation and Outdoors

Olds boasts an impressive array of sports, recreational, arts,  and leisure facilities and activities usually found in much larger centres - Sportsplex (home to the Olds Grizzlys Junior A Hockey franchise), curling rinks,  Aquatic Centre (pool and waterslide), Ralph Klein Health & Wellness Centres (indoor track, exercise equipment facility, and five basketball courts.

Arts, Culture and Social Scene

Fine Arts and entertainment events take place at the 375 seat Trans Canada Theatre throughout the year.  Olds offers residents and visitors a heritage museum, old fashioned movie  theatre, arts clubs, cultural activities, festivals, concerts, rodeo events, and a new public library.