Vulcan County is conveniently located close to Calgary and Lethbridge in Alberta’s southwest.
The County landscape provides a variety of visual experiences as one travels from one end to the other… flatlands to rolling hills, Lake McGregor (a 22-mile long man-made reservoir), historic attractions, prairie bunchgrass, and refreshing valleys of mature trees and lush green grass.
Vulcan County covers an approximate area of 545,000 hectares and encompasses the Town of Vulcan, the Villages of Carmangay, Champion, Lomond, Milo and Arrowwood, and the Hamlets of Brant, Ensign, Herronton, Kirkcaldy, Mossleigh, Queenstown, Shouldice, and Travers. The population of the County (including the town and villages) is approximately 6,900 people.
Vulcan County’s 2012 municipal census counted a population of 3,893, a 0.5% increase over its 2007 municipal census population of 3,830.
In the 2011 Census, Vulcan County had a population of 3,875 living in 1,104 of its 1,433 total dwellings, a 4.2% change from its 2006 population of 3,718. With a land area of 5,429.5 km2 (2,096.3 sq mi), it had a population density of 0.7/km2 (1.8/sq mi) in 2011.
In 2006, Vulcan County had a population of 3,718 living in 1,446 dwellings, a 1.6% decrease from 2001. The county has a land area of 5,430.06 km2 (2,096.56 sq mi) and a population density of 0.7/km2 (1.8/sq mi).
In 2001, Vulcan County had a population of 3,778 in 1,348 dwellings, a 0.8% decrease from 1996. On a surface of 5,429.62 km² it had a density of 0.7 inhabitants/km².
The largest industry in Vulcan County is agriculture, encompassing approximately 444,000 hectares of farmland. The County is a member of the Foothills Little Bow Association , and is part of the Bow River Irrigation District. There are three operational grain elevators in Vulcan County; two just south of the Town of Vulcan, and one in the Town of Vulcan.
Geophysical drilling and pipeline activity have become increasingly important, with many oil and gas deposits put into production. Likewise, renewable energy is a rapidly growing industry in the County due to our ideal location for wind and solar farms. One of the largest wind farms in western Canada is situated in the County. Many solar farms are in the development phase and we anticipate they will provide significant economic benefit to our region. In addition, the County has a rapidly growing tourism industry, and quickly expanding residential and resort development due to the availability of the high quality of life and low cost of living.
Recreation and Tourist Attractions
Throughout the County, communities have a wide range of recreational facilities, including playgrounds, community centres, senior citizens drop-in centres, golf courses, ice arenas, swimming pools, and rodeo arenas.
Several water recreation areas in the County include the Travers Dam, Lake McGregor, Williams Lake and Badger Lake. Provincial Parks include the Little Bow Provincial Park, Little Bow Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area, McGregor Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area, Travers Reservoir Provincial Recreation area, and the Wyndham-Carseland Provincial Park.
County historical attractions that focus on the First Nations heritage are the Carmangay Tipi Rings and the Majorville Medicine Wheel. The aviation related attraction includes the Royal Canadian Air Force Monument at the Vulcan Industrial Airport. The Federal Government actually named the original air training base Kirkcaldy, but after pressure from the Town of Vulcan, it was changed to Vulcan. After World War II, the County purchased the property from Crown Assets Corporation and had the property subdivided.
Stop in at the Vulcan Tourism & Trek Station and pick up one of our new brochures that gives information on all the out-of-this-world attractions that Vulcan County has to offer.