Over 100 years ago it was the rich, fertile soils, which attracted the first settlers to this district, and agriculture is still the main foundation of Mountainview County. With over 1,400 square miles of land and a population of just over 12,000 people, there is plenty of room for growth in this area.
The county is severed north to south by 2 major highways. On the western side by the Cowboy Trail (Highway 22) and centrally by the Queen Elizabeth II Highway sometimes known as the “Calgary Edmonton Corridor”. It is bounded the County of Rockyview to the south. Within the County are approximately 20 districts classified as rural neighbourhoods, such as Dogpound, Bergen, Fallentimber and Westward Ho. The following communities are just some that can be found:
- Carstairs ( www.carstairs.ca
- Didsbury ( www.didsbury.ca ) These towns all have their own pages under the Urban tab.
- Sundre ( www.sundre.com< )
- Olds ( www.olds.ca )
Smaller towns & Hamlets have information under the Mountainview Hamlets tab.
With an abundance of farms and ranches, crop and cattle farming is the prevalent industry of the County but it also fortunate to have natural resources available, benefiting the thriving local oil and gas economies. Tourism also features strongly in this area, with the famous Cowboy Trail (Highway 22) running through Caroline, Sundre, Water Valley and Cremona. See www.thecowboytrail.com for the full tour.
In 2010, Alberta Venture, a province wide magazine, ranked Olds and Disbury as two of the top five growth areas in Alberta. See www.albertaventure.com for full listings. However, the recently devised municipal development plan for the area was designed to ensure a balance between maintaining quality rural living and stimulating business growth. This will ensure that the picturesque landscapes and the lush agricultural land are here for future generations to enjoy.
For more information on the County of Mountainview see www.Mountainviewcounty.com or www.albertafirst.com/profiles/statspack/20687.html.