Nordegg, Alberta: a Brief History + Heritage on this Small Town

    Nordegg is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located approximately 110 km (68 mi) west of Rocky Mountain House along Highway 11 and Highway 22, in the Brazeau River valley within Clearwater County. Nordegg was established as a coal mining town in 1916 by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).

    Photo by: Rohit Silva

    It was named after Baron Oscar von Nordegg, a German-born director of CPR. The town’s population peaked at 3,000 in the late 1920s. However, the Great Depression and a decline in demand for coal led to the closure of the mine in 1935. The population subsequently declined, reaching a low of just over 200 in the early 1970s. The opening of a sawmill in the early 1980s led to a small population increase, and the town has since stabilized at around 400 residents.

    Nordegg’s economy is primarily based on forestry and tourism. The nearby Brazeau Collieries Provincial Historic Site is a popular tourist destination, and the area offers numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation, including hiking, camping, fishing, and canoeing.

    Nordegg has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) with long, cold winters and short, cool summers. The highest temperature ever recorded in Nordegg was 36.7 °C (98.1 °F) on 15 July 1941. The lowest temperature ever recorded was −46.7 °C (−52.1 °F) on 19 January 1916.


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