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About Olds

Highlights & Shopping

Arts & Culture

Annual Community Events

Sports

Additional Services

Family Friendly

Animals

Beauty & Health

Recognition of Treaty Territory

Olds is on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region of Alberta which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Piikanni, and Kainai First Nations), as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Stoney Nakoda Nations (Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations).  This area is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3. 

ABOUT OLDS

Olds had a total population of 5,005 in 1986 with growth to 9209 by 2021, representing 1.76%  compounded annual growth. This means Olds is projected to have a population of 10,048 by 2027.

 

Olds offers a high quality of life to its residents. The Town has a strong sense of community, with many local events and activities that bring people together. The region is also known for its natural beauty and outdoor activities. Stunning natural scenery and view of the Rocky Mountains, with many opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, and camping is what attracts people to the area. Community events throughout the year foster community connections.

 

Olds has a strong education system, with high-quality primary and post-secondary schools. Olds College of Agriculture and Technology is a leading research institution in Canada, offering a variety of certificate, diploma, and degree programs.

 

Unique for a rural community, Olds offers a 35-bed well-equipped hospital with general surgery unit, obstetrics, long and short-term care, emergency services as well as a Primary Care Network that

serves the community and region.

 

In 2022, Olds showcased a Crime Severity Index (CSI) of 84.07, a figure that stands notably below the provincial average of 103.21.

 

Demographics & Agricultural Roots

Olds possesses a highly educated, skilled workforce, with 59% of residents holding post-secondary credentials including college certificates, diplomas, and university degrees. This proportion meaningfully exceeds both provincial and national averages. Prominent fields represented include business, healthcare, trades, and STEM.

 

Such advanced qualifications translate into a knowledgeable employee base able to support operations and growth for companies in diverse high-value, technical sectors.

 

Having Olds College located right within the town provides inherent access to skills training and innovation through the 2,000 students that graduate annually. Program offerings align with priority sectors like agriculture, manufacturing, trades, and construction.

 

Olds College is a leader in applied agricultural research through initiatives like the Smart Farm. The College partners with industry players to commercialize technologies and translate ideas into market-ready solutions. This fosters innovation ecosystems across priority sectors.

Olds is in the centre of 1,576 farms totaling 1,021,950 acres. In 2023, our farms produced canola (126,547 acres), barley (122,991 acres), wheat (115,995 acres), and oats (9,365 acres). There were 768 agricultural workers in the region. Mountain View County cattle and calve population was 121,604 in 2021, the 14th highest in the province. The cattle and calve population for Mountain View County increased 14.9% in the last five years.

 

Location

Olds is strategically positioned at the midpoint between Alberta's two largest cities, Calgary and Edmonton. Its prime location along the vital Queen Elizabeth II Highway connects it easily to these major metropolitan centers.

 

Olds is located The Calgary–Edmonton Corridor is one of the fastest growing regions and wealthiest regions in Canada. A 2003 study by TD Bank Financial Group found the GDP per capita in the corridor is 10% above average compared to U.S. metropolitan areas and 40% above average compared to other Canadian cities. Much of this is because of large oil revenues due to the growing cost of oil since 2003.

 

The Canadian Pacific Rail line runs through the community's industrial area, connecting to intermodal terminals in Edmonton and Calgary, as well as to major centers and seaports across North America and the rest of the world.

 

Olds, Alberta, is well-connected through its airport network, offering a variety of options for both domestic and international travel. The closest airports are Red Deer Regional Airport (50 km) and Calgary International Airport (90 km). The latter is one of the busiest airports in Canada and provides numerous domestic and international flight options, connecting Olds to major cities worldwide.

Housing

The median housing cost in Olds is $342,500 and average rental costs are $1244. The average household income is $82,900, which is above the national average, indicating that residents in the area have more financial resources at their disposal.

 

It is the small town atmosphere and the people of Olds who are to be credited with its success and you won't find a more friendly and welcoming community to call home. 

 

HIGHLIGHTS & SHOPPING

Rotary Athletic Park

The Rotary Athletic Park of Olds is a multi-use regional facility accommodating athletic fields developed for soccer, baseball diamonds, horseshoe pits, and washroom facilities. The recreation site is well integrated with the surrounding community through a series of on street and off-street pathways that provide direct connections to the site. Use is by scheduled bookings only.  Rotary Athletic Park of Olds | Town of Olds

 

Paths/Nordic Trails

The Town's trail system consists of more than 20 kilometers of both paved and unpaved trails, and routes are incorporated by town streets. Trails wind through parks and natural areas, providing a wonderful experience to users. 

Mountain View Nordic Ski Club sets the track and maintains the trails.  The trails are maintained by volunteers as the trails system is set for cross-country skiing. The Town of Olds supports this volunteer community group with resources to aid in the provision of a ski trail in town. Please refer to map legend for seasonal pathway usage (some pathways closed for the winter season):  Trails and Pathways | Town of Olds

 

Centennial Park

Centennial Park is centrally located in Uptowne Olds and referred to as the hub of the Olds Community. This large greenspace was originally developed in 1967 and has undergone tremendous transformations over the years with the additions of a Skatepark, Splashpark, and outdoor rink (ice/pickleball courts seasonally).  Take advantage of the Gazebo for an afternoon of reading or playing with the kids, have a picnic, take a leisurely stroll or bike ride on one of the many trails leading throughout town. Centennial Park is also home to the Kiwanis Historical Prairie Village (interpretive signage and winter mural displays), Olds Fashioned Christmas events and the Light Up Parade, as well as many events hosted by various organizations in Olds, for example, outdoor movies, church services, weddings, and other public gatherings.

 

Centennial Park is available for everyone to use and enjoy. Have a picnic or take a stroll around the park on its paved trails. 

Centennial Park | Town of Olds

 

Cornerstone Shopping

Cornerstone Shopping District in Olds is a testament to the community's balance of convenience and local charm. With trusted retailers like Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire and Staples alongside convenient favorites like Tim Hortons and McDonald's, this shopping area caters to both everyday needs and accessibility. Adjacent to the Rotary Athletic Park and trail system, it's a community-friendly area. The district is also a neighbor to senior residences, reflecting our care for accessibility and community inclusion. While the Art Commons is a modest nook, that adds a touch of local creativity to our vibrant town mosaic, connecting to the Olds Rocks! art walk, ensuring that while we grow, we stay grounded in what makes our community home.

Olds Rocks! Highway 27 Sculpture Pathway | Town of Olds

 

Olds College

At the heart of Olds, lies a gem of innovation and skill - the Olds College of Agriculture and Technology.  On the local campus, the pioneering spirit of Alberta’s agriculture is alive and thriving!!  With a century-long legacy that's transitioned from homestead skills to advanced agricultural technologies, the college now offers a diverse array of programs tailored for the dynamic fields of agriculture management, environmental stewardship, brewing and more. The College's commitment to innovation is evident in facilities like the Botanic Gardens & Wetlands, the Werklund School of Agricultural Technology, the National Meat Training Centre, and the Canadian Equine Centre of Innovation, where hands-on learning goes hand-in-hand with industry demands.With an array of certificates, diplomas and degrees, the college is a launchpad for future leaders in trades, agriculture and environmental stewardship.   

Home (oldscollege.ca)

Botanical Gardens    

Go for a walk at the Olds College Botanic Gardens!  These gardens are not just for show; they are an integral part of the college's educational and research fabric, offering a green canvas for student learning and community projects. Open to the public, the gardens are a testament to the college's dedication to practical, hands-on learning and environmental research and community involvement. As you enjoy the serene beauty from dawn till dusk, your contributions aid in nurturing this educational haven for current and future generations.  By visiting, you're not just witnessing the beauty of sustainable ecosystems but also supporting a legacy of environmental education and research that's open to all from April to October."

Botanic Gardens & Constructed Wetlands | Olds College of Agriculture and Technology

 

Uptowne Olds

Olds is home to some incredible and unique local businesses and restaurants! Uptowne Olds is both our town centre and the name of an organization comprising local businesses who work together to create a vibrant Uptowne core in Olds!  From special events to public art, to the many incredible services the provide, Uptowne Olds is building a stronger and more robust business community.  Sandwich shops, cafes, homeware, a Filipino grocer, a world-class Italian restaurant, and a second-hand shopping circuit are just some of the hidden gems to check out.   Our Members - Uptowne Olds

Coffee Shops & Baked Goods

Bean Brokers' cappuccino bar is a local alternative to the ubiquitous coffee shop chains, with comfortable seating inside and a convenient drive-thru pickup window. Not only do they serve great coffee, smoothies and steamers; they also have a range of hand-made sandwiches, cookies, loaves and muffins with fancy toppings.

 

The Cocoa Tree Bakeshope is a sweet treat bake shoppe that specializes in fantastic cake creations and cupcakes.  They use fine ingredients, real fruit, handwhipped cream, real butter and fair-trade products. Real espresso and many incredible hot drinks are available as well! Cupcakes | Cocoa Tree Bake Shoppe | Olds

 

Museum

The Mountain View Museum & Archives is a not for profit Organization Located In Olds, AB. The Mission of the Olds Historical Society is to Collect, Preserve and Provide Access to the History, Heritage and Culture of Olds and District through the Operation of the Mountain View Museum and Archives.  Mountain View Museum and Archives is operated by the Olds Historical Society. The Olds Historical Society was formed in 1972 and incorporated on the 11th of January 1973.              

CONTACT | Mountain View Museum (oldsmuseum.ca)

 

 

Olds Mayfair Cinema 

The Olds Mayfair Cinema is located in Uptowne Olds and has been a cornerstone of the community since 1925.  It holds a special place in the town’s history! For nearly a century, this 245-seat cinema has been the go-to venue for a shared movie-going experience, showcasing the latest in cinematic storytelling and providing a space for community film groups and events.  Embracing the digital era, it upgraded in 2011 to feature digital and RealD 3D technology, ensuring the continuation of its legacy. Beyond just films, Mayfair offers a unique space for birthday parties and other gatherings, reinforcing its role as a cherished gathering place that enhances the community’s social fabric. Mayfair Cinema Olds,Alberta – Movies,Entertainment

 

ARTS & CULTURE

Live Music & Events

There are multiple venues in Olds that provide nightlife and dancing, including the Bulldog Saloon, Blue Yak.  You can find live music and community events at Olds Town Square, Tracks Pub and sometimes Our Flames Lounge. Tracks Pub also has open mic nights every Wednesday.

Multimedia Performing Arts Theatre

There are many annual events and community initiatives that take place at the Multimedia Performing Arts Theatre in Olds (also referred to as TransCanada Performing Arts Theatre), Alberta.  Here you can find local dance recitals, theatre, the International Banff Film Festival and multiple live music performances put on by the Olds Kiwanis Performing Arts committee.

HOME | Olds Kiwanis Perform (kiwanisconcerts.ca)

 

Olds & District Kiwanis Music Festival

The Olds & District Kiwanis Music Festival is a celebrated event in Olds, Alberta, showcasing the richness of local talent in music and speech arts. This annual festival, a highlight for amateur performers across the province, is more than just a competition; it's a platform for personal growth and artistic expression. With diverse categories and classes, including unique ones like the Jug Band class, the festival brings together a variety of talents, fostering a vibrant cultural community. The presence of such a prestigious event in Olds speaks volumes about the town's commitment to nurturing the arts and its role in making Olds a dynamic and culturally rich place to live. The festival's emphasis on learning, development, and community involvement makes it a key contributor to the town's cultural landscape.

Olds Music Festival / Olds /

 

 

 

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Hartman Green Frisbee Golf & Walking Trail

Hartman Green is the park located south and west of Ecole Olds Elementary and Horizon Schools and it has an 843-Metre, nine-hole, par 27 disc course with the starting tee at 5401 53 St.

 

The Park was dedicated to the memory of Dr. C.C. Hartman on July 1, 1983. Dr. Hartman lived in Olds and practiced medicine for 56 years until he passed away in 1966.  Dr. Hartman served on the Board of Trustees for Woods Christian Homes between 1915-1926 and was president of the Olds Chamber of Commerce from 1958-1959.  

Hartman Green Park was originally built for the 1999 Alberta Seniors Games on the site of former par 3 golf course. Beautiful paved trails meander through the park and a 9 hole Disc Golf course is available to all. In 2017, the disc golf equipment was refurbished and new signage with location of "baskets" and rules to the game can be found throughout the park.

Hartman Green Disc Golf Course | Town of Olds

Olds Regional Library

The Olds Regional Library is a thriving community centre which hosts many events for all aspects of our community from wee ones to seniors to new comers to Minecraft Club, it’s a central hub for community and connection.  Parkland Regional Library - Events (prl.ab.ca)

 

BGC

BGC of Olds and Area (formerly known as the Boys and Girls Club) is a non-profit organization serving children and youth from Olds and the surrounding communities. They offer programming for children as young as 18 months to 18 years through a variety of services. Their vision is that all children and youth are provided opportunities to discover and achieve their dreams and grow up to be healthy, successful and active participants in society.

 

They are active collaborators, advocates and partners in the community, creating healthy solutions that address the needs of children, youth and their families.  They offer valuable support services, quality standards, national programs and partners for children and youth and are an important hub in our community.

Home - BGC Olds & Area (bgccan.com)

 

OTHER SERVICES

Mountain View Power

Mountain View Power is an Energy Marketer, who sells electricity and gas on behalf of UTILITYnet, a Calgary based energy retailer. Mountain View Power offers competitive rates to its customers with the distinct advantage of putting all profits generated from its sales back into the community via grant programs and dedicated funding streams.  MVP dollars are used to fund youth sports, arts and culture programming, community leisure facilities, and economic initiatives in the Town of Olds and surrounding Mountain View County area.

 

Mountain View Power (MVP) was founded in 2012 by a group of volunteers known as the Olds Institute for Regional and Community Development ('OI' for short).  MVP was established as an avenue for citizens to give back to their community more easily. Funds raised from MVP were distributed to causes based around OI's 5 pillars of sustainability: social, culture, environment, economy, and governance. Following the dissolution of OI in 2022, the responsibility for MVP was transferred to the Town of Olds with the original mission of MVP intact and all profits raised returned to the community.  https://www.mountainviewpower.com/

 

Olds/Didsbury Airport

Operated by the Olds-Didsbury Flying Association, the Olds-Didsbury regional airport and aerodrome is located between the towns of Olds and Didsbury, 7.2 km south of Olds and 4.7 km north of Didsbury located at Latitude N51° 42' 39" Longitude W114° 06' 22".

 

 Its ICAO identification is CEA3. The aerodrome was constructed in 1983.

 

Community Connection Centre (CCC)

Located in the Uptowne Olds core, the Community Connection Centre links people in the community with social preventative services, programming, and information. Serving individuals, seniors and families through collaborative partnerships and meaningful engagement, the Community Connection Centre promotes a high quality of life for the citizens of Olds and works to build opportunities for everyone by assessing community needs, reviewing citizen feedback and direction from Town Council.

The Community Connection Centre is funded through the Family and Community Services program, a partnership with the Government of Alberta and municipalities, including the Town of Olds.

https://www.olds.ca/ccc

 

ANNUAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

Community Showcase (September)

The Community Showcase is an annual trade-show-like event for local organizations to provide information and/or take registrations for their upcoming programming, events or services.
This event is intended for non-profits and service clubs seeking to recruit volunteers; for sports organizations and clubs taking registrations; and for learning about organizations and support services wishing to share information on their programs https://www.olds.ca/communityshowcase

 

Alberta Culture Days (September)

Alberta Culture Days is held annually in mid September with a wide variety of activities  for the whole family

https://www.olds.ca/albertaculturedays

Canada Day (July)

Canada Day is celebrated every July 1st to commemorate the independence of Canada.  The Olds community comes together to celebrate its heritage and commemorate Canada's Birthday with celebrations held in Centennial Park. People of all ages  gather to enjoy a parade, and a host of games and activities during the day and a fantastic fireworks display at night. 

https://www.olds.ca/canadaday

 

Olds Fashioned Christmas (November/December)

Started in 1993, Olds Fashioned Christmas is a community, culture and recreation event held throughout November and December. It is organized and coordinated by a team of volunteers and has grown to include a large number of Events, Craft Shows and Family Activities. All of these can be found on the Olds Fashioned Calendar of Events that is produced every Christmas Season.  There is extensive involvement by volunteers, local businesses, schools and service groups. 

https://www.olds.ca/ofc

 

Oldstoberfest (September)

Oldstoberfest is the world’s first and only Bavarian Rodeo! Merging Bavarian culture with our western prairie heritage it is an atmosphere one must truly experience!

 Oldstoberfest takes place in Olds, Alberta, Canada. The event is held annually on the third weekend in September. Oldstoberfest is estimated to bring 8,000 visitors throughout the weekend. Our goals are to maximize economic impact, increase community engagement, and showcase the Town of Olds and the County of Mountain View.  https://www.oldstoberfest.com/

 

Oldstice (June)

Summer Oldstice is the ultimate celebration of summer in Uptowne Olds! Taking place in the middle weekend of June, this event attracts hundreds of people each year.  Main street is closed for The Mountain View Pistons’ Show N Shine, and hundreds of people come to see the cars.

Our business members decorate their storefronts, offer sidewalk sales, and organize fun activities for the kids.

Don’t miss out on this beloved street party that brings joy to all.  Event - Oldstice - Uptowne Olds

SPORTS

Minor Sports, Youth Sports & Cultural Organizations

In Olds, Alberta, there's a vibrant community of minor sports clubs, offering diverse opportunities for youth participation in sports and physical activities. These clubs are an essential part of the town's sports culture, providing structured environments for skill development, teamwork, and healthy competition.

 Olds Minor Hockey, Baseball, Soccer, Football, Lacrosse, Volleyball

The Town of Olds is also home to a variety of other youth sports and cultural organizations. These include the Apex Club Volleyball, Arashi Do Olds (martial arts), Imagine Gymnastics Olds, Inspire Baton and Dance Studio, Junior Curling Club, the Olds Figure Skating Club and horse riding clubs. These clubs cater to a range of interests from gymnastics to martial arts, offering diverse opportunities for youth engagement in sports and cultural activities.

 

Each of these clubs plays a significant role in nurturing young talent, promoting physical fitness, and fostering a sense of community among the youth of Olds. They provide platforms for children and teenagers to develop their skills, engage in healthy competition, and build lasting friendships.

 

Olds Aquatic Centre - Pool

The Olds Aquatic Centre is a community-focused pool facility offering a range of aquatic activities for all ages. The Town-owned facility includes a heated indoor pool, designed for both lap swimming and leisure use, as well as a shallow pool with wheelchair access.  There is also a waterslide for those looking for an extra bit of fun!

Programs encompass swim lessons, aqua-fitness classes, and dedicated swim times for seniors and families. The centre is staffed by trained professionals committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment. Operating hours are tailored to accommodate various schedules, ensuring community members can enjoy our aquatic resources at their convenience. The Olds Aquatic Centre serves as a central spot for fitness, relaxation, and community engagement in Olds. www.olds.ca/oac

 

Olds Sportsplex and Arena

The Olds Sportsplex is a versatile sports facility that houses an arena with two ice surfaces, along with a six-sheet curling facility. The main ice surface, measuring 200 feet by 85 feet, serves multiple purposes throughout the year. From May to July, it is available for various non-ice functions, and from August to April, it transforms into an ice rink available for rentals. The auxiliary ice surface, slightly smaller at 180 feet by 85 feet, follows a similar pattern. It is used for non-ice events from April to September and for ice rentals from October to March.

In addition to the ice surfaces, the Sportsplex features an upstairs concourse that is ideal for hosting a variety of events, such as shows, meetings, and other functions. Both ice surfaces have wheel-chair accessible viewing areas, ensuring inclusivity for all spectators. However, it's important to note that skate sharpening services are not available at the Sportsplex. This facility plays a key role in the Olds community, offering a space for sports, recreation, and gatherings throughout the year.

 

Olds Grizzly’s

The Olds Grizzlys are a junior "A" ice hockey team based in Olds, Alberta. They are a proud member of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), a league known for developing young talent on the path to higher levels of hockey, including collegiate and professional play. The Grizzlys, with a rich history dating back to their establishment, have become a staple in the community, known for their competitive spirit and commitment to excellence both on and off the ice. They play their home games at the Olds Sportsplex, which becomes a hub of excitement and local pride during the hockey season. The team not only focuses on athletic prowess but also emphasizes the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and community engagement, making them a beloved and integral part of Olds' sports culture. The Grizzlys continue to inspire and entertain, drawing in fans of all ages, and contributing significantly to the local sports scene.

 

College Broncos

The Olds Broncos represent the athletic teams of Olds College, competing in a variety of sports including basketball, volleyball, soccer, futsal, and rodeo. Known for their dedication and skill, the Broncos play an important role in both the college and local community. The teams, consisting of talented student-athletes, compete in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC), a league that showcases some of the best post-secondary sports talent in Alberta. The Broncos are more than just sports teams; they embody the spirit of Olds College, emphasizing values such as teamwork, leadership, and academic excellence. Their games, held at various facilities within the college, are events that bring together students, faculty, and residents of Olds, fostering a sense of community and school pride. Through their athletic and academic achievements, the Olds Broncos play a pivotal role in enhancing the vibrant campus life at Olds College and contribute significantly to the local sports culture.

 

Fairtrade UNESCO

Olds is Proud to be a Fair Trade Town!  Olds became the first Fair Trade Town in Alberta on November 9, 2009, the seventh in all of Canada. Olds received this designation from Fair Trade Canada - the Canadian arm of the gold standard fair trade certifier, the International Fairtrade Organization. The designation is now also supported by the Canadian Fair Trade Network.

 

Fair trade is trade that creates partnerships between Northern hemisphere consumers and producers/artisans in the global south and supports the development of thriving farmer and worker communities who then have more control over their futures and in protecting the environment in which they live and work.  Fairtrade compliments shopping local.

       

ANIMALS  

Off-Leash Dog Park

The Olds Off-Leash Dog Park (opened in 2015) is located west on Highway 27 just past 70th Avenue (North side of Hwy. 27).

This 16-acre park is fully-fenced and double gated with a socialization area.

Open from sunrise to dusk daily.  Doggie bag stations and  garbage receptacles are located throughout the park.

Off-Leash Dog Park | Town of Olds

Dog Kennels

There are multiple highly-rated dog kennels in the area.

 

Vetrinarian Services

There are multiple veterinarians in and around the Olds area who service large and small animals.

 

Equestrian opportunities

There are multiple training, boarding and riding-services in and around Olds.

 

BEAUTY & HEALTH

Olds offers a wide array of beauty and wellness services, making it an ideal destination for those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. The town hosts numerous spas and salons, each offering a unique blend of services. These range from customized skin treatments and non-surgical aesthetic procedures to a variety of massage therapies, including Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and reflexology. These establishments focus on delivering personalized care, ensuring each client's experience is tailored to their specific needs. The high-quality services provided in these facilities contribute significantly to the well-being of the residents and visitors of Olds.