Stettler, Alberta

Stettler, AlbertaStettler is a town in east-central Alberta, Canada within the County of Stettler No. 6. It is located approximately 101 km (63 mi) east of Red Deer at the junction of Highway 12 and Highway 56. The town is nicknamed "The Heart of Alberta."


Stettler was founded in 1905 and was named after Swiss immigrant Carl Stettler, who also founded a settlement east of the town at Blumenau, as well as being influential in the nearby community of Castor. He also served on the first town council of Stettler as a councillor.

In 1985 the town briefly gained international notoriety when a resident tried to eat his own underwear in attempt to foil a breathalyzer.

Stettler celebrated its centennial in 2005.


Stettler, Alberta AttractionsStettler is also home to Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions, a popular attraction delivering rail tours on a line running from Stettler to Big Valley, a 35 km (22 mi), one-hour trip.


The following people have served as mayor of Stettler.

  • Bob Stewart
  • John Brennen
  • Redford Peeples
  • Robin Sloan
  • Gary McKay
  • Keith Ryder
  • James Hunter
  • Dick Richards


The town has three schools in the Clearview Public Schools - (Clearview School Division No. 71):

  • Stettler Elementary School
  • Stettler Middle School
  • William E. Hay Composite High School.

As well as one school in the East Central Catholic School Division

  • Christ King Catholic School

Notable residents

  • Kenn Borek, founder of Kenn Borek Air, was born in Stettler.
  • Robert Raymond Cook was the "last man to be hanged in Alberta" after the 1959 murder of his family.
  • Tricia Helfer, the actress who portrays Number Six on Battlestar Galactica, attended high school in Stettler.
  • Brian Ogilvie and Bob Falkenberg are retired Canadian ice hockey players.

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