Penhold, Alberta

Penhold is a town in central Alberta, Canada. Penhold is surrounded by the county of Red Deer No. 23, 16 km (9.9 mi) south of Red Deer at the junction of Highway 2A and Highway 42. It is located 128 kilometres (80 mi) north of Calgary, along the Red Deer River


Originally, Penhold was one of the many whistle stops along the Canadian Pacific Railway. It incorporated as the Village of Penhold in 1904.

In 1981, the Village of Penhold incorporated as a town as a result of large population growth in the late 1970s.


The Town of Penhold's 2012 municipal census counted a population of 2,476, a 6.6% increase over its 2010 municipal census population of 2,322.

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Penhold had a population of 2,375 living in 889 of its 925 total dwellings, a 20.5% change from its 2006 adjusted population of 1,971. With a land area of 5.33 km2 (2.06 sq mi), it had a population density of 445.6/km2 (1,154.1/sq mi) in 2011.

In 2006, Penhold had a population of 1,961 living in 732 dwellings, a 13.4% increase from 2001. The town has a land area of 2.35 km2 (0.91 sq mi) and a population density of 834.8 /km2 (2,162 /sq mi).


Penhold has numerous businesses including a spa, a pizza place, a motel, a liquor store, two gas stations and a grocery store.


Attractions in Penhold include a museum, a recreation centre, a splash park and an outdoor ice rink.


The town is home to two schools.

Air Cadet Summer Training Centre

Penhold, AlbertaDuring the summer, Springbrook, a hamlet 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) north of Penhold, is home to Penhold Air Cadet Summer Training Centre (PACSTC) for the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. It was also the location of a now-decommissioned Diefenbunker government nuclear shelter.

During the summer PACSTC hosts approximately 800 air cadets at a time (approximately 1,700 air cadets throughout the summer) who attend one of the many courses offered on base. These are taught by an additional 150 staff cadets who run the canteen, sports activities, security and training on base. There is also approximately 200 officers and civilian instructors who supervise all activities at the summer training centre.

PACSTC offers the following courses:

  • General Training - A two-week course designed for first year cadets which teaches basic cadet knowledge in all fields of air cadets including music, drill, physical fitness and gliding.
  • Basic Drill and Ceremonial - A three-week course teaching basic leadership skills and preparing the cadet for higher-level leadership training.
  • Drill and Ceremonial Instructor (DCIC)
  • Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor (ARMIC) - A six-week course in rifle safety, marksmanship and coaching of Olympic-style target shooting. Included in this course is some basic biathlon style shooting. Cadets taking this course can shoot the .177 Daisy 853c air rifle.
  • Basic Band (Military Band) - A three-week course combining musical instruction with the more broad cadet instruction taught in the General Training course.
  • Musician I-V (Military Band) - A six-week course of more advanced musical instruction.
  • Flying Scholarship - A seven-week course where cadets aged 17 and 18 can train to gain their pilots license.

When the summer training centre is inactive for the fall, winter and spring, 7 Penhold Air Cadet Squadron parades at Hangar 6 on the base.

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