Welcome to Newell, County of
WELCOME TO THE COUNTY OF NEWELL
YOUR REGION OF "RE-NEWELL"
The County of Newell is a place of prosperity, development, and quality place to live and raise a family. There are many residents and businesses that call this place home, and a great number of opportunities yet to be fulfilled. This is also a great place for a "Re-Newell" of body and spirit. Filled with activities and opportunities, the County of Newell is looking forward to seeing you soon. For more information on the County of Newell, please follow the following links:
www.countyofnewell.ab.ca County of Newell Municipal Website www.nrta.ca Newell Regional Tourism Association, A Visitors Guide to Newellwww.opportunitynewell.com County of Newell Business and Opportunity Development
The County of Newell, surrounding the City of Brooks, is home to nearly ten thousand people. These people reside on farms and within the several towns, villages and hamlets scattered throughout the area. Each community has its own heritage and history waiting to be explored. The history ranges from the time of the dinosaurs at Dinosaur Provincial Park, to the coming of the pioneers and railroad construction, to the progressive advancements today in irrigation agriculture and the oil and gas industry. The county and its communities host numerous recreational facilities and activities such as golf courses, museums, campgrounds, and restaurants.
With over two thirds of the population under the age of 44, the economy in the region has seen rapid growth in recent years within its core economic bases of agriculture, oil and gas exploration and tourism. With over 1 million acres of productive farm land for both crops and livestock and over 800 farms, the county of Newell is a productive agricultural county. Over 30,000 productive gas wells contribute to the success of Alberta's oil and gas industry.
Tourism is bolstered by the many opportunities for water activities, unique prairie scenery, hunting opportunities and western rodeo action. The land in the Province of Alberta known as the County of Newell has come a long way since settlers began settling the area at the turn of the century. Many people have worked very hard over the years to make it the prosperous area that we all enjoy today.
The County consists of the City of Brooks, the Town of Bassano, the Village of Duchess, the Village of Rosemary, the Village of Tilley, and the Hamlets of Gem, Patricia, Lake Newell Resort, Rainier, Rolling Hills, and Scandia.
Hamlets in the County of Newell No. 4
The Hamlet of Gem is located in Division 9 of the County of Newell No. 4 in the north end of the county. There are very few homes in Gem. Currently, there is a Fire Hall, Community Center and a church.
The Hamlet of Patricia is located in County of Newell Division 8 in the eastern area of the county. Patricia hosts an annual rodeo in the fall of each year. Patricia boasts a hotel, community center, nice residential lots supplied with water by the hamlet's potable water treatment plant.
Lake Newell Resort
The Hamlet of Lake Newell Resort is the newest Hamlet in the County of Newell.
The Hamlet of Rainier is located on the western edge of County of Newell and is home to Alcoma School.
Rolling Hills is the largest Hamlet in the County of Newell and is located in the southern part of the county. Rolling Hills has beautiful parks, a hockey arena, curling rink, local store, post office, 9-hole golf course and some paved streets. Rolling Hills residents are served by a hamlet water treatment plant.
Scandia is located about 1kilometer west of Highway 36 in the County of Newell Division 4. Scandia is home to the Eastern Irrigation Historical Park where you can see what ligfe was like on the farm in days gone by. There is a large display of antique machinery, buildings and home of one of the only old style grain elevators on the prairies.
The land in the Province of Alberta known as the County of Newell has come a long way since settlers began settling the area at the turn of the century. Agriculture remains one of the key industries within the region. With the distribution of water for agricultural purposes by the Eastern Irrigation District and the advancements of crop and livestock research at the Crop Diversification Center, productivity, and the variety of crops grown has expanded, along with the development of the livestock sector.
The area known as the County of Newell was comprised of 8 small Improvement Districts which in 1935 amalgamated into a single Improvement District No. 123. In 1952, the Eastern Irrigation District School Division No. 44 and the new Improvement District (now No. 28) made application to the Province of Alberta Municipal Affairs to amalgamate the two governing bodies and incorporate them to become the County of Newell No. 4. on January 1, 1953. The newly formed county was then responsible for Education, Agriculture and Public Works.
During the 80's, the County and the Province funded the construction of at least one paved road to every community located within County of Newell boundaries. The Provincial Government had also paved Highway 36 that runs north/south through the centre of the County. Having the TransCanada Highway, Highway 36 and a paved road to each community, transportation within the County can handle the volumes of high tech vehicles of the new millennium, many of which have come with the development of the oil and gas industry over the past 30 years.
County of Newell Administration, Agricultural Services & Public Works
The County of Newell is located west of Calgary on the Trans Canada Highway half way to Medicine Hat.
The Trans Canada Highway runs through the middle of the county east and west and the #36 highway, which is an extension of US interstate 15, runs through the middle of the county north and south. They intersect in the centre of the county 10 miles west of Brooks."
The County of Newell’s main economic base is agriculture, oil and gas and tourism.
There are well over 30,000 oil and gas wells within the County of Newell boundaries. The strong activity in the oil & gas sectors provides a large tax base to the County that makes taxes more affordable for ranch, farm and acreage owners in the County.
There are approximately 930,000 acres of native pasture within the County of Newell. Another 282,000 acres is served by the Eastern Irrigation District through a system of canals and pipelines that are fed by water diverted from the Bow River at the Bassano Dam located West of Bassano.
The County of Newell is also home to one of Canada’s largest beef packing and processing plants that employs over 3,000 people.
The County of Newell continues to be a hotbed of economic diversification. Agriculture, Oil & Gas, and Power Generation hold great promise for the continued prosperity of the County of Newell and its residents.
The County of Newell is home to a state-of-the-art agriculture research facility. The Crop Diversification Centre is operated by the Province of Alberta. The CDC has been instrumental in research that has developed several strains of crops for production in all areas of the Province and the whole of Canada.
The CDC currently operates a full plant genetics laboratory conducting research into new varieties of crops that either are, or potentially could be, grown in the County of Newell No. 4.
The Crop Diversification Centre also offers facilities for families or organizations to hold outdoor functions in a true park-like setting. One of the main attractions at the centre open for public viewing is the Rose Garden. Hundreds of different varieties of roses are grown in the garden, many of which can be found growing wild through-out the County of Newell.
The CDC conducts research into such crops as sunflower seeds, fruits, especially apples, corn, potatoes and many other crops grown in the County of Newell.
Regional Business Database
View the regional business database: This database features information on virtually every business enterprise residing in the county and municipalities contained therein.
Customer Service 310-4300 (local call anywhere in Alberta)
UTILICORP NETWORKS CANADA
1-800-332-1002 (toll free)
211 - 1st Avenue East
Brooks, Alberta T1R 0G9
Tel: (403) 362-2646
The Bow River is the primary source of water for the County of Newell. The water flows into Lake Newell where it is distributed for both domestic and agricultural purposes.
Potable water is provided by the Newell Regional Services Corporation, which is responsible for the construction of a regional water system for the county.
The Eastern Irrigation District is the primary distributor of water for agricultural purposes.
Mail and Courier
Within the county, Canada Post Office locations are available in many communities including Brooks, Bassano, Duchess, Gem, Patricia, Scandia, Rainier, Rolling Hills, Rosemary, and Tilley. In addition, there is overnight and courier service from the following organizations:
DHL - Brooks
Phoenix Deliveries – Duchess
Communications (Phone, Internet)
There is a wide variety of communication possibilities which are suitable for both home and business within the county. Internet service is available for remote locations. For telecommunications, the local service providers are:
Average mill rates for the County are:
- Residential: 6.9149
- Farmland: 6.9149
- Non-Residential: 11.3264
Transportation plays a key role in the economic success of the County of Newell No. 4. Both the TransCanada Highway #1 and the Canadian Pacific Railway
mainline pass through the centre of the County. The County of Newell is also served by Highway #36 that is the north-south transportation artery.
Parks and Recreation
The County of Newell is home to some of the best golfing in southern Alberta. There are a total of 4 courses that include a 9 hole course in Duchess, an 18 hole course in Bassano, a 9 hole course in Rolling Hills, a Par 3 course in Cassils, and a world class 18 hole course on the eastern edge of Brooks. Golfing in the County of Newell is made more enjoyable by the dry prairie air and the intense sunshine coupled with never-ending panoramic views of the Alberta prairies.
The County of Newell is home to the Brooks Aqueduct that is now designated a National / Provincial Historic Site. Built by the early Pioneers to the area of 80 years ago, the concrete structure was a vital link to carry water to farmers and ranchers in the eastern areas of the County of Newell.
The concrete aqueduct has been replaced by an earthen structure but the original structure still remains, standing as is, now a major tourist attraction for the area. The Aqueduct Interpretive Centre serves tourists throughout the summer tourist season giving them a brief glimpse of what life was like in the County of Newell long before it became a County in 1953.
The County of Newell also plays host to the United Nations declared World Heritage Site of Dinosaur Provincial Park. A total of 73 square kilometers have been set aside by the Provincial Government because of the spectacular scenery and one of the richest fossils beds in North America.
Dinosaur Provincial Park is home to the field station of the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta. Each year staff from the Royal Tyrell converge upon Dinosaur Provincial Park to begin an annual nine week dig that often uncovers exciting fossils from the past. As recent as 1993, three complete dinosaur skeletons were excavated in the park.
As far back as 75 million years ago, the County of Newell was the place of choice to live and continues to remain the same today.
Recreation Facilities within the County of Newell are:
- Anniversary Park – Duchess
- Bassano Dam Picnic Area
- Kinsmen Park – Bassano
- Princess Park – Duchess
- Dinosaur Provincial Park – World Heritage Site
- Kinbrook Island Provincial Park
- Tillebrook Provincial Park
- Duke of Sutherland Water Park
- Tilley Playground
- School Playgrounds – Alcoma, Tilley, Duchess, Rolling Hills, Bassano, Gem
- Bassano Homecoming Park
- Bow City Park
- Crawling Valley Campground and Park
- Dinosaur Provincial Park
- EID Historical Park - Scandia
- Emerson Bridge Park
- Kinbrook Island Provincial Park
- Kiwanis Campground – Brooks
- Poplar Grove Campground – Bassano
- Rolling Hills Campground
- Rolling Hills Reservoir
- Shady Nook Campground - Bassano
- Tillebrook Provincial Park
- Tilley Campground
- Westside Campground - Brooks
- Whistle Stop Convenience Store Campground - Duchess
- Bassano Golf and Curling
- Brooks Golf Club
- Duchess Golf Course
- Meadows Executive par Three Golf
- Rolling Hills Golf and Country Club
Swimming Pool - Lakeside Leisure Center, Bassano Swimming Pool
Baseball Diamonds - Tilley, Brooks, Duchess, Bassano
Curling Rinks – Tilley, Brooks, Duchess, Bassano
Hockey Arenas – Tilley, Brooks, Duchess, Rolling Hills, Rosemary
Indoor Soccer Arena – Duchess
Agricultural Grounds and Riding Arena - Silver Sage Community Corral
There are several museums and historical sites located in the County:
- Brooks and District Museum
- E.I.D. Historical Park – Scandia
- Brooks Aquaduct
- Red Roof Art Studio - Duchess
Residents and visitors have access to libraries throughout the County:
- Brooks Public Library
- Brooks Toy Lending Library and Family Resources
- Bassano Memorial Library
- Duchess and District Public Library
- Gem Jubilee Library
- Shortgrass Library System: Alcoma, Tilley, Rolling Hills, Rosemary Schools
Place of worship are located throughout the County for people of various denominations.
The main county-wide school division is Grasslands School Division #6 with main office located in Brooks, Alberta. Public schools for this division are located throughout the county. In addition, there are several alternatives including, a catholic division, a private Christian school and a francophone school.
GRASSLANDS SCHOOL DIVISION #6
Bassano School (K-12) Tel: 403-641-3577
Gem School (1-6) Tel: 403-641-2249
Rosemary School (K-12) Tel: 403-378-4493
Duchess School (K-12) Tel: 403-378-4948
Rolling Hills School (K-9) Tel: 403-964-3640
Rainier - Alcoma School (K-9) Tel: 403-362-3741
Tilley School/ Tilley Tiger Hockey Academy (K-9) Tel: 403-377-2233
Grasslands Colony Schools
Central School (K-1) Tel: 403-362-2660
Eastbrook Elementary School (2-6) Tel: 403-362-5464
Griffin Park School (2-6) Tel: 403-362-7555
Brooks Junior High School (7-9) Tel: 403-362-3524
Brooks Composite High School (10-12) Tel: 403-362-4812
Sunrise Outreach Tel: 403-793-2025
CHRIST THE REDEEMER SCHOOL DIVISION
Holy Family Academy (K-6) Tel: 403-362-8001
St. Joseph’s Collegiate (7-12) Tel: 403-362-5989
St. Luke’s Outreach Centre (10-12)
NEWELL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Society (private) Tel: 403-378-4448
GREATER SOUTHERN PUBLIC FRANCOPHONE Education Region No. 4 Tel: 403-362-2010
VIRTUAL AND HOME SCHOOLING
St. Paul's Academy which is affiliated with the Christ the Redeemer School Division provides on-line courses for high school students. Also, parents have the option to home school their children. For more information, visit the Alberta Education website.
POST SECONDARY EDUCATION
Post-secondary education is provided at the Medicine Hat College Brooks Campus. The campus boasts a state-of-the-art facility as well as brand new on-campus student housing.
The County of Newell is served by Alberta Health Services, a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans. The County of Newell is served by two hospitals: the Bassano Health Centre (Tel: 403-501-3232) and the Brooks Health Centre (Tel: 403-641-6100).
Brooks Health Centre is an acute and continuing care facility. Core programs at the Brooks Health Centre include short stay surgical, pediatrics, 24-hour emergency and ambulatory care services, obstetrics and community health. A total of 4 ambulances staffed by both Paramedics and EMT’s operate from the Brooks Health Centre. The Brooks Health Centre also has a helipad for take off and landings of the STARS Air Ambulance for swift transfer of patients needing emergency critical care that is not available at the Health Centre.
Bassano Health Centre is an acute care, sub-acute care, and continuing care facility. Core programs at the Bassano Health Centre include 24-hour emergency, sub-acute medicine, ambulatory care services, primary care clinic services and community health. In addition, a helipad was added and improvements made to the extended care facilities at the hospital. Ambulance services are available that serve residents in the Bassano area.
Policing in the County of Newell No. 4
Police services in the County of Newell are provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. There are two detachments located within the County boundaries. One is located in the Town of Bassano (801-11th Street) and the other is located in the Town of Brooks (310-4th Street West). Between the two detachments, there are over 24 officers keeping peace in the County.
County of Newell bylaws are enforced by the County’s own Special Constable who looks after the enforcement of by-laws and traffic laws on the County roads.
The County of Newell is served by a total of 9 volunteer fire departments. The departments are located in the communities throughout the County: Rolling Hills, Tilley, Duchess, Patricia, Bow Slope, Brooks, Bassano, Rosemary, and Gem.
A reciprocal agreement exists between the County of Newell and the Town of Brooks that covers Divisions 5 and 10 that surround Brooks. In the event of a large fire, the Town of Brooks will assist County Fire Departments in suppressing the fire.
The fire departments are funded through a tax requisition.
There are more than 50 firefighters trained and ready for action in 9 fire departments located throughout the County of Newell No. 4
Brooks Toy Lending Library and Family Resources
Duchess and District Public Library
Shortgrass Library System: Alcoma, Tilley, Rolling Hills, Rosemary Schools
Anniversary Park – Duchess
Princess Park – Duchess
Provincial Parks: http://www.tpr.alberta.ca/parks/
The County of Newell has a wide variety of campgrounds, ranging in suitability for the overnight RV, weekend camping or week-long vacation. Many of these campgrounds are situated in our smaller communities with other attractions such as museums, convenience stores and water activities available.
Crawling Valley Campground and Park
EID Historical Park - Scandia
Kinbrook Island Provincial Park
Kiwanis Campground – Brooks
Poplar Grove Campground – Bassano
Shady Nook Campground - Bassano
Tillebrook Provincial Park
Westside Campground - Brooks
Whistle Stop Convenience Store Campground - Duchess
Explore the history and culture of the County of Newell by visiting the following museums and studios.
Brooks and District Museum
E.I.D. Historical Park – Scandia
- Red Roof Art Studio - Duchess
County of Newell No. 4
707-2nd Avenue East
Brooks AB T1R 1B2
Ms. Molly Douglass
Chief Administrative Officer
Mr. Kevin Stephenson
Alberta Finance and Enterprise/Palliser Economic Partnership
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