Alder Flats' first homesteaders arrived as early as 1919, but the majority of homesteaders came to the area in the early 1930s. Several logging camps employed early residents. Other eked a living by trapping and hunting. Oil and gas discoveries made in the early 1950s slowly replaced logging as the main employer. Settlers improved their land and soon horses, cows and bison farming flourished. The first community hall was established in the late 1950s and our current community centre was finished in 1978.
Although oil and gas are still king in Alder Flats, the construction of Em-Te Town and recreational trails opened the area to light tourism in recent years and many come to enjoy the picturesque wilderness that surrounds the hamlet.
You can purchase the Packhorse to Pavement History Book to read more great stories about our local history from Seely's General in Alder Flats or by calling Al Clemmer at 780-388-3954.
1910 - 1950
Early Alder Flats' settlers' homes were built of log and slabs, with mud and moss chinking. Trappers could make more money in a day than loggers in the 1930s. Many early settlers' made pets of the wild life, including moose and bears!
1950 - 2018
In the 1950s, Alberta's oil boom reached Alder Flats. Every kind of skid shack became a temporary home and businesses flourished. Since then, the west country has been transformed by lease roads and oil & gas industry.
In 1967, the Centennial Canoe Pageant made their first stop in Alder Flats. Locals brought food, horse races and celebration to the river's shore. This spawned the annual Alder Flats Racemeet in years to come, which now includes a two day rodeo and race meet event on the weekend after the long weekend in May.