Community Profiles

 A snapshot of where we live and work

Community profiles

Distributed Learning & Rural Initiatives connects various stakeholders all over Alberta. Below are some of the locations where we have active preceptors and learners. Click here to see a map of all of our sites. 


Brooks - The City of 100 Hellos

Brooks with a population of 14,436 is home to a young-dynamic population base of with a lower than national average population base of 33.8 years. Nearly 50 percent of the population is in the range of 20 and 49. Brooks is a region rich with over 100 languages spoken and one of the most diverse populations per capita in Canada. Brooks is located 186 kilometres southeast from Calgary.

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Canmore - Mountain Playground

Along the banks of the Bow River and surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, offers one of the best places to live, work and thrive. Canmore is a vibrant community with young and well-educated populations that enjoys energetic outdoor lifestyle with a population of 13,992. Canmore’s small town feel with many spectacular cafes, restaurants and shops makes this a unique place to call home. Canmore is 81 kilometres west of Calgary.

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Cardston - Mountains, Rivers and Valleys

Nestled in the rolling foothills of southwest Alberta lies the quaint town of Cardston and has a population of 3,585. Just 30 minutes from the majestic Waterton Lakes National Park, Cardston is the only town that intersects both the Cowboy Trail and Canada's historic Mormon Trail with First Nations culture and pioneer heritage. Cardston has been a dry county since 1905. Cardston is 234 km south of Calgary.

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Crowsnest Pass - Land of Forestry and Peaks

Encompassing the region that includes Bellevue and Blairmore towns, the Crowsnest Pass is in the southwest corner of the province offering a wealth of community groups. With a population of 5,589, this mountainous region has a wealth of hiking and outdoor pursuits featuring its majestic natural beauty. “The Pass” is place where you can experience a sense of community and ability to connect to nature. Crowsnest Pass is located. Crowsnest Pass is 233 kilometres southwest of Calgary.

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Drumheller - Dinosaur Valley

In the heart of the Canadian Badlands, the Drumheller Valley offers spectacular unique scenery. Drumheller with a population of 6,439 offers a world of startling contrasts as rolling fields suddenly give way to steep, dry coulees ridged with the strata of hundreds of years of erosion by time, wind and water. Agricultural is the biggest industry in this region followed by oil and gas production and the correctional facility. Drumheller is 110 kilometres northeast of Calgary.

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High River - Rooted in People

High River is located 67 kilometres south of Calgary that offers a lifestyle community that is walkable, bikeable and drivable, that offers facilities, services and events that showcase small town living while maintaining its historical aesthetic. With a diversified economy driven by health services, manufacturing, and agriculture strengthened by a strong presence of arts, culture, and heritage.

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Lethbridge - Gateway to Opportunity

Lethbridge is a sunny city that frequently has warm Chinook winds blow throughout creating one of warmest winters in the province. With a population of 87,572 and featuring an impressively large urban parks system due to a ravine along the banks of the Old Man River. Lethbridge is located 210 kilometres southeast of Calgary

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Pincher Creek - Gateway to New West

With a population of 3,642, located along Pincher Creek River that gave the community its name. Nestled in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, the town and surrounding area features nature, a flourishing Oil and Gas and Wind energy sectors capitalizing on the strong wind currents that are created in between the Oldman and Castle river valleys.

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Rocky Mountain House - Where Adventure Began

Rocky Mountain House is rich in frontier and fur trading history in west-central Alberta, Canada, at the confluence of the Clearwater and North Saskatchewan Rivers. With a population of 6,429, this town is Rocky Mountain House is located 214 kilometres northwest of Calgary.

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Stettler - Heart of Central Alberta

Stettler is both a beautiful and peaceful place to reside. Stettler's central location makes it an attractive location for distribution and manufacturing. Oil and natural gas, coal, sulfur, gravel, sand, agricultural and dairy products are some of the raw resources found in the Stettler vicinity. Stettler is located 226 kilometres from Calgary.

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Sundre - Cowboy Trail

The Town of Sundre is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Sundre is the quintessential Alberta community. Home to Alberta's thriving oil, gas, lumber and agriculture industries. Residents, Industry and the Municipality unite together on many different initiatives designed to support and sustain Sundre's economy and quality of life. Sundre is located 100 km northwest from Calgary.

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Taber - Corn Capital of Canada

Taber's economy is based both in agriculture and their energy service industry. There is a great opportunity here to enjoy the abundant amount of sunshine. In 2015, Taber was ranked by Expedia number 6 in the list of Friendliest Communities in Canada. This community offers a temperate climate while featuring Alberta’s only sugar factory which is the largest employer in town. Taber is located 263 kilometres southeast of Calgary.

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Yellowknife - Northern Lights

Yellowknife is a beautiful, small urban centre while having a hometown feel and urban amenities within Canada’s North. Off the shores of Great Slave Lake, houseboats can be seen in Yellowknife’s Old Town among the skyscrapers and log cabins. A convergence of metropolitan offerings with the frontier spirit. Yellowknife is located 1747 kilometres north of Calgary.

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