This little gem on the prairie has a lot to offer, including a variety of recreational spaces, facilities and programs. Crossfield is home to 3,377 people (2019 census) and has a five-person Town council.
Crossfield’s roots go back to 1890 when a Mrs. Hannington opened a stopping house on the Calgary - Edmonton Trail. Two years later, the C and E Railway provided rail transportation between Calgary and Edmonton, and a siding, – 29 miles north of Calgary – was named for Mr. Crossfield, an engineer with the Canadian Pacific Railway surveyor crew.
The first post office opened in 1902 with James Sutherland as the first postmaster. The post office was located in an old rail boxcar just south of Railway St.
In 1905, the Bell Telephone Company brought telephone service to Crossfield for the first time. Crossfield was incorporated as a village in 1907 with Dr. Bishop as mayor.
A fire in 1924 reduced the heart of the village to ashes but the villagers rebuilt and Crossfield continued to grow. It was incorporated as a town in 1980 after the population surpassed 1,000.
Since then, Crossfield has continued to grow. More information about Crossfield’s history and heritage can be found at the Crossfield Municipal Library.
Take yourself on an adventure through town and discover the great walking paths, parks, recreational facilities and vibrant community life.
This 15-minute podcast featuring a quick history lesson about our community, including information about the McPherson Coulee buffalo jump near Apple Creek golf course. Thanks, Canadian History Ehx, for the feature!
Discover the great things Crossfield has to offer; take the time to explore.