The Redwater area was surveyed and registered on September 7, 1906. The first homesteads were taken by Ukrainian settlers in 1907, closely followed by the English in 1908 and then the French in 1909. The name ‘Redwater’ was aptly named after the nearby Redwater River.
Redwater was incorporated as a village on December 31, 1949 and had its classification changed to a town on November 25, 1950. It was considered a farming community until the discovery of oil on Hilton Cook's farm in 1948, when the boom hit and the economy & population exploded. Redwater grew from a hamlet of only 90 people to a full town of approximately 4,000 residents during the first oil boom.
Today, Redwater is a safe, growing and welcoming community of over 2,100 residents. It’s a great place to raise a family, find employment, open a business and enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle. We proudly offer many of the amenities and services of a larger community from emergency services, hospital, RCMP detachment, cultural and recreational programs, K-12 schools, 9-hole golf course, curling club, swimming pool and a variety of staple businesses and services.
Redwater is a must visit for outdoor enthusiasts, boasting a multitude of recreational opportunities. Play a round of golf at the Redwater Golf Club or enjoy a dip in our outdoor swimming pool. For the more adventurous, visit Redwater’s own Sandhills located only five minutes east of town, featuring one of the largest sand dune fields in the region. With over 100 kms of trails, enjoy nature hikes, bird watching, equestrian and recreational use – a rewarding haven for ATV riders and nature lovers alike.
Residential developments with ready-to-build lots will foster growth with various commercial developments underway. This will provide even more amenities for our expanding community. Redwater brings easy access for industry employees, with its close proximity to major transportation corridors (Highways 28 & 38 access), and direct access to Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Redwater has a very strong labour base, only minutes from Alberta’s Industrial Heartland and are fortunate to be in close proximity to the progressive North West Redwater Partnership Refinery which offers numerous industrial and trades employment opportunities. The future growth and viability of the Town of Redwater looks very promising. We are dedicated to future development, offering a one year Property Tax Rebate for new home construction projects. Our region is a hub of activity generated by the presence of industry and commerce. We welcome the opportunity to make our community your home!
The original 45 meter "Discovery Well" derrick now rises above the Town's skyline as a historical landmark and a focal point in the centre of the community.
For more information on our history go to the Virtual Museum of Canada - When Oil Hit Redwater.