Elnora Village Office is a small village with lots happening! Learn about the history, community services, health care centers, schools and other services available for the residents.
Our little village of 298 has much to be proud of – it is a community built on hard work, honesty and strength through mutual respect, for mutual benefit.
A close-knit, welcoming community with outstanding educational opportunities (playschool to Grade 8), it is a safe and caring environment for young families to settle and grow. The village also offers an active and thriving youth centre, a summer fun program (as evidenced by a young participant sprinting down the street, gasping ‘I’m late for summer fun’), a Library Summer Reading Program and Family Community Support Services (FCSS) whose mandate is to provide preventative social programming that fosters wellbeing and connectedness for all residents, regardless of age. Elnora Neighbourhood Place, whose focus is on childhood development and programming, is available to support and promote family-oriented lifestyles.
Our business sector is small but diverse, strong in the face of challenges related to current economic conditions.
The community thrives on volunteerism and hosts many major events that draw large crowds from across Central Alberta. Most notable is ‘Brahma Rama’ held annually in August – they celebrated 20 years in 2018.
To boast, the village hosted the Canadian Girls National Baseball competition in 2018 (Elnora Eagles took first place qualifying to compete in the 2018 senior league World Series), our community will be hosting this event again in 2019 (Go Eagles, Go!)
The village is a constant beehive of activities, events, and organizations that make people come back time and again for the good times and the laughter – a small community with a big heart and a welcome mat!
Mayor Robert Aellen
From left to right:
CAO: Sharon Wesgate, Councillor: Kerrilyn Mose, Mayor: Robert Aellen, Deputy Mayor: Leah Nelson.
Fire Department Information
The Elnora & District Volunteer Fire Department responds to calls in and around Elnora. Regular fire meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the fire hall at 07:00 PM.
If you’re interested in joining our team please go to https://www.rdcounty.ca/182/Fire-Services and fill out a volunteer application.
District Fire Chief: Glen Craig
Director of Emergency Management - Director: Dave Brand
For information on fire bans in the province, visit www.albertafirebans.ca.
Elnora is serviced by the Three Hills R.C.M.P. Detachment.
For emergencies, call 911 and for non-emergency, you can call 403-443-5539
For water or after-hours emergency, call 403-820-2185
Electric and Gas Information
ATCO Electric is the wire services provider for Elnora. They are responsible for ensuring that electricity reaches your home, and also read and maintain your meter. Contact them at 1-780-420-7310 or online at https://callmepower.ca/en/directory/ab/elnora
Use the My ATCO Electricity - Track & Report Power Outages app. Use their online form. Call them at 1-800-668-5506.
ATCO Gas is the proud provider of natural gas service to over 1.1 million customers in almost 300 communities across Alberta, including Elnora. As your natural gas distributor, they have a number of ways they can help with your natural gas needs.
Let them know if you have any questions or for more information call 403-357-5200 or on their website at https://www.atco.com/en-ca/for-home/natural-gas/ou...
Traffic and By-law Control Information Details
Red Deer County is responsible for our traffic control by-laws. For info or complaints, they can be contacted at 403-343-6301 or log onto their website at https://www.rdcounty.ca/181/County-Enforcement-RCM...
Garbage and Recycling
The village of Elnora has curbside garbage and recycling services. If you need access to a landfill, there is the Gaetz Creek Waste Transfer Facility or Horn Hill Waste Transfer Facility. See below for details.
Curbside Recycling Information
Elnora’s recycling pick-up schedule is every other Friday. Please have materials out for collection by 07:00 am on the collection day.
RV Sani Dump Station Information
Red Deer Waste Transfer Facilities Information
Horn Hill Waste Transfer Facility located from Highway 2, go east on Highway 42, then south on Highway 791 (1/4 mile south of Highway 42 on Range Road 273).
Please go to https://www.rdcounty.ca/158/Waste-Management-Facil... to get more information.
Elnora’s pioneers were humble, hard-working people with a dream of a better life. From dairy to breaking prairie and farming, cattle to trapping, Elnora grew from the harsh, secluded, unbroken wilderness.
In 1906, Dan May homesteaded the present site of Elnora. In 1908, Elnora was named after Nora Edwards and Elinor Hogg, two of the first female pioneers in the area. They travelled together caring for the sick and acting as midwives. Groceries and supplies were shipped from Calgary to Innisfail, then by team and wagon, taking three days. Houses and small businesses started to spring up in the area, and school came to Elnora in 1907. In 1908, Mr. Edwards opened the post office and a community hall was built. It housed elections, dances, concerts and silent movies. The first telephone line came to town in 1911. In 1913, with two passenger trains a day, the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad was built through the existing townsite, thus founding Elnora. Elnora continued to grow when the neighbouring community, Lakeview’s store, creamery, boarding house and rifle range were re-located to Elnora. The village of Elnora saw its first Church services in a pool room and barbershop until a church was resurrected in 1914. The Women’s Institute was formed in 1915, and topics of conversation mirror that of today’s volunteers ‘How to Make a Better Elnora’. In 1916, the first grain elevator was constructed and the Elnora advocate soon went into weekly production.
Elnora has housed fine china shops, printing shops, a saloon, affectionately, referred to as ‘Bucket of Blood’, lumber yard, hospital, confectionary store, bakery, tailor, chophouse, meat market, doctors and more. The past 100 years have seen fire and floods, freezing and drought, construction, changes and growth, and through it all, there are special people, and their families are still here and have made Elnora what it is today.
If you are interested in the whole story, “Buried Treasures,” Volume I & II, are available from the village office. To order, please call 403-773-3922.
Do you have a service request/complaint, or question for the council or staff? Simply fill out the form and we will be sure to tend to your request at our earliest opportunity. Please note that service request form emails are not exclusively confidential between you and the selected recipient.
Community Support Service
Family Community Support Services (FCSS)
FCSS and Neighbourhood Place serve the village of Elnora. These two organizations work hand-in-hand for the betterment of our youth, adults, seniors and families of Elnora.
FCSS is committed to empowering individuals, to creating healthy families, and building caring communities. Currently, our local programs are Meals on Wheels, Fruit to School, Lifeline, Community Connections, Community Garden, referrals and a monthly newsletter.
FCSS Office Hours
Monday to Thursday: 09:30 AM – 04:30 PM
We are closed from noon to 01:00 PM.
Many programs require commitment, both time and money. If you have time or interest in volunteering in the community, please call or email our local FCSS community worker at 403-773-3920 or email@example.com to discuss. We can always use extra hands.
If you or someone you know is in need of help, please contact our local FCSS Community Worker at 219 Main Street, Elnora.
Section 2.1(1) (a) of the FCSS Regulation states: “Services under a program must be of a preventive nature that enhances the social well-being of individuals and families through promotion or intervention strategies provided at the earliest opportunity.”
Section 2.1(2) (b) states: “Services under a program must do one or more of the following:
For more information please visit http://fcssaa.org/what-is-the-fcss-program/.
Neighbourhood Place is a capacity-building initiative working to strengthen the lives of the children, youth and families who reside here.
If you or someone you know is in need, please contact Tina 403-550-7976 or visit 5151 – 3rd Avenue, Elnora.
Elnora Community Health Centre
Hours of Operation
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