Alberta has Rural, Regional & Urban Communities

There are many different types of communities and municipalities in Alberta including cities, towns, villages, summer villages, municipal districts and hamlets. Learn more about the types of Municipalities in Alberta.

There is significant commitment in Alberta to the sustainability and growth of rural communities. The Government of Alberta continues to resource numerous initiatives to support rural Alberta.



A picturesque, fast-growing community of 12,000 residents, the City of Lacombe offers modern subdivisions, a full range of schools, including Canadian University College, a hospital and first-class recreation facilities. Lacombe's high quality of life makes it an ideal location for focusing your personal and professional energies.

Lacombe is one of Central Alberta's most appealing and progressive communities, with a strong local government emphasis on sustainability. Volunteerism is encouraged and participation in local activities, programs and community organizations is high.

Living in Lacombe is comfortable and convenient, offering all the urban services and amenities necessary for a growing population. Lacombe prides itself on being a community that takes care of people. The city has excellent schools, including Canadian University College, a fully-accredited, degree-granting post-secondary institution with century-old connection roots in the community. You'll also find a hospital, library, arena, curling rink, indoor pool, spray park and an extensive trails network, plus top-notch parks, playgrounds, playing fields and natural areas. In 2007, the state-of-the-art Lacombe Memorial Centre and Public Library opened its doors downtown to serve as a hub of community activity.

Beyond the attractive Edwardian-style architecture which characterizes much of the historic downtown, the community's charm is enhanced by dozens of beautiful heritage homes located on avenues shaded by massive trees.

Parks and green spaces and natural areas abound in Lacombe, many of them linked to a chain of small lakes by an extensive network of woodland trails. Golfers know that Lacombe is the perfect place stay and play, with over 30 golf courses located within a 75 kilometre radius of the town. Dozens of other recreational opportunities can be found on Lacombe's doorstep and throughout the Central Alberta region.

Lacombe's central location makes it one of Alberta's most accessible towns. Red Deer is just 25 kilometres to the south, while both Calgary (160 kilometres) and Edmonton (120 kilometres) lie within easy driving distance. Lacombe is also in close proximity to Alberta's Rocky Mountain playground (150 kilometres), and a number of lakes are much closer to home (Gull Lake, 12 kilometres; Alix Lake, 45 kilometres; Sylvan Lake, Buffalo Lake, Pine Lake).