M.D. of Ranchland, Municipal District of Ranchland No. 66
The Municipal District of Ranchland No. 66 is one of the most historic and picturesque areas in southern Alberta. Encompassing nearly 2,500 km2, the municipality consists of forest reserves, protected areas, creeks, streams and open rangeland. It hosts a provincial park, wildland provincial parks, and natural areas. Approximately 75 percent of the municipal land base is Crown owned in addition to large holdings of privately-owned ranch land and provincial grazing leases. The iconic Cowboy Trail (Hwy 22) bisects the municipality from north to south. The municipality shares its borders with Foothills County, the Municipal District of Pincher Creek, Municipal District of Willow Creek, Municipality of Crowsnest Pass and Kananaskis Improvement District. The Council, staff and ratepayers are unwavering in their dedication to protect and preserve Alberta’s native ecosystems and heritage ranching. Much of the land in the municipality is unbroken and not accessible by roads, which provides a distinct form of environmental conservation. This municipality is unique in the Alberta municipal sector with a population of approximately 90 people residing on secluded ranching operations, and no urban settlements within our boundaries, requiring residents to travel outside the municipality for goods and services. Our municipal Shop and Administration building are located on Highway 22 near Chain Lakes Provincial Park requiring a commute to work depending on the selected candidate’s choice of residence.