|Town of Magrath|
|Municipal district||Cardston County|
|• Village||August 20, 1901|
|• Town||July 24, 1907|
|Named for||Charles Alexander Magrath|
|• Mayor||Byrne Cook|
|• Governing body||Magrath Town Council|
|• CAO||James Suffredine|
|• MP||Glen Motz|
|• MLA||Joseph Schow|
|• Land||5.88 km2 (2.27 sq mi)|
|Elevation||983 m (3,225 ft)|
|• Density||422/km2 (1,090/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
|Postal code span|
Magrath is a town in Cardston County, Alberta, Canada. Its population was 3,281 in 2022. Magrath is 32 km (20 mi) (approximately 25 minutes) south of Lethbridge and 242 km (150 mi) (approximately 3.5 hours) south of Calgary.
Magrath was established in 1899 by settlers sent by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from Utah and Idaho. These Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints settlers were recruited by the Alberta Railway and Irrigation Company to construct irrigation works in the area funded by British interests by the family of Sir Alexander Galt. The settlers were paid in cash and land in the town. This was the first major irrigation work in Canada and was made possible by the settlers' experience with the extensive irrigation projects undertaken by their church in Utah and Idaho.
The irrigation system was completed in November 1899 and spanned ninety-miles. It was the first large-scale irrigation system in Canada. The area's irrigation canal system supplies water to farmers throughout Southern Alberta and was the first major irrigation project in Canada. In its early years Magrath was known as The Irrigation Capital of Canada, and later as "The Garden City" for its beautiful natural setting and plentiful trees. The design and layout of Magrath was based on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 'Plat of Zion' urban design model. Magrath also has historical links to the internationally recognized British Garden City tradition which was piloted in England during this same period.
In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Magrath had a population of 2,481 living in 803 of its 830 total private dwellings, a change of 4.5% from its 2016 population of 2,374. With a land area of 5.88 km2 (2.27 sq mi), it had a population density of 421.9/km2 (1,092.8/sq mi) in 2021.
In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Magrath recorded a population of 2,374 living in 757 of its 794 total private dwellings, a 7.1% change from its 2011 population of 2,217. With a land area of 5.99 km2 (2.31 sq mi), it had a population density of 396.3/km2 (1,026.5/sq mi) in 2016.
- Protestant: 84%
- Catholic: 4%
- No religious affiliation: 11%
- Christian Orthodox: <1%
- Christian (unspecified denomination): <1%
The religious affiliation within Magrath is primarily from the LDS Church. There is a stake based in Magrath, which is composed of ten congregations (eight wards and two branches) in the town and surrounding area. As of June 2016, the total membership in the Magrath Alberta Stake was reported as 2433 members.
- Buffalo Bin Elevator - Magrath, the first of five ever built in the Province. The "Buffalo Bin" style grain elevator was built as an experiential elevator for Alberta Wheat Pool in the 1970-1980s, today only three of the original buffalo bins remain. The others still standing are Foremost and Fort Saskatchewan.
- Galt Irrigation Canal, first major irrigation project in Canada, a National Historic Site of Canada.
- Galt Canal Nature Trail
- Magrath Golf club
- Magrath Skateboard Park
- Magrath Wind farm
- Randall K. Bennett, general authority of the LDS Church.
- Phil Tollestrup (b. 1949), Olympics basketball player and member of the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame
- Gordon McOmber (1919-2018), Lieutenant Governor for Montana (1988-1989) was born in Magrath.
- Garden City Movement
- "Location and History Profile: Town of Magrath" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 372. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
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- Holmgren, Eric J. and Patricia M. Holmgren (1973) Over 2,000 Place-Names of Alberta, p. 112, Saskatoon, Sask: Western Producer Book Service, ISBN 0-919306-37-3
- Post Office Archives page for Magrath Archived 2011-05-19 at the Wayback Machine
- 2017 Municipal Affairs Population List (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN 978-1-4601-3652-2. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
- 2016 Municipal Affairs Population List (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN 978-1-4601-3127-5. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
- "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
- "2001 Community Profiles – Magrath, Alberta (Town)". Statistics Canada. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
- "2001 Census Dictionary – Appendix L. Comparison of Religious Code Values, 2001, 1991 and 1981" (PDF). Statistics Canada. 2003-12-04. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
- "Statistics Magrath Alberta Stake". Retrieved 2016-06-08.
- Buffalo Bin Elevator[permanent dead link]
- "Historic Galt Canal head-gates to receive face lift". August 6, 2015 By Karlene Skretting, Westwind Weekly News.
- Galt Canal Nature Trail - Magrath
- "Randall K. Bennett".