Coaldale Centennial Events & Activities

2019 – Coaldale Centennial

The Coaldale Centennial committee is planning a special year of activities in 2019.  We are looking for people with ideas and/or who would like to help with events. 

A Centennial book is being created, but we need your help.  We are looking for pictures of early Coaldale:  main street; community hall; scout hall; schools; old curling rink;  outdoor skating rink; old cars;  any pictures of Coaldale. 

If your family has been in Coaldale or surrounding area for 100 years or longer, we would like to hear from you.

Centennial Story Collection – Your Story is Our Story.  We are looking to create and share a collection of stories about life in Coaldale.  We invite you to share your story of joy, challenge, triumph or humor of living in Coaldale and surrounding area.  Your story will be added to a collection which will inspire reflection and serve as a lasting reminder of our shared history. Email your stories to coaldalecentennial@coaldale.ca

Follow our weekly Coaldale Fun Facts on social media and at coaldale.ca.  Find out where our Centennial Owl, Mr. Bogle, will be located that week and take a selfie with him.  Tag us with your selfie and be entered into a monthly draw for a plush centennial owl keepsake.

The 15th annual Coaldale Community Fest will be held on Monday, Feb 18.  Community breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. with donations to the Coaldale Food Bank.  Free family activities planned until 3 p.m. Check back in February for more details.

Celebrate Coaldale’s 100th Birthday with your family and warm up your winter weekend with an entire afternoon of live music performed by Uncovered and Coaldale’s own Good Time Charlie.  Saturday, Feb. 23 from 2 to 5:30 p.m.  $5 admission.  Patter’s Perogies, Poutine and Pie food truck will be on site.  Please visit www.coaldale.ca/programs to purchase your ticket.

Coaldale Centennial Contest

Check back each week for a new Fun Fact and a new location to find our Centennial Owl. 

Week 2

Did you know that in 1916 Coaldale was home to the first Rural Consolidated School in Alberta?

In 1916 there were only 35 students in Coaldale, so neighboring districts thought Coaldale had “taken leave of its senses” to spend $20,000 on this two story brick building with 4 classrooms, modern conveniences and a “fine second story auditorium”. 

By 1919, 150 students were attending the school, many of whom came to school in horse-drawn vans from as far as 10 miles away. In 1954, John McDowell Davidson School, which was built just west of the original Consolidated school, opened its doors to accommodate the ever growing school population.

Celebrate Coaldale’s 100th by taking a selfie with our Centennial Owl located at the John Davidson School until Jan 27.

Share your selfie with #CoaldaleCentennial. All selfie shared in the month of January will be entered to win a Centennial Owl.