Located squarely between the City of Edmonton and the Saskatchewan border, Hardisty is the hub of oil pipeline activity in Alberta. With ongoing expansion of pipelines and tank farms, there is opportunity for hard-working Canadians to make their homes in Hardisty.
Within the Town’s boundary is a spring- and land-fed body of water, Hardisty Lake. It is a summer destination for many, with campsites filling up quickly, and the beach busy as the clear, clean water is cool and inviting. The Hardisty United Church runs a summer camp on the lake.
A nine-hole golf course, rodeo grounds, baseball diamonds and soccer fields, help round out summer activities. Skiing, curling and hockey keep residents busy in the winter.
The community has its own K-9 school, a library, hospital, doctor clinic, pharmacy and many other features that provide residents with a well-rounded, active and healthy life. It is governed by the Town of Hardisty council, consisting of four councillors and a mayor. The Town Office is open four days a week, Monday through Friday (excepting Wednesdays), and can help with everything from civic permits to exciting adventures.
The community is served by two faiths, the Hardisty United Church and the Hardisty Messianic Congregation; for those wishing to participate in other faith activities, there are churches of various denominations in neighbouring communities, just a quick drive away.
Hardisty was the first community featured on the CBC’s “The Week the Women Left,” a television show detailing the travails of the community’s men and children after the women were taken away for a week. While the women enjoyed a week in luxury in Banff, the remaining Hardisty residents had to learn to pick up the slack. The big project of the week, a gazebo, still proudly stands next door to the community post office.