The Town of Stavely is a thriving town of approximately 500 residents and growing. Located between Lethbridge and Calgary, an hours drive from either on Hwy 2, Stavely is surrounded by ideal ranching and farming areas. Rolling prairies to the east and foothills to the west include camping areas, fishing and hiking trails. Newcomers to the town and area will welcome the openness, friendliness and community spirit that the residents of Stavely pride themselves on.
The Town of Stavely was named for Alexander Staveley Hill, Managing Director of the Oxley Ranching Company that was formed in 1882. With the influx of settlers, the bow-car stop and tent-town, we progressed to the status of a village in 1903 and to a town in 1912. Celebrations for our 100th birthday were a two day event, including a parade, dance, local artisans and amazing fireworks.
Stavely is lucky to be situated close to several recreational sites. Willow Creek and
Pine Coulee camprgounds, operated by the Municipality of Willow Creek as municipal parks are located about 15 minutes to the west. These areas provide opportunities for camping, boating, wind surfing, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing.
Then minutes to the east we have Clear Lake Municipal Park which also provides camping facilities and is a popular water skiing area. Little Bow Campground is located to the east and provides the same type of activities found at Pine Coulee.
Stavely is famous for being the home of the first Indoor Rodeo in Canada. In 1929,
Harry Streeter put the community on the map This annual three-day professional rodeo is held at the Stavely Arena the second weekend in May.
Our golf course is a unique 9 hole course hosting one of the few artificial grass greens golf courses in Canada. It is located inside the town limits just off the south entrance to Stavely and across the road east of the Auction Mart.
Stavely annually hosts the Willow Creek Cowboy Gathering, which consists of cowboy poetry and music.
Stavely has a wonderful museum open during the summer months and we still retain
one working elevator for those who enjoy photographing the few remaining wooden
In memory of Glen Keeley, his family and friends created the Glen Keeley Memorial Bull Riding event, with proceeds from ticket sales and donations going to scholarships and a benevolent fund. At this Bullriding event, riders and fans meet for an evening of dust and dirt and cowboy hats, held in early September of every year.
Also, every November, the Elks hold their annual Pheasant Derby. This is a two day
event enjoyed by all. Please click here for further information, rules and regulations.
In August, Stavely will hold the Annual Horse Show & Amateur Rodeo.
Bar U Ranch is set in the rolling foothills of the Rockies. It is the only National Historic site to commemorate the history and importance of ranching in Canada. The site has many historic building and structures, illustrating various stages of ranching development, and is rich in cultural landscape features. A visitor orientation centre and a vibrant living history program interpret a time when the West was young.