DEBOLT Alberta- Population, History, Economy, Accommodations, Golf, Museum, Library, Events.
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Welcome to the Hamlet of DeBolt, Alberta only 25 km from Bezanson.

Located in the Municipal District of Greenview No. 16, includes the Towns of Fox Creek, Grande Cache, Valleyview and the Hamlets of Ridgevalley, Debolt, Landry Heights and Grovedale. Total population of area 5,611 (2015). Office is in Valleyview Alberta. (780) 524-7600.

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Part of the DEBOLT & DISTRICT PIONEER MUSEUM which was incorporated in 1975, is the Legion Hall located one block away from Hubert Memorial Park. As the Legion members passed on, it was their wish to leave it to the museum. It was originally built in the 1930's and added onto in the years to follow. Today there is a small display in the building reflecting the history. It is presently used for meetings, and available for small functions. Phone: 780-957-3955.

DeBolt Hotel & Tavern, located on main street DeBolt. It was built in the early 1950's and at that time had 9 rooms. Since then there has been renovations, leaving only 1 room to rent. (780) 957-3797.

Logan Ranch, south of DeBolt (780) 957-3915.


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The DeBolt Golf Course is 5 km north of Highway 43. 9 holes, grass greens. Par 36 course. Now known as the Gunby Ranch Golf Club. (780) 957-2150.

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The Clubhouse includes pro shop with licensed premises. Next to it are the fully serviced campsites.

Meridian Golf Course & Driving Range. South of Highway 43, turn at DeBolt gas station on range road #10. 9 holes, par 3, grass greens, camping, club house. (780) 957-2733.

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Known as a sportsman paradise. This area is plentiful in moose, whitetail, mule deer, bear, ducks and geese. It is also ranch country with herds of bison, cattle, elk, and horses.

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Cranberry Lake Rodeo Grounds located next to DeBolt.



Located just 45 km east of Grande Prairie, Alberta, is the Hamlet of DeBolt. DeBolt is named after the DeBolt family, some of the earliest settlers of the community. The population is 133 people (2011 stats) living in 64 dwellings.

DeBolt has a Hotel and Convenient Store and Pub. A general store, hairdressers, postal services, emergency services, walking trails, museum, campgrounds and playgrounds. DeBolt is located just ten minutes from the Smoky River.
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Hotel, Museum Sign and Ice House, Church Sign, Community Church, Machinery at Museum, Golf Course RV

Elbert and Laura DeBolt and their family came to this area in 1919 from the state of Washington and opened up the first Post Office. His brother George and wife Virginia DeBolt owned a stopping place in those early years where you could put your horses up for the night, have a meal and a place to stay overnight. "Virginia Avenue" is named after Virginia DeBolt. Some of the DeBolt family still live in the area

Hubert Memorial Park is located on Virginia Avenue, DeBolt. Open mid May to September.
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A collection of some of the early buildings and artifacts of the area are located in Hubert Memorial Park. Buildings include the DeBolt United Church Manse (far left picture) where student ministers lived in from the early 30's to the early 60's. The Edson school teacherage (white building) one of twelve original schools in the area, moved here from its original location about 1 km east of DeBolt. Crowe House, (centre picture) where Reg Crowe one of the early settlers of the area had lived. It was moved from the Goodwin area. The Mehlum family was one of the early families in the area who used to cut ice in the winter and stored it in the Ice House, a small log building now in the Park. Also the Mehlum log barn (far right picture) was originally built in the early 1930's and moved from its original location in 1979 from about 1km northeast of DeBolt. In January of 2004, a log home was moved to the museum that was first lived in by Sam Turner and his wife in 1930 2 miles east of DeBolt.

Hubert Memorial Park is named after Mr. Hubert who left his estate to the community.

Senior Complexes in DeBolt are named after some of the early pioneers. Edna Stevenson Manor, named after one of the first district nurses of the area, and Laura DeBolt Manor named after one of the early residents of DeBolt. (Her and her husband opened the first Post Office and it is from their surname that DeBolt got its name.)

In the 1920's, an American Homesteader named John Bickell moved his family from Washington, USA to a farm in the Peace Country. He started his first Bush Mill built at the family farm at DeBolt. The company grew forming the Northern Planing Mill in Grande Prairie in the late 1940's. 1953, Bickell joined with partners to establish Northern Plywoods, Alberta's 1st Plywood Mill. Two years later, Canadian Forest Products, a British Columbia based company bought a 50% share of the company and later Canfor assumed greater control while continuing to expand.

DeBolt Pioneer Centre. (780) 957-3772.

Residential area of DeBolt, Alberta

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Events of DeBolt:
Annual Summer Events include the Cranberry Lake Rodeo held in June, at the rodeo grounds just south of DeBolt. The Heritage Festival is one of the biggest events of the area held in mid August. Some of the activities are held at Hubert Memorial Park with displays, rope making, ice-cream. The fair is held in the Curling Rink. Also part of the Heritage Festival is a Pancake Breakfast, Parade, Supper and Dance.

About 2 km west of DeBolt was De-In Industries, that manufactured Tank and Metal Granaries for many years. It was one of the main businesses of the area with the most employees. Northland Tank and Bowline Carriers now occupy the building. The Blue Apple Cafe in DeBolt provides employment for a number of local people. Moore Seeds just south of DeBolt and Star Industries located a short distance to the east that manufacture trailers, and P & G Kitchens located east of DeBolt manufactures cabinets and bathrooms, also provide employment for the area.

The communities around DeBolt, share many of the services. The Library and Curling Rink are located in DeBolt. The Arena is located in Ridgevalley 6 km east. One school, the Ridgevalley School covers the area which includes DeBolt, Ridgevalley, Crooked Creek... Goodwin to the west, Puskwaskau to the north, and east to Sturgeon Heights students. (kindergarten to grade 12)

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Located on Alberta Avenue is the Centre that includes the DeBolt Public Library, (780) 957-3770. Also features an Indoor Playground, Fitness Centre, Curling Ring, Meeting Room and Banquet Facilities. Library website

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Also part of the Centre is the Curling Rink. (780) 957-2444
The DeBolt & District Agricultural Society. (780) 957-3958. website

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Located right downtown is the DeBolt Fire Hall operated by a volunteer fire department, right across the street from the DeBolt General Store and Blue Apple Cafe. A sod turning of the new Firehall took place in May 2015.

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Gospel Light Alliance Church is one of the churches of DeBolt located on the west side of the Hamlet. website

Sept 2006 - A new subdivision has been planned for DeBolt. 54 lots for single family homes are being prepared along Highway 43.
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