Nestled in one of Central Alberta's most fertile valleys, Lacombe is a fast-growing community that welcomes innovation and enterprise while honoring its vibrant heritage.
A picturesque and fast-growing community of 12,000 residents, Lacombe offers modern subdivisions, a full range of schools, including Canadian University College, a hospital and first-class recreation facilities. Lacombe's high quality of life makes it an ideal location for focusing your personal and professional energies.
Lacombe is one of Central Alberta's most appealing and progressive communities, with a strong local government emphasis on sustainability. Volunteerism and participation in local activities, programs and organizations is high.
Living in Lacombe is comfortable and convenient, offering all the urban services and amenities necessary for a growing population. Lacombe prides itself on being a community that takes care of people. The town has excellent schools, including Canadian University College, a fully-accredited, degree-granting post-secondary institution with century-old connection roots in the community. You'll also find a hospital, library, arena, curling rink, indoor pool, spray park and an extensive trails network, plus top-notch parks, playgrounds, playing fields and natural areas.
Beyond the attractive Edwardian-style architecture which characterizes much of the downtown district, the community's charm is enhanced by dozens of beautiful heritage homes located on avenues shaded by massive trees. Parks and green spaces and natural areas abound in Lacombe, many of them linked to a chain of small lakes by an extensive network of woodland trails. Golfers know that Lacombe is the perfect place stay and play, with over 30 golf courses located within a 75 kilometer radius of the town. Dozens of other recreational opportunities can be found on Lacombe's doorstep and throughout the Central Alberta region. In 2007, a new, state-of-the-art Lacombe Memorial Centre and Public Library opened its doors downtown to serve as a hub of community activity.
Lacombe's central location makes it one of Alberta's most accessible towns. Red Deer is just 18 kilometers to the south, while both Calgary (160 kilometers) and Edmonton (120 kilometers) lie within easy driving distance. Lacombe is also in close proximity to Alberta's Rocky Mountain playground (150 kilometers), and a number of lakes are much closer to home (Gull Lake, 12 kilometers; Alix Lake, 45 kilometers; Sylvan Lake, Buffalo Lake, Pine Lake).
As home to federal and provincial research stations, Lacombe has long been a leader in the agricultural industry. Lacombe's economy includes a growing oilfield service and manufacturing sector. The town's largest employer is Alberta Financial Services Corporation, with over 400 full-time staff serving the needs of Alberta farmers.
Situated on highways 2 and 12, Lacombe is a regional transportation hub that includes convenient rail access and a municipal airport serving light aircraft. A number of prime industrial lots are currently available at affordable prices, with even more recently annexed lands in the early development stages. The town's proximity to large petro-chemical facilities at Joffre and Prentiss presents numerous opportunities for related businesses.
Grow with Confidence. A community that grows by at least 3% per year, Lacombe is the right place to put your business. Lacombe offers great potential for all types of retail businesses where the cost of operations is low and the rewards are great.
Harmony in Lacombe
The harmonious juxtaposition of new and old coupled with the access to the large consumer population of Red Deer just 18 km to the south, has given Lacombe a unique potential in retail marketing including boutiques, craft shops, artistic outlets, ethnic-oriented cafes, mini-museums. The streetscape of downtown Lacombe offers a unique appeal to discriminating consumers, to tourists, and to the local residents.
The business opportunities for new store owners are very enticing. Cost of land and buildings is most reasonable. Lease space can be arranged in the $10.00 to $21.00 range - a far cry from the $12.00 -$40.00 per square foot the large cities are demanding. Please see our current list of opportunities wanted for Lacombe.
Economic Development Board
Under the auspices of town council, the EDB has set itself some definite goals. Created to secure existing business and to promote new commercial and industrial ventures, the board has drawn up ambitious objectives. Land and buildings inventories have been set up, industrial parks are in place, new residential developments are being added every year. Enjoy the success that comes with confident growth.
Alberta Main Street Program
Lacombe was selected by Heritage Canada and Alberta Culture for this project. It was a program geared to downtown revitalization within a "heritage" framework. Lacombe's historical character was ideally suited for the program and after six years saw the refurbishing of 35 buildings, new street lights, trees and downtown landscaping.
Chamber of Commerce
Lacombe can truly say it has an active Chamber. The business community has a legacy of lasting projects sponsored by the Chamber.
Our Light and Heavy Industrial properties are priced to sell, based on a strict cost recovery of lands held by the Town of Lacombe. The price of Lacombe's serviced industrial property is $110,000.00 per acre. Compared to other communities on the Highway #2 corridor, where prices range from $50,000 to $250,000 per acre, Lacombe's prices are very competitive.
It's an exciting time to be doing business in Lacombe. With the announcement of the construction of Canadian Premium Meats - Bison, Elk and Beef processing facility - over $22 million in construction was completed between 2006 and 2008. Meanwhile, Lacombe's close proximity to oil, gas and petrochemical facilities makes it a great place to base your petroleum focused operations.
Lacombe is a community that offers residents a wide variety of first-class recreational amenities. Municipal facilities include a Sports & Leisure Complex incorporating an arena, curling rink, indoor pool and outdoor spray park. Outdoor venues include 16 ball diamonds, eight soccer pitches, a running track, campground and seasonal skating rinks. Lacombe's multiple lakes and natural areas are the perfect setting for an extensive network of trails and pathways for walking, jogging and cycling.
The town's premiere public facility is the new Lacombe Memorial Centre, a large multi-use community centre and library located within the downtown commercial district. The state-of-the-art Memorial Centre features multiple rooms and options for banquets, meetings and large public events and private functions. A large atrium and coffee bar overlooks the attractive gardens and Lawns of Lest We Forget Park next door. The creative efforts of local artists are displayed throughout the building. Other recreational options in Lacombe include a stocked fishing pond, a two-screen movie theatre, a bowling alley and numerous restaurants, lounges and bistros.
Lacombe and the surrounding Lacombe County area abound with places to experience and explore, including:
- Lacombe Interpretive Centre (downtown in the historic Flatiron Building)
- Historic Lacombe downtown walking tour
- Downtown Lacombe murals
- Michener House Museum
- Lacombe Blacksmith Shop
- Lacombe trails system (trailhead at Cranna Lake)
- Lacombe Trout Pond
- Ellis Bird Farm
- Lacombe Corn Maze
- Lacombe Farmer's Market (seasonal)
- Double Dimple Mini-Golf
- Aspen Beach Provincial Park (Gull Lake)
- Alix Lake Beach & Campground
- Medicine Lodge Ski Club
- Central Alberta Sailing Club
- J.J. Collett Natural Area
- Xtreme Raceways
Details about these and other local attractions and events can be found on the Lacombe Regional Tourism website at www.lacombetourism.com. Community Services
Lacombe enjoys a complete retail and service sector, including professional and medical services, a tertiary hospital and numerous places of worship. The municipality operates its own police, fire and ambulance services.
For more information on local community services, visit the Business section of the Town of Lacombe website at www.lacombe.ca or the Lacombe & District Chamber of Commerce website at www.lacombechamber.ca.
Front-line health care services in Lacombe are provided by:
- Lacombe Community Health Care Centre (70 acute care and long-term care beds)
- Lacombe Public Health Dept.
- Lacombe Ambulance Service
- Two medical clinics
- Walk-in clinic
- Numerous practitioners in dentistry, chiropractic and optometry
Advanced medical services are delivered via the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, which is located 25 kilometers from Lacombe. Education
- J.S. McCormick School - Kindergarten to grade 3
- Father Lacombe Catholic School - Kindergarten to grade 7
- Lacombe Upper Elementary School - Grades 4, 5 and 6
- Lacombe Junior High School - Grades 7, 8 and 9
- Lacombe Composite High School - Grades 10, 11 and 12
- Terrace Ridge School - Kindergarten to grade 8
- Lacombe Outreach School
- Lacombe Christian School - Kindergarten to grade 9
- Central AB Christian High School - Grades 10, 11 and 12
- College Heights Christian School - Kindergarten to grade 8
- Parkview Adventist Academy - Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
- First Step Adult Education - An adult learning environment
Canadian University College (CUC)
At CUC College they believe in the complete university college experience. They provide an environment where academic, physical and spiritual growth is encouraged.
Over twenty fully accredited bachelor degree programs in Business, Education, Music, Religious Studies, Science and more...
You can complete your degree right here in Lacombe Alberta.
Red Deer College
Red Deer College, located in Red Deer, offers programs including 1-year certificate programs, 2-year diplomas, university transfer, apprenticeship and training in technological areas, academic upgrading and continuing education. RDC also has an outstanding arts program which puts on many impressive and professional performances throughout the year.
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