County Living

We're located in the heart of the Palliser Triangle located in south-eastern Alberta, Canada. With 1.5 million acres of land and 7,502 people, we are a thriving municipality.


The County of Newell has a full range of recreation, health, emergency, education, and cultural amenities. In addition, it offers the small community spirit that inspires a sense of belonging and provides a stable atmosphere in which to raise a family. The cost of living is generally more affordable than in larger urban centres.

For community information and entertainment/recreation within the County, visit:

Business Supports, Investment Attraction Information and Community Profile Information for all municipalities in the Brooks Region

Information about living in the Brooks Region

Information about visiting in the Brooks Region

Newell Foundation

Information about senior's housing options in Brooks and Bassano

  

The County of Newell is readily accessible to Canada's major east-west transport route (Highway 1 - Trans Canada), north via Highway 36 to connect the County to northern Alberta oilsands, and south via Highway 36 or Highway 875 to the U.S. border and I-15 - a major north-south trade route terminating at Los Angeles/San Diego.

 

Distance to Canadian Destinations

CityKM
Miles
Medicine Hat, AB107
67
Lethbridge, AB153
96
Calgary, AB187
117
Edmonton, AB
472
294
Regina, SK
569
306
Saskatoon, SK
489
306
Vancouver, BC
1147
717

 

Distance to U.S. Destinations

City
KM
Miles
Sweetgrass, MT
(U.S. border)
202
125
Great Falls, MT392
245
Wild Horse, MT
251
156
Seattle, WA
1201
751
Spokane, WA
755
472
Los Angeles, CA
2395
1497
Denver, CO
1625
1016
Houston, TX
3435
2134

 

Canada/US Border Crossings

There are two primary Canada/U.S. border crossings south of the County of Newell:

  • Coutts, Alberta/Sweetgrass, Montana (open 24 hours, seven days a week) - southwest U.S. via I-15
    • Open 24 hours, seven days a week
  • Wild Horse, Alberta/Montana - Eastern U.S. via Highway 41 south of Medicine Hat
    • Open 8:00am to 5:00pm, Oct 1 - May 14; and 8:00am to 9:00pm from May 15 to Sept 30, 7 days a week

The City of Brooks is a trucking centre with 14 transportation and hauling companies located in the City. The companies service local industry and are fully equipped to haul all products and goods to major freight centres and ports across Canada and the U.S.

 

Rail

CP Rail's main line (Montreal to Vancouver) runs northwest to southeast through Bassano, Brooks, and Tilley within the County of Newell, with the closest rail yard in Medicine Hat. From Calgary, there are lines heading north to Edmonton and south to the Canada/U.S. border at Coutts.

 

Air Service

The Brooks Airport (2800 foot runway, paved) is a part of the Alberta airport network with the airport serving the agricultural application, flight training, and air charters in the area.
The Bassano Airport (2950 foot runway, paved) is located 1 km north of the Town of Bassano.
The Calgary International Airport (two hours west of the County) is a hub for most major airlines.

The County of Newell is mainly a rural community. However, we service eight hamlets within our boundaries.

 Other municipalities within the County of Newell borders include:

 

 

City of Brooks

201 - 1st Avenue West
PO Box 879, Brooks, AB. T1R 0Z6
Phone: 403-362-3333
Web: www.brooks.ca

 


Town of Bassano

502 - 2nd Avenue
Box 299, Bassano, AB.  T0J 0B0
Phone: 403-641-3788
Web: www.bassano.ca



Village of Duchess

Box 158, Duchess, AB. T0J 0Z0
Phone: 403-378-4452
Web: www.villageofduchess.com



Village of Rosemary

Box 128, Rosemary, AB. T0J 2W0
Phone: 403-378-4246
Web: www.rosemary.ca