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About Acme

History of Acme

Acme officially became a Village on July 10, 1910. Over the century it has grown from a population of 190 to its current 653. The village offers a wide variety of amenities including educational, postal, and government services.


The name Acme means "highest point on the map" and is appropriate as the Village was located at the north end of the railway construction line map.

Located 75 km northeast of Calgary, the Village of Acme was incorporated on July 7, 1910, on the same day when the first passenger and freight train arrived. This was the first incorporated Village in the area of the M.D. of Kneehill.

The name "Acme" was given by CPR surveyors and was the highest point of the map used in the early days. Acme was the end of the CPR railroad until 1921 when the railway was extended to Drumheller.

Prior to 1912, the CPR railway was built from Calgary to Edmonton via Beiseker to Three Hills and from Calgary to Saskatoon via Drumheller. Acme was the point of supply for a large area. Many early family's histories mention stepping off the train at Acme prior to settling in the area.

Today, the Acme district is a rich agricultural area. Oil and natural gas are also produced in and around the Acme region.

Acme History Books can be purchased from the Village Office at any time for $10

Economic Facts


The population of Acme is 606 (2021 Census)

Planning & Development

Land use and development approvals are reviewed by the Village's Development Officer and the Municipal Planning Commission to ensure orderly and beneficial use of land.


Development Opportunities

Commercial Property

  • Contact the Village of Acme office at 403.546.3783 for more information.

Further In-Depth Information 

  • Municipal Profiles developed by Alberta's Ministry of Municipal Affairs

  • Alberta - A Wealth of Opportunity developed by Alberta Economic Development

  • Alberta Economic Highlights developed by Alberta Economic Development

  • Alberta Economic Outlook developed by Alberta Economic Development

  • Alberta Export and Trade developed by Alberta Economic Development

  • Tourism Reports developed by Alberta Economic Development

  • Alberta Finance Statistics also contains much information which may be useful

Economic Strengths


An abundance of productive farmland, clean air and water make Acme an attractive place to live and operate a business. Acme is an agricultural based community, focusing on livestock, extensive livestock and grain operations. It is one of the major employers in the area. Local products include wheat, barley, oats, canola, hay, dairy, beef, cattle, poultry and hogs


  • Acme is home to several major trucking firms.

  • These businesses transport a wide variety of materials, mainly agricultural products.

  • The trucking industry is considered another major employer in the community.

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