VILLAGE OF BAWLF
The Village of Bawlf is a great small community located 25 km east-southeast of Camrose and was named after Nicholas Bawlf, president of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange.
The first settler arrived in Bawlf district in 1892, but the founder of Bawlf was Gilbert Hanson who came to this area in 1902 at the age of 65. He soon learned that the railway would be routed through his property (SW31-45-17-W4), so he began planning for a village site. The buildings were constructed even before the official survey had been approved. In 1905, a portion of Mr. Hanson's homestead was surveyed to be a village. During the last four months of 1905, he sold 59 lots (each cost $100 cash). By the time the first train rolled into Bawlf in 1906, it came to a well-established village with a hospital, the only hospital between Wetaskiwin and Saskatoon at that time. The Bawlf CPR station and yards were busy with outgoing shipments including coal, hogs, poultry, beef cattle, wheat, oats, hay, hides, butter, and potatoes. Sadly in 1911, the Canadian Northern Railway constructed a "Third Class" station in Camrose, and Bawlf station was closed stopping further railway growth.
Today Bawlf has over 422 residents and is known for its beautiful K-12 school built in 2014. It serves approximately 350 students who come from Bawlf as well as neighbouring communities, including Round Hill and Rosalind. Bawlf School is part of the Battle River School division and is well known for its academic and athletic achievements. It has won several regional and provincial championships in volleyball, basketball, and other sports.
Bawlf is home to the Jubilee Park and Campground, which is surrounded by walking trails, has access to a stocked trout pond, wintertime fun at the toboggan hill, and an all-season outdoor gym. The Bawlf and District Recreation Association keeps the two ball diamonds in top condition all summer and outdoor rink is scraped and flooded all winter. The Bawlf Community Centre is in the heart of the village and is well equipped to host weddings, funerals, meetings, parties, dances, and even movie nights utilizing a 20 ft foot screen! The Village of Bawlf hosts an annual car show that draws cars and spectators from all over Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan.
Bawlf is a thriving community with many services and businesses including the Regional Rural Children’s Centre, the Bawlf Country Store, Ankerton Gas, ATB Bank, Bawlf Post Office, Bawlf Fire Department, an active Lions Club, as well as many home-based businesses. The Village Office building is host to a Senior’s Society Social Room and the David Knipe Memorial Library. The Senior’s Society hosts many activities, but floor curling is their baby. Our seniors have gone to compete provincially and have been very successful.
Bawlf is a great place to raise a family, start a business, create long-lasting friendships, and enjoy a rural lifestyle.