Brooks, located in the southern section of Alberta, covers 18.59 square kilometres near the communities of Tilley, Duchess, Rosemary, and Rainier. Situated southeast of the city of Calgary, Brooks is home to a population of over 14,000 people.
Numerous lakes and ponds surround the city, the largest of which include Lake Newell, Rolling Hills Lake, Timko Lake, Johnson Lake, and Jamieson Lake. Highways 542 and 873 intersect in the city, and Highway 1 (the Trans-Canada Highway) runs along the eastern border of Brooks. Canadian Pacific Railway lines run along the southern border of the city.
Area: 18.19 km2
The western section of the city includes residential areas, parks, ponds and lakes, an industrial area, service providers, churches, restaurants, shops, schools, a bowling alley, a billiards room, government offices, a medical clinic, a convention centre, a post office, a movie theatre, accommodations, a library, and a veterinary clinic.
A bus depot, restaurants, shops, service providers, residential areas, accommodations, churches, schools, a leisure centre, a post office, a library, an industrial area, a fire hall, parks, a health centre, and a large lake can all be found in the city’s central section.
In the eastern section of Brooks, there are residential areas, churches, service providers, lakes, a museum, accommodations, shops, restaurants, a community hall, a golf course, a ballpark, a campground, and a water park.
The Brooks and District Museum’s main building displays various artifacts related to early settlers in the area, the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Eastern Irrigation District, and the Sutherland Colony. Other buildings located on the museum grounds include a printing press office building, a garage, the Sarah King House (named after a nurse who assisted new mothers in the area), a schoolhouse, a building once used to sell honey, and a church. Each building includes artifacts specific to its purpose, including textiles, tools and equipment, documents, and furniture. Other amenities at the museum include a Travel Alberta visitor information centre and a campground with water, power, and sewer-serviced sites.
Tillebrook Provincial Park is located southeast of the city and offers hiking and camping opportunities. A short trail winds through grassland areas, and the campground provides amenities such as a baseball diamond, a basketball court, picnic areas, a volleyball court, a horseshoe pit, drinking water, a dump station, firewood, a water pump, restroom and shower facilities, a playground, and a sheltered picnic site. Kinbrook Island Provincial Park, located south of the city on Lake Newell, is a popular spot for camping, birdwatching, hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, wind surfing, water skiing, sailing, playing beach volleyball, canoeing/kayaking, and winter activities such as cross-country skiing, ice skating, and ice fishing.
Brooks’ largest industries include oil and gas, agriculture, metal manufacturing, food processing, construction, retail, and services. Manufacturing in the area includes agricultural equipment, garbage containers, oil and gas extraction equipment, and truck parts and accessories. Much of the agricultural activity in the area is cattle farming and grain production. Various commercial and industrial developments provide space for local businesses and industrial operations.
The City of Brooks and the County of Newell provide local businesses and investors with resources, support, networking opportunities, and marketing services to help boost the local economy.
In the western section of Brooks, vacant land is common and tends to be reasonably priced. Single-family homes in this section are usually in the low- to mid-price range and tend to be older builds. There are some condo options in this section, as well as commercial space (industrial and retail).
Single-family homes in the central section range from large, high-priced homes to older and smaller lower-priced homes, with a mix of styles and lot sizes to choose from. Vacant lots and commercial space (retail and industrial) can also be found here.
The eastern section of Brooks is made up of a mix of mobile homes, single-family homes, vacant land, and commercial space.
Schools in Brooks include Brooks Junior High School, Eastbrook Elementary School, Griffin Park School, Holy Family Academy, Brooks Composite High School, Uplands Elementary, Sunrise School, and Ecole Le Ruisseau. Other options found in nearby communities include Tilley School, Alcoma School, and Rolling Hills School.
Post-secondary options in Brooks include Medicine Hat College and Academy of Learning College. Other options found in nearby communities include Cypress College, Lethbridge College, and Old Sun Community College.