Life’s Peaceful Stage
Champion is the largest village in Vulcan County with a population of roughly 400 people. This community is a great place to sit back and enjoy your retirement years or raise your family. It is the perfect staging point for your outdoor travels, as the Little Bow Provincial Park and the Twin Valley Dam are only a 15 minute drive away.
The Village of Champion is located east of Highway 23, approximately 65 kilometres northwest of Lethbridge.
A Brief History of Champion
In 1906, Martin George Clever and second wife Jennie quit their native Iowa to homestead in southern Alberta, north of the Little Bow River.
Clever’s offer of free lots on his property attracted businesses and created the instant hamlet of Cleverville.
When the Canadian Pacific Railway started planning its Kipp-Aldersyde line, the company tried to buy Clever’s remaining property through a third party. Clever was no dummy; he knew who wanted his land and demanded a better price.
The CPR responded by buying another farm west of Cleverville and developing it in 1910 and Cleverville vanished as quickly as it appeared.
Its buildings and people moved to Champion, and all that remains is a stone cairn on a lonely highway that reads, “Village of Clevervillle-1906-1910”
Champion was named for Henry Thomson Champion (1847-1916), a Winnipeg banker and onetime chairman of the Winnipeg Stock Exchange.
Born in Toronto, Champion came west during the Manitoba Insurrection of 1870 as a sergeant in the Wolseley Expedition, then remained in Winnipeg for the rest of his life. If he had no other Alberta connection, at least Champion lived on Winnipeg’s Edmonton Street.
To learn more about Champion
Village of Champion SouthGrow Profile
Champion’s 2011 Mill Rates
Waste Management and Utility Rates
Water Flat – $33.00 Monthly
Water Consumption – $1.53 Cubic Meter
Sewer – $8.00 Monthly
Waste Management Pick Up – $6.75 Monthly
Recycle & Transfer Site $18.25 Monthly
Municipal Contact Information
Municipal Office 403-897-3833