Strathmore is a town situated along the Trans-Canada Highway in southern Alberta, Canada, 40 kilometres or 25 miles east of the city of Calgary, within the boundaries of Wheatland County.
In 1883, the the town of Strathmore was established as a hamlet for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) lines which were being built. The name Strathmore originates from the Earl of Strathmore, Claude Bowes-Lyon, who was one of the towns benefactors. A track laying record was made between the town of Strathmore and Cheadle when the railroad was built. Within one hour, one mile (1.6 km) of steel was laid and the rails were laid to Cheadle, 9 miles (14 km) for a record. Efforts by the Canadian government to develop western Canada caused increases in Strathmore's population and its importance as a rail supply stop.
Today, the town of Strathmore is an important agricultural community. Oil and gas exploration is likewise a growing interest in the area. It is the head office of the Golden Hills School Division. Numerous individuals travel every day from Strathmore to Calgary. During the last three years the town of Strathmore has seen a major commercial growth.
The Town of Strathmore has an approximate population of 12,139 inhabitants, according to the latest 2010 municipal census. This represents an increase of 2.5% over the 2009 municipal census population of 11,838. At its current population, Strathmore is amongst the biggest towns within the province and is eligible for city status. Based on Alberta's Municipal Government Act, a town is eligible for city status when it reaches 10,000 inhabitants.
Ever since the year 1966, the town of Strathmore has conducted an annual fair and "Heritage Days" Rodeo on the long weekend during August. The year 1985 saw the Heritage Days Rodeo turn professional and become sanctioned by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. In conjunction to hosting Pro Rodeo that weekend, 1988 saw the addition of the World Professional Chuckwagon Association Finals come to our grounds.
In the 1990's, there was a concerted effort to focus on a change of image to the weekend event. The event started to incorporate a more family theme, incorporating children's entertainment, local entertainment stage, livestock show, craft/bench show, outdoor family entertainment show ring, machinery show, trade show, parade, midway and fireworks. The hosting of these events annually every long weekend of August created a major tourist spot to the Town of Strathmore and nearby regions as indicated by its increasing attendance.