Known as the “Hub of the Peace”, the Village of Rycroft is located in Northern Alberta, Canada within the Municipal District of Spirit River, 68 km north of the City of Grande Prairie, and 8 km east of the Town of Spirit River. With a population of 612 (2016), Rycroft serves a surrounding trading area of approximately 5,500.
Rycroft is a friendly village with a relaxed and community minded atmosphere. With amenities and services for young and old alike, and a positive forward looking attitude, Rycroft is an inviting location to live, to visit, or to do business.
The main industry is agriculture, with retail, oil, transportation, and education contributing to the economy.
The Village of Rycroft was established as a village in 1944.
It is known as the Hub of the Peace and was originally situated as a community for the Northern Alberta Railroad (also known as NAR).
The local campground, Nardam was given this name for that very reason. The small lake was man made as a source of water for the railroad and later on when NAR no longer required the water, it was turned into a campground. The Municipal District of Spirit River 133 now looks after the operation of the campground and can be reached at 780-864-3500.
A caboose, located on 48th Street, is a permanent fixture from NAR (Edmonton) and stands as a reminder of the Village’s history, representative of our close ties with the railroad.
Recently, the “Race The Eight” Chuckwagon races and Bull Riding Event have given Rycroft a new attractions as a destination.
“By the Numbers” below provides some basic information on the Village from Townfolio. You can also review the Alberta Government Regional Dashboard for Rycroft.