Our vision & mission

Oyen is a thriving community. Our modern, progressive town is welcoming. We attract business, industry and tourism. Oyen is safe, caring and a wonderful place to live, work and play.

The Town of Oyen provides excellent municipal services, infrastructure and recreation while ensuring a strong quality of life for all residents. We are committed to demonstrating leadership through partnerships with our surrounding municipalities.

Our values & beliefs

Honesty & Trust

We believe that honest and open communication with our residents, boards, employees and community organizations is vital to building strong relationships and sustainability of our community.

We believe that to develop and maintain trust, we must demonstrate ethical decision making and value continuous improvement for our residents now and in the future.

Listening over Speaking

We believe that our strength lies in being able to listen with respect to the wisdom, ideas, concerns and beliefs of all our citizens, young and old, without prejudice or bias.

Open Communication

We value open and honest communication in all our interactions, both internal and external.

Community Pride

The sense of pride that is so ingrained in our community must be equally valued and supported by our Council.

Safety & Security of Community

We value a common sense and realistic approach in all decision making.

Our guiding principles

The Town of Oyen serves as a hub for surrounding communities. We are committed to teamwork, partnerships, positive relationships and working cooperatively with organizations and surrounding municipalities in the delivery of services that provide the best quality of life for our residents:

Welcome to the Town of Oyen!

An agricultural center near the Alberta / Saskatchewan border, Oyen offers residents and visitors the grandeur of wide open blue skies in the heartland of Alberta’s vast rolling prairie.

This tranquility is deceptive – Oyen is a modern urban community that provides excellent municipal services, medical services, modern schools, recreation/leisure facilities, senior accommodations, and the benefits of “big city” life without “big city” problems.

Through partnerships and alliances with other municipalities and government agencies residents of Oyen and surrounding communities have been able to survive and maintain an excellent quality of life

History of Oyen

Early in the 20th century the area around what us now the town of Oyen was an empty land. The buffalo and the Indians were gone and the Palliser report had declared the area unsuitable for the growing of grain. But when the land was advertised as the Last Best West and the news of a railway arrived, settlers poured in.

In 1908 Andrew Oyen walked from Spokane, Washington to the Oyen district where he took up a homestead. He couldn’t spend the winter there as he had only a tent for shelter, so he worked his way west and found employment. When he returned in the spring of 1909 he was delighted to see a column of smoke coming from the side of a hill. Settler number two had arrived.

By 1911 a man called Billy Bishop had established a stopping place, a tiny store and blacksmith shop known as Bishopburg. However the railroad did not purchase Bishop’s land.

The Canadian Northern Railway purchased land from Andrew for the town site. In the fall of 1912, the railway arrived in Oyen and on January 17th, 1913, Oyen incorporated as a village.

Oyen is proud to bear the name of this fine Norwegian family whose descendants still live in Alberta.

Get your History Book!

The Oyen & District Historical Society has published 2 History Books on the Oyen District entitled Many Trails Crossed Here, Volume I and II.

Volume I was published in 1981 and the second volume in 2007.

Volumes are available for sale in the Oyen Town Office.

Oyen Town Office
201 Main Street
Box 360
Oyen, AB T0J 2J0

Ph (403) 664-3511