1. Early Settlement
  2. Summer Village
  3. Town
  4. City

Early Settlement

Prior to the 20th century, the area around what is now Chestermere Lake was settled by only a few farmers.
When the Canadian Pacific Railway was established in the 1880s, more and more people came to settle in the west.

Chestermere Lake - 1975

To make farming more productive, settlers began to require ways to irrigate their land.
As a natural wetland, Chestermere Lake was considered to be perfect for use as a balancing pool for the Western Irrigation Block.
By 1907, a dam and canal system had been built, the wetland developed into a lake, and farmers began using the water for irrigation.