Coronation is a small town in east-central Alberta, Canada. It is located at the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 872, approximately west of the Saskatchewan border. The economy is supported primarily by farming, ranching, and the oil patch. There is one K-12 school called Coronation School (approximately 207 students as of 2004) There is also a Coronation School in Edmonton, that has no affiliation to this Coronation School.
Coronation is surrounded by the County of Paintearth. The school belongs to the Clearview School District of Alberta and the Hospital belongs to the David Thompson Health Region.
Relying on its farming population, Coronation eventually erected three grain elevators which remained landmarks until their destruction in the summer of 2002. Other landmarks include the Water Tower which was remodeled in the late nineties, the Caboose, which is painted a regal red, and the lighted crown at the town's entrance that was built by a team of Hutterites in the early 2000s.
Coronation School students, under the direction of staff member, music teacher Dan Kinakin, were part of the recording of a Christmas Album called A Coronation Christmas in 1999. Other Coronation and Brownfield (a hamlet 20 minutes North) residents contributed original and traditional pieces to the album, which was recorded at Brownsound Studios, owned by Carson Cole, of Brownfield. Coronation has a relatively steady population, with most people who live there staying for their entire lives. However, Coronation is also a transient town, as many individuals and families will move into town for work and move out again after they have finished.
The town's health facility consists of the Coronation and District Hospital. Annexed from the hospital is the Assisted Living Complex which houses many of the town's elderly. In recent years, a new town hall has been erected to replace the aged Elks Hall which has commonly been the site of celebrations and other functions.
The town has a diverse religious following. There are two churches, an Evangelical Free Church and a United Church as well as a Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall. Previously, there was a Catholic Parish, St. Anthony's, but that was disbanded in the late '90's due to lack of diocese funding. The town's Catholic residents must now travel twenty minutes west to Castor to attend mass.
The town also publishes a weekly newspaper, the Coronation Review, which highlights all the week's happenings in the town. Its publisher, Joyce Webster, has won numerous awards as well as has had the privilege to have met with and interviewed former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. Famous people from Coronation include recording artist Carson Cole, Red Deer Rebels player Karey Pieper and former NHL Hockey Player Travis Brigley.