Authentic western frontier town in central Alberta for sale

Roughly two hours southwest of Edmonton near Alder Flats you’ll find a slice of the wild west.

Walking the streets of Em-Te Town is like going back in time.

The authentic western frontier village was built in 1980 by a man named Leonard Mohr.

He lived there until he sold the property in 1989. That summer, the new owners opened Em-Te Town to the public — turning it into a resort.

It became a popular place where people could camp, or host events like weddings and family reunions.

It changed hands a few times over the years, and ultimately closed in 2018.

Rex Austin owned Em-Te Town for a decade from 2008 to 2018. He upgraded much of the infrastructure and built new structures.

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Em-Te Town.


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He didn’t necessarily want to give it up.

“What happened was I ran another business for 32 years, and this got to be too much to run both at the same time,” Austin explained.

“We thought it might make a nice sideline — we loved the concept and turned out to be more than a sideline.”

The property is up for sale and could be yours for a cool $1.25 million.

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“It’s basically a tourist attraction with a twist,” Re/Max Elite real estate agent Darin Baxandall said.

“It’s recreational, it’s event-centered, it’s on a creek, it’s on crown land — and it’s kind of in the middle of almost nowhere.”

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Em-Te Town.


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Baxandall said interest in the property has steadily increased. Many want it, but can’t afford it.

“It’s tough to finance, because it’s a seasonal business, it’s a campground business — banks require quite a bit down to make it operational,” he explained.

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According to Austin, there’s been more interest recently because of the pandemic.

“A lot of people, it seems, are looking to get out of town,” he said.

“It is viable. I would hope that somebody would take it on as a labour of love.”




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