It is located along the David Thompson Highway, between Nordegg and Rocky Mountain House, at an elevation of 1,200 m. The North Saskatchewan River runs along the south side of the community, and Shunda Creek drains into it east of there.
It was named after the Alexo Coal Company, which operated a mine in the community from the 1920s to 1955. There is still coal underground, but geologists estimate that it would not be commercially feasible to extract it.
Most of the former townsite, now known as Camp Alexo, is currently leased by the provincial government to the Youth and Volunteer Centre of Red Deer, Alberta.
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