10 Interesting Facts About Lethbridge

Facts About Lethbridge

Facts About Lethbridge

  • Lethbridge is the commercial, financial, transportation and industrial centre of southern Alberta.
  • The city of Lethbridge is located at 49.7° north latitude and 112.833° west longitude and covers an area of 127.19 square kilometres.
  • The city is divided by the Oldman River; its valley has been turned into one of the largest urban park systems in North America at 16 square kilometres of protected land.
  • The highest temperature ever recorded in Lethbridge was 40.5 °C on August 10, 2018.
  • The lowest temperature ever recorded was −42.8 °C on January 7, 1909, December 18, 1924, January 3, 1950, and December 29, 1968.
  • Lethbridge, as well as its railroads, was mentioned in the Barenaked Ladies song “These Apples” from their album Maybe You Should Drive.
  • The Estimated Population of Lethbridge is 92,730.
  • In October 2020, the Canadian Junior Football League announced an expansion team would begin to play in Lethbridge at the 3,500-seat University of Lethbridge Stadium in 2022.
  • Lethbridge is home to Lethbridge College, founded in 1957, and the University of Lethbridge, founded in 1967.
  • Lethbridge has designated 16 per cent of the land within city boundaries as parkland, including the 755 hectares (1,870 acres) Oldman River valley parks system.
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Facts About Lethbridge

10 Interesting Facts About Okotoks

Facts About Okotoks

Facts About Okotoks

  • The town’s name is derived from “ohkotok”, the Blackfoot First Nation word for “rock”. The name may refer to Big Rock, the largest glacial erratic in the Foothills Erratics Train.
  • First Nations people led a nomadic existence in the Okotoks area for thousands of years prior to the arrival of the Europeans.
  • Okotoks is a town in the Province of Alberta, Canada.
  • Okotoks was Incorporated as a village on October 25, 1899, and a Town on June 1st, 1904.
  • The town is a member of the Calgary Regional Partnership, a cooperative of municipalities within the Calgary Region.
  • The Estimated Population of Okotoks is 28,881, making it the largest town in Alberta.
  • Okotoks has experienced three major flooding events, in 1995, 2005 and 2013.
  • Okotoks has emerged as a bedroom community of Calgary.
  • There are 19 Neighbourhoods in Okotoks: Air Ranch, Central Heights, Cimarron, Cornerstone, Crystal Shores, Crystal Ridge, Downey Ridge, Drake Landing, Hunter’s Glen, Mountainview, Rosemont, Ranchers Rise, Sandstone, Sheep River Ridge, Suntree, Tower Hill, Westmount, Westridge & Woodhaven.
  • From approximately 1892 to 1896 the fledgeling community was called Dewdney, after the Lieutenant Governor of the North West Territories. However, it was changed back to Okotoks because there was another Dewdney in the North West Territories.
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Facts About Okotoks

10 Interesting Facts About Spruce Grove

Facts About Spruce Grove

Facts About Spruce Grove

  • Spruce Grove is a city, west of Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. The city is adjacent to the Town of Stony Plain and is surrounded by Parkland County.
  • Spruce Grove was incorporated as a village on March 14, 1907, but it was dissolved on August 30, 1916. Spruce Grove was re-incorporated as a village on January 1, 1955, and incorporated as a town on January 1, 1971, and as a city on March 1, 1986.
  • The Estimated Population of Spruce Grove is 35,766, as of 2018.
  • Spruce Grove was settled by French and Scottish families in 1891 and originally comprised a general store, livery stables, blacksmith shop, hotel and the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Spruce Grove is home to the Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre, a local theatre, and the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, a recreation facility shared with Stony Plain and Parkland County.
  • Spruce Grove is 709 m (2,326 ft) above sea level.
  • Jennifer Heil, the freestyle skier who won the first gold medal for Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, and a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics is from Spruce Grove.
  • In 1908 the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway came through Spruce Grove and a train station was built south of Baseline on the north side of the tracks, directly in line with what is now Main Street.
  • Spruce Grove is located near the province’s geographical centre, 30 kilometres from downtown Edmonton and 14 km from Edmonton’s city limits. Spruce Grove is part of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.
  • The Spruce Grove Art Gallery is located in the Melcor Cultural Centre and is operated by the Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove.
Facts About Spruce Grove
Facts About Spruce Grove

10 Interesting Facts About Fort McMurray

Facts About Fort McMurray

Facts About Fort McMurray

  1. Fort McMurray is an urban service area in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in Alberta, Canada.
  2. Fort McMurray is located in northeast Alberta, in the middle of the Athabasca oil sands, surrounded by boreal forest. It has played a significant role in the development of the national petroleum industry.
  3. The 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire led to the evacuation of its residents and caused widespread damage.
  4. Fort McMurray was known simply as McMurray between 1947 and 1962.
  5. The Estimated Population of Fort McMurray is 66,573.
  6. On April 1, 1995, the City of Fort McMurray and Improvement District No. 143 were amalgamated to form the Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The new municipality was subsequently renamed the Regional Municipality (RM) of Wood Buffalo on August 14, 1996.[13] As a result, Fort McMurray was no longer officially designated a city.
  7. The average annual precipitation is 418.6 mm and falls mainly in the summer months.
  8. Neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray include Abasand Heights, Beacon Hill, Gregoire, Lower Townsite, Thickwood Heights, Dickinsfield, Eagle Ridge, Stonecreek Village, Parsons Creek, Timberlea and Waterways.
  9. The highest temperature ever recorded in Fort McMurray was 38.9 °C on July 18, 1941. The lowest temperature ever recorded was −53.3 °C on February 1, 1917, and December 31, 1933.
  10. The Average Elevation of Fort McMurray is 260 m.
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Facts About Fort McMurray

10 Interesting Facts About Airdrie, Alberta

Facts About Airdrie, Alberta

Facts About Airdrie

  • Airdrie is a city in Alberta, Canada within the Calgary Region. Airdrie is located north of Calgary within the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth II Highway 2 and Highway 567.
  • The City of Airdrie is part of the Calgary census metropolitan area and a member municipality of the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board.
  • Airdrie was first established as a railway siding in 1889 during the construction of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, named for Airdrie, Scotland.
  • Airdrie is divided into four civic addressing quadrants.
  • Airdrie is a bedroom community and industrial centre.
  • The population of the City of Airdrie according to its 2019 municipal census is 70,564
  • Airdrie is twinned with Gwacheon, South Korea & Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, Scotland.
  • Airdrie was incorporated as a city on January 1st, 1985.
  • Airdrie is 1,098 m above sea level.
  • Airdrie is served by the Airdrie Airport, with the closest major airport being the Calgary International Airport

 

Facts About Airdrie, Alberta
Facts About Airdrie, Alberta

10 Interesting Facts About Cochrane, Alberta

Facts About Cochrane, Alberta

Facts About Cochrane

  • Cochrane was established in 1881 as the Cochrane Ranche, after Matthew Henry Cochrane, a local rancher.
  • Cochrane is a town in the Canadian province of Alberta.
  • Cochrane became a village in 1903.
  • Cochrane is situated at the base of Big Hill in the Bow River Valley.
  • Cochrane houses attractions such as Cochrane Ranche Historic Site and Bert Sheppard Stockmen’s Foundation Library And Archives, located in the Cochrane Ranchehouse.
  • Cochrane is also a small industrial centre. Major industries include lumber, construction, retail, and agriculture (ranching).
  • The Estimated Population of Cochrane is 29,227. 
  • Cochrane has a land area of 30.03 km2.
  • Cochrane is 1,159 m above sea level.
  • Cochrane incorporated as a town in 1971.
Facts About Cochrane, Alberta
Facts About Cochrane, Alberta

10 Interesting Facts About Medicine Hat

Facts About Medicine Hat

Facts About Medicine Hat

  • Medicine Hat is a city in southeast Alberta, Canada. It is located along the South Saskatchewan River.
  • Historically, Medicine Hat has been known for its large natural gas fields, being immortalized by Rudyard Kipling as having “all hell for a basement”.
  • Medicine is known as “The Gas City”.
  • The name “Medicine Hat” is an English interpretation of Saamis, the Blackfoot word for the eagle tail feather headdress worn by medicine men.
  • Medicine Hat is 690 m above sea level.
  • The highest temperature ever recorded in Medicine Hat was 42.2 °C on July 12, 1886. The coldest temperature ever recorded was −46.1 °C on February 4, 1887.
  • The Estimated Population of Medicine Hat is 63,260.
  • Medicine Hat averages 330 days of sunshine per year.
  • The Medicine Hat Family Leisure Centre is the largest indoor multi-purpose facility in the city.
  • Medicine Hat is home to the South Alberta Light Horse (SALH), an army reserve unit. The SALH dates back to 1885 when it took part in the North-West Rebellion.
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Facts About Medicine Hat

10 Interesting Facts About Leduc

Facts About Leduc

Facts About Leduc

  • Leduc is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada.
  • Leduc was established in 1899, when Robert Telford, a settler, bought land near a lake that would later bear his name.
  • The municipality of Leduc was officially incorporated as the Village of Leduc on December 15, 1899, attained town status on December 15, 1906.
  • Leduc became a city in 1983.
  • The population of the City of Leduc according to its 2019 municipal census is 33,032.
  • Leduc was Granted a Coat of Arms in 2004, The coat of arms is expressly designed to represent qualities specifically related to Leduc.
  • Leduc City Motto “Integritas Unitas Firmitas”.
  • Leduc is 730 m (2,400 ft) above sea level.
  • The City of Leduc is located 30 km south of EDMONTON. Originally a telegraph terminus and stop on the Calgary and Edmonton Railway (1891), the community grew as an agricultural centre.
  • Leduc is 33 km (21 mi) south of the provincial capital of Edmonton and is part of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.
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Facts About Leduc

10 Interesting Facts About Grande Prairie

Facts About Grande Prairie

Facts About Grande Prairie

  • The Grande Prairie Airport is located at the west end of the city and serves the region with daily scheduled flights to Calgary and Edmonton.
  • Grande Prairie is a city in northwest Alberta, Canada within the southern portion of an area known as Peace River Country.
  • The city receives 445 mm of precipitation annually, including 322 mm of rain and 154 cm of snow.
  • The city adopted the trumpeter swan as an official symbol due to its proximity to the migration route and summer nesting grounds of this bird.
  • Grande Prairie is sometimes nicknamed the “Swan City”.
  • The dinosaur has emerged as an unofficial symbol of the city due to palaeontology discoveries in the areas north and west of Grande Prairie.
  • The Estimated Population of Grande Prairie is 63,166.
  • Famous and Notable People from Grande Prairie: Chris Warkentin, Alex Zahara, Kelly Sutherland, Tenille Townes & Carolyn Dawn Johnson.
  • Grande Prairie was named for the large prairie which lies to the north, east, and west of it. In the 18th century, the prairie was occupied by bands of the Dane-zaa (Beaver) peoples, who began trading with the North West Company at Dunvegan in the early 19th century.
  • In 1995, the city hosted the Canada Games. The event was televised nationally on CBC Television. The city played host to the 2010 Arctic Winter Games from March 6–13, 2010.
Facts About Grande Prairie
Facts About Grande Prairie

10 Interesting Facts About Red Deer, Alberta

Facts About Red Deer

  • Red Deer is located on the Red Deer River, from which it derives its name.
  • Prior to European settlement, the area was a gathering place that was inhabited by Aboriginal tribes including the Blackfoot, Plains Cree and Stoney.
  • On March 25, 1913, Red Deer was incorporated as a city
  • The highest temperature ever recorded in Red Deer was 37.2 °C (99 °F) on 8 July 1906, 2 July 1924, and 28 & 29 June 1937. The coldest recorded temperature was −50.6 °C (−59 °F) on 17 December 1924. The city lies in the 4a plant hardiness zone.
  • Red Deer hosted the Canada Games in winter 2019.
  • The city is now a centre for the oil and natural gas extraction and related industries and also for agriculture and agricultural services. Red Deer is a regional centre for administration with a courthouse and provincial building.
  • Red Deer is located near the midpoint of the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor and is surrounded by Red Deer County.
  • The Estimated Population of Red Deer is 103,588.
  • Red deer is 855 m above sea level.
  • Red Deer is located in aspen parkland, a region of rolling hills that is home to oil, grain, and cattle production.
Facts About Red Deer, Alberta
Facts About Red Deer, Alberta