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St. Albert

St. Albert is a city in Alberta, located northwest of Edmonton, on the Sturgeon River. It was originally settled as a French Catholic community, and is now an affluent suburb to nearby Edmonton. Originally separated from Edmonton by several miles of farmland, the 1980s expansion of Edmonton's city limits placed St. Albert immediately adjacent to the larger city on St. Albert's south and east sides.

St. Albert was founded in 1861 by Father Albert Lacombe, who built a small chapel in the Sturgeon River valley. The chapel has since become an historic site staffed with historical interpreters and is open to the public in the summer season. With a church built next to it because of the growing population of the church. A few years after its founding a group of Grey Nuns moved to St. Albert from Lac Ste. Anne.

Also in St. Albert is the St. Albert Grain Elevators Park which is open in the summer. It is partly finished for there is more to be added on.


According to Statistics Canada 2001 Census, St. Albert had a population of 53,081 (subsequently it grew to 54,588 in 2003 and 56,310 in 2005). The growth rate from 1998 to 2003 was 10.8%. A total of 19,037 private dwellings were enumerated in the city, which has a land area of 34.61 km? (13.36 sq mi), resulting in a population density of 1,335 people per km? (3,457.6/sq mi).

In 2006, St. Albert had a population of 57,719 living in 20,938 dwellings, an 8.7% increase from 2001. The city has a land area of 35.04 km? (13.5 sq mi) and a population density of 1,647.4/km? (4,266.7/sq mi).St. Albert has placed in the top 5 of "Most Wealthy Cities in Canada" based on average net income per citizen, since 2000.


The two widely distributed newspapers published in St. Albert are The St. Albert Gazette and The Saint City News. Ray Gibbon Drive links St. Albert to Anthony Henday freeway in Edmonton.

Arts and Culture

Located in the heart of downtown, St. Albert Place is the focal point of many community events and activities. Designed by world-renowned Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal, its sculptural symmetry mimics the curves of the Sturgeon River that runs behind it. Built in 1984, St. Albert Place was designed as a "people place", housing a unique combination of civic government and cultural activity. Currently it houses the St. Albert Public Library, Muse'e Heritage Museum, Visual Arts Studio and Arden Theatre, as well as City Hall and associated city government services.

St. Albert has a rich arts scene. St. Albert is home to a writers' guild and painters' guild and renowned bands like Social Code hail from St. Albert. The Arden Theatre is a popular venue for many plays and musical performances.

St. Albert is also notable for its Aboriginal heritage. The city is home to the Michif Institute founded by former Senator Thelma Chalifoux, dedicated to preserving and spreading knowledge of the city's Me'tis background. Many of the street signs in the city's downtown core are also trilingual, written in French and Cree in addition to English, as a tribute to the city's multiracial and multilinguistic origins.

In 2008, NBC decided to film portions of its new horror/suspense anthology series Fear Itself in St. Albert's downtown and river valley.

St. Albert also has a St. Albert Children's Theatre group putting on two large musicals a year with many summer camps to participate in.

Festivals and Events

The Northern Alberta International Children's Festival in St. Albert is one of the longest-running children's festivals in North America, attracting over 40,000 participants over 5 days, at the end of May. During the five days of the Festival, children experience sights and sounds of many different cultures while learning through the medium nearest and dearest to their hearts - by playing! The mainstage events feature a host of international artists from Scotland, Netherlands, USA, Mexico, Cuba, New Zealand, and (of course) Canada offering performances of puppetry, music, dance, acrobatics, clowning and theatre that will amaze and delight.

The Kinsmen Rainmaker Rodeo starts with a parade that winds its way through the heart of St. Albert. After the parade, the rodeo begins, with exciting rodeo events, midway, and musical performances.

The Outdoor Farmers' Market, held in downtown St. Albert, is Western Canada?? largest outdoor farmer's market, attracting over 10,000 people every Saturday from July to September. You can find locally-grown fresh produce, hand made products and crafts and listen to the music of the buskers.

As many as 6,000 participants come to St. Albert to enjoy Rock'n August, a week-long festival held to celebrate the rumbles of chrome pipes and the rim shots of classic Rock and Roll music. Hotrodders come from kilometres around with their masterpieces to show them off and look at the creations of others as well.

Other annual events include the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival, and Mambos & Mocktails, a 3 hour jazz concert played every December at Bellerose Composite High School by the jazz band and choir.


K-12 Education

St. Albert is an anomaly in that the Catholic school district is the public system, and the Protestant school district is separate. In all other areas of Alberta this is reversed, the public system is either Protestant or non-religious.

School districts

* Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools (Public): The third largest Catholic school division in Alberta serving 17 schools and approximately 7600 students.
* St. Albert Protestant Schools (Separate): Serving over 6000 students taught in a non-denominational setting.

St. Albert is also home to the North Central Francophone School Board. Their schools name is "La Mission" located in the Heritage Lakes sub-division.

Post-secondary Education

The NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) St. Albert campus, located on St. Albert Road, offers courses in Business Administration, Office Administration, Ophthalmic Dispensing and Veterinary Administrative Assistant.

Athabasca University has its Centre for Innovative Management in St. Albert.

Continuing Education

The St. Albert and District Further Education Association ["Further Ed"] is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing life-long learning opportunities to citizens. Through Further Ed a wide range of courses are offered by members.

The STAR Literacy Program matches volunteer tutors with adults who wish to improve their reading and writing skills.

Library services

The St. Albert Public Library (SAPL) is located in St. Albert Place in the heart of downtown.

Sports and Recreation

The Red Willow park trail system winds its way all through St. Albert.

In September 2006, a $42.77-million multi-purpose leisure centre, Servus Credit Union Place, was built. Included are a recreational aquatic centre, kid's play area, the already exisitng Troy Murray and Mark Messier hockey rinks, a 2000-seat performance rink, two soccer fields, 3 basketball courts, a large exercise room featuring state of the art equipment, a running track and more. This was a highly controversial building as many of St. Albert residents thought it was unnecessary, the vote was barely 50/50.; however most of the voters in the civic election favoured the construction of this facility. Since that time, it has been revealed that Servus Place will lose $2.2 million in its first year of operations, which has led to considerable debate and contoversy among the city's residents.

There was some controversy in 2006 when the city announced that they were renaming the Mark Messier and Troy Murray hockey rinks, and were going to offer these rights for sale. The two rinks, which together were known as Campbell Arena, were originally named after these local hockey stars shortly after the arena opened in 1992. There was such a controversy, which included an article in Sports Illustrated that mayor Paul Chalifoux decided to repeal the decision. The Campbell twin arena has since been added onto as part of the creation of the St. Albert Multi-Purpose Leisure Centre (now Servus Credit Union Place).

There is also Fountain Park pool, offering a variety of pools, tennis courts, racketball courts and a child play area.

The St. Albert Steel play in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Their home games are played at Servus Place. In 2004, the city's previous Alberta Junior Hockey League team, the St. Albert Saints, which had been one of the most prestigious teams in the league during its life and produced players such as Mark Messier and Mike Comrie, moved to nearby Spruce Grove. This move, allegedly due to the age and small size of Akinsdale Arena, caused some consternation amongst the citizens. Despite a brief effort from fans to save the team, in August 2004 the newly re-named Spruce Grove Saints played their first game in Spruce Grove's Grant Fuhr Arena.

NHL hockey star Jarome Iginla, captain of the Calgary Flames, is originally from St. Albert. He played his entire minor hockey career in the St. Albert Minor Hockey Association, which included stints with the Bantam AAA Sabres and the Midget AAA Raiders. It was during the 1992-93 season with the Raiders that Iginla, then an under-age midget player, scored 87 points to lead the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey league in scoring. Following this season Iginla joined the Kamloops Blazers as a 16 year old.

Other hockey players that have played in St. Albert are Mark Messier, Rob Brown, Geoff Sanderson, Fernando Pisani, Paul Comrie, Mike Comrie, Troy Murray, Stu Barnes, Brian Benning, Steven Goertzen, Rene Bourque, Jamie Lundmark, Steve Reinprecht,Drew Stafford.