St Albert, Alberta

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St. Albert is a city in Alberta, Canada, on the Sturgeon River northwest of the City of Edmonton. It was originally settled as a Métis community, and is now the second-largest city in the Edmonton Capital Region. St. Albert first received its town status in 1904 and was reached by the Canadian Northern Railway in 1906.[6]

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.

 

History 

St. Albert was founded in 1861 as a Métis settlement by Father Albert Lacombe, OMI, who built a small chapel: the Father Lacombe Chapel in the Sturgeon River valley. This chapel still stands to this day on Mission Hill in St. Albert. The original settlement was named Saint Albert by Bishop Alexandre-Antonin Taché, OMI after Lacombe's name saint; Saint Albert of Louvain. Although Lacombe had originally intended to found the mission at Lac Ste. Anne, the soil proved infertile and he moved the settlement to what would become St. Albert. The location offered several advantages, notably its easy access to supplies of wood and water, its excellent soil, it being a regular stopping point for First Nations peoples on their travels, and its proximity to Fort Edmonton, where the priests could purchase necessary supplies and minister to Catholic workers. A few years later, a group of Grey Nuns would follow Lacombe from Lac Ste. Anne. More Métis from Lac Ste. Anne arrived in 1863 and by December 1864, the population was roughly 300. By 1870, St. Albert had approximately 1000 residents, the vast majority of whom were Métis.[7]

In 1870, smallpox had spread North to St. Albert, killing 320 of 900 residents.[8][9]

During the late 20th and early 21st century it was mistakenly assumed that the community had been named after St. Albert the Great. This was due to incorrect information in the 1985 history of St. Albert; The Black Robe's Vision, published by the amateur historians of the St. Albert Historical Society. This led to the City of St. Albert erroneously promoting St. Albert the Great as the community's patron saint and even erecting a statue of the wrong saint in the downtown area. This misconception was not corrected until 2008.[10] The original chapel has since become an historic site staffed with historical interpreters and is open to the public in the summer season.

Also in St. Albert is the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park. There are two historic grain elevators there; one constructed in 1906 by the Brackman-Ker Milling Company, the other was built later in 1929 by The Alberta Wheat Poolcompany. The original grain elevator constructed in 1906 was originally red in colour, but has faded over time to a metallic silver. There is also a reproduction of the original 1909 railway station housed at the Grain Elevators Park, the reproduction was constructed in 2005. On Madonna Drive stands the Little White School House which is open to the public. Arts and Heritage - St. Albert maintain this site as well as the Grain Elevators and other heritage buildings and sites under restoration in the city. In June 2009, the City Council approved a multi-staged plan for the heritage sites. The plan features the restoration of the grain elevators and the opening of both a Métis and French Canadian farm on adjacent lots by the River.

Economy

St. Albert has an active and skilled labour force, with a low unemployment rate of 4.3%. In 2011, 67.5% of the 40,560 adults aged 25 years and over in St. Albert had completed some form of postsecondary education, compared with 59.6% at the national level.

Of the population aged 25 years and over in St. Albert, 31.7% had a university certificate or degree. An additional 24.3% had a college diploma and 11.6% had a trades certificate.

The share of the adult population that had completed a high school diploma as their highest level of educational attainment was 23.7%, and 8.8% had completed neither high school nor any postsecondary certificates, diplomas or degrees.[11]

Demographics

The population of the City of St. Albert according to its 2016 municipal census is 64,645,[5] a change of 2.2% from its 2014 municipal census population of 63,255.[34]In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the City of St. Albert recorded a population of 65,589 living in 23,954 of its 24,446 total private dwellings, a change of 6.7% from its 2011 population of 61,466. With a land area of 48.45 km2 (18.71 sq mi), it had a population density of 1,353.7/km2 (3,506.2/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

In the 2011 Census, the City of St. Albert had a population of 61,466 living in 22,513 of its 22,990 total dwellings, a change of 6.4% from its 2006 adjusted population of 57,764. With a land area of 48.27 km2 (18.64 sq mi), it had a population density of 1,273.4/km2 (3,298.0/sq mi) in 2011.[33]

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. There are no corners; only curves. 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, Musée Héritage Museum, Visual Arts Studio and Arden Theatre, as well as City Hall and associated city government services. The Musée Héritage Museum celebrates and explores the story of St. Albert through a variety of programs which seek to preserve the community's history for the future. The museum houses both permanent and temporary exhibits and also contains a Children’s Discovery Room and gift shop. The archives at the museum consist of over 6,500 artifacts, 1,100 programming objects, 70 linear metres of textual record, around 3,000 pre-1948 photographs and thousands of post-1948 photographs. The museum is operated by Arts and Heritage St. Albert.[35]

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

The St. Albert public art gallery, Art Gallery of St. Albert is a focal point of St. Albert’s downtown. The gallery is housed in the historical Banque d'Hochelaga building in the heart of downtown St. Albert. The gallery features monthly exhibitions, a variety of public programs and also runs an annual art auction in St Albert. The Art Gallery of St. Albert is one of the stops on the St. Albert ArtWalk. The gallery is operated by Arts and Heritage St. Albert.[36]

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 Métis background. The Musée Héritage Museum contains many Métis artifacts. 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. A current city project is to replace English-only signs with trilingual versions as the English-only versions wear out.[citation needed]

In 2008, NBC decided to film portions of its new horror/suspense anthology series Fear Itself in St. Albert's downtown and river valley.[37]

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.

St. Albert is home to the St. Albert Community Band, whose motto is "Music is for Life!"[38]

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.[citation needed]

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’s largest outdoor farmers' market, attracting 10,000 to 15,000 people every Saturday from June to October. You can find locally grown fresh produce, handmade 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.

St. Albert also host an annual Harvest Festival at the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park.

The Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Festival, held at the Arden Theatre is one of the largest dance festivals of its kind in North America. It is hosted annually by the Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company and generally takes place during the second weekend in May.[39]

 

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  • : St. Albert House for sale : MLS®# E4123125

    Main Photo: : St. Albert House for sale : MLS®# E4123125
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    • Master Bedroom
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    • Living Room
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    $2,475,000
    Single Family
    Courtesy of Tom Li of Homes & Gardens Real Estate Limited
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    E4123125
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    6,633 sq. ft.
    One of a kind! Over 6600 sq.ft. on main floor, a single storey style home with a walkout basement, 3 attached garages housing 6 vehicles; this home has every modern amenities imaginable: Home theatre, Dance/Exercise Studio, Games/Recreation Room; Steam Room.... Chateau-size modern Kitchen including everything in your wish list! A heated and covered outdoor BBQ Patio, that is a pleasure to entertain your families and friends. 6 Bedrooms suites so everyone in the family has his/her own privacy bedroom and ensuite and much more... A must see property to appreciate all the features. Located in Regency Height Estate on a 3/4 acres lot in St. Albert. Ranked one of the top 6 places to live in Canada by Money Sense 2017. Priced well below replacement cost for a quick sale. Possession is 30 days or negotiable. More details
  • 18 Kandlewick Close: St. Albert House for sale : MLS®# E4126623

    Main Photo: 18 Kandlewick Close: St. Albert House for sale : MLS®# E4126623
    $1,595,000
    Single Family
    Courtesy of Brent W Melville and Janine E Hurtubise of RE/MAX Real Estate
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    E4126623
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,359 sq. ft.
    Great location to this Scott Arthur built 4354 Sq Ft 2 storey with Triple Attached heated garage with polyaspartic floor coating and custom cabinets by Hayley. Inside this Beautifully decorated home you will find 4 spacious bedrooms all with the their own ensuite bathroom. The main floor features coffered ceilings with a warm living room with gas fireplace surrounded by exquisite mantle, a bright breakfast nook and a formal dining room overlooking the fully landscaped yard and beautiful covered deck. The kitchen is a Chefs dream complete with granite counter tops, double Wolf oven, sub zero Fridge and wine fridge, gas cook top and a custom walk in butlers pantry. The master bedroom has custom design walk in closet plus a large bonus room above the garage. Downstairs you will find a media/theatre room, wet bar, family room plus the 4th bedroom with full bathroom and hobby room. Plus much more !!! More details
  • 19 Kandlewick Close: St. Albert House for sale : MLS®# E4107407

    Main Photo: 19 Kandlewick Close: St. Albert House for sale : MLS®# E4107407
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    • Stunning living room with cozy fireplace.
    • Great view of outdoor patio area
    • Gourmet Kitchen! A Chef's dream
    • Professional Series Appliances
    • Spacious with room for the family and guests, great for dinner parties.
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    • Breathtaking! Envy of all your guests!
    • Room for everything!  This spacious pantry will keep you and your family organized.
    • Staircase
    • Relax and enjoy your down time in this spacious bonus room
    • A moms dream! Lots of room for all your laundry/storage needs
    • This multi functional room is being used right now as an office, but could be turned into an extra bedroom
    • This is not a master bedroom, this is a master retreat!
    • Enjoy your own private spa day in the privacy of your own home!
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    • This basement is a dream! Features a wet bar and games area
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    • Extra basement bedroom
    • Why go to a movie theatre, when you have one your own home!
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    • A homeowners retreat! Stunning backyard/patio area to enjoy those hot summer nights and cozy fall evenings.
    $1,595,000
    Single Family
    Courtesy of Dave A Linklater of RE/MAX Professionals
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    E4107407
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,066 sq. ft.
    Absolutely stunning! This Scott Arthur custom-built home has over 5,300 sq. ft of exquisite workmanship. Extensive finishes include Merbau hardwood flooring, coffered ceilings, crown moldings, & meticulous millwork. The gorgeous gourmet kitchen will be the envy of all your guests with professional series S/S appliances, granite throughout, butler’s pantry & 2 large islands. The elegant dining space is perfect for any size family gathering. The master retreat has a spa like 5 pc ensuite & huge W/I closet. 2 of the 3 addt’l bedrooms on the 2nd level, feature their own private ensuite & W/I closet. Beautiful lower level features in-floor heating, a fabulous theatre room, 5th bedroom with ensuite & a games area with B/I wet bar. This amazing home boasts an oversized triple garage with in-floor heat. The fully landscaped backyard oasis with underground sprinklers is perfect for entertaining with a large covered deck, outdoor fireplace, built in BBQ & stove. Executive living at its finest! More details
  • 7 Kingsmeade Crescent: St. Albert House for sale : MLS®# E4098564

    Main Photo: 7 Kingsmeade Crescent: St. Albert House for sale : MLS®# E4098564
    $1,499,000
    Single Family
    Courtesy of Neil C Rouse of RE/MAX Professionals
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    E4098564
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,134 sq. ft.
    Stunning bungalow located on a quiet crescent and backing a park in Regency Heights Estates. The attention to detail on this home is sure to impress; from the fossilized limestone tile to the crystal stone tile on the f/p & double solid copper apron sink & hood fan in the kitchen. Open main floor plan with organic maple hardwood flooring & limestone tile. Gourmet kitchen features double wall ovens, granite counters & a huge pantry. A formal dining room is perfect for entertaining while built-in bench seating in the dining nook is great for everyday meals. The large master bedroom features a 5 piece ensuite & 2 way f/p & walk-in closet w/ built-in accessory cabinet. Main floor laundry room has ample cabinetry & is located near the entrance to the heated, triple garage, which is hard wired for a 4th car lift. The basement is perfect for entertaining & features a gorgeous wet bar centrally located between the spacious family room & games room, 3 large bedrooms & a flex area that's perfect for a hobby room. More details
  • 6 PLACER Close: St. Albert House for sale : MLS®# E4134921

    Main Photo: 6 PLACER Close: St. Albert House for sale : MLS®# E4134921
    $1,299,000
    Single Family
    Courtesy of Stephen H Lau of RE/MAX Real Estate
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    E4134921
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,526 sq. ft.
    TIMELESS BEAUTY...few things in life exceed the highest standards but this home is an exception! This custom-built Heredity home is immaculately maintained with pride by its original owner. Family-friendly cul-de-sac is close to numerous schools, amenities, shopping, Servus Place, rec centres & walking/biking paths. Minutes to Henday, with easy access to Edmonton & beyond. The finest taste in every detail! Outside, enjoy the spacious “park-like” yard, mature trees, fire pit, large outdoor deck & hot tub! The interior features gorgeous vaulted ceilings in the living room, designer staircase & elegant hardwood floors. Chef’s kitchen w/ top-calibre appliances (Wolf/Sub-Zero/Miele). Upstairs, 4 spacious bedrooms welcome your family. Bedrooms feature built-in desks. Top-floor laundry. Fully-developed basement features 1 bedroom, in-floor heating & high ceilings. SEPARATE ENTRANCE TO BASEMENT via garage! Listing all the features of the home cannot do it justice. Come take a look at this home of a lifetime! More details
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