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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  • 1511 260 Bellerose Drive: St. Albert Condo for sale : MLS®# E4359293

    1511 260 Bellerose Drive St. Albert St. Albert T8N 7D7
    Main Photo: 1511 260 Bellerose Drive: St. Albert Condo for sale : MLS®# E4359293
    $2,519,895
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    Courtesy of Dan E Lepine of MaxWell Devonshire Realty
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
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    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
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    Floor Area:
    2,889 sq. ft.
    Introducing Riverbank Landing!!! A premium live/work/play development located along the banks of St. Albert's beautiful Sturgeon River Valley. This incredible 15th floor executive penthouse suite features 2,889 sq ft. of refined living space, with an additional 1,117 sq ft on the partially covered patio area. Perfect for entertaining!! Features oversized window walls on 2 sides, allowing sunlight to stream in and offers beautiful views of the Sturgeon River Valley. This uniquely designed floor plan offers 12 ft ceilings, 2 primary bedrooms, spacious den & media room. The dream kitchen has an extended island, walk-in pantry, triple gas cooktop & premium appliances all included!! Has dedicated fresh-air intake & forced air heating & A/C. Concrete construction!! An oversized underground double garage is also included. Customizations are available. Located only steps to the Red Willow Trail System, boutique shopping, restaurants & professional services right out your front door. Truly an impressive property!! More details
  • 1039 200 BELLEROSE Drive: St. Albert Condo for sale : MLS®# E4364752

    1039 200 BELLEROSE Drive St. Albert St. Albert T8N 7P7
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    $2,328,638
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    Courtesy of Ron Dickson of Sotheby's International Realty Canada
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
    E4364752
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,459 sq. ft.
    Breathe in what’s next. Botanica is Luxury living in St. Albert. Nestled in the Sturgeon River Valley, this exclusive condominium offers a perfect blend of nature and convenience. Four penthouses remain, promising unmatched opulence. Abundant space, style, and sophistication await you as you step inside. Open-concept layouts seamlessly connect living, dining, and kitchen areas. Expansive windows flood the space with natural light and offer breathtaking views of the surroundings. Botanica's penthouses showcase fine finishes, sleek kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, and individual heat recovery ventilators for ultimate comfort. Private terraces allow for outdoor enjoyment and relaxation. As a resident, you'll have access to a state-of-the-art, commercial-grade gym to meet your fitness needs. Botanica offers a peaceful retreat while ensuring easy access to a wide range of amenities. Immerse yourself in nature, indulge in luxury, and own a prestigious penthouse in Botanica. Nothing compares. More details
  • 1030 200 BELLEROSE Drive: St. Albert Condo for sale : MLS®# E4364749

    1030 200 BELLEROSE Drive St. Albert St. Albert T8N 7P7
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    $1,760,797
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    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
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    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
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    Floor Area:
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    Breathe in what’s next. Botanica is Luxury living in St. Albert. Nestled in the Sturgeon River Valley, this exclusive condominium offers a perfect blend of nature and convenience. Four penthouses remain, promising unmatched opulence. Abundant space, style, and sophistication await you as you step inside. Open-concept layouts seamlessly connect living, dining, and kitchen areas. Expansive windows flood the space with natural light and offer breathtaking views of the surroundings. Botanica's penthouses showcase fine finishes, sleek kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, and individual heat recovery ventilators for ultimate comfort. Private terraces allow for outdoor enjoyment and relaxation. As a resident, you'll have access to a state-of-the-art, commercial-grade gym to meet your fitness needs. Botanica offers a peaceful retreat while ensuring easy access to a wide range of amenities. Immerse yourself in nature, indulge in luxury, and own a prestigious penthouse in Botanica. Nothing compares. More details
  • 1032 200 BELLEROSE Drive: St. Albert Condo for sale : MLS®# E4364750

    1032 200 BELLEROSE Drive St. Albert St. Albert T8N 7P7
    Main Photo: 1032 200 BELLEROSE Drive: St. Albert Condo for sale : MLS®# E4364750
    $1,591,537
    Condo
    Courtesy of Ron Dickson of Sotheby's International Realty Canada
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    E4364750
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,272 sq. ft.
    Breathe in what’s next. Botanica is Luxury living in St. Albert. Nestled in the Sturgeon River Valley, this exclusive condominium offers a perfect blend of nature and convenience. Four penthouses remain, promising unmatched opulence. Abundant space, style, and sophistication await you as you step inside. Open-concept layouts seamlessly connect living, dining, and kitchen areas. Expansive windows flood the space with natural light and offer breathtaking views of the surroundings. Botanica's penthouses showcase fine finishes, sleek kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, and individual heat recovery ventilators for ultimate comfort. Private terraces allow for outdoor enjoyment and relaxation. As a resident, you'll have access to a state-of-the-art, commercial-grade gym to meet your fitness needs. Botanica offers a peaceful retreat while ensuring easy access to a wide range of amenities. Immerse yourself in nature, indulge in luxury, and own a prestigious penthouse in Botanica. Nothing compares. More details
  • 7 LADEROUTE Place: St. Albert House for sale : MLS®# E4371603

    7 LADEROUTE Place St. Albert St. Albert T8N 7R2
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    $1,174,900
    Single Family
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    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
    E4371603
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,511 sq. ft.
    Indulge in the pinnacle of opulence w/this magnificent 2-story estate built by Sarasota Homes. Privately situated on a cul-de-sac, this home boasts an O/S 3 car garage, beautifully landscaped yard w/covered maintenance free deck! The grandeur begins w/a captivating open layout, soaring windows, 10 ft & vaulted ceilings, custom finishings & an exquisite formal dining room adjacent to a chef’s dream kitchen ft. 2 dishwashers, adorned w/pristine hardwood floors throughout the main level. Ascending to the upper level, the primary suite reigns supreme w/a regal 5pc ensuite & an expansive walk-in closet. Three lavish bedrooms, each adorned with walk-in closets & vaulted ceilings, grace the second floor, complemented by a 4pc bath & a conveniently located laundry. The F/F basement beckons w/a palatial family room w/gas fireplace, a 5th bedroom, exercise space, & a decadent 4pc bath. Located just steps from lacombe park lake & easy access to the Henday! Elevate your lifestyle in this unparalleled haven of luxury. More details
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