Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

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Fort Saskatchewan is a city in Alberta, Canada, located 25 kilometres (16 mi) northeast of Edmonton, Alberta's capital city, along the North Saskatchewan River. Fort Saskatchewan is part of the Edmonton census metropolitan area and is one of 24 municipalities that comprise the Capital Region Board (CRB). Fort Saskatchewan's population in the 2016 federal census was 24,149 while it was 24,569 in the city's 2016 municipal census.

Fort Saskatchewan is bordered by Strathcona County to the south and east, Sturgeon County to the north and west, and the City of Edmonton to the southwest. Sturgeon County and Edmonton are both located across the North Saskatchewan River.

The city is most well known for its proximity to petrochemical facilities, including Dow Chemical, Sherritt International, Agrium and Shell Canada. It is also known for its flock of 50 sheep that roam its downtown park throughout the summer months eating the grass. The city mascot is a sheep named Auggie.[6] 

History

In 1875, under the command of Inspector W.D. Jarvis, the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) established Fort Saskatchewan as a fort on the North Saskatchewan River. The community was later incorporated as a villagein 1899, a town in 1904, and a city in 1985.

 

The Canadian Northern Railway reached Fort Saskatchewan in 1905, placing the town on a transcontinental rail line.[7] The first bridge across the river was also built at this time, with the rail company paying for it in exchange for free land for its station in Fort Saskatchewan.[8] Prior to the bridge, the only method to cross the river at Fort Saskatchewan was via ferry.[8] In the decade after the railway arrived, the town's population nearly doubled to 993.[9]

A new $200,000 provincial jail opened in 1915 at the end of what is now 100th Avenue to replace the 34-cell guard house that had been used to hold prisoners since the NWMP fort was constructed in 1875.[10] The jail would see various additions throughout the next 70 years, including the construction of more cell blocks as well as a stand-alone power plant.[10]By 1973, the jail employed 220 residents[10] and housed both male and female offenders. The jail was replaced in 1988 when a new provincial correctional centre was built south of Highway 15 on 101st Street. The original jail cell blocks were subsequently demolished in 1994. Only one building from the complex, as well as the Warden's House, still stands today.

In 1952, Sherritt Gordon Mines started construction on a $25-million nickel refinery in Fort Saskatchewan, which started production in 1954.[11] Following Sherritt Gordon's locating in Fort Saskatchewan, more industries constructed plants in the town. Between 1951 and 1956, the town's population doubled from 1,076 to 2,582.[12]

Dow Chemical acquired 700 acres in Fort Saskatchewan in 1959, opening its plant in 1961 and further expanding it in 1967.[13] Within five years of beginning operation at Dow, the population again saw a significant increase to 4,152 in 1966, up from 2,972 in 1961.[13]

Since Fort Saskatchewan was incorporated as a town in 1904, it has had 29 residents serve as its mayor.

Demographics

The population of the City of Fort Saskatchewan according to its 2016 municipal census is 24,569,[5] a change of 2.2% from its 2015 municipal census population of 24,040.[38]In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the City of Fort Saskatchewan recorded a population of 24,149 living in 9,261 of its 9,939 total private dwellings, a change of 26.8% from its 2011 population of 19,051. With a land area of 48.18 km2 (18.60 sq mi), it had a population density of 501.2/km2 (1,298.2/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

In the 2011 Census, the City of Fort Saskatchewan had a population of 19,051 living in 7,333 of its 8,109 total dwellings, a change of 27.4% from its 2006 population of 14,957. With a land area of 48.12 km2 (18.58 sq mi), it had a population density of 395.9/km2 (1,025.4/sq mi) in 2011.[37]

Residents work mostly in trades (2,130), retail (1,840) or business/finance (1,575).[39]

According to the 2006 census, the largest visible minorities in the community were Chinese with 95 residents followed by Filipino with 55 residents.[39]

English is the first language of 91.7% of the population. French (2.2%) is the second most common first language.[39]

Economy

Fort Saskatchewan's main industries are commercial and heavy industry. Fort Saskatchewan is part of Alberta's Industrial Heartland, the largest Canadian industrial area west of Toronto. Companies with operations in the area include Dow Chemical, Sherritt International, Agrium and Shell Canada. These plants are major employers for residents of Fort Saskatchewan and the surrounding area.

With the city's growth in recent years, the commercial service sector has also grown. Multi-national corporations with stores in Fort Saskatchewan include Wal-Mart and The Home Depot, with Canadian Tire, Safeway and Sobeys acting as some of the other major employers.

 

*Source - Wikipedia 

Current Listings

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta - Listings for Sale

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  • 0 0: Rural Strathcona County Rural Land/Vacant Lot for sale : MLS®# E4097784

    Main Photo: 0 0: Rural Strathcona County Rural Land/Vacant Lot for sale : MLS®# E4097784
    $2,300,000
    Rural Land/Vacant Lot
    Courtesy of Peter M Leveille of AB Realty Ltd
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    E4097784
    ATTENTION Gravel/Sand Operators and clay extraction specialists! This property contains large deposits of gravel, sand, clay (glaciolacustine high plastic clay) and clay till. Possible uses for clay includes but is not limited to: general earthworks, road embankments, site grading fills, pond liners, tanker liners. Professional engineering and geological report available to confirm volumes and locations. Owner would also entertain offers for North East Quarter of section (contact listing Realtor for details). Engineering report available to interested parties after signing of NDA. More details
  • 55325 RR222: Rural Sturgeon County House for sale : MLS®# E4116863

    Main Photo: 55325 RR222: Rural Sturgeon County House for sale : MLS®# E4116863
    • Exterior Front
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    • Foyer
    • Staircase
    • Living Room
    • Fireplace
    • Bar area
    • Other
    • Living Room
    • Kitchen
    • Dining Room
    • Fireplace
    • Sun Room
    • Games Room
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bath
    • Staircase
    • Basement
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    • Bathroom
    • Utility Room
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    • Workshop
    $1,999,000
    Country Residential
    Courtesy of Michele L Watts-Aylwin of RE/MAX Real Estate Centre
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    E4116863
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    6,178 sq. ft.
    This amazing and unique, custom built log fortress overlooks the meeting of the two rivers (North Saskatchewan & Sturgeon River) and sits on 55 acres. This home has had no expense overlooked, custom slate flooring with mosaic inserts, high end appliances in the gourmet kitchen, 5 fireplaces with two having a pizza oven as well. This home is a family home now but has been used as a corporate centre with a large board room area, games room, and a 2000 square foot shop with commercial type oversized doors. It could also be an enchanting bed and breakfast for someone thinking for a serene and relaxing retirement plan. The options are endless. Home has a reverse osmosis system and in floor heating. More details
  • 129 Greenfield Way: Fort Saskatchewan House for sale : MLS®# E4127164

    Main Photo: 129 Greenfield Way: Fort Saskatchewan House for sale : MLS®# E4127164
    $1,399,000
    Single Family
    Courtesy of Pamela K McGrath of Century 21 1st Choice Realty
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    E4127164
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,865 sq. ft.
    Looking for a luxury estate in the heart of Fort Saskatchewan? On .94acres this 2865sq ft Hereditiy Homes built exec bungalow showcases magnificent workmanship. Grande 12 ft ceilings greet you with exquisite lighting and crown mouldings throughout. The great room has a cultured stone fireplace that draws your eye up to the exposed wood beam ceiling. The chef inspired kitchen has custom built in appliances with plenty of unique details, granite countertops, soft close drawers & a walk in pantry. The well thought out floor plan features 3+2 beds with an ensuite that will make you never want to leave home. In the ff basement you will love the open concept family room, full bar with wine room, and 2 flex areas. The 4 car tandem heated garage has plenty of room for all of your toys & cars with add'l storage space in the adjacent shed. Outside you will enjoy a professionally landscaped yard, putting green, screened in 400sqft patio, and a sport court! A unique home that must be seen to be fully appreciated! More details
  • 3201 10410 102 Avenue NW in Edmonton: Zone 12 Condo for sale : MLS®# E4134696

    Main Photo: 3201 10410 102 Avenue NW in Edmonton: Zone 12 Condo for sale : MLS®# E4134696
    $1,299,950
    Condo
    Courtesy of Sylvia Kozicki of Century 21 Platinum Realty
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    E4134696
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,015 sq. ft.
    PENTHOUSE WITH BREATHTAKING VIEWS! 32nd floor of the Fox Two Tower! Over 2,014 sq ft of contemporary space plus HUGE OUTDOOR PATIO. Amazing views from every room including Rogers Place and Ice District. Two storey ceiling featured in living room and dining room. This open concept allows for a spectacular entertaining atmosphere. Modern kitchen with huge island, plenty of cabinets, and more. Total of 3 bedrooms. Two bedrooms with access to balconies. Grand staircase to family room which offers upper floor views of Downtown Edmonton. Imagine watching beautiful sunrises from your outdoor patio space, walking to award winning restaurants, coffee shops, hockey games and concerts in the Rogers Arena with Ice District just around the corner. Underground heated and secured parking. 2 parking stalls included. EXECUTIVE LIFESTYLE AWAITS! More details
  • 245 Via Colina: Rural Sturgeon County House for sale : MLS®# E4122053

    Main Photo: 245 Via Colina: Rural Sturgeon County House for sale : MLS®# E4122053
    $1,199,000
    Country Residential
    Courtesy of Deanne E Miketon of 2% Realty Pro
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    E4122053
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,092 sq. ft.
    This STUNNING home is fully automated and features LED lighting, 7 zone audio, CCTV, hydronic heating, 5 zone heated floors, central air and top of the line 50 year shingles! The main floor is home to a CHEF'S KITCHEN with top of the line appliances, including a gas range, and a large centre island. There is plenty of counter and storage space, perfect for entertaining as it is open to the large living area. The master suite features a gorgeous ensuite with double sinks, a SOAKER TUB and a walk in shower. There is another bedroom, laundry and half bath on the main floor. The basement features a large rec area and an acoustically engineered THEATRE ROOM! There are also 3 more bedrooms and a full bathroom. Outside, you'll find a large yard with a beautiful cedar deck, 11 zone sprinkler system and 2 pads with electrical rough in. The TRIPLE CAR garage is heated and has plenty of space for all of your toys. This home is a MUST SEE! More details
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