Clairmont, Alberta

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Clairmont
Hamlet
Clairmont, Alberta is located in Alberta
Clairmont, Alberta
Location of Clairmont in Alberta
Coordinates: 55°15′41″N 118°47′37″W / 55.2614°N 118.7936°W / 55.2614; -118.7936
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Census division No. 19
Municipal district County of Grande Prairie No. 1
Government
 • Type Unincorporated
 • Reeve Leanne Beaupre
 • Governing body
Population (2006)[1]
 • Total 2,174
Time zone MST (UTC-7)

Clairmont is a hamlet in northern Alberta, Canada within the County of Grande Prairie No. 1.[2] Previously an incorporated municipality, Clairmont dissolved from village status on January 1, 1946 to become part of the Municipal District of Bear Lake No. 740.[3]

Clairmont is located in the Peace Country, along Highway 2, approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) north of Grande Prairie and 9 km (5.6 mi) south of Sexsmith.

Clairmont lies at an elevation of 685 m (2,247 ft), on the western shore of Clairmont Lake.[4] It was named after the nearby lake, which in turn was named by Walter McFarlane (a Dominion Land Surveyor who mapped the area in 1909) after Claremont, Ontario.

History[edit]

Clairmont was established as a hamlet in 1915, at the time when the railroad reached this area.[4] A post office was opened the following year and a school was opened in 1915 (but was later closed). In 1922, a large fire consumed many Clairmont businesses, while a train station was built in 1923.

Clairmont was incorporated as a village in 1917, but renounced the village status in 1946 after a downturn in economy caused by the great depression. It eventually became the location of the County of Grande Prairie No. 1's municipal office.

A new school was built with municipal funding in 2007 and opened in 2008.

Demographics[edit]

The population of Clairmont according to the County of Grande Prairie No. 1's 2006 municipal census is 2,174.[1]

Industry Canada shows that Clairmont's greater rural area had a total population of 1,975 living in 712 dwellings in 2001. With a land area of 247.83 km2 (95.69 sq mi), its greater rural area has a population density of 8.0/km2 (21/sq mi).[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b County of Grande Prairie No. 1. "Economic Profile". Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities". Alberta Municipal Affairs. April 1, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Table 6a: Population by census divisions and subdivisions showing reorganization of rural areas, 1931-1946". Census of the Prairie Provinces, 1946. Volume I: Population. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1949. p. 429. 
  4. ^ a b Discover the Peace Country. "Clairmont". Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  5. ^ Industry Canada/Web Archive (2006-11-04). "Clairmont - Community demographics (2001 census)". Retrieved 2010-02-07. 

Coordinates: 55°15′41″N 118°47′37″W / 55.26139°N 118.79361°W / 55.26139; -118.79361 (Clairmont)