Edson, Alberta

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Edson
Town
Town of Edson
Edson town hall
Edson town hall
Motto: Heart of the Yellowhead
Edson is located in Alberta
Edson
Edson
Location of Edson in Alberta
Coordinates: 53°34′54″N 116°26′04″W / 53.58167°N 116.43444°W / 53.58167; -116.43444Coordinates: 53°34′54″N 116°26′04″W / 53.58167°N 116.43444°W / 53.58167; -116.43444
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 14
Municipal district Yellowhead County
Incorporated 1911
Government[1]
 • Mayor Greg Pasychny
 • Governing body
 • Manager Clarence Joly
 • MP Rob Merrifield (Cons - Yellowhead)
 • MLA Robin Campbell (PC - West Yellowhead)
Area (2011)[2]
 • Total 29.58 km2 (11.42 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 920 m (3,020 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 8,475
 • Density 286.5/km2 (742/sq mi)
Demonym Edsonite[4]
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Postal code span T7E
Area code(s) +1-780
Website Official website

Edson is a town in west-central Alberta, Canada. It is located in Yellowhead County, 192 kilometres (119 mi) west of Edmonton along the Yellowhead Highway and 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) east of the intersection with Highway 47. Residents of Edson are referred to as Edsonites.[4]

History[edit]

The town was originally named Heatherwood, but the name was changed around 1911 in honour of Edson Joseph Chamberlin, vice-president of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Local history maintains that Edson (Heatherwood) was built in its current location because it was the first level spot after Wolf Creek. (The land at Wolf Creek was quickly bought up after the announcement of plans to develop a town there, which rendered it uneconomical for the railway.) When Edson was declared the local rail centre, smaller communities such as Rosevear (abandoned), Wolf Creek, Carrot Creek and Niton Junction fell into a decline that continues today. In the 1950s, upgrading of Highway 16 caused a dramatic increase in private, commercial and industrial traffic. Today, the Yellowhead Highway carries some of the heaviest traffic flow in Alberta and has been officially declared the second Trans-Canada Highway. In the 1970s, a revitalized coal industry saw the Cardinal River Coal and Luscar Sterco mines launched in the area. The 1980s saw the development of Pelican Spruce Mills (now Weyerhaeuser Canada) and Sundance Forest Industries - two of Edson's major employers. The former hamlets of Glenwood and Grande Prairie Trail were annexed from Yellowhead County by the Town of Edson on 1 January 1984.[5][6]

Geography[edit]

Edson lies in the McLeod River valley, immediately east of the Canadian Rockies foothills. The surrounding landscape consists of primarily taiga forest with sand hills and muskeg. The town is located at an altitude of 925 metres (3,035 ft). Two provincial parks are located west of Edson: Sundance Provincial Park along Sundance Creek and Obed Lake Provincial Park surrounding the three Obed Lakes.

Climate[edit]

Edson experiences a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb), that borders on a subarctic climate (Köppen climate classification Dfc).

Demographics[edit]

Population history
Year Pop.   ±%  
1996 7,399 —    
2001 7,585 +2.5%
2006 8,098 +6.8%
2011 8,475 +4.7%
Source: Statistics Canada[8][9][10][2]
Downtown Edson (50th Street)

The Town of Edson's 2012 municipal census counted a population of 8,646.[11]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Edson had a population of 8,475 living in 3,386 of its 3,701 total dwellings, a 4.7% change from its 2006 population of 8,098. With a land area of 29.58 km2 (11.42 sq mi), it had a population density of 286.5/km2 (742.1/sq mi) in 2011.[2]

According to the 2006 federal census, Edson had a population of 8,098 living in 3,230 dwellings, a 6.8% increase from the 2001 federal census. The town has a land area of 29.54 km2 (11.41 sq mi) and a population density of 274.1 /km2 (710 /sq mi).[10]

Economy[edit]

The main industries that drive the local economy are resource based – coal, oil, natural gas and forestry products.

Sports[edit]

Edson is home to Canada's largest slo-pitch tournament.[12]

Infrastructure[edit]

Edson is connected to the Yellowhead Highway from east to west and to Coal Valley via Highway 47 to the south.

Via Rail's The Canadian calls at the Edson railway station three times per week in each direction as a flag stop.

Education[edit]

Grande Yellowhead Regional Division No. 35
  • A.H. Dakin Elementary School (K-5)
  • Evergreen Elementary School (K-5)
  • Parkland Composite High School (9-12 English, French)
  • École Pine Grove Middle School (6-8 English, French)
  • Westhaven Elementary School (K-5 English, French)
Living Waters Catholic Regional Division No. 42
Private
  • Yellowhead Koinonia Christian School (K-12)

Media[edit]

Newspapers

Edson has two local papers. The weekly Edson Leader and The Weekly Anchor.[13]

Radio Stations

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  3. ^ "Alberta Private Sewage Systems 2009 Standard of Practice Handbook: Appendix A.3 Alberta Design Data (A.3.A. Alberta Climate Design Data by Town)" (PDF). Safety Codes Council. January 2012. pp. 212–215 (PDF pages 226–229). Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Edsonites are recycling champions". Edson Leader (Sun Media Corporation). Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  5. ^ "Board Order No. 16195". Local Authorities Board. 3 March 1983. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  6. ^ "The Alberta Gazette (O.C. 640/83)". Province of Alberta. 15 August 1983. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  7. ^ Environment CanadaCanadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 31 August 2009
  8. ^ "Table 10: Population and Dwelling Counts, for Census Divisions, Census Subdivisions (Municipalities) and Designated Places, 1991 and 1996 Censuses – 100% Data". 96 Census. A National Overview – Population and Dwelling Counts. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1997. pp. 136–146. ISBN 0-660-59283-5. 
  9. ^ "Population and Dwelling Counts, for Canada, Provinces and Territories, and Census Divisions, 2001 and 1996 Censuses - 100% Data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  10. ^ a b Statistics Canada (Census 2006). "Edson - Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  11. ^ "Municipal Census Stats". Town of Edson. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  12. ^ Edson Leader (27 July 2007). "Let's play ball! Kin Slo-pitch ready to roll". Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  13. ^ The Weekly Anchor

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