Gibbons, Alberta

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Gibbons
Town
Town of Gibbons
Flag of Gibbons
Flag
Motto: "Living at its Best"
Gibbons is located in Alberta
Gibbons
Gibbons
Location of Gibbons in Alberta
Coordinates: 53°49′40″N 113°19′22″W / 53.82778°N 113.32278°W / 53.82778; -113.32278Coordinates: 53°49′40″N 113°19′22″W / 53.82778°N 113.32278°W / 53.82778; -113.32278
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Edmonton Region
Census division 11
Municipal district Sturgeon County
Government[1]
 • Mayor Doug J. Horner
 • Governing body Gibbons Town Council
Area (2011)[2]
 • Total 7.39 km2 (2.85 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 643 m (2,110 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 3,030
 • Density 409.9/km2 (1,062/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Postal code span T0A 1N0
Highways Highway 28A
Highway 643
Waterway Sturgeon River
Website Official website

Gibbons is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located on Highway 28A, 37 km (23 mi) north-east of Edmonton.

The town was named for William R. Gibbons who settled in the area and was created from the merger of two smaller communities: Astleyville and Battenburg.[citation needed] Gibbons is situated on the southern banks of the Sturgeon River which is a major tributary of the North Saskatchewan River.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Gibbons had a population of 3,030 living in 1,075 of its 1,111 total dwellings, a 14.7% change from its 2006 population of 2,642. With a land area of 7.39 km2 (2.85 sq mi), it had a population density of 410.0/km2 (1,061.9/sq mi) in 2011.[2]

The population of the Town of Gibbons according to its 2007 municipal census is 2,848.[4]

In 2006, Gibbons had a population of 2,642 living in 993 dwellings, a 0.5% decrease from 2001. The town has a land area of 6.46 km2 (2.49 sq mi) and a population density of 409.1/km2 (1,060/sq mi).[5]

Sports and recreation[edit]

Gibbons is home to many sporting facilities, leagues, and teams. As a family community, the majority of activities are orientated to youth, but many adult options are also available.

The Gibbons arena is home to a number of ice hockey teams and leagues in the winter. In partnership with the community of Bon Accord, Alberta, the CNN Spurs minor hockey program offers teams from initiation to midget level, as well as a female program.[6] The Gibbons Jr. C Broncos, playing in the Noralta Junior Hockey League,[7] also call the Gibbons Arena home. The East Sturgeon Gentlemen's Hockey League, consisting of 11 teams, play the majority of their games in Gibbons as well as the surrounding communities.[8]

Adjoining with the Gibbons Arena is the Gibbons Curling Club. This facility features four sheets of ice, ice-level seating, as well as a recently renovated lounge. The lounge, popular with the town's residents in the winter months, includes food and beverage service, table seating, and an above ice viewing area complete with sheet cameras. The facility runs mens, ladies, mixed, farmers, and junior leagues. It also hosts the annual Saville Country Classic Junior Bonspiel, where highly competitive junior level teams from across the province compete.[9]

In the spring and summer, minor baseball and soccer teams are offered. The town has numerous soccer pitches and ball diamonds, with the majority of them located in the area surrounding Landing Trail School and at the Jack Hogg Sports Grounds north of Gibbons School and the Gibbons Arena. A successful recreational slow pitch league is also ran, which includes an annual wind up tournament in July.

Lacrosse is also becoming increasingly popular with Gibbons' youth. Although the town does not yet host its own teams, the surrounding communities of Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park, St. Albert, and Edmonton run programs for minor, junior, mens, and ladies levels.

Education[edit]

As part of the Sturgeon School Division, Gibbons is the site of the following schools: Landing Trail Elementary, Gibbons School Elementary and Junior High, and the Sturgeon Learning Centre, which focuses on high school and adult learning.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. November 28, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. 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. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2009-09-15). "Alberta 2009 Official Population List". Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  5. ^ Statistics Canada (Census 2006). "Gibbons - Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-11.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "CNN Spurs Official Website". Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "NJHL". Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "ESGHL". Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Gibbons Curling Club". Retrieved 9 November 2011. 

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