New Norway, Alberta
|Hamlet of New Norway|
New Norway circa 1915
|Municipal district||Camrose County|
|Dissolved||November 1, 2012|
|• MP||Kevin Sorenson|
|• MLA||Doug Griffiths|
|• Total||1.12 km2 (0.43 sq mi)|
|Elevation||745 m (2,444 ft)|
|• Density||253.8/km2 (657/sq mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
|Postal code span||T0B|
New Norway is a hamlet located within Camrose County in central Alberta, Canada. Named in 1895, it is located on Highway 21, approximately 100 km (62 mi) southeast of Edmonton and 22 km (14 mi) southwest of Camrose.
New Norway is home to a number of small businesses, and has an elementary and secondary school, local fire protection and municipal services provided by Camrose County.
In 1892, travelling first on the newly constructed Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) line, the Ole M. Olstad family disembarked in Wetaskiwin and made their way to the Duhamel settlement, which had been established for some years. The family quickly filed homesteads a few miles south for themselves and several relatives and friends in the United States. In addition they purchased available CPR land for $3.00 per acre ($7.41/ha).
For a time the area was known as the "Olstead District". However, as other Norwegian families (along with those of other nationalities) settled in the area, the name changed to New Norway around 1895. By 1903 the fledgling community had a school, general store, and a blacksmith shop to its credit.
In the fall of 1909, in anticipation of the new Grand Trunk Pacific rail line being built nearby, the community was moved (by the use of skids and seven oxen) to its present location NW-11-45-21-W4 (see Dominion Land Survey). According to the Camrose Canadian, the townsite of New Norway was put on sale October 14, 1909, with 14 businesses filing intent to establish within the first month. Commercial lots sold from $100 to $250, and residential lots were priced from $50 to $150.
New Norway incorporated as a village on May 6, 1910, and its first council was elected on May 9, 1910 with Norman M. Smith, James F. Willows and Evan O. Olstad serving.
Over a century later, the Village of New Norway was dissolved to hamlet status under the jurisdiction of Camrose County effective November 1, 2012.
In the 2011 Census, New Norway had a population of 283 living in 114 of its 128 total dwellings, a -12.4% change from its 2006 population of 323. With a land area of 1.12 km2 (0.43 sq mi), it had a population density of 252.7/km2 (654/sq mi) in 2011.
- "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.
- "Location and History Profile: Village of New Norway". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
- "Order in Council (O.C.) 328/2012". Province of Alberta. 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
- Statistics Canada (Census 2006). "New Norway - Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-08.
- Memory Opens the Door - New Norway and District 1972. (Local History book, no ISBN)