Plamondon, Alberta

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Plamondon
Hamlet
Plamondon, Alberta is located in Alberta
Plamondon, Alberta
Location of Plamondon in Alberta
Coordinates: 54°50′59″N 112°20′31″W / 54.8497°N 112.3419°W / 54.8497; -112.3419Coordinates: 54°50′59″N 112°20′31″W / 54.8497°N 112.3419°W / 54.8497; -112.3419
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Census division No. 12
Municipal district Lac La Biche County
Settled 1905
Government
 • Type Unincorporated
 • Mayor Aurel Langevin
 • Governing body
Area[1]
 • Total 1.94 km2 (0.75 sq mi)
Elevation 555 m (1,821 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 345
 • Density 180/km2 (460/sq mi)
 • Dwellings 147
Time zone MST (UTC-7)

Plamondon is a hamlet in northern Alberta, Canada within Lac La Biche County.[2] It is located on Highway 858, approximately 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) north of Highway 55, and has an elevation of 555 metres (1,821 ft).

The hamlet is located in census division No. 12 and in the federal riding of Fort McMurray-Athabasca.

History[edit]

The community was founded by Joseph Plamondon in 1908 and settled by primarily French Canadians. Most of the families that eventually settled there came from Provemont, Michigan (now Leelanau County, Michigan) and from French areas of Ontario.

On the outskirts of Plamondon is a community of Old Believers, a Traditionalist Russian Orthodox sect whose ancestors broke from the Church after Patriarch Nikon's reforms in 1666. The schism, or Raskol, resulted over reforms in church ritual and translation intended to better align the Russian church with Greek Orthodox practices. The Old Believers that live outside Plamondon are bezpopovtsy, or priestless Old Believers, who believe that apostolic succession ended with Nikon's apostasy and therefore have no clergy and refuse the Eucharist. Most of these families moved to the area in the mid 1970s from Woodburn, Oregon, also home to a large Old Believer community. Many also came from Xinjiang, China, by way of New Zealand, where they fled after the Communist revolutions in Russia and China.

Demographics[edit]

As a designated place in the 2011 Census, Plamondon had a population of 345 living in 135 of its 147 total dwellings, a 3% change from its 2006 population of 335. With a land area of 1.94 km2 (0.75 sq mi), it had a population density of 177.8/km2 (460.6/sq mi) in 2011.[1]

As of 2006, Plamondon had a total population of 335 living in 128 dwellings. With a land area of 1.94 km2 (0.75 sq mi), it has a population density of 172.8 /km2 (448 /sq mi).[3]

Economy[edit]

The main industries in the region are logging and farming.

Amenities[edit]

The community has two schools, Ecole Beausejour and Ecole Plamondon School, which draw students from the entire region. The larger one, Ecole Plamondon School, offers English, French, and Russian classes. The smaller school, Ecole Beausejour, offers only French instruction.

There are two hotels, two banks, post office, indoor hockey arena with artificial ice, a museum, and a rather large church.

The hamlet also holds an annual French hockey tournament. Frontenacs of University of Alberta have won twice. A Canadian Mud Racing Organization (CMRO) event is also held annually at the Plamondon Mud Bog.

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