St. Albert, Ontario
St. Albert has a few streets, along with a community centre, a church, a primary school, a bank, a woodshop, a hardware shop. It also has two old age residences. The village is surrounded by lots of farmland. The town is known in particular for the St. Albert brand of cheese, made by the local cheese factory. It also hosts an annual Curd Festival. The cheddar cheese curd has won many awards in various competitions. St-Albert is looking to expand its population with a new street opening soon, giving homeowners a choice of single family homes, duplexes and an apartment building.
On February 3, 2013, a fire destroyed the St. Albert Cheese Factory, leaving 125 factory workers and 50 producers (roughly one fifth of the town’s population) unemployed for the foreseeable future. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The damage was estimated to be $25 million, though no one was injured. The NHL's Ottawa Senators donated a pair of tickets to a future game to each employee affected by the fire on behalf of player André Benoit, who worked at the factory as a teenager.