St. Paul, Alberta

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St. Paul
St. Paul de(s) Métis (1909–1936)
Town of St. Paul
St. Paul is located in Alberta
St. Paul
St. Paul
Coordinates: 53°59′34″N 111°17′50″W / 53.99278°N 111.29722°W / 53.99278; -111.29722Coordinates: 53°59′34″N 111°17′50″W / 53.99278°N 111.29722°W / 53.99278; -111.29722
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Northern Alberta
Census division 12
Municipal district County of St. Paul No. 19
Founded[1] 1896
Incorporated (village)[2] June 14, 1912
Incorporated (town)
and name change[2]
December 15, 1936
 • Mayor Glenn Andersen
 • Governing body St. Paul Town Council
Area (2011)[4]
 • Total 7.89 km2 (3.05 sq mi)
Elevation[5] 646 m (2,119 ft)
Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 5,400
 • Density 744.1/km2 (1,927/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Postal code span T0A
Highways Highway 29
Highway 881
Waterways Thérien Lakes
Website Official website

St. Paul, originally known as St. Paul de Métis or St. Paul des Métis, is a town in east-central Alberta, Canada within the County of St. Paul No. 19. It was known as St. Paul de(s) Métis between 1912 and 1936.[2][6]


The community was originally founded as a Métis colony in 1896, but the colony later dissolved sometime between 1905 and 1909.[1] After the area was made available to other groups in 1909, primarily the French-Catholic,[1] the community incorporated as the Village of St. Paul de Métis on June 14, 1912,[2] though it was referred to as St. Paul des Métis by June 6, 1922.[6] It then incorporated as the Town of St. Paul on December 15, 1936.[2]


The Town of St. Paul's 2012 municipal census counted a population of 5,844,[7] a 3.8% increase over its 2010 municipal census population of 5,632.[8]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of St. Paul had a population of 5,400 living in 2,169 of its 2,338 total dwellings, a 5.8% change from its 2006 population of 5,106. With a land area of 7.89 km2 (3.05 sq mi), it had a population density of 684.4/km2 (1,772.6/sq mi) in 2011.[4] In 2012, Statistics Canada adjusted St. Paul's 2011 population by an additional 5 people to 5,405 to reflect its 2011 annexation.[9]

In 2006, St. Paul had a population of 5,106 living in 2,011 dwellings, a 0.9% increase from 2001. The town has a land area of 6.86 km2 (2.65 sq mi) and a population density of 744.1 /km2 (1,927 /sq mi).[10]


St. Paul's economy is driven by the agriculture and service industries.[citation needed] St. Paul is located in Alberta's Lakeland tourism district.[11]


UFO Landing Pad in St. Paul, Alberta

St. Paul is home to the world's first UFO landing pad,[12] built as a centennial project in an effort to attract both tourists and Martians to the municipality. The pad consists of a raised platform with a map of Canada embossed on the back stop, consisting of stones provided by each province of Canada.

On June 3, 1967, Paul Hellyer, Minister of National Defence, flew in by helicopter to officially open the Pad.[13] The pad was one of over 100 Centennial Projects organized by the town.

The sign beside the pad reads: "The area under the World's First UFO Landing Pad was designated international by the Town of St. Paul as a symbol of our faith that mankind will maintain the outer universe free from national wars and strife. That future travel in space will be safe for all intergalactic beings, all visitors from earth or otherwise are welcome to this territory and to the Town of St. Paul."

Notable residents[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c "Saint-Paul des Métis". Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Location and History Profile: Town of St. Paul". Alberta Municipal Affairs. June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 3, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "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 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Alteration of the Boundaries of the Village of St. Paul des Métis". Alberta Gazette. June 15, 1922. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ "2012 Municipal Affairs Population List". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2012-11-22. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  8. ^ "2010 Official Population List". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  9. ^ "Interim List of Changes to Municipal Boundaries, Status, and Names From January 2, 2011 to January 1, 2012 (Table 1 - Changes to census subdivisions in alphabetical order by province and territory)" (XLSX). Statistics Canada. November 14, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ Statistics Canada (Census 2006). "St. Paul - Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-13.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ "Communities". Alberta's Lakeland Tourism. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  12. ^ St. Paul's UFO landing pad
  13. ^ CBC News TV about St. Paul, Alberta

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