Stony Plain, Alberta

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Stony Plain
Town
Town of Stony Plain
Official logo of Stony Plain
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Nickname(s): The Town with the Painted Past
Stony Plain is located in Alberta
Stony Plain
Stony Plain
Location of Stony Plain in Alberta
Coordinates: 53°31′48″N 114°00′23″W / 53.53000°N 114.00639°W / 53.53000; -114.00639Coordinates: 53°31′48″N 114°00′23″W / 53.53000°N 114.00639°W / 53.53000; -114.00639
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Edmonton Region
Census division 11
Municipal district Parkland County
Village 1907
Town December 10, 1908
Government[1]
 • Mayor William Choy
 • Governing body
 • Manager Tom Goulden
Area (2011)[2]
 • Town 35.61 km2 (13.75 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 710 m (2,330 ft)
Population (2011)[2][4]
 • Town 15,051
 • Density 422.7/km2 (1,095/sq mi)
 • Urban 13,882
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 780, 587
Highways Highway 16
Highway 779
Website Official website

Stony Plain is a town in the Edmonton Capital Region of Alberta, Canada within Parkland County. It is located west of Edmonton adjacent to the City of Spruce Grove.

Stony Plain is known as "The Town with the Painted Past" due to the amount of painted murals in town. The town was originally known as Dog Rump Creek.[5]

History[edit]

The name of the town is believed to have come from one of two possible origins. The first is that the Stoney people camped in the area historically. The second possibility is that Dr. James Hector, a geologist on the Palliser Expedition, noticed boulders scattered across the area. The official name for the settlement was adopted in 1892.[6] Alex McNabb and McPherson were the first homesteaders in the area.[7]

Geography[edit]

Stony Plain experiences a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb).[8]

Climate
Climate data for Stony Plain, Alberta
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high Humidex 10.2 12.8 15.1 23.5 28.9 34.7 39.3 30.6 22.2 22.2 13.3 16.5 39.3
Record high °C (°F) 13.5
(56.3)
14.5
(58.1)
17.8
(64)
28.9
(84)
31.5
(88.7)
33.3
(91.9)
32
(90)
35
(95)
33.9
(93)
29
(84)
19.4
(66.9)
17.5
(63.5)
35
(95)
Average high °C (°F) −7.3
(18.9)
−3.9
(25)
1.5
(34.7)
10.4
(50.7)
16.7
(62.1)
19.9
(67.8)
21.8
(71.2)
21
(70)
16
(61)
10.2
(50.4)
−0.6
(30.9)
−5.7
(21.7)
8.3
(46.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) −11.7
(10.9)
−8.5
(16.7)
−3
(27)
4.9
(40.8)
10.9
(51.6)
14.5
(58.1)
16.5
(61.7)
15.7
(60.3)
10.7
(51.3)
5.3
(41.5)
−4.4
(24.1)
−9.7
(14.5)
3.4
(38.1)
Average low °C (°F) −15.9
(3.4)
−12.9
(8.8)
−7.6
(18.3)
−0.5
(31.1)
5.1
(41.2)
9.1
(48.4)
11.2
(52.2)
10.3
(50.5)
5.3
(41.5)
0.3
(32.5)
−8.1
(17.4)
−13.6
(7.5)
−1.5
(29.3)
Record low °C (°F) −40
(−40)
−39
(−38)
−32.2
(−26)
−24
(−11)
−6
(21)
0
(32)
2.5
(36.5)
−0.6
(30.9)
−6.7
(19.9)
−25.5
(−13.9)
−36.5
(−33.7)
−40
(−40)
−40
(−40)
Wind chill −47.7 −46 −34.6 −22.5 −11.5 −2.8 2.6 −14.1 −6.7 −21.5 −37.4 −46 −47.7
Precipitation mm (inches) 24.1
(0.949)
18.3
(0.72)
19.3
(0.76)
26.6
(1.047)
54
(2.13)
98.1
(3.862)
106.2
(4.181)
73.6
(2.898)
47.9
(1.886)
22.7
(0.894)
21.8
(0.858)
23.5
(0.925)
536
(21.1)
Rainfall mm (inches) 1.7
(0.067)
1.4
(0.055)
1.8
(0.071)
14
(0.55)
49.5
(1.949)
98.1
(3.862)
106.2
(4.181)
73.5
(2.894)
46.3
(1.823)
13.3
(0.524)
3
(0.12)
1.3
(0.051)
410
(16.14)
Snowfall cm (inches) 25.2
(9.92)
18
(7.1)
18.6
(7.32)
12.8
(5.04)
4.7
(1.85)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.04)
1.6
(0.63)
9.5
(3.74)
20.2
(7.95)
23.2
(9.13)
133.9
(52.72)
Source: Environment Canada[9]

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Stony Plain had a population of 15,051 living in 5,820 of its 6,204 total dwellings, a 21.7% change from its 2006 population of 12,363. With a land area of 35.61 km2 (13.75 sq mi), it had a population density of 422.7/km2 (1,094.7/sq mi) in 2011.[2] At its current population, Stony Plain is one of the largest towns in the province and is eligible for city status. According to Alberta's Municipal Government Act, a town is eligible for city status when it reaches 10,000 residents.[30]

The population of the Town of Stony Plain according to its 2010 municipal census is 14,177.[31][32]

In 2006, Stony Plain had a population of 12,363 living in 4,808 dwellings, a 28.5% increase from 2001. The town has a land area of 35.61 km2 (13.75 sq mi) and a population density of 347.2/km2 (899/sq mi).[33]

Economy[edit]

The region is dominated by agricultural and other resource-based industry.

Arts and culture[edit]

Stony Plain is home to many colourful murals that depict important figures and events of local history. These murals have earned the town the nickname "The Town with the Painted Past." The Town held a mural project in 2006 where artists were selected through open competition to paint two murals. The Parkland Potters Guild & Crooked Pot Gallery is also located within Stony Plain.

Cultural institutions in the town include the Stony Plain Public Library and the Multicultural Heritage Centre.

Stony Plain celebrates Farmers' Days in the first week of June each year, complete with the Farmers' Days Parade, the Kinsmen rodeo, a pancake breakfast and fair grounds. The town also plays host to the Great White North Triathlon[34] in the first week of July.

In the summer, Stony Plain hosts two major festivals — the Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival,[35] which is held in early August and is the largest bluegrass event in western Canada, and the Cowboy Poetry and Country Music Gathering[36] held in late August.

In December, the town sets up a large Christmas tree on Main Street and is lit throughout the Christmas season. To celebrate New Year’s Eve, the town holds its Family Fest event at Rotary Park. Family Fest features ice skating on an outdoor pond, hot chocolate and fireworks.

Attractions[edit]

The Town of Stony Plain jointly owns and operates the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre sports complex located within neighbouring Spruce Grove. The town is also home to the Multicultural Heritage Centre, the Pioneer Museum and has three major parks (Shikaoi, Whispering Waters and Rotary), a skate park, a BMX park and a green path system running through town.

Government[edit]

The town is governed by one mayor and six councillors.

Infrastructure[edit]

Health care

Stony Plain is home to the WestView Health Centre, a 68-bed public hospital.

Education[edit]

Parkland School Division operates five schools and an outreach centre within the town.[37] Evergreen Catholic School Division operates a school for students in kindergarten through grade 8.[38] There are also a variety of small private schools and home schooling organizations.

NorQuest College operates a small satellite campus, offering a variety of adult academic upgrading programs.[39]

Media[edit]

Newspapers covering Stony Plain include the Stony Plain Reporter[40] and the Tri Area News.[41]

Services[edit]

The Town of Stony Plain has an RCMP detachment and a provincial court. The town also provides an organicart compost collection program and a blue bag recycling program.

Organizations[edit]

Service organizations in town include the Rotary Club, the Lions Club and the Royal Canadian Legion.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  34. ^ The Great White North Triathlon
  35. ^ Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival
  36. ^ Stony Plain Cowboy Poetry Gathering
  37. ^ Parkland School Division No. 70
  38. ^ Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 2
  39. ^ NorQuest College
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