Anzac, Alberta

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Anzac is located in Alberta
Location of Anzac in Alberta
Coordinates: 56°26′47″N 111°2′50″W / 56.44639°N 111.04722°W / 56.44639; -111.04722
RegionNorthern Alberta
Census division16
Specialized municipalityRM of Wood Buffalo
EstablishedAugust 7, 1979[1]
 • MayorDon Scott
 • Governing body
 • Land8.56 km2 (3.31 sq mi)
490 m (1,610 ft)
 • Total548
Time zoneUTC−7
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code
Area code(s)+1-780
WebsiteRM of Wood Buffalo page

Anzac is a hamlet in northern Alberta, Canada within the Regional Municipality (RM) of Wood Buffalo.[4] It is located on Highway 881 along the east shore of Gregoire Lake, approximately 36 kilometres (22 mi) southeast of Fort McMurray.


Anzac welcome sign

Anzac was named for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I, when the Alberta and Great Waterways Railway was being built from Carbondale to Waterways.[5]

Originally named after Willow Lake, the previous name of Gregoire Lake, the community were mostly non-status or non-treaty Cree Indigenous people whose forefathers had migrated to the Athabasca Basin area from what was to become northern Manitoba; mostly displacing the original Beaver and Chipewyan occupants of the area.

During World War II a road was built from the rail siding to service and construct a US Army base on Stoney Mountain.

The area has seen significant growth corresponding to that of Fort McMurray and the oil industry.

The hamlet was ordered to be evacuated on May 5, 2016 due to the spread of the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire.


As a designated place in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Anzac recorded a population of 548 living in 197 of its 286 total private dwellings, a change of -6.3% from its 2011 population of 585. With a land area of 8.56 km2 (3.31 sq mi), it had a population density of 64.0/km2 (165.8/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

The permanent population of Anzac in 2015 was 606, with a shadow population[discuss] of 157, for a total of 763, according to a municipal census conducted by the RM of Wood Buffalo.[6]

As a designated place in the 2011 Census, Anzac had a population of 585 living in 202 of its 272 total dwellings, a -2.7% change from its 2006 population of 601. With a land area of 8.15 km2 (3.15 sq mi), it had a population density of 71.78/km2 (185.91/sq mi) in 2011.[7]

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  1. ^ "Ministerial Order 756/79" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. August 7, 1979. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (April 1, 2010). "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 29, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
  5. ^ Place-names of Alberta. Ottawa: Geographic Board of Canada. 1928. p. 12.
  6. ^ "The Municipal Census 2015 Report" (PDF). Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. p. 52. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  7. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2012.