Beaver Mines

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Beaver Mines
Hamlet
St Anthony's Church, Beaver Mines, Alberta (3850860737).jpg
Beaver Mines is located in Alberta
Beaver Mines
Beaver Mines
Location of Beaver Mines in Alberta
Coordinates: 49°27′24″N 114°11′50″W / 49.45667°N 114.19722°W / 49.45667; -114.19722Coordinates: 49°27′24″N 114°11′50″W / 49.45667°N 114.19722°W / 49.45667; -114.19722
CountryCanada
ProvinceAlberta
RegionSouthern Alberta
Municipal districtMunicipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9
Census DivisionNo. 3
Government
 • Governing bodyMunicipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9
Area
 • Land0.66 km2 (0.25 sq mi)
Elevation
1,300 m (4,300 ft)
Population
 (2016)[1]
 • Total82
Time zoneUTC-8 (MST)
Highways774, 507

Beaver Mines is a hamlet in southern Alberta, Canada within the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9.[2] It is located in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies on Highway 507, approximately 19 km (12 mi) west of Pincher Creek.

History[edit]

The community was formed with the opening of a coal mine in the early 1900s. At one time Beaver Mines had over 1,500 residents. Because of the requirement for steel (rail tracks) during the wars and the reduction in the need for coal, the coal mines eventually closed and the community residents moved away. The last mine shut down its operations in 1971 and currently the mine site and many of the building foundations are on private land. For the past 30 years Beaver Mines has been considered a ghost town and has had numerous write-ups in ghost town books.

Contemporary issues[edit]

Currently, due largely to the expansion of Castle Mountain Resort and the growth of Calgary to the north, the hamlet has begun to grow again as a popular recreational destination.[citation needed]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Beaver Mines (1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.3
(55.9)
16.5
(61.7)
22
(72)
30.6
(87.1)
30
(86)
32.2
(90.0)
35.6
(96.1)
33.9
(93.0)
35
(95)
28.3
(82.9)
23.9
(75.0)
21.1
(70.0)
35.6
(96.1)
Average high °C (°F) 0.2
(32.4)
1.2
(34.2)
4.8
(40.6)
10.1
(50.2)
15.1
(59.2)
18.9
(66.0)
23.3
(73.9)
23.0
(73.4)
17.5
(63.5)
11.1
(52.0)
3.1
(37.6)
−0.3
(31.5)
10.7
(51.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) −4.7
(23.5)
−3.8
(25.2)
−0.5
(31.1)
4.4
(39.9)
8.9
(48.0)
12.7
(54.9)
16.0
(60.8)
15.4
(59.7)
10.8
(51.4)
5.7
(42.3)
−1.2
(29.8)
−4.6
(23.7)
4.9
(40.8)
Average low °C (°F) −9.5
(14.9)
−8.7
(16.3)
−5.7
(21.7)
−1.3
(29.7)
2.7
(36.9)
6.4
(43.5)
8.5
(47.3)
7.8
(46.0)
4.1
(39.4)
0.2
(32.4)
−5.4
(22.3)
−8.9
(16.0)
−0.8
(30.6)
Record low °C (°F) −45.6
(−50.1)
−43.3
(−45.9)
−39.4
(−38.9)
−27.8
(−18.0)
−20.6
(−5.1)
−3.9
(25.0)
−3.5
(25.7)
−7.0
(19.4)
−11.7
(10.9)
−29.4
(−20.9)
−38.3
(−36.9)
−44.4
(−47.9)
−45.6
(−50.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 35.0
(1.38)
38.9
(1.53)
52.5
(2.07)
60.3
(2.37)
92.4
(3.64)
108.9
(4.29)
50.9
(2.00)
48.7
(1.92)
61.1
(2.41)
46.8
(1.84)
50.4
(1.98)
33.9
(1.33)
679.8
(26.76)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 4.4
(0.17)
3.2
(0.13)
4.5
(0.18)
17.2
(0.68)
74.2
(2.92)
107.4
(4.23)
50.9
(2.00)
47.2
(1.86)
54.7
(2.15)
19.6
(0.77)
11.9
(0.47)
4.0
(0.16)
399.2
(15.72)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 30.6
(12.0)
35.7
(14.1)
48.0
(18.9)
43.1
(17.0)
18.2
(7.2)
1.6
(0.6)
0.0
(0.0)
1.5
(0.6)
6.4
(2.5)
27.2
(10.7)
38.5
(15.2)
29.9
(11.8)
280.6
(110.5)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 7.0 7.3 9.9 9.2 11.4 11.5 7.6 8.1 8.7 7.2 8.3 7.0 103.2
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 1.6 0.9 2.4 4.7 10.3 11.5 7.6 8.0 8.3 4.7 2.9 1.1 63.9
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 5.7 6.6 8.0 5.6 2.2 0.0 0.0 0.1 1.2 3.7 6.1 6.2 45.4
Source: [3]

Demographics[edit]

As a designated place in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Beaver Mines recorded a population of 82 living in 36 of its 59 total private dwellings, a change of 2.5% from its 2011 population of 80. With a land area of 0.66 km2 (0.25 sq mi), it had a population density of 124.2/km2 (321.8/sq mi) in 2016.[1]

As a designated place in the 2011 Census, Beaver Mines had a population of 80 living in 34 of its 55 total dwellings, a 12.7% change from its 2006 population of 71. With a land area of 0.68 km2 (0.26 sq mi), it had a population density of 118/km2 (305/sq mi) in 2011.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  2. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (1 April 2010). "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1981-2010 Station Data". Environment Canada. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012.