Breton, Alberta

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Village of Breton
Breton Mainstreet
Breton Mainstreet
Coat of arms of Breton
Location in Brazeau County
Location in Brazeau County
Breton, Alberta is located in Alberta
Breton, Alberta
Location in Alberta
Coordinates: 53°06′18.0″N 114°28′25.1″W / 53.105000°N 114.473639°W / 53.105000; -114.473639Coordinates: 53°06′18.0″N 114°28′25.1″W / 53.105000°N 114.473639°W / 53.105000; -114.473639
RegionCentral Alberta
Census division11
Municipal DistrictBrazeau County
 • VillageJanuary 1, 1957
 • MayorJames Alan Barker
 • Governing bodyBreton Village Council
 • Land1.72 km2 (0.66 sq mi)
 • Total574
 • Density333.5/km2 (864/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
T0C 0P0
HighwaysHighway 20
Highway 616 Edit this at Wikidata

Breton /ˈbrɛtən/ is a village in central Alberta, Canada. It is located roughly 95 kilometres (59 mi) southwest of Edmonton.


Originally called Keystone, it was established in 1909 by a group of African-American immigrants as a block settlement.[4] The new Black Canadian homesteaders arrived from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas, just four years after Alberta became a province in 1905.[5]

In 1927 the town was renamed after politician Douglas Breton, in his second year as the region's Member of the Alberta Legislature.[6][7]


It has one High School (grades 7-12) and one elementary (K-6) school. It has a Paid on call Fire department operating with the Brazeau county fire services , two grocery stores, two golf courses, four restaurants, two hair parlors, a police station with three officers and one secretary.


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Village of Breton recorded a population of 574 living in 252 of its 292 total private dwellings, a 15.7% change from its 2011 population of 496. With a land area of 1.72 km2 (0.66 sq mi), it had a population density of 333.7/km2 (864.3/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

The Village of Breton's 2012 municipal census counted a population of 581,[8] a 0.3% increase over its 2007 municipal census population of 579.[9]

In the 2011 Census, the Village of Breton had a population of 496 living in 208 of its 218 total dwellings, a −9.8% change from its 2006 population of 550. With a land area of 1.73 km2 (0.67 sq mi), it had a population density of 286.7/km2 (742.6/sq mi) in 2011.[10]

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  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Village of Breton" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 14, 2016. p. 113. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. May 9, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Heritage Community Foundation; Black Pioneers Descendants' Society (2007). "Alberta's Black Pioneer Heritage - Keystone". Heritage Community Foundation and Black Pioneers Descendants' Society. Archived from the original on 2009-11-09. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
  5. ^ Rowe, Allan (2015-02-12). "African American Immigration to Alberta". Historic Resources Management Branch. Alberta Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  6. ^ "Breton". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  7. ^ "Legislative Assembly of Alberta" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Legislative Assembly of Alberta. 24 August 2006. p. 1,690.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "2012 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2012-11-22. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  9. ^ "Alberta 2009 Official Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  10. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.

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