Castor, Alberta

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Town of Castor
Castor is located in Alberta
Location of Castor in Alberta
Coordinates: 52°13′12″N 111°54′34″W / 52.22000°N 111.90944°W / 52.22000; -111.90944Coordinates: 52°13′12″N 111°54′34″W / 52.22000°N 111.90944°W / 52.22000; -111.90944
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 7
Municipal district County of Paintearth No. 18
 • Village November 26, 1909
 • Town June 27, 1910
 • Mayor Garry DeVloo
 • Governing body Castor Town Council
 • MP Kevin Sorenson
 • MLA Rick Strankman
Area (2016)[3]
 • Land 2.63 km2 (1.02 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 816 m (2,677 ft)
Population (2016)[3]
 • Total 929
 • Density 352.6/km2 (913/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Postal code span T0C 0X0
Area code(s) 403, 587
Highways Highway 12
Highway 36
Waterways Battle River
Sullivan Lake
Website Official website

Castor is a town in Alberta, Canada. It is located at the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 861, approximately 143 km (89 mi) east of the City of Red Deer. It has an elevation 816 m (2,677 ft).

Castor is French (Latin) for beaver.[citation needed] The town is known for its duck and geese migration in the fall since its territory includes many stopping points well frequented by migrating waterfowl.[citation needed]


Castor was incorporated on July 13, 1910.[citation needed]


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Castor recorded a population of 929 living in 419 of its 448 total private dwellings, a −0.3% change from its 2011 population of 932. With a land area of 2.63 km2 (1.02 sq mi), it had a population density of 353.2/km2 (914.9/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Castor had a population of 932 living in 417 of its 456 total dwellings, a 0.1% change from its 2006 population of 931. With a land area of 2.72 km2 (1.05 sq mi), it had a population density of 342.6/km2 (887.5/sq mi) in 2011.[5]


The town's main industries are agriculture, mining and oil and gas services.[citation needed]


Castor is home to the Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital.[6]


The Town of Castor has two schools, one Public named Gus Wetter School and one Catholic named Theresetta Catholic School. A source of humour for those familiar with Castor is the name of Gus Wetter's school men's sports teams: The Castor Raiders.


The local newspaper is the Castor Advance covering news events occurring in Castor as well as neighbouring communities.

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