Clairmont, Alberta

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Clairmont
Hamlet
Clairmont, Alberta is located in Alberta
Clairmont, Alberta
Location of Clairmont in Alberta
Coordinates: 55°15′41″N 118°47′37″W / 55.2614°N 118.7936°W / 55.2614; -118.7936
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Census division No. 19
Municipal district County of Grande Prairie No. 1
Government
 • Type Unincorporated
 • Reeve Leanne Beaupre
 • Governing body
Population (2006)[1]
 • Total 2,174
Time zone MST (UTC-7)

Clairmont is a hamlet in northern Alberta, Canada within the County of Grande Prairie No. 1.[2] Previously an incorporated municipality, Clairmont dissolved from village status on January 1, 1946 to become part of the Municipal District of Bear Lake No. 740.[3]

Clairmont is located in the Peace Country, along Highway 2, approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) north of Grande Prairie and 9 km (5.6 mi) south of Sexsmith.

Clairmont lies at an elevation of 685 m (2,247 ft), on the western shore of Clairmont Lake.[4] Initially the area was commonly known as Twin Lakes.[5] The first use of the name “Clairmont” was in 1907 by the earliest surveyor of the township boundaries, JB Saint Cyr.[6]

History[edit]

A black and white image of a rural town with three elevators and town buildings from an adjacent hay field
Clairmont circa 1917

Development of the townsite really got started once it was surveyed and after the arrival of the Edmonton, Dunvegan & British Columbia Railway in 1916. By the end of 1916, the townsite had a railway station, two or three grain elevators, an agent’s house, the Buffalo Lakes Lumber Yard, Clairmont Hotel, a Union Bank, a butcher shop, several stores, a Baptist church, and a handful of residences.[7] On September 10, 1915 the Clairmont Lake School District was opened.[5] A post office was established in 1916.[8] In 1922, a large fire consumed many Clairmont businesses, while a train station was built in 1923.

Clairmont was incorporated as a village in 1917, but renounced the village status in 1946 after a downturn in economy caused by the great depression. It eventually became the location of the County of Grande Prairie No. 1's municipal office.

A new school was built with municipal funding in 2007 and opened in 2008.

Demographics[edit]

The population of Clairmont according to the County of Grande Prairie No. 1's 2006 municipal census is 2,174.[1]

Industry Canada shows that Clairmont's greater rural area had a total population of 1,975 living in 712 dwellings in 2001. With a land area of 247.83 km2 (95.69 sq mi), its greater rural area has a population density of 8.0/km2 (21/sq mi).[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b County of Grande Prairie No. 1. "Economic Profile" (PDF). Retrieved January 10, 2010. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. April 1, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 29, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Table 6a: Population by census divisions and subdivisions showing reorganization of rural areas, 1931-1946". Census of the Prairie Provinces, 1946. Volume I: Population. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1949. p. 429. 
  4. ^ Discover the Peace Country. "Clairmont". Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  5. ^ a b South Peace Regional Archives (September 1, 2015). "100th Anniversary of Clairmont". Telling our Stories. 6 (4): 5. 
  6. ^ "Township Notes/Field Plans". SpinII. Alberta Registries and Land Titles. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Sheehan, Beth (1992). Turn Back the Pages Clairmont 1908-1992. South Peace Regional Archives: Beth Sheehan. p. 21. 
  8. ^ "Post Offices and Postmasters". Library and Archives Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Industry Canada/Web Archive (2006-11-04). "Clairmont - Community demographics (2001 census)". Archived from the original on 2006-11-04. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 

Coordinates: 55°15′41″N 118°47′37″W / 55.26139°N 118.79361°W / 55.26139; -118.79361 (Clairmont)