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Town of Edson
Town
Main Street in Edson
Main Street in Edson
Motto: Heart of the Yellowhead
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 14
County Yellowhead
Incorporated 1911
Government[1]
 • Mayor DICKS OAK
 • Governing body Edson Town Council
 • MP Rob Merrifield (Cons - Yellowhead)
 • MLA Robin Campbell (PC - West Yellowhead)
Area
 • Total 29.54 km2 (11.41 sq mi)
Elevation 925 m (3,035 ft)
Population (2006)[2]
 • Total 8,098
 • Density 274.1/km2 (710/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Postal code span T7E
Area code(s) +1-780
Website Town of Edson

Edson is a town in west-central Alberta, Canada. It is located in Yellowhead County, Template:Km to mi west of Edmonton along the Yellowhead Highway and Template:Km to mi east of the intersection with Highway 47.

History

File:Edson sign.JPG
Welcome Sign

The town was originally named Heatherwood, but the name was changed around 1911 in honour of Edson Joseph Chamberlin, vice-president of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Local history maintains that Edson (Heatherwood) was built in its current location because it was the first level spot after Wolf Creek, where the land was quickly bought up after the announcement of plans to develop a town there rendering it uneconomical for the railway. When Edson was declared the local rail centre, smaller towns such as Rosevear (abandoned), Wolf Creek (current population about 12), Carrot Creek (population about 80) and Niton Junction (population about 120) fell into a decline that continues today. In the 1950s, upgrading of Highway 16 caused a dramatic increase in private, commercial and industrial traffic. Today, the Yellowhead Highway carries some of the heaviest traffic flow in Alberta and has been officially declared the second Trans-Canada Highway. In the 1970s, a revitalized coal industry saw the Cardinal River Coal and Luscar Sterco mines launched in the area. The 1980s saw the development of Pelican Spruce Mills (now Weyerhaeuser Canada) and Sundance Forest Industries - two of Edson's major employers.

Geography

Edson lies in the McLeod River valley, immediately east of the Canadian Rockies foothills. The surrounding landscape consists of primarily taiga forest with sand hills and muskeg (the Canadian term for low-lying bog). The town is located at an altitude of Template:M to ft. Two provincial parks are located west of Edson: Sundance Provincial Park along Sundance Creek and Obed Lake Provincial Park surrounding the three Obed Lakes.

Climate

Climate data for Edson
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Source: Environment Canada[3]

Demographics

According to the 2006 federal census, Edson had a population of 8,098 living in 3,230 dwellings, a 6.8% increase from the 2001 federal census. The town has a land area of Template:Km2 to mi2 and a population density of Template:Pop density km2 to mi2.[2]

However, the Town's own municipal census conducted in 2005 showed Edson had a population of 8,365.[4]

Economy

The main sources of income are resource based (coal, natural gas, lumber, and building products).

There have been substantial changes in Edson since the 2001 census. The increasing price of gas and oil has brought boom times to this town, with a commensurate increase in population (close to 8,500 as of early 2008), a higher median family income, and very high increases in private dwelling values.

Infrastructure

Edson is connected to the Yellowhead Highway from east to west and to Coal Valley via Highway 47 to the south.

VIA Rail's The Canadian calls at the Edson railway station three times per week in each direction as a flag stop.

Media

Newspapers

Edson has two local papers. The weekly Edson Leader and The Weekly Anchor.[5]

Radio Stations
  • FM 94.3: CFXE "The Fox" (classic hits)

Recreation

Edson is home to Canada's largest slo-pitch tournament.[6]

Education

Grande Yellowhead Regional Division No. 35
Living Waters Catholic Regional Division No. 42
Private
  • Yellowhead Koinonia Christian School (K-12)

References

  1. ^ Town of Edson. "Town Council". Retrieved 2007-06-22. 
  2. ^ a b Statistics Canada (Census 2006). "Edson - Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-11.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Environment CanadaCanadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 31 August 2009
  4. ^ Town of Edson (2005). "Edson 2005 Municipal Census". Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  5. ^ The Weekly Anchor
  6. ^ Kin Slo-pitch revs up this weekend

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