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Elmworth
Hamlet
Elmworth School
Elmworth School
Elmworth is located in Alberta
Elmworth
Elmworth
Location of Elmworth in Alberta
Coordinates: 55°03′14″N 119°36′57″W / 55.0539°N 119.6158°W / 55.0539; -119.6158
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Census division No. 19
Municipal district County of Grande Prairie No. 1
Government
 • Type Unincorporated
 • Reeve Leanne Beaupre
 • Governing body
Elevation 715 m (2,346 ft)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)

Elmworth is a hamlet in northern Alberta, Canada within the County of Grande Prairie No. 1.[1] It is located on Highway 722 north of the Wapiti River and east of the British Columbia border. It has an elevation of 715 metres (2,346 ft). The Elmworth natural gas field stretches west and south of the hamlet.

The hamlet is located in census division No. 19 and in the federal riding of Peace River. The hamlet of Elmworth formed around Elmworth School District 3791, established in March 1919 and named after Elmworth, New Brunswick, home of settler Franklin Brewer.[2] Classes began in a borrowed log cabin until the school could be built on the SE quarter of section 16, township 70, range 11, west of the 6th meridian.[3] On December 1, 1920 a post office was opened in the Brewer home,[4] and in 1927, the Brewers decided to add a country store to their services. They built a new home, store and post office across from the school on the NW quarter of section 9. The store also contained the government telephone.[5] These two buildings formed the nucleus of the hamlet of Elmworth until the Elmworth Hall was added in 1947, a Community Church in 1948, and the Elmworth Cemetery soon after. (5) [6][7]

Demographics[edit]

Statistics Canada has not recently published a population for Elmworth.

However, Industry Canada shows that Elmworth's greater rural area had a total population of 628 living in 298 dwellings in 2001. With a land area of 902.0 km2 (348.3 sq mi), its greater rural area has a population density of 19.0/km2 (49/sq mi).[8]

Amenities[edit]

The hamlet is served by a school, the Elmworth School, administered by the Peace Wapiti School Division. The K-9 school has about 80 students.[9]

A curling club was established in the community in 1963[10] and is still operational, offering two ice sheets and a yearly bonspiel. A rural store serves the hamlet and nearby settlements and farms. A church serving different denominations is now closed.

The Elmworth gas plant is operated by ConocoPhillips Canada immediately south of the settlement. It was opened in 1979 by Canadian Hunter Exploration.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Elmworth, Alberta
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.5
(61.7)
19.0
(66.2)
17.0
(62.6)
29.4
(84.9)
32.0
(89.6)
33.0
(91.4)
35.5
(95.9)
37.5
(99.5)
32.5
(90.5)
26.5
(79.7)
19.4
(66.9)
14.0
(57.2)
37.5
(99.5)
Average high °C (°F) −5.7
(21.7)
−2.3
(27.9)
2.1
(35.8)
10.3
(50.5)
16.8
(62.2)
20.7
(69.3)
22.7
(72.9)
21.8
(71.2)
16.6
(61.9)
9.3
(48.7)
−0.4
(31.3)
−3.8
(25.2)
9.0
(48.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) −11.6
(11.1)
−8.7
(16.3)
−4.1
(24.6)
3.5
(38.3)
9.4
(48.9)
13.4
(56.1)
15.5
(59.9)
14.3
(57.7)
9.5
(49.1)
3.2
(37.8)
−5.5
(22.1)
−9.3
(15.3)
2.5
(36.5)
Average low °C (°F) −17.5
(0.5)
−15.1
(4.8)
−10.4
(13.3)
−3.4
(25.9)
1.9
(35.4)
6.2
(43.2)
8.2
(46.8)
6.8
(44.2)
2.3
(36.1)
−3.0
(26.6)
−10.7
(12.7)
−14.8
(5.4)
−4.1
(24.6)
Record low °C (°F) −45.0
(−49)
−43.0
(−45.4)
−41.7
(−43.1)
−28.0
(−18.4)
−15.0
(5)
−2.0
(28.4)
−3.0
(26.6)
−4.5
(23.9)
−9.0
(15.8)
−32.0
(−25.6)
−40.0
(−40)
−44.4
(−47.9)
−45.0
(−49)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 22.4
(0.882)
16.8
(0.661)
18.1
(0.713)
16.6
(0.654)
44.4
(1.748)
74.4
(2.929)
81.1
(3.193)
62.8
(2.472)
45.9
(1.807)
30.0
(1.181)
21.8
(0.858)
18.8
(0.74)
453.0
(17.835)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 0.1
(0.004)
0.1
(0.004)
0.5
(0.02)
9.0
(0.354)
40.7
(1.602)
74.4
(2.929)
81.1
(3.193)
62.6
(2.465)
45.1
(1.776)
17.9
(0.705)
1.8
(0.071)
0.4
(0.016)
333.7
(13.138)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 22.4
(8.82)
16.7
(6.57)
17.6
(6.93)
7.6
(2.99)
3.7
(1.46)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.2
(0.08)
0.8
(0.31)
12.1
(4.76)
19.9
(7.83)
18.4
(7.24)
119.3
(46.97)
Source: Environment Canada[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (1 April 2010). "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  2. ^ Aubrey, Merrily K. (1996). Place Names of Alberta Volume IV (1st ed.). Calgary, Alberta: University of Calgary Press. p. 65. ISBN 1-895176-59-X. 
  3. ^ Nutting, Mary B (2010). A Grande Education (1st ed.). Grande Prairie, Alberta: South Peace Regional Archives. pp. 49–50. ISBN 978-0-9735665-0-5. 
  4. ^ "Post Offices and Post Masters". Library and Archives Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Stacey, Earl C. (1974). Beaverlodge to the Rockies (1st ed.). Beaverlodge, Alberta: Beaverlodge and District Historical Association. pp. 255–258. ISBN 0-919212-52-2. 
  6. ^ "Herald Tribune, August 26, 1948". Our Future Our Past. Alberta Heritage Digitization Project. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Herald Tribune, December 9, 1948". Our Future Our Past. Alberta Heritage Digitization Project. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Industry Canada/Web Archive (4 November 2006). "Elmworth - Community demographics (2001 census)". Archived from the original on 4 November 2006. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  9. ^ Peace Wapiti School Division. "Elmworth School". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-08-16. 
  10. ^ Discover the Peace Country. "Elmworth". Retrieved 2010-08-16. 
  11. ^ "Elmworth, Alberta". Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010 (in English and French). Environment Canada. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 

Coordinates: 55°03′14″N 119°36′57″W / 55.05389°N 119.61583°W / 55.05389; -119.61583