Evansburg, Alberta

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Home of the Grouch
Evansburg is located in Alberta
Location of Evansburg in Alberta
Coordinates: 53°36′08″N 115°01′10″W / 53.60222°N 115.01944°W / 53.60222; -115.01944Coordinates: 53°36′08″N 115°01′10″W / 53.60222°N 115.01944°W / 53.60222; -115.01944
Country Canada
Province Alberta
RegionCentral Alberta
Municipal districtYellowhead County
DissolvedJune 30, 1998
 • TypeUnincorporated
 • MayorJim Eglinski
 • Governing body
 • Total2.75 km2 (1.06 sq mi)
 • Total795
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
HighwaysHighway 16A
WaterwaysPembina River
WebsiteYellowhead County

Evansburg is a hamlet in west-central Alberta, Canada, within Yellowhead County.[3] It is located on Highway 16A, approximately 88 kilometres (55 mi) west of Edmonton and 96 kilometres (60 mi) east of Edson. The hamlet is adjacent to the Pembina River and the Pembina River Provincial Park.

Post office dates from 1914.[4]

Evansburg was previously incorporated as a village until June 30, 1998, when it dissolved to become a hamlet within Yellowhead County.[5] Statistics Canada recognizes Evansburg as a designated place.[2]

Evansburg is named after Harry Marshall Erskine Evans, former Edmonton mayor and advisor to the Government of Alberta.[6]

As a flag stop Via Rail's The Canadian calls at the Evansburg railway station three times per week in each direction.


As a designated place in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Evansburg recorded a population of 795 living in 370 of its 419 total private dwellings, a change of -9.7% from its 2011 population of 880. With a land area of 2.75 km2 (1.06 sq mi), it had a population density of 289.1/km2 (748.7/sq mi) in 2016.[2]

In the 2011 Census, Evansburg had a population of 880 living in 353 of its 381 total dwellings, a 0.1% change from its 2006 population of 879. With a land area of 2.53 km2 (0.98 sq mi), it had a population density of 347.8/km2 (901/sq mi) in 2011.[7]

Home of the Grouch[edit]

Evansburg has gained a degree of fame across Canada for being the "Home of the Grouch." Every August, as part of the community's Pembina Valley Daze festival, the community chooses the "Town Grouch".

The tradition began in 1961, when local artist John Lauer was commissioned to create a new welcome sign for the community. To add some humour to the sign, he listed Evansburg's population as "603 people, 29 dogs, 41 cats, and one grouch." Speculation began as to who the grouch was. In 1979, the Evansburg Chamber of Commerce decided to settle the question by holding an election, in which the community's grouch was elected by the people. The election has been held annually ever since. Lauer himself was elected the grouch in 1995.[8]

In the 1990s, Evansburg decided to capitalize on this tradition by adopting the slogan "Home of the Grouch" and using a scowling coal miner (to also honour its coal mining heritage) as its logo.

Far from being an honorary title, the Town Grouch has become a real position with real responsibilities. The chosen citizen becomes Evansburg's ambassador, and represents the community at trade shows and conferences across Canada. He or she is given a uniform consisting of overalls, a pick-axe, and a miner's helmet, all designed to mimic the community's logo. The Town Grouch's home also gets the honorary address of "10 Frowning Street."[8]

In recent years, the election has been replaced with a competition to see who can raise the most money for Pembina Valley Daze.[8]


Health Services[edit]

Towers Medical Clinic

Good Samaritan Pembina Village (Continuing Care, Alberta Health Services)


Provincial Court Evansburg

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Evansburg detachment

Arts and Culture[edit]

The Tipple Park Museum preserves and showcases Evansburg's railway, agricultural and coal mining history.[9] The museum's symbol is a tipple, or a structure at a mine used to load ore or coal.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2017-09-22. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  2. ^ a b c d "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2010-04-01). "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
  4. ^ Hamilton, William (1978). The Macmillan Book of Canadian Place Names. Toronto: Macmillan. p. 24. ISBN 0-7715-9754-1.
  5. ^ Province of Alberta (1998-06-03). "Order in Council (O.C.) 222/98" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-07-10.
  6. ^ Place-names of Alberta. Ottawa: Geographic Board of Canada. 1928. p. 49.
  7. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-04-07.
  8. ^ a b c Gemma Karstens-Smith (2012-08-12). "Evansburg elects new town grouch". Edmonton Journal. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  9. ^ "Tipple Park Museum | Alberta Canada". www.travelalberta.com. Retrieved 2020-04-12.