Foremost, Alberta

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Foremost
Village
Village of Foremost
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Foremost is located in Alberta
Foremost
Foremost
Location of Foremost in Alberta
Coordinates: 49°28′44″N 111°26′25″W / 49.47889°N 111.44028°W / 49.47889; -111.44028Coordinates: 49°28′44″N 111°26′25″W / 49.47889°N 111.44028°W / 49.47889; -111.44028
Country Canada
Province Alberta
RegionSouthern Alberta
Census division1
Municipal districtCounty of Forty Mile No. 8
Incorporated[1] 
 • VillageDecember 31, 1950
Government[2]
 • MayorKenneth Kultgen
 • Governing bodyForemost Village Council
Area (2016)[3]
 • Land2.16 km2 (0.83 sq mi)
Elevation[4]889 m (2,917 ft)
Population (2016)[3]
 • Total541
 • Density250.3/km2 (648/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal codeT0K
HighwaysHighway 61
Highway 879
WebsiteOfficial website

Foremost is a village in southern Alberta, Canada. It is located 106 km (66 mi) south-west of Medicine Hat, along the Red Coat Trail, in the County of Forty Mile No. 8.

Foremost has a strong agriculture industry. Recreation facilities include an ice arena, swimming pool, curling rink, ice fishing, and ball diamonds. Every June the residents hold a parade, rodeo and tough truck competition. Hockey is a big sport in Foremost. The local team is called the Foremost Flyers. They have multiple provincial and regional titles. The school has a long history of winning sports teams. The Foremost Falcons and Forettes have won many provincial titles in basketball, volleyball, track and field and cross country running. The village also has a strong arts community presenting community theatre as well as a school dramatic department.[citation needed]

Drones[edit]

Foremost hosts the Foremost Centre for Unmanned Systems at the Foremost Aerodrome. Established by the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (CCUVS) in 2008,[5] the Foremost Centre supports training for pilots in Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights[6] - the only one in Canada.[7] The location was selected for reasons including number of sunny days, low population density, flat prairie terrain, low number of dwellings and minimal man-made obstructions.[5][6] The site's range stretches across the County of 40 Mile, encompassing almost 700 square nautical miles and reaches up to 18,000 feet above sea level.[6]

The site received Transport Canada's approval as Canada’s "first permanent restricted airspace for Unmanned Air Systems (UAS, drone)" in November, 2016.[8] Drone Delivery Canada began testing at the site in 2017 with the goal of commercially rolling out drone delivery in 2018.[9]

The community, notes mayor Ken Kultgen, expects the Centre "will be used by national and international businesses, universities and manufacturing companies."[10]

Demographics[edit]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Village of Foremost recorded a population of 541 living in 229 of its 257 total private dwellings, a 2.9% change from its 2011 population of 526. With a land area of 2.16 km2 (0.83 sq mi), it had a population density of 250.5/km2 (648.7/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

In the 2011 Census, the Village of Foremost had a population of 526 living in 218 of its 246 total dwellings, a 0.4% change from its 2006 population of 524. With a land area of 1.89 km2 (0.73 sq mi), it had a population density of 278.3/km2 (720.8/sq mi) in 2011.[11]

Climate[edit]

Foremost experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk).

Climate data for Foremost, Alberta
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 19.1
(66.4)
22.0
(71.6)
27.0
(80.6)
31.1
(88)
35.0
(95)
38.9
(102)
41.1
(106)
40.6
(105.1)
36.7
(98.1)
32.2
(90)
25.0
(77)
17.8
(64)
41.1
(106)
Average high °C (°F) −1.0
(30.2)
1.6
(34.9)
6.4
(43.5)
13.6
(56.5)
18.9
(66)
23.0
(73.4)
26.8
(80.2)
26.8
(80.2)
20.5
(68.9)
13.7
(56.7)
4.2
(39.6)
−0.4
(31.3)
12.8
(55)
Daily mean °C (°F) −7.0
(19.4)
−4.8
(23.4)
0.0
(32)
6.4
(43.5)
11.6
(52.9)
15.8
(60.4)
18.8
(65.8)
18.7
(65.7)
12.8
(55)
6.5
(43.7)
−1.8
(28.8)
−6.3
(20.7)
5.9
(42.6)
Average low °C (°F) −13.1
(8.4)
−11.1
(12)
−6.4
(20.5)
−0.8
(30.6)
4.3
(39.7)
8.6
(47.5)
10.8
(51.4)
10.6
(51.1)
5.2
(41.4)
−0.7
(30.7)
−7.7
(18.1)
−12.3
(9.9)
−1.1
(30)
Record low °C (°F) −42.0
(−43.6)
−40.0
(−40)
−35.0
(−31)
−22.2
(−8)
−11.1
(12)
−9.4
(15.1)
−5.6
(21.9)
−1.1
(30)
−12.2
(10)
−28.0
(−18.4)
−38.0
(−36.4)
−43.3
(−45.9)
−43.3
(−45.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 19.8
(0.78)
13.7
(0.539)
29.0
(1.142)
26.0
(1.024)
55.1
(2.169)
73.0
(2.874)
39.7
(1.563)
40.2
(1.583)
44.0
(1.732)
17.4
(0.685)
18.3
(0.72)
19.7
(0.776)
396.0
(15.591)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 0.1
(0.004)
0.0
(0)
3.2
(0.126)
17.1
(0.673)
49.4
(1.945)
73.0
(2.874)
39.7
(1.563)
39.8
(1.567)
43.6
(1.717)
12.1
(0.476)
1.3
(0.051)
0.6
(0.024)
279.9
(11.02)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 19.7
(7.76)
13.7
(5.39)
25.8
(10.16)
8.9
(3.5)
5.7
(2.24)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.3
(0.12)
0.4
(0.16)
5.4
(2.13)
17.0
(6.69)
19.1
(7.52)
116.1
(45.71)
Source: Environment Canada[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Village of Foremost" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 21, 2016. p. 295. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  2. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs: Municipal Officials Search
  3. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "Alberta Private Sewage Systems 2009 Standard of Practice Handbook: Appendix A.3 Alberta Design Data (A.3.A. Alberta Climate Design Data by Town)" (PDF) (PDF). Safety Codes Council. January 2012. pp. 212–215 (PDF pages 226–229). Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Drone company to begin testing at Foremost, Canada's first approved UAV test range". Calgary Herald. January 11, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Foremost Centre For Unmanned Systems". Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "'It's the future': Small prairie village pins economic fortunes on drones". CBC News. June 6, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  8. ^ "FOREMOST UNMANNED AIR SYSTEMS RANGE RECEIVES FINAL TRANSPORT CANADA AUTHORIZATION". November 3, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  9. ^ "Drone Delivery Canada Advances Toward Compliant Operator Certificate at the First Transport Canada Approved Drone Test Range". January 10, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  10. ^ "Foremost about to be in the Forefront of Unmanned Air Systems Testing". June 20, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  11. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  12. ^ "Foremost, Alberta". Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010 (in English and French). Environment Canada. Retrieved March 26, 2014.

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