Irma, Alberta

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Irma
Village
Village of Irma
Main Street
Main Street
Irma is located in Alberta
Irma
Irma
Coordinates: 52°54′44″N 111°14′1″W / 52.91222°N 111.23361°W / 52.91222; -111.23361Coordinates: 52°54′44″N 111°14′1″W / 52.91222°N 111.23361°W / 52.91222; -111.23361
Country Canada
Province Alberta
RegionCentral Alberta
Census DivisionNo. 7
Municipal districtMunicipal District of Wainwright No. 61
Founded1908
Incorporated[1] 
 • VillageMay 30, 1912
Government[2]
 • MayorDennis Fuder
 • Governing bodyIrma Village Council
Area (2016)[3]
 • Land1.34 km2 (0.52 sq mi)
Elevation690 m (2,260 ft)
Population (2016)[3]
 • Total521
 • Density389/km2 (1,010/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
Highways14
881
WebsiteOfficial website

Irma is a village in central Alberta, Canada. It is located 29 kilometres (18 mi) northwest of Wainwright and 178 km southeast of Edmonton along Highway 14 and Highway 881.

History[edit]

The Village of Irma came into being in 1908 when the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway came through. Irma was later incorporated as a Village on May 30, 1912. The village was supposedly named after the daughter of the GTPR second vice-president General William Wainwright.[4] Records show three major fires in the downtown area. These broke out in 1911, 1931 and 1963. Most of the buildings on the main street (now 50 Street) were reconstructed after the 1931 fire. Alberta's first rural high school is located in Irma, and is planned to be replaced and opened for the September 2019 school year.[5]

Demographics[edit]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Village of Irma recorded a population of 521 living in 221 of its 242 total private dwellings, a 14% change from its 2011 population of 457. With a land area of 1.34 km2 (0.52 sq mi), it had a population density of 388.8/km2 (1,007.0/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

In the 2011 Census, the Village of Irma had a population of 457 living in 204 of its 229 total dwellings, a 2.9% change from its 2006 population of 444. With a land area of 1.11 km2 (0.43 sq mi), it had a population density of 411.7/km2 (1,066.3/sq mi) in 2011.[6]

Notable people[edit]

  • Jean Paré – cookbook author and publisher
  • Gord Mark - NHL player, drafted by New Jersey Devils, round 6 #105 overall, 1983 NHL Entry Draft. Played with Devils (1986-1988) and Edmonton Oilers (1993-1995)
  • Carson Soucy - NHL player, drafted by Minnesota Wild, round 5 #137 overall, 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Played with Wild (2017-2018)
  • Parker MacKay - University of Minnesota-Duluth (2015-2019), captain for 2018-2019

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Village of Irma" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 21, 2016. p. 407. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  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. ^ Place-names of Alberta. Ottawa: Geographic Board of Canada. 1928. p. 68.
  5. ^ "Irma School listed as one of nine Alberta schools slated for replacement" (PDF). Star News. March 24, 2017. p. 2. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  6. ^ "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.

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