|Town of Provost|
Grain elevators, circa 1980
|Municipal district||Municipal District of Provost No. 52|
|• Village||January 20, 1910|
|• Town||December 29, 1952|
|• Mayor||Mike Dennehy|
|• Governing body||Provost Town Council|
|• Land||4.72 km2 (1.82 sq mi)|
|Elevation||668 m (2,192 ft)|
|• Density||423/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
|Area code(s)||+1-780, +1-587|
Provost // is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located at the junction of Highway 13 and Highway 899, 19 km (12 mi) west of the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. It was originally named "Lakeview" but renamed by the Canadian Pacific Railway Land Department in 1907; the first train to the town was in 1910. Post office established in 1908.
In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Provost recorded a population of 1,998 living in 779 of its 843 total private dwellings, a -2.1% change from its 2011 population of 2,041. With a land area of 4.72 km2 (1.82 sq mi), it had a population density of 423.3/km2 (1,096.4/sq mi) in 2016.
In the 2011 Census, the Town of Provost had a population of 2,041 living in 777 of its 839 total dwellings, a −1.5% change from its 2006 population of 2,072. With a land area of 4.93 km2 (1.90 sq mi), it had a population density of 414.0/km2 (1,072.2/sq mi) in 2011.
The economic bases of Provost are agriculture and oilfield.
There are two schools in Provost: Provost Public and St. Thomas Aquinas. Provost Public School has a student population of about 400 and is part of the Buffalo Trail Regional Division No. 28. St. Thomas Aquinas School has approximately 246 students and is part of the East Central Alberta Catholic Schools Regional Division No. 16.
The local newspaper that covers the town is The Provost News.
- Mary Borgstrom, potter and artist.
- Lance Bouma, professional hockey player.
- Curtis Glencross, professional hockey player.
- Don C. Laubman, commander Canadian Forces Europe.
- Norm Ullman, former professional hockey player.
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- Senior Citizens Club of Provost (1977). Early furrows : a story of our early pioneers in Provost, Hayter, Bodo, Alberta and surrounding districts. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
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