|Town of Raymond|
|Nickname(s): Sugar City|
|Motto: Home of the First Stampede|
|Municipal district||County of Warner No. 5|
|• Village||May 30, 1902|
|• Town||July 1, 1903|
|• Mayor||Jim Depew|
|• Governing body|
|• Land||6.66 km2 (2.57 sq mi)|
|Elevation||960 m (3,150 ft)|
|• Density||557.1/km2 (1,443/sq mi)|
|• Municipal census (2016)||4,202|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
|Postal code span||T0K 2S0|
|Waterways||Milk River Ridge Reservoir|
Raymond // is a town in the County of Warner No. 5, Alberta, Canada. It is located in southern Alberta south of Lethbridge on Highway 52. Two highways enter into town Highway 52 and Highway 845. Raymond is known for its annual rodeo and its large Latter-day Saints population. The sole high school in the town, Raymond High School, is known for its sports achievements in basketball and Canadian football.
Raymond was founded in 1901 by mining magnate and industrialist Jesse Knight, who named the town after his son, Raymond. Knight's plans to build a sugar factory based on locally grown sugar beets attracted 1,500 settlers in a few years.
In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Raymond recorded a population of 3,708 living in 1,134 of its 1,259 total private dwellings, a −0.9% change from its 2011 population of 3,743. With a land area of 6.66 km2 (2.57 sq mi), it had a population density of 556.8/km2 (1,442.0/sq mi) in 2016.
In the 2011 Census, the Town of Raymond had a population of 3,743 living in 1,165 of its 1,235 total dwellings, a 16.1% change from its 2006 adjusted population of 3,225. With a land area of 6.85 km2 (2.64 sq mi), it had a population density of 546.4/km2 (1,415.2/sq mi) in 2011.
A majority of Raymondites are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). In the town, there are three LDS Church meetinghouses and ten separate congregations, composing one stake. (The closest LDS Church temple, the Cardston Alberta Temple, is located 60 kilometres (37 mi) southwest in Cardston.) Raymond also has Baptist, Mennonite, and United Church of Canada congregations. Until its temple was relocated to Lethbridge in 2006, the Raymond Buddhist Church was the oldest continually used Buddhist sanctuary in Canada.
Statistics Canada has reported that Raymond ranks among the top five communities in Canada for the highest level of charitable donations per capita, which is partially due to the town population's high rate of tithes given to the LDS Church.
In 1902, one year after it was founded, Raymond held an outdoor rodeo and called it a stampede; this was Canada's first organized rodeo event. Since the inaugural event, the Raymond Stampede has been held on June 30 or July 1 every summer.
Raymond Heritage Days is held annually during the first week of July to celebrate the founding of Raymond. Events and activities include family softball, fireworks, midnight golfing, downtown games with bounce houses, a pancake breakfast, and a Canada Day parade, in addition to the Raymond Stampede.
The Raymond Aquatic Centre opened in 2010. It features two small waterslides, a junior Olympic-sized pool for lane swimming, diving boards, a climbing wall, a baby pool, and an eating area. The aquatic centre holds 1,000,000 litres of water during the summer and attracts up to 500 visitors a day.
The Raymond Community Centre contains the town hall, the Raymond Public Library, and the Broadway Theatre.
The nearby Milk River Ridge Reservoir is a popular location for fishing, boating, and camping with serviced and non-serviced sites.  The campground is equipped with a boat launch and has recently had new houses built alongside the lake with lots for sale. 
|Climate data for Raymond AGDM, 2016 normals, extremes 2016|
|Record high °C (°F)||13.7
|Average high °C (°F)||1.5
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−3.8
|Average low °C (°F)||−10.1
|Record low °C (°F)||−30.7
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||7.9
|Source: Environment Canada|
Employment by Industry: Health care and educational jobs make up 26% of the jobs in Raymond. The significant presence of public sector employment stabilizes our local economy and allows us to weather the boom/bust cycle that typically affects other municipalities in areas of the province that are highly dependent on the oil and gas industry.
The vast majority of Raymond’s workforce commutes to Lethbridge each day and this is expected to be the norm as the Lethbridge region continues to grow.
Highways: Raymond is accessible by two provincially-maintained highways, Highway 52 and Highway 845. The City of Lethbridge is a 35 minute drive to the northwest and the City of Calgary is a 2½ hour drive north along Highway 2. Highway 52 and Highway 845 intersect within our community and allow for ease of access to primary Highways 4 and Highway 5. The Alberta metropolitan cities of Calgary and Edmonton, located to the north of Lethbridge, are within an easy commuting distance on well-maintained double-lane divided highways. In the future, realignment is planned at Lethbridge for highways 3 and 4 as part of the Canada-America-Mexico (CANAMEX) Trade Corridor that stretches 6,000 kilometres from Alaska to Mexico City. This portion of the CANAMEX in Alberta is referred to as the North-South Trade Corridor (NSTC), which extends from the Canada-U.S. border at Coutts to the B.C. border west of Grande Prairie. The NSTC in Alberta is approximately 1,170 kilometres long. As of 2010, more than 92% of the NSTC has been competed to a 4-laned roadway.
Highlights of ground transportation in Raymond: 55 minutes south is Alberta’s major port of entry to the United States at Coutts and Sweetgrass, Montana. This twenty-four hour border crossing links Alberta’s export highway with U.S. Interstate 15 (an integral portion of CANAMEX) and is the 8th busiest border crossing in Canada in terms of trade traffic by road. In 2012 an estimated 150,000 trucks and 230,000 passenger vehicles crossed at the Canada/United States border at the Coutts, Alberta/Sweetgrass, Montana border crossing. Both truck and passenger vehicle traffic at this border crossing has grown an average of 3% annually over the past decade. In 2010 the crossing saw over $9 billion in trade (Transport Canada). Highway 5 heading northwest connects the Town with the Lethbridge Airport and to the southwest is the corridor to the majestic Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Raymond has daily delivery services from many companies. For standard small package service companies such as Purolator, UPS, CanPar, & Loomis are here daily. For larger commercial delivery, Raymond is serviced by companies such as Pedersen Transport and Greg’s Transport.
Rail: Raymond does not have direct access to the rail network as our lines were decommissioned in the 1990’s. However, 10 minutes north of Raymond at the intersection of Highway 845 and Highway 4 is located Transmark Ltd, a privately owned rail storage and siding operation directly adjacent to a Canadian Pacific Railroad mainline that is 39 minutes from the Coutts 24hr International border crossing. Built in 2001 it has steadily expanded and now includes 20 tracks, storage capacity of up to 600 rail cars, a graveled lay down area for wind energy projects staging area and has significant land for other industrial expansion opportunities.
Air Transport: The Lethbridge Airport is located on the south end of the city and is only a 26 minutes northwest of Raymond. The airport operates 24/7 with daily scheduled flights, by Air Canada and Integra Air. Calgary and Edmonton International Airports are the primary destinations, with regular service to Fort McMurray. Charter and executive aircraft service, aircraft rentals and flight training are also available. Several rental car agents are available on site. 
- Earl W. Bascom, rodeo innovator, international artist/sculptor, hall of fame inductee
- Ted E. Brewerton, general authority in the LDS Church
- Lloyd Fairbanks, professional football player
- Skouson Harker, professional basketball player
- Jim Hillyer, politician, Member of Parliament
- Raymond Knight, founder of the Raymond Stampede
- Brett Ralph, professional Canadian football player
- Brock Ralph, professional Canadian football player
- W. Cleon Skousen, author and political commentator
- Phil Tollestrup, Olympics basketball player and member of the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame
- William R. Walker, general authority in the LDS Church
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