Raymond, Alberta

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Town of Raymond
Former sugar beet processing factory, converted into a grain storage when acquired by Parrish & Heimbecker
Former sugar beet processing factory, converted into a grain storage when acquired by Parrish & Heimbecker
Nickname(s): Sugar City
Motto(s): Home of the First Stampede
Raymond is located in Alberta
Location of Raymond in Alberta
Coordinates: 49°27′57″N 112°39′03″W / 49.46583°N 112.65083°W / 49.46583; -112.65083Coordinates: 49°27′57″N 112°39′03″W / 49.46583°N 112.65083°W / 49.46583; -112.65083
Country Canada
Province Alberta
RegionSouthern Alberta
Census division2
Municipal districtCounty of Warner No. 5
 • VillageMay 30, 1902
 • TownJuly 1, 1903
 • MayorJim Depew
 • Governing body
Area (2016)[3]
 • Land6.66 km2 (2.57 sq mi)
Elevation[4]960 m (3,150 ft)
Population (2016)[3]
 • Total3,708
 • Density557.1/km2 (1,443/sq mi)
 • Municipal census (2016)4,202[5]
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
Postal codeT0K 2S0
Area code+1-403
HighwaysHighway 52
Highway 845
WaterwaysMilk River Ridge Reservoir
WebsiteOfficial website

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. Raymond is known for its annual rodeo and its large Mormon population.[6] The sole high school in the town, Raymond High School, is known for its sports achievements in basketball, Canadian football, and women's rugby.


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.[7]

Raymond's last historic grain elevator. Demolished 2009

Raymond was incorporated as a village in the Northwest Territories (NWT) on May 30, 1902.[8][9] It incorporated as a town in the NWT 13 months later on July 1, 1903.[10][9]


The population of the Town of Raymond according to its 2017 municipal census is 4,037,[11] a change of −3.9% from its 2016 municipal census population of 4,202.[5]

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.[3]

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.[12]

Visible minorities[edit]

As of 2006, approximately 3.0% of the town's population were visible minorities. Of those minorities, 50 people identified themselves as Japanese, 40 as Black, and 10 as South Asian.[13]


In 2006, there were 110 Aboriginal Canadians resident in the town.[13]


A majority of Raymondites are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[14] In the town, there are three LDS Church meetinghouses and ten separate congregations, composing one stake.[6] (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.[15]

Charitable giving[edit]

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.[14]


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.[citation needed] Since the inaugural event, the Raymond Stampede has been held on June 30 or July 1 every summer.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Raymond is home to the Raymond Judo Club, the first Judo club in Alberta. The club was formed by Yoshio Katsuta in 1943.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

The Raymond Buddhist Church is the oldest building in Raymond and the only remaining structure from the town's pioneer days.[15]

The Raymond Community Centre contains the town hall, the Raymond Public Library, and the Broadway Theatre.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Raymond" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 513. Retrieved October 11, 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. ^ "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 9, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "2016 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN 978-1-4601-3127-5. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Raymond Alberta Stake, lds.org, accessed 2011-05-20.
  7. ^ Hicken, John R (1968). Events Leading to the Settlement of the Communities of Cardston, Magrath, Stirling and Raymond, Alberta. Logon, Utah: Utah State University. p. 81.
  8. ^ "Order in Council 151/02" (PDF). Government of the North-West Territories of Canada. 1902-05-30. Retrieved 2011-05-19.
  9. ^ a b "Town of Raymond – Location and History Profile". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  10. ^ "Order in Council 234/03" (PDF). Government of the North-West Territories of Canada. 1903-06-20. Retrieved 2011-05-19.
  11. ^ "2017 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN 978-1-4601-3652-2. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  13. ^ a b Statistics Canada (2010-02-05). "2006 Community Profiles – Raymond". Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  14. ^ a b Brigham Y. Card, "Mormons", in Paul R. Magocsi ed., Encyclopedia of Canada's peoples (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999, ISBN 978-0-8020-2938-6).
  15. ^ a b Alberta Register of Historic Places: Raymond Buddhist Church.
  16. ^ Lawrence Turner (ed.) (1993) Raymond Remembered : Settlers, Sugar and Stampedes : A History of the Town and People of Raymond (Raymond, AB: Town of Raymond) ISBN 0-9697655-0-9.
  17. ^ “Teddy E. Brewerton of the First Quorum of the Seventy,” Ensign, November 1978, p. 98.
  18. ^ https://www.cowboycountrymagazine.com/2013/10/suicide-ted-elder/
  19. ^ History of Raymond Archived December 20, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ http://cfl.ca/roster/show/id/458
  21. ^ http://cfl.ca/roster/show/id/683
  22. ^ W. Cleon Skousen: Biography Archived 2010-04-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  23. ^ “Elder William R. Walker Of the Seventy,” Liahona, July 2002, p. 123.
  • Lawrence Turner (ed.) (1993) Raymond Remembered : Settlers, Sugar and Stampedes : A History of the Town and People of Raymond (Raymond, AB: Town of Raymond) ISBN 0-9697655-0-9
  • Terrence C. Smith & Reed Turner (eds.) (2001). A Planting of the Lord : A Century of the Latter-day Saints in Raymond, 1901–2001 (Raymond, AB: Raymond Alberta Stake) ISBN 0-9689691-0-0

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