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: 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
Region Southern Alberta
Census division 2
Municipal district County of Warner No. 5
 • Mayor George Bohne
 • Governing body
Area (2011)[2]
 • Total 6.85 km2 (2.64 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 960 m (3,150 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 3,743
 • Density 546.1/km2 (1,414/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Postal code span T0K 2S0
Area code(s) +1-403
Highways Highway 52
Highway 845
Waterways Milk River Ridge Reservoir
Website Official 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.[4] The sole high school in the town, Raymond High School, is known for its sports achievements in basketball, Canadian football, and women's rugby union.[citation needed]


Raymond was founded in 1901 by mining magnate and industrialist Jesse Knight. Knight named the town after his son Raymond. Knight's plans to build a sugar factory based on locally grown sugar beets attract 1,500 settlers in a few year.[5]

Raymond's last historic grain elevator. Demolished 2009

Raymond was incorporated as a village in the Northwest Territories (NWT) on May 30, 1902.[6][7] It incorporated as a town in the NWT 13 months later on July 1, 1903.[8][7]


The Town of Raymond's 2013 municipal census counted a population of 3,982,[9] a 2.3% increase over its 2011 municipal census population of 3,891.[10]

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.[2]

In 2006, the town had a population of 3,205 living in 1,085 dwellings, a 0.2% increase over its population of 3,200 in 2001. The town had a land area of 4.75 km2 (1.83 sq mi) and a population density of 674.1/km2 (1,746/sq mi).[11]

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.[11]


In 2006, there were 110 Aboriginal Canadians resident in the town.[11]


A majority of Raymondites are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[12] In the town, there are three LDS Church meetinghouses and nine separate congregations, composing one stake.[4] (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.[13]

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.[12]


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.[13]

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

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. February 5, 2016. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "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. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ a b Raymond Alberta Stake, lds.org, accessed 2011-05-20.
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "Order in Council 151/02" (PDF). Government of the North-West Territories of Canada. 1902-05-30. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  7. ^ a b "Town of Raymond – Location and History Profile". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  8. ^ "Order in Council 234/03" (PDF). Government of the North-West Territories of Canada. 1903-06-20. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  9. ^ "Town of Raymond Council Agenda Package June 4, 2013: Item 6.g) Census 2013". Town of Raymond. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ "2012 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2012-11-22. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  11. ^ a b c Statistics Canada (2010-02-05). "2006 Community Profiles – Raymond". Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  12. ^ 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).
  13. ^ a b Alberta Register of Historic Places: Raymond Buddhist Church.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ “Teddy E. Brewerton of the First Quorum of the Seventy,” Ensign, November 1978, p. 98.
  16. ^ History of Raymond Archived December 20, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ http://cfl.ca/roster/show/id/458
  18. ^ http://cfl.ca/roster/show/id/683
  19. ^ W. Cleon Skousen: Biography
  20. ^ “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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