Rivière Qui Barre

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Rivière Qui Barre is located in Alberta
Rivière Qui Barre
Rivière Qui Barre
Location of Rivière Qui Barre Alberta

Rivière Qui Barre is a hamlet in central Alberta, Canada within Sturgeon County.[1] It is located 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) west of Highway 44, approximately 22 kilometres (14 mi) northwest of Edmonton's city limits. It was founded in 1885 by French-speaking settlers, adding a post office in 1895.[2][3] The name is the French translation of Keepootakawa (“river that bars the way”), the Cree name of the nearby river.[2]


As a designated place in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Rivière Qui Barre recorded 15 people living in four of the hamlet's six total private dwellings.[4] With a land area of 0.58 km2 (0.22 sq mi), it had a population density of 25.9/km2 (67.0/sq mi) in 2016.[4]

The population of Rivière Qui Barre has declined significantly in recent years. In Sturgeon County's 2008 municipal census, the population was 100,[5] which had declined to 56 by the 2011 Census of Population.[4][6] Since 2008, the total change has been −85%.


While the hamlet of Rivière Qui Barre has only 15 people, it is a recreation and education center for this part of Sturgeon County.

The Rivière Qui Barre Arena provides an indoor ice hockey venue for the area. In January 2017, the Government of Canada announced that the arena's operator, the Rivière Qui Barre Agricultural Society, would receive a $200,000 grant for upgrades as part of a series of infrastructure projects celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada becoming a nation.[7] In March 2017, Sturgeon County added a further $100,000 grant for the renovations.[8]

The Sturgeon School Division operates Camilla School in Rivière Qui Barre, serving 470 elementary and junior high students from the region in the 2016-17 school year.[9] In March 2017, the Alberta Minister of Education announced that a new Camilla School will be built by 2021, replacing the structure built in 1954.[9]

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  1. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2010-04-01). "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-07-04.
  2. ^ a b "Alberta Heritage Survey Program". Alberta Register of Historic Places. Government of Alberta. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Rivière Qui Barre". Rivière Qui Barre Agricultural Society. Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  4. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  5. ^ Capital Region Board. "Planning Toolkit, Module 5 – Implementation Guidelines for Growth Areas Outside of Priority Growth Areas (PGAs) and Cluster Country Residential Areas (CCRAs)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  6. ^ Statistics Canada notes that the 2011 population and area shown here is based on the same geographic area used in the 2016 Census, as per a boundary change after the 2011 Census.
  7. ^ Stolte, Elise (2017-01-17). "Parks, arenas and spray decks get funding for Canada 150". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  8. ^ RQBAS President Ben Van de Vliert (2017-03-06). "Important Announcement from RQB Agricultural Society". Facebook. Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  9. ^ a b Ma, Kevin (2017-03-22). "New school for Rivière Qui Barre". St. Albert Gazette. Retrieved 2017-05-18.

Coordinates: 53°46′29″N 113°50′36″W / 53.77472°N 113.84333°W / 53.77472; -113.84333 (Rivière Qui Barre)