Smith, Alberta

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Smith is located in Alberta
Location of Smith in Alberta

Smith is a hamlet in northern Alberta, Canada within the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River No. 124.[1] It is located on Highway 2A, approximately 182 kilometres (113 mi) northwest of Edmonton, at the confluence of the Lesser Slave River and the Athabasca River.


The settlement of Smith began in 1914 after the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway had reached the present location of the hamlet. The arrival of railway resulted in subdivision of the townsite.[2]

As a result of the establishment of Smith, the previously established Village of Port Cornwall located 1.4 km (0.87 mi) to the northwest, across the Athabasca River on the north shore of Lesser Slave River, began to deteriorate. Subsequently, Port Cornwall dissolved from village status on September 11, 1917.[3]


As a designated place in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Smith recorded a population of 148 living in 55 of its 76 total private dwellings, a change of -32.1% from its 2011 population of 218. With a land area of 2.45 km2 (0.95 sq mi), it had a population density of 60.4/km2 (156.5/sq mi) in 2016.[4]

As a designated place in the 2011 Census, Smith had a population of 218 living in 86 of its 96 total dwellings, a -4.8% change from its 2006 population of 229. With a land area of 2.25 km2 (0.87 sq mi), it had a population density of 96.9/km2 (250.9/sq mi) in 2011.[5]

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  1. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2010-04-01). "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-06-29.
  2. ^ Leonard, David; Stelfox, Brad; Wynes, Bob (September 1999). "A Physical, Biological and Land Use Synopsis of the Boreal Forest's Natural Regions of Northwest Alberta, Chapter 6 – Humans: Their Demographics, Employment, & Infrastructure" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-07-05.
  3. ^ "Notice – Village of Port Cornwall (excerpt from The Alberta Gazette, September 29, 1917)" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 1917-09-29. Retrieved 2011-07-05.
  4. ^ "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. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-04-07.

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Coordinates: 55°09′46″N 114°02′13″W / 55.16278°N 114.03694°W / 55.16278; -114.03694 (Smith)