St. Paul, Alberta

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St. Paul

St-Paul-de(s)-Métis (1909–1936)
Town of St. Paul
St. Paul is located in Alberta
St. Paul
St. Paul
Coordinates: 53°59′34″N 111°17′50″W / 53.99278°N 111.29722°W / 53.99278; -111.29722Coordinates: 53°59′34″N 111°17′50″W / 53.99278°N 111.29722°W / 53.99278; -111.29722
Country Canada
Province Alberta
RegionNorthern Alberta
Census division12
Municipal districtCounty of St. Paul No. 19
 • VillageJune 14, 1912 (as St. Paul de Metis)
 • TownDecember 15, 1936
 • MayorMaureen Miller
 • Governing bodySt. Paul Town Council
 • Land8.64 km2 (3.34 sq mi)
Elevation646 m (2,119 ft)
 • Total5,827
 • Density674.2/km2 (1,746/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
T0A 3A0 & T0A 4A0
Area code(s)+1-780, +1-587
HighwaysHighway 29
Highway 881
WebsiteOfficial website
UFO Landing Pad in St. Paul, Alberta

St. Paul, originally known as St-Paul-de-Métis or St-Paul-des-Métis, is a town in east-central Alberta, Canada, within the County of St. Paul No. 19. It was known as St. Paul de(s) Métis between 1912 and 1936.[6][7]


The community was founded as a Métis colony in 1896, but the colony later dissolved sometime between 1905 and 1909.[1] After the area was made available to other groups in 1909, primarily the French-Catholic,[1] the community incorporated as the Village of St. Paul de Métis on June 14, 1912,[6] though it was referred to as St. Paul des Métis by June 6, 1922.[7] It then incorporated as the Town of St. Paul on December 15, 1936.[6]


The population of the Town of St. Paul according to its 2017 municipal census is 5,963,[8] a change of -0.7% from its 2014 municipal census population of 6,004.[9]In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of St. Paul recorded a population of 5,827 living in 2,248 of its 2,378 total private dwellings, a 7.8% change from its 2011 population of 5,405. With a land area of 8.64 km2 (3.34 sq mi), it had a population density of 674.4/km2 (1,746.7/sq mi) in 2016.[4]

As of the 2016 Canada Census, 71% of the population is of European descent. Indigenous people make up the next largest ethnic group, at 16% of the St. Albert's population. Most of the town's Indigenous residents are Cree or Métis.[4] Visible minorities make up 12.3% of St. Albert's population. Filipino Canadians (6.1%) form the largest group, followed by Black Canadians (3.6%), Chinese (0.7%) and South Asians (0.7%).[4]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of St. Paul had a population of 5,400 living in 2,169 of its 2,338 total dwellings, a 5.8% change from its 2006 population of 5,106. With a land area of 7.89 km2 (3.05 sq mi), it had a population density of 684.4/km2 (1,772.6/sq mi) in 2011.[10] In 2012, Statistics Canada adjusted St. Paul's 2011 population by an additional 5 people to 5,405 to reflect its 2011 annexation.[11]


St. Paul's economy is driven by the agriculture and service industries.[citation needed] St. Paul is located in Alberta's Lakeland tourism district.[12]


St. Paul is home to the world's first UFO landing pad,[13] built as a centennial project in an effort to attract both tourists and Martians to the municipality. The pad consists of a raised platform with a map of Canada embossed on the back stop, consisting of stones provided by each province of Canada.

On June 3, 1967, Paul Hellyer, Minister of National Defence, flew in by helicopter to officially open the Pad.[14] The pad was one of over 100 Centennial Projects organized by the town.

The sign beside the pad reads: "The area under the World's First UFO Landing Pad was designated international by the Town of St. Paul as a symbol of our faith that mankind will maintain the outer universe free from national wars and strife. That future travel in space will be safe for all intergalactic beings, all visitors from earth or otherwise are welcome to this territory and to the Town of St. Paul." Mentioned in George Fox's song, Real Canadian Town.

The UFO Landing pad was also featured across Canada as a film crew with Cineplex Entertainment was in the town in May 2014 filming a pre-show piece to be played in Cineplex movie theatres across Canada throughout the month of June.[15]

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  1. ^ a b c "Saint-Paul des Métis". Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  2. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of St. Paul" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 583. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e "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.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ a b c "Location and History Profile: Town of St. Paul". Alberta Municipal Affairs. June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Alteration of the Boundaries of the Village of St. Paul des Métis" (PDF). Alberta Gazette. June 15, 1922. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  8. ^ "2017 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN 978-1-4601-3652-2. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  9. ^ "2016 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN 978-1-4601-3127-5. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  11. ^ "Interim List of Changes to Municipal Boundaries, Status, and Names From January 2, 2011 to January 1, 2012 (Table 1 - Changes to census subdivisions in alphabetical order by province and territory)" (XLSX). Statistics Canada. November 14, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  12. ^ "Communities". Alberta's Lakeland Tourism. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
  13. ^ St. Paul's UFO landing pad
  14. ^ CBC News TV about St. Paul, Alberta
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