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Bittern Lake

Rosenroll (1904–1911)
Village of Bittern Lake
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 10
Municipal district Camrose County
 • Village November 21, 1904 (as Rosenroll)
 • Name change December 16, 1911
 • Land 6.57 km2 (2.54 sq mi)
862 m (2,828 ft)
 • Total 220
 • Density 33.5/km2 (87/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
Highways Highway 13
Waterway Bittern Lake

Bittern Lake, originally named Rosenroll, is a village in central Alberta, Canada. It is located between Camrose and Wetaskiwin, on Highway 13. The first post office opened in the home of Ernest Roper in 1899. It was known as the Village of Rosenroll between 1904 and 1911. The present name comes from Cree Indians in the area, on account of bittern near the lake.

The lake itself is not accessible by road, and is not recommended for boating or fishing due to its high counts of alkali and its shallow waters. Locals enjoy the scenic walking trails around the lake as well as observing the native birds that nest in the area. The nearest shopping is in Camrose, Alberta.


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Village of Bittern Lake recorded a population of 220 living in 86 of its 88 total private dwellings, a -1.8% change from its 2011 population of 224. With a land area of 6.57 km2 (2.54 sq mi), it had a population density of 33.5/km2 (87/sq mi) in 2016.

In the 2011 Census, the Village of Bittern Lake had a population of 224 living in 83 of its 85 total dwellings, a -0.4% change from its 2006 population of 225. With a land area of 6.64 km2 (2.56 sq mi), it had a population density of 33.7/km2 (87/sq mi) in 2011.

The population of the Village of Bittern Lake according to its 2008 municipal census is 232.

In 2006, Bittern Lake had a population of 225 living in 86 dwellings, a 1.8% increase from 2001. The village has an area of 6.64 km2 (2.56 sq mi) and a population density of 33.9 inhabitants per square kilometer.

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