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Fairview
Town
Town of Fairview
Motto(s): 
Heart of the Peace Country!
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Northern Alberta
Census division 19
Municipal district M.D. of Fairview No. 136
Incorporated  
 • Village March 28, 1929
 • Town April 25, 1949
Area
 (2016)
 • Land 11.36 km2 (4.39 sq mi)
Elevation
670 m (2,200 ft)
Population
 (2016)
 • Total 2,998
 • Density 264/km2 (680/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
T0H 1L0
Highways Highway 2
Highway 64

Fairview is a town in northern Alberta within the heart of the Peace Country. It is located 82 km (51 mi) southwest of the Town of Peace River and 115 km (71 mi) north of Grande Prairie at the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 64A.

The Town of Fairview is one of two different communities in Alberta that go by the name of Fairview. The Hamlet of Fairview in southern Alberta is the lesser known of the two.

Geography

Climate

Fairview experiences a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb).

History

In 1928, the railroad extended west from Whitelaw through the Beaver Indian Reserve across a stubble field where the Hamlet of Fairview was established. The community of Waterhole, five miles to the south, was packed onto skids and wagons and relocated to the railroad site. The first train rolled into Fairview on November 2, 1928. The hamlet was incorporated as a village on April 22, 1929. In 1949, the village was incorporated into the Town of Fairview.

Demographics

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Fairview recorded a population of 2,998 living in 1,251 of its 1,363 total private dwellings, a -5.2% change from its 2011 population of 3,162. With a land area of 11.36 km2 (4.39 sq mi), it had a population density of 263.9/km2 (683/sq mi) in 2016.

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Fairview had a population of 3,162 living in 1,266 of its 1,322 total dwellings, a -4.1% change from its 2006 population of 3,297. With a land area of 11.3 km2 (4.4 sq mi), it had a population density of 279.8/km2 (725/sq mi) in 2011.

The median household income in 2005 for Fairview was $56,954, which is below the Alberta provincial average of $63,988.

Arts and culture

Fairview hosts the following events:

  • Agriculture Society Fair
  • Fairview & District Lions Club Annual Old Time Country Music Festival
  • The Annual Waterhole Pro Rodeo and Parade
  • Malanka Ukrainian New Year
  • The Peace Classic Wheels Car Show
  • Annual Summers End Festival
  • Emergency Services Regimental Ball

Attractions

In terms of recreation, Fairview offers indoor swimming at the Fairview Aquatic Centre, golfing at the Fairview Golf Course, skating at the Fairplex, skiing at the Fairview Ski Hill, curling, and bowling.

In 2010, the Fairplex Arena underwent a major upgrade which included the addition of 5 more dressing rooms, roof repairs and extra storage space.

The Fairview Regional Aquatic Centre was a $3.4M collaborative project taken on by the Town of Fairview and the M.D. of Fairview No. 136. The facility has a waterslide, a zero depth wading pool, a 25m lap pool, a tarzan swing, monkey bars, a whirlpool, and a climbing wall. The facility is home to the Fairview Olympians swim club and offers various programming.

Cummings Lake is located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) north of the Town of Fairview. The Cummings Lake Recreation Area has six baseball diamonds, a day-use camping area, an overnight-use camping area, a playground and a boat launch. Cummings Lake has a 28-stall campground that offers coin-operated showers and toilets, free firewood, electrical hookups and non-potable water from a cistern via hand pump.

1000 Rainbow trout were stocked in Cummings Lake in both 2012 and 2013.

Surrounding the lake and campground area is a large portion of the 10.5 km (6.5 mi) trail system that stretches from 108 Avenue to the northern tip of Cummings Lake. The trail system loops around the lake, the golf course, and the town's reservoirs. The majority of the trail is paved, while the remaining is gravel. A 10.5 km (6.5 mi) of educational signed nature trail is connected to the main trail.

Dunvegan Provincial Park is nearby in the Peace River valley.

The Dunvegan Fish and Game Association operate a 535-yard gun range near Fairview.

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