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Gibbons
Town
Town of Gibbons
Flag of Gibbons
Flag
Motto(s): 
"Living at its Best"
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Edmonton Capital Region
Census division 11
Municipal district Sturgeon County
Incorporated  
 • Village January 1, 1959
 • Town April 1, 1977
Area
 (2016)
 • Land 7.5 km2 (2.9 sq mi)
Elevation
643 m (2,110 ft)
Population
 (2016)
 • Total 3,159
 • Density 421.3/km2 (1,091/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
Postal code span
T0A 1N0
Highways Highway 28A
Highway 643
Waterway Sturgeon River

Gibbons is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located on Highway 28A, 37 km (23 mi) northeast of Edmonton.

The town was named for William R. Gibbons who settled in the area and was created from the merger of two smaller communities: Astleyville and Battenburg. Gibbons is situated on the southern banks of the Sturgeon River which is a major tributary of the North Saskatchewan River.

Demographics

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Gibbons recorded a population of 3,159 living in 1,136 of its 1,223 total private dwellings, a 4.3% change from its 2011 population of 3,030. With a land area of 7.5 km2 (2.9 sq mi), it had a population density of 421.2/km2 (1,091/sq mi) in 2016.

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Gibbons had a population of 3,030 living in 1,075 of its 1,111 total dwellings, a 14.7% change from its 2006 population of 2,642. With a land area of 7.39 km2 (2.85 sq mi), it had a population density of 410.0/km2 (1,062/sq mi) in 2011.

The population of the Town of Gibbons according to its 2007 municipal census is 2,848.

Sports and recreation

Gibbons is home to many sporting facilities, leagues, and teams. As a family community, the majority of activities are orientated to youth, but many adult options are also available.

The Gibbons arena is home to a number of ice hockey teams and leagues in the winter. In partnership with the community of Bon Accord, Alberta, the CNN Spurs minor hockey program offers teams from initiation to midget level, as well as a female program. The Gibbons Jr. C Broncos, playing in the Noralta Junior Hockey League, also call the Gibbons Arena home. The East Sturgeon Gentlemen's Hockey League, consisting of 11 teams, play the majority of their games in Gibbons as well as the surrounding communities.

Adjoining with the Gibbons Arena is the Gibbons Curling Club. This facility features four sheets of ice, ice-level seating, as well as a recently renovated lounge. The lounge, popular with the town's residents in the winter months, includes food and beverage service, table seating, and an above ice viewing area complete with sheet cameras. The facility runs men's, ladies', mixed, farmers', and junior leagues. It also hosts the annual Saville Country Classic Junior Bonspiel, where highly competitive junior level teams from across the province compete.

In the spring and summer, minor baseball and soccer teams are offered. The town has numerous soccer pitches and ball diamonds, with the majority of them located in the area surrounding Landing Trail School and at the Jack Hogg Sports Grounds north of Gibbons School and the Gibbons Arena. A successful recreational slow pitch league is also run, which includes an annual wind up tournament in July.

Lacrosse is also becoming increasingly popular with Gibbons' youth. Although the town does not yet host its own teams, the surrounding communities of Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park, St. Albert, and Edmonton run programs for minor, junior, men's, and ladies' levels.

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