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City of Leduc
Leduc Grain Elevator
Leduc Grain Elevator
Flag of Leduc
Coat of arms of Leduc
Coat of arms
Official logo of Leduc
Integritas Unitas Firmitas  (Latin)
"Integrity, Unity, Strength"
City boundaries
City boundaries
Leduc is located in Alberta
Location in Alberta
Leduc is located in Canada
Location in Canada
Leduc is located in Leduc County
Location in Leduc County
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Edmonton Metropolitan Region
Municipal district Leduc County
 • Village December 15, 1899
 • Town December 15, 1906
 • City September 1, 1983
 • Land 42.25 km2 (16.31 sq mi)
730 m (2,400 ft)
 • Total 34,094
 • Density 806.9/km2 (2,090/sq mi)
 • Municipal census (2019)
 • Estimate (2020)
Time zone UTC−07:00 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−06:00 (MDT)
Forward sortation area
Area code(s) 780, 587, 825, 368
  • Hwy 2
  • Hwy 2A
  • Hwy 39
  • Hwy 623
Railways Canadian Pacific Railway
Public transit Leduc Transit

Leduc ( -dewk) is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is 33 km (21 mi) south of the provincial capital of Edmonton and is part of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.


Leduc was first established in 1889, when Robert Telford, a settler, bought land near a lake which would later bear his name. It was on that piece of land where the new settlement would take root. Telford previously served as an officer for the North-West Mounted Police, and later became Leduc's first postmaster, first general merchantman and first justice of the peace. The establishment of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, later acquired by the Canadian Pacific Railway, opened the region to settlement. The first train stopped at Leduc in July 1891.

There are two versions of how Leduc got its name. According to popular local legend, the city's name was decided in 1890 when a settler (McKinlay) setting up a telegraph office needed a name for the new settlement and decided that it would be named after the first person who came through the door of the telegraph office. That person was Father Hippolyte Leduc, a priest who had served the area since 1867. In another, more official, version, the Minister of the Interior Edgar Dewdney (1835–1916) decided that Telford Place should be renamed at the time the railroad terminal was established in 1891, and picked the name of the missionary priest.

Leduc was first incorporated as a village in 1899, and went on to become officially a town in 1906. It became a city in 1983. By that time its population had reached 12,000.

The town continued to grow quietly over the decades and Alberta's historical oil strike on February 13, 1947, was made near the town at the Leduc No. 1 oil well.


Leduc has a wide variety of parks and sports amenities. Leduc has more than 35 km (21.7 mi) of multiuse pathways. On the east end of the city lies Telford Lake, and just to the east is Saunders Lake.

  • Alexandra Park Ponds
  • Coady Lake
  • Leduc Reservoir
  • Telford Lake
  • West Point Lake


Leduc experiences a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb).


Federal census
population history
Year Pop. ±%
1901 112 —    
1906 391 +249.1%
1911 523 +33.8%
1916 584 +11.7%
1921 756 +29.5%
1926 832 +10.1%
1931 900 +8.2%
1936 926 +2.9%
1941 871 −5.9%
1946 920 +5.6%
1951 1,842 +100.2%
1956 2,008 +9.0%
1961 2,356 +17.3%
1966 2,856 +21.2%
1971 4,000 +40.1%
1976 8,576 +114.4%
1981 12,471 +45.4%
1986 13,126 +5.3%
1991 13,970 +6.4%
1996 14,305 +2.4%
2001 15,032 +5.1%
2006 16,967 +12.9%
2011 24,279 +43.1%
2016 29,993 +23.5%
Source: Statistics Canada

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the City of Leduc had a population of 34,094 living in 12,964 of its 13,507 total private dwellings, a change of 13.7% from its 2016 population of 29,993. With a land area of 42.25 km2 (16.31 sq mi), it had a population density of 807.0/km2 (2,090/sq mi) in 2021.

The population of the City of Leduc according to its 2019 municipal census is 33,032, a change of 1.8% from its 2018 municipal census population of 32,448.

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the City of Leduc recorded a population of 29,993 living in 11,319 of its 12,264 total private dwellings, an increase of 23.4% from its 2011 population of 24,304. With a land area of 42.44 km2 (16.39 sq mi), it had a population density of 706.7/km2 (1,830/sq mi) in 2016. Results from the 2017 Leduc Census revealed a new population count of 31,130 - a growth rate of two percent over 2016.

Arts and culture

Leduc is home to The Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts, a preeminent performing arts facility, including a 460-seat theatre.

In fall 2009, the Leduc Recreation Centre officially opened. The 309,000-square-foot facility includes three NHL-sized arenas, an aquatic centre and a curling rink.

See also

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