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Town of Legal
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Edmonton Capital Region
Census division 11
Municipal district Sturgeon County
 • Village February 20, 1914
 • Town January 1, 1998
Area (2016)
 • Land 3.18 km2 (1.23 sq mi)
Elevation 705 m (2,313 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Total 1,345
 • Density 423.4/km2 (1,097/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Area code(s) -1+780
Highway Highway 651

Legal /lˈɡæl/ is a town in central Alberta, Canada within Sturgeon County. It is located 2.4 km (1.5 mi) east of Highway 2 on Highway 651, approximately 42 km (26 mi) north of Edmonton.

Legal was established in 1894 as a Francophone community. The town, the French Mural Capital of Canada, is known for its 28 murals.

Legal fire hall with a bilingual sign in the foreground
Legal fire hall and a bilingual sign


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Legal recorded a population of 1,345 living in 448 of its 465 total private dwellings, a 9.8% change from its 2011 population of 1,225. With a land area of 3.18 km2 (1.23 sq mi), it had a population density of 423.0/km2 (1,096/sq mi) in 2016.

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Legal had a population of 1,225 living in 439 of its 464 total dwellings, a 2.8% change from its 2006 population of 1,192. With a land area of 3.22 km2 (1.24 sq mi), it had a population density of 380.4/km2 (985/sq mi) in 2011. Of Legal's 1,215 residents, 220 (18%) considered French to be their mother tongue, compared to 2% of Albertans overall.

St. Emile R.C. church Legal 01
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