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Mayerthorpe
Town
Town of Mayerthorpe
Highway 43 entrance to Mayerthorpe from the south.
Highway 43 entrance to Mayerthorpe from the south.
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 13
Municipal district Lac Ste. Anne County
Incorporated  
 • Village March 5, 1927
 • Town March 20, 1961
Area (2016)
 • Land 4.37 km2 (1.69 sq mi)
Elevation 712 m (2,336 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Total 1,320
 • Density 302.2/km2 (783/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Area code(s) -1+780
Highways Highway 22
Highway 43
Waterway Paddle River
Website Official website

Mayerthorpe is a town in central Alberta, Canada, located approximately 120 km (75 mi) northwest of Edmonton at the intersection of Highway 43 and Highway 22 (Cowboy Trail). The town is surrounded by Lac Ste. Anne County and is located within Alberta's Census Division No. 13.

History

Mayerthorpe incorporated as a village on March 5, 1927. It then incorporated as a town just over 34 years later on March 20, 1961.

On March 3, 2005, four officers serving with the Mayerthorpe and Whitecourt detachments of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were killed in the Mayerthorpe tragedy.

On July 29, 2008, the Mayerthorpe Arena was destroyed by a fire. In 2011, after three years of planning and fundraising, the new arena, now called the Mayerthorpe Exhibition Centre, was officially opened.

In 2016, a string of suspicious fires in the area resulted in the destruction of a CN trestle bridge. The bridge was rebuilt shortly thereafter, in about twenty days.

Demographics

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Mayerthorpe recorded a population of 1,320 living in 540 of its 600 total private dwellings, a -5.6% change from its 2011 population of 1,398. With a land area of 4.37 km2 (1.69 sq mi), it had a population density of 302.1/km2 (782/sq mi) in 2016.

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Mayerthorpe had a population of 1,398 living in 589 of its 629 total dwellings, a -5.2% change from its 2006 population of 1,474. With a land area of 4.78 km2 (1.85 sq mi), it had a population density of 292.5/km2 (758/sq mi) in 2011.


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