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Pekisko
unincorporated community
Location of Pekisko in Alberta
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Census division No. 6
Municipal district Municipal District of Foothills No. 31
Time zone MST (UTC-7)

Pekisko is an unincorporated community in southern Alberta, Canada. It is located in the Municipal District of Foothills No. 31, west of the junction of Cowboy Trail and Highway 540, 35 kilometers (22 mi) south of High River and 19 km (12 mi) south of Longview.

It lies in the Canadian Rockies foothills, north of the Highwood River, at an elevation of 1,215 m (3,986 ft), and is the center of the Pekisko Rangeland, an area of livestock grazing and agriculture. Oil and gas is an increasing part of the economy.

The name Pekisko originates from the Blackfoot Cree language "i ta pisko", meaning rolling foothills.

The Pekisko Formation (Mississippian limestone) of the Rundle Group was named after this community. A hybrid of Pisum sativum (pea) was also named Pekisko after this area.

History

After touring Canada in 1919, the Prince of Wales bought a cattle ranch which became known as the Prince of Wales Ranch or the E.P. Ranch. The E.P. brand used on the ranch stood for "Edward Prince". Prince Edward later became the King of Canada. In 1925, the cowboy movie star Hoot Gibson was filmed in scenes at the E.P. Ranch as part of the Hollywood movie The Calgary Stampede.

Geography

Climate

Climate data for Pekisko
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 26.7
(80.1)
24.4
(75.9)
19.4
(66.9)
30.6
(87.1)
29.5
(85.1)
32.8
(91)
36.1
(97)
32.8
(91)
32.8
(91)
28.3
(82.9)
26.7
(80.1)
18.3
(64.9)
36.1
(97)
Average high °C (°F) -1.8
(28.8)
0.1
(32.2)
3.2
(37.8)
8.7
(47.7)
13.8
(56.8)
18.1
(64.6)
21.1
(70)
20.4
(68.7)
15.6
(60.1)
10.9
(51.6)
2.7
(36.9)
-1
(30)
9.3
(48.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) -8.6
(16.5)
-6.7
(19.9)
-3.4
(25.9)
2
(36)
6.9
(44.4)
10.7
(51.3)
13.1
(55.6)
12.6
(54.7)
8.1
(46.6)
3.8
(38.8)
-3.5
(25.7)
-7.7
(18.1)
2.3
(36.1)
Average low °C (°F) -15.4
(4.3)
-13.5
(7.7)
-9.9
(14.2)
-4.8
(23.4)
-0.1
(31.8)
3.3
(37.9)
4.9
(40.8)
4.7
(40.5)
0.6
(33.1)
-3.4
(25.9)
-9.8
(14.4)
-14.4
(6.1)
-4.8
(23.4)
Record low °C (°F) -46.7
(-52.1)
-46.1
(-51)
-42.8
(-45)
-31.1
(-24)
-25.6
(-14.1)
-8.9
(16)
-3.9
(25)
-6.1
(21)
-22.2
(-8)
-31
(-24)
-40.5
(-40.9)
-46.7
(-52.1)
-46.7
(-52.1)
Precipitation mm (inches) 39.3
(1.547)
36
(1.42)
49.9
(1.965)
66.7
(2.626)
82.6
(3.252)
86.9
(3.421)
66.9
(2.634)
84.3
(3.319)
62.2
(2.449)
37.3
(1.469)
35.1
(1.382)
35.3
(1.39)
682.6
(26.874)
Source: Environment Canada

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