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Sherwood Park

Campbelltown (1953–1956)
Sherwood Park Urban Service Area
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Location in Strathcona County
Location in Strathcona County
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Edmonton Metropolitan Region
Census division 11
Specialized municipality Strathcona County
Founded 1953
Name change 1956
 • Type Unincorporated
 • Total 70.98 km2 (27.41 sq mi)
729 m (2,392 ft)
 • Total 72,017
 • Density 1,014.61/km2 (2,627.83/sq mi)
 • Municipal census (2018)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
Forward sortation areas
T8A - T8H
Area code(s) 780, 587, 825
Highways Highway 14, Highway 21, Highway 216, Highway 630
Website Strathcona County

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area. It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton's eastern boundary, generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road). Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 72,017 in 2021, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta's sixth largest city, but it retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community's name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.


The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton. The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.


The industrial area known as Refinery Row is west of Anthony Henday Drive. At least 49 neighbourhoods are located within the portion of the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area east of Anthony Henday Drive.

  • Akenside
  • Aspen Trails
  • Bison Meadows
  • Brentwood
  • Broadmoor Centre
  • Broadmoor Estates
  • Broadview Park
  • Buckingham Business Park
  • Centennial Park
  • Centre in the Park
  • Charlton Heights
  • Chelsea Heights
  • Clarkdale Meadows
  • Cloverbar Ranch
  • Craigavon
  • Davidson Creek
  • Durham Town Centre
  • Emerald Hills
  • Emerald Hills Centre
  • Estates of Sherwood Park
  • Forrest Heights
  • Foxboro
  • Foxhaven
  • Glen Allan
  • Griffon Industrial Park
  • Heritage Hills
  • Heritage Pointe
  • Jubilee Landing
  • Lakeland Ridge
  • Lakeland Village
  • Maplegrove
  • Maplewood
  • Mills Haven
  • Nottingham
  • Regency Park
  • Regency Park Estates
  • Salisbury Village
  • Sherwood Business Park
  • Sherwood Heights
  • Shivam Park
  • Strathcona Centre
  • Strathmoor Industrial Park
  • Summerwood
  • Village on the Lake
  • Westboro
  • Woodbridge Farms
  • Wye Commercial
  • Wye Crossing
  • Wye Gardens


Federal census
population history
Year Pop. ±%
1956 268 —    
1961 2,923 +990.7%
1966 6,339 +116.9%
1971 14,282 +125.3%
1976 26,534 +85.8%
1981 29,285 +10.4%
1996 41,989 +43.4%
2001 47,645 +13.5%
2006 56,845 +19.3%
2011 64,733 +13.9%
2016 70,618 +9.1%
2021 72,017 +2.0%
Notes: Sherwood Park was listed under its original name of Campbelltown in the 1956 federal census. Populations from 1986 and 1991 federal censuses are not published by Statistics Canada or Alberta Municipal Affairs.
Source: Statistics Canada and Alberta Municipal Affairs

In the 2021 census conducted by Statistics Canada, Sherwood Park, as Strathcona County's urban service areas, had a population of 72,017, a change of 2% from its 2016 population of 70,618.

The population of Sherwood Park according to Strathcona County's 2018 municipal census is 71,332, a 5.1% change from its 2015 municipal census population of 68,782.

Arts and culture

Facilities for visual and performing arts in Sherwood Park include the A.J. Ottewell Community Centre, Art Gallery @ 501, Festival Place and Smeltzer House Centre for Visual Arts.


Recreation facilities within Sherwood Park include the Broadmoor Arena, Glen Allan Recreation Complex, Kinsmen Leisure Centre, Millennium Place, Sherwood Park Arena/Sports Centre and Strathcona Athletic Park as well as a BMX bike park, a BMX bike pump track and a skateboard park. The community also has 37 parks and sportsfields.


Sherwood Park has a strong economy with over $9.0 billion worth of major projects completed, announced, or under construction. As a founding member of Alberta's Industrial Heartland, Strathcona County is home to Canada's largest hydrocarbon refining cluster. A district known as Refinery Row lies west of Sherwood Park and includes some of the largest industrial facilities in Western Canada, including Imperial Oil's Strathcona Refinery.

Sports and recreation

Recreation facilities within Sherwood Park include the Broadmoor Arena, Glen Allan Recreation Complex, Kinsmen Leisure Centre, Millennium Place, Sherwood Park Arena/Sports Centre and Strathcona Athletic Park as well as a BMX bike park, a BMX bike pump track and a skateboard park. The community also has 37 parks and sportsfields.

An important local sports team is a hockey squad, the Sherwood Park Crusaders. The Crusaders play in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Sherwood Park has a well-respected Midget "AAA" hockey program, dating back to the mid-1970s, that has produced several top calibre players including former and current National Hockey League players Gerald Diduck, Jim Ennis, Tyson Nash, Cam Ward and Daymond Langkow. The Sherwood Park Kings Athletic Club includes levels from Peewee to Midget and with the highest level being the Midget "AAA" program.

Sherwood Park is a large football community. At least one Sherwood Park high school football team has been to the Alberta provincial final since the 1999 season. The bantam team, the Sherwood Park Rams, have won provincials five of the last seven seasons. The 2014 provincial championship is held by the Sherwood Park Wolverines, which is their first title.

Baseball has become a popular and important sport in the community. In 2008, the Sherwood Park Dukes began their first season in Sherwood Park, playing at Centennial Park in the Western Major Baseball League.

Strathcona County hosted the 2007 Western Canada Summer Games with most of the events held in Sherwood Park. The games included 2,300 athletes, coaches, and officials from the four western provinces and three northern territories. Around 2,800 volunteers helped make the games a success.


Sherwood Park's school boards are Elk Island Public Schools Regional Division No. 14 (EIPS), Elk Island Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 41 (EICS), and the Conseil Scolaire Centre-Nord (CSCN or the Greater North Central Francophone Education Region No. 2).

The public high schools are Bev Facey Community High School and Salisbury Composite High School, as well as Strathcona Christian Academy (kindergarten to grade 12), and Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School.

Sherwood Park was home to Canada's first charter school: New Horizons Charter School, a public charter school that offers a gifted education program for students from kindergarten to grade 9. It is in Sherwood Park on the edge of the Village on the Lake subdivision.

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