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Stony Plain
Town
Town of Stony Plain
Official logo of Stony Plain
Town boundaries
Town boundaries
Stony Plain is located in Parkland County
Stony Plain
Stony Plain
Location in Parkland County
Stony Plain is located in Alberta
Stony Plain
Stony Plain
Location in Alberta
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Edmonton Metropolitan Region
Census division 11
Municipal district Parkland County
Incorporated  
 • Village March 14, 1907
 • Town December 10, 1908
Area
 (2021)
 • Land 35.45 km2 (13.69 sq mi)
Elevation
710 m (2,330 ft)
Population
 (2021)
 • Total 17,993
 • Density 507.6/km2 (1,315/sq mi)
 • Municipal census (2019)
17,842
 • Estimate (2020)
18,762
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Forward sortation area
T7Z
Area code(s) 780, 587 and 825
Highways Highway 16A, Alberta Highway 628, Highway 779

Stony Plain is a town in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region of Alberta, Canada that is surrounded by Parkland County. It is west of Edmonton adjacent to the City of Spruce Grove and sits on Treaty 6 land.

Stony Plain is known for its many painted murals representing various periods, events and people throughout the town's history. The town was originally known as Dog Rump Creek.

History

The name of the town is believed to have come from one of two possible origins. The first is that the Stoney people camped in the area historically. The second possibility is that Dr. James Hector, a geologist on the Palliser Expedition, noticed boulders scattered across the area. The official name for the settlement was adopted in 1892. Alex McNabb and McPherson were the first homesteaders in the area.

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Geography

Climate

has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) It falls into the NRC Plant Hardiness Zone 4a.

Climate data for Stony Plain, Alberta
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high humidex 10.2 12.8 15.1 23.5 28.9 34.7 39.3 30.6 22.2 22.2 13.3 16.5 39.3
Record high °C (°F) 13.5
(56.3)
14.5
(58.1)
17.8
(64.0)
28.9
(84.0)
31.5
(88.7)
33.3
(91.9)
32
(90)
35
(95)
33.9
(93.0)
29
(84)
19.4
(66.9)
17.5
(63.5)
35
(95)
Average high °C (°F) −7.3
(18.9)
−3.9
(25.0)
1.5
(34.7)
10.4
(50.7)
16.7
(62.1)
19.9
(67.8)
21.8
(71.2)
21
(70)
16
(61)
10.2
(50.4)
−0.6
(30.9)
−5.7
(21.7)
8.3
(46.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) −11.7
(10.9)
−8.5
(16.7)
−3
(27)
4.9
(40.8)
10.9
(51.6)
14.5
(58.1)
16.5
(61.7)
15.7
(60.3)
10.7
(51.3)
5.3
(41.5)
−4.4
(24.1)
−9.7
(14.5)
3.4
(38.1)
Average low °C (°F) −15.9
(3.4)
−12.9
(8.8)
−7.6
(18.3)
−0.5
(31.1)
5.1
(41.2)
9.1
(48.4)
11.2
(52.2)
10.3
(50.5)
5.3
(41.5)
0.3
(32.5)
−8.1
(17.4)
−13.6
(7.5)
−1.5
(29.3)
Record low °C (°F) −40
(−40)
−39
(−38)
−32.2
(−26.0)
−24
(−11)
−6
(21)
0
(32)
2.5
(36.5)
−0.6
(30.9)
−6.7
(19.9)
−25.5
(−13.9)
−36.5
(−33.7)
−40
(−40)
−40
(−40)
Record low wind chill −47.7 −46 −34.6 −22.5 −11.5 −2.8 2.6 −14.1 −6.7 −21.5 −37.4 −46 −47.7
Average precipitation mm (inches) 24.1
(0.95)
18.3
(0.72)
19.3
(0.76)
26.6
(1.05)
54
(2.1)
98.1
(3.86)
106.2
(4.18)
73.6
(2.90)
47.9
(1.89)
22.7
(0.89)
21.8
(0.86)
23.5
(0.93)
536
(21.1)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 1.7
(0.07)
1.4
(0.06)
1.8
(0.07)
14
(0.6)
49.5
(1.95)
98.1
(3.86)
106.2
(4.18)
73.5
(2.89)
46.3
(1.82)
13.3
(0.52)
3
(0.1)
1.3
(0.05)
410
(16.1)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 25.2
(9.9)
18
(7.1)
18.6
(7.3)
12.8
(5.0)
4.7
(1.9)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.0)
1.6
(0.6)
9.5
(3.7)
20.2
(8.0)
23.2
(9.1)
133.9
(52.7)
Source: Environment Canada

Demographics

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The population of the Town of Stony Plain according to its 2019 municipal census is 17,842, a change of 10.6% from its 2015 municipal census population of 16,127.

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Stony Plain recorded a population of 17,189 living in 6,641 of its 6,954 total private dwellings, a 14.2% change from its 2011 population of 15,051. With a land area of 35.72 km2 (13.79 sq mi), it had a population density of 481.2/km2 (1,246/sq mi) in 2016.

Arts and culture

Stony Plain is home to many colourful murals that depict important figures and events of local history. These murals have earned the town the nickname "The Town with the Painted Past." The Town held a mural project in 2006 where artists were selected through open competition to paint two murals. The Parkland Potters Guild & Crooked Pot Gallery is also located within Stony Plain.

Cultural institutions in the town include the Stony Plain Public Library and the Multicultural Heritage Centre.

Stony Plain celebrates Farmers' Days in the first week of June each year, complete with the Farmers' Days Parade, the Kinsmen rodeo, a pancake breakfast and fair grounds. The town also plays host to the Great White North Triathlon in the first week of July.

In the summer, Stony Plain hosts two major festivals — the Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival, which is held in early August and is the largest bluegrass event in western Canada, and the Cowboy Poetry and Country Music Gathering held in late August.

In December, the town sets up a large Christmas tree on Main Street and is lit throughout the Christmas season. To celebrate New Year’s Eve, the town holds its Family Fest event at Rotary Park. Family Fest features ice skating on an outdoor pond, hot chocolate and fireworks.

Attractions

The Town of Stony Plain jointly owns and operates the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre sports complex located within neighbouring Spruce Grove. The town is also home to the Multicultural Heritage Centre, the Pioneer Museum and has three major parks (Shikaoi, Whispering Waters and Rotary), a skate park, a BMX park and a green path system running through town.

Services

The Town of Stony Plain has an RCMP detachment and a provincial court. A combination full time and part time fire department consisting of 49 firefighters. The town also provides an organicart compost collection program and a blue bag recycling program.

Organizations

Service organizations in town include the Rotary Club, the Lions Club and the Royal Canadian Legion.

Sister town

Stony Plain is twinned with Shikaoi, Hokkaido, Japan.

Sports

The Stony Plain Eagles of Allan Cup Hockey West play out of Glenn Hall Arena.

Education

Parkland School Division operates five schools and an outreach centre within the town. Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 2 operates a school for students in kindergarten through grade 8. There are also a variety of small private schools and home schooling organizations.

Infrastructure

Notable people

  • Cornelia Lucinda Railey Wood - Canadian politician, Social Credit MLA (1959-1967), former mayor of Stony Plain
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