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Whitecourt
Town
Town of Whitecourt
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Whitecourt's entrance sign on Highway 43
Nickname(s): Snowmobile Capital of Alberta
Motto: Let's Go...
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 13
Municipal district Woodlands County
Founded 1910
Incorporated  
 • Village January 1, 1959
 • New town August 15, 1961
 • Town December 20, 1971
Area (2016)
 • Land 26.44 km2 (10.21 sq mi)
Elevation 690 m (2,260 ft)
Population (Lua error in Module:Wikidata at line 508: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).)
 • Total {{#property:P1,082}}
 • Density 386/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
 • Municipal census (2013) 10,574
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Postal code span T7S
Area code(s) +1-780
Highways Highway 43
Highway 32
Waterways Athabasca River
McLeod River
Sakwatamau River
Beaver Creek
Website {{#property:P856}}

Whitecourt is a town in central Alberta, Canada within Woodlands County. It is located approximately 177 km (110 mi) northwest of Edmonton and 279 km (173 mi) southeast of Grande Prairie at the junction of Highway 43 and Highway 32, and has an elevation of 690 m (2,260 ft). The Whitecourt meteor impact crater is found on nearby Whitecourt Mountain.

Whitecourt is also located at the confluence of four waterways – the Athabasca River, McLeod River, Sakwatamau River and Beaver Creek. A Canadian National rail line runs through the town.

The Town has branded itself as the Snowmobile Capital of Alberta and its motto is Let's Go....

History

The community was formed in the place known by the Cree as Sagitawah (the place where the rivers meet). While the first Hudson's Bay Company trading post was established in 1897, the first permanent resident on the present day town site was John Goodwin, who settled here in 1905. In 1910, with the expansion of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, immigrants were encouraged by Premier Arthur Lewis Sifton to settle in the vast scarcely inhabited area between Edmonton and the Peace River Country. The name "Whitecourt" was chosen in 1910 by Walter White, the postmaster of the young community. White was the son-in-law of former Kansas governor John W. Leedy who also settled in the community.

Geography

Whitecourt has three identifiable geographic components:

  • the Valley that includes the town centre, the Athabasca Flats residential area, Millar Western’s sawmill and pulp mill, and three manufactured home parks;
  • the Hilltop that includes the Hilltop and Southlands Estates residential areas, the Hilltop industrial area, a 2.5 km highway commercial strip along Highway 43 and two manufactured home parks; and
  • West Whitecourt, between the McLeod and Athabasca Rivers, includes an industrial area, a 1.0 km highway commercial strip along Highway 43, and a manufactured home park.

Climate

Climate data for Whitecourt, Alberta (1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Humidex 16.5 17.6 18.5 27.1 32.8 33.8 37.7 44.2 33.4 28.1 22.5 27.3 44.2
Record high °C (°F) 16.9
(62.4)
17.6
(63.7)
18.8
(65.8)
27.6
(81.7)
31.6
(88.9)
31.8
(89.2)
34.7
(94.5)
33.5
(92.3)
32.1
(89.8)
28.5
(83.3)
20.0
(68)
16.5
(61.7)
34.7
Average high °C (°F) -6.4
(20.5)
-2.4
(27.7)
2.5
(36.5)
10.5
(50.9)
16.3
(61.3)
19.8
(67.6)
22.2
(72)
21.1
(70)
15.8
(60.4)
9.1
(48.4)
-1.4
(29.5)
-5.4
(22.3)
8.48
(47.26)
Daily mean °C (°F) -11.2
(11.8)
-7.9
(17.8)
-2.9
(26.8)
4.4
(39.9)
9.8
(49.6)
13.7
(56.7)
16.0
(60.8)
14.8
(58.6)
9.7
(49.5)
3.7
(38.7)
-5.6
(21.9)
-10.0
(14)
2.88
(37.18)
Average low °C (°F) -15.9
(3.4)
-13.3
(8.1)
-8.4
(16.9)
-1.8
(28.8)
3.3
(37.9)
7.5
(45.5)
9.9
(49.8)
8.5
(47.3)
3.6
(38.5)
-1.7
(28.9)
-9.7
(14.5)
-14.5
(5.9)
-2.71
(27.13)
Record low °C (°F) -41.5
(-42.7)
-40.2
(-40.4)
-36.0
(-32.8)
-24.0
(-11.2)
-8.0
(17.6)
-1.4
(29.5)
1.7
(35.1)
-2.9
(26.8)
-8.4
(16.9)
-28.9
(-20)
-37.7
(-35.9)
-41.3
(-42.3)
-41.5
Wind chill -51.0 -51.0 -46.0 -31.0 -14.0 -4.0 0.0 -3.0 -10.0 -33.0 -54.0 -49.0 -54
Precipitation mm (inches) 26.6
(1.047)
15.4
(0.606)
21.0
(0.827)
26.8
(1.055)
61.3
(2.413)
99.1
(3.902)
100.6
(3.961)
73.6
(2.898)
50.9
(2.004)
29.6
(1.165)
21.6
(0.85)
18.1
(0.713)
544.6
(21.441)
Rainfall mm (inches) 1.5
(0.059)
0.4
(0.016)
1.2
(0.047)
12.5
(0.492)
55.8
(2.197)
99.1
(3.902)
100.6
(3.961)
73.6
(2.898)
47.7
(1.878)
15.3
(0.602)
1.8
(0.071)
0.9
(0.035)
410.4
(16.157)
Snowfall cm (inches) 33.5
(13.19)
20.1
(7.91)
26.3
(10.35)
16.4
(6.46)
5.4
(2.13)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
2.8
(1.1)
17.3
(6.81)
5.1
(2.01)
24.5
(9.65)
151.4
(59.61)
Humidity 74.1 65.1 56.4 44.0 43.4 50.4 52.5 53.4 54.1 56.1 71.9 75.1 58.04
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 11.6 9.0 10.4 9.2 12.4 16.4 16.6 13.6 11.6 9.6 10.8 10.2 141.4
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 0.89 0.89 1.7 5.3 11.6 16.4 16.6 13.6 11.2 6.6 1.8 0.85 87.43
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 11.5 8.6 9.6 4.8 1.7 0.04 0.0 0.0 0.73 3.9 9.7 9.8 60.37
Source: Environment Canada

Demographics

Federal census
population history
Year Pop. ±%
1941 423 —    
1951 397 −6.1%
1956 687 +73.0%
1961 1,054 +53.4%
1966 2,279 +116.2%
1971 3,202 +40.5%
1976 3,878 +21.1%
1981 5,585 +44.0%
1986 5,737 +2.7%
1991 6,938 +20.9%
1996 7,783 +12.2%
2001 8,334 +7.1%
2006 8,971 +7.6%
2011 9,605 +7.1%
2016 10,204 +6.2%
Source: Statistics Canada

Canada census – Town of Whitecourt community profile
2011 2006
Population: 9,605 (7.1% from 2006) 8,971 (7.6% from 2001)
Land area: 26.14 km2 (10.09 sq mi) 26.14 km2 (10.09 sq mi)
Population density: 367.4/km2 (952/sq mi) 343.1/km2 (889/sq mi)
Median age: 31.9 (M: 32.0, F: 31.8) 30.1 (M: 29.8, F: 30.5)
Total private dwellings: 3,893 3,448
Median household income: $89,436 $78,516
References: 2011Template:Canada census/reference 2006Template:Canada census/reference earlierTemplate:Canada census/reference

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Whitecourt recorded a population of 10,204 living in 3,743 of its 4,253 total private dwellings, a 6.2% change from its 2011 population of 9,605. With a land area of 26.44 km2 (10.21 sq mi), it had a population density of 385.9/km2 (999/sq mi) in 2016.

The population of the Town of Whitecourt according to its 2013 municipal census is 10,574, a 14.9% increase over its 2008 municipal census population of 9,202. At its current population, Whitecourt is one of the largest towns in the province and is eligible for city status. According to Alberta's Municipal Government Act, a town is eligible for city status when it reaches 10,000 residents.

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Whitecourt had a population of 9,605 living in 3,629 of its 3,893 total dwellings, a 7.1% change from its 2006 population of 8,971. With a land area of 26.14 km2 (10.09 sq mi), it had a population density of 367.4/km2 (952/sq mi) in 2011. The 2011 National Household Survey reported Whitecourt's average dwelling value as $287,110.

Attractions

Whitecourt-AJMC1-2012
The Allan & Jean Millar Centre
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The Whitecourt River Slides overlooking the pond and fountain in Rotary Park
Whitecourt Forest Interpretive Centre
Whitecourt's Forest Interpretive Centre

Attractions within Whitecourt include the Allan & Jean Millar Centre, Rotary Park, the Forest Interpretive Centre and Heritage Park, and a variety of other facilities and parks.

The Allan & Jean Millar Centre consists of both an aquatic facility, a fieldhouse, a fitness facility, a children's indoor playground area, and boardroom and classroom rental spaces. The aquatic facility comprises a main pool, a children's pool, a leisure pool, a lazy river, a water slide, a hot tub, and a steam room. The fieldhouse includes a configurable multi-sport area, a track, and racquetball and squash courts. The fitness centre provides cardio training equipment, weight training equipment, and a fitness studio. Overall, this recreation venue also provides a variety of programming including lessons, classes, and personal training.

Rotary Park, located in the river valley adjacent to downtown, is a multi-use outdoor park facility consisting of a pond stocked with fish that is cleared for skating in the winter, trails, sports fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, an off-leash dog park, and a river slide attraction featuring two flowing artificial creeks with drops for tubing. A splash park with 19 water features opened within Rotary Park in 2012.

The Forest Interpretive Centre includes a multi-media museum that presents the forestry industry's role in Whitecourt's history. It also features meeting rooms and hosts the local chamber of commerce, a tourist information centre, and town council meetings. The Forest Interpretive Centre's associated Heritage Park includes antique vehicles and farm equipment, a barn, and an interpretive trail among other features.

Sister cities

Whitecourt has been twinned with Yūbetsu, Hokkaido, Japan, since 1998.

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