Provost
Town
Town of Provost
Grain elevators, circa 1980
Grain elevators, circa 1980
Provost is located in Alberta
Provost
Provost
Location of Provost in Alberta
Coordinates: 52°21′14″N 110°16′07″W / 52.35389°N 110.26861°W / 52.35389; -110.26861Coordinates: 52°21′14″N 110°16′07″W / 52.35389°N 110.26861°W / 52.35389; -110.26861
CountryCanada
ProvinceAlberta
RegionCentral Alberta
Census division7
Municipal districtMunicipal District of Provost No. 52
Incorporated[1] 
 • VillageJanuary 20, 1910
 • TownDecember 29, 1952
Government
 • MayorMike Dennehy
 • Governing bodyProvost Town Council
Area
 (2021)[2]
 • Land4.75 km2 (1.83 sq mi)
Elevation668 m (2,192 ft)
Population
 (2021)[2][4]
 • Total1,900
 • Density400.1/km2 (1,036/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code
Area code(s)+1-780, +1-587
HighwaysHighway 13
Highway 899
WaterwayGillespie Lake
WebsiteOfficial website

Provost /ˈprvst/ is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located at the junction of Highway 13 and Highway 899, 19 km (12 mi) west of the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. It was originally named "Lakeview" but renamed by the Canadian Pacific Railway Land Department in 1907; the first train to the town was in 1910.[5] Post office established in 1908.[6]

Demographics

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Provost had a population of 1,900 living in 764 of its 862 total private dwellings, a change of -4.9% from its 2016 population of 1,998. With a land area of 4.75 km2 (1.83 sq mi), it had a population density of 400.0/km2 (1,036.0/sq mi) in 2021.[2]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Provost recorded a population of 1,998 living in 779 of its 843 total private dwellings, a -2.1% change from its 2011 population of 2,041. With a land area of 4.72 km2 (1.82 sq mi), it had a population density of 423.3/km2 (1,096.4/sq mi) in 2016.[7]

Economy

The economic bases of Provost are agriculture and oilfield.

Education

There are two schools in Provost: Provost Public and St. Thomas Aquinas. Provost Public School has a student population of about 400 and is part of the Buffalo Trail Regional Division No. 28. St. Thomas Aquinas School has approximately 246 students and is part of the East Central Alberta Catholic Schools Regional Division No. 16.

Media

The local newspaper that covers the town is The Provost News.[8] The East Central Alberta Review also regularly covers the town and its surrounding areas.[9]

Notable people

See also

References

  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Provost" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 499. Archived (PDF) from the original on September 25, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities)". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
  3. ^ "Alberta Private Sewage Systems 2009 Standard of Practice Handbook: Appendix A.3 Alberta Design Data (A.3.A. Alberta Climate Design Data by Town)" (PDF) (PDF). Safety Codes Council. January 2012. pp. 212–215 (PDF pages 226–229). Archived (PDF) from the original on October 16, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and population centres". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 13, 2022.
  5. ^ Senior Citizens Club of Provost (1977). Early furrows : a story of our early pioneers in Provost, Hayter, Bodo, Alberta and surrounding districts. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
  6. ^ Hamilton, William (1978). The Macmillan Book of Canadian Place Names. Toronto: Macmillan. p. 30. ISBN 0-7715-9754-1.
  7. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  8. ^ "The Provost News". The Provost News. Archived from the original on 2012-08-04. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
  9. ^ "The ECA Review". ECA Review. Retrieved 2021-01-14.