Sexsmith
Town
Town of Sexsmith
Train station and two of seven elevators that stood in Sexsmith
Train station and two of seven elevators that stood in Sexsmith
Nickname(s): 
Grain capital of the British Empire
Location in the County of Grande Prairie No. 1
Location in the County of Grande Prairie No. 1
Sexsmith is located in Alberta
Sexsmith
Sexsmith
Location of Sexsmith in Alberta
Coordinates: 55°21′3″N 118°46′57″W / 55.35083°N 118.78250°W / 55.35083; -118.78250Coordinates: 55°21′3″N 118°46′57″W / 55.35083°N 118.78250°W / 55.35083; -118.78250
CountryCanada
ProvinceAlberta
RegionNorthern Alberta
Planning regionUpper Peace
Municipal districtCounty of Grande Prairie No. 1
Incorporated[1] 
 • VillageApril 12, 1929
 • TownOctober 15, 1979
Government
 • MayorKate Potter
 • Governing bodySexsmith Town Council
Area
 (2021)[2]
 • Land13.01 km2 (5.02 sq mi)
Elevation724 m (2,375 ft)
Population
 (2021)[2][4]
 • Total2,427
 • Density186.5/km2 (483/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
Area code(s)+1-780
HighwaysHighway 2
Highway 59
WebsiteOfficial website

Sexsmith is a town in northern Alberta, it is on Highway 2, 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Grande Prairie.

Sexsmith is located in the Peace River Country region of Alberta, one of the most fertile growing areas in the province. The town was once known as the "grain capital of the British Empire": In a 10-year period from 1939 to 1949, it shipped more grain than any other port in the empire.

History

The townsite of Sexsmith was established on the homestead of Benny Foster, a 1911 settler, and was originally named “Bennville”, but it was discovered that the name had already used by another town, so it was renamed Sexsmith after a local trapper who came to the area in 1898.[5] The railway arrived in 1916, and grain companies began building grain elevators in 1917. Because of the fertile soil, the area is one of the largest grain producing areas in the world, and by 1949 became the Grain Capital of the British Empire, shipping more grain than any other region.[5]

Demographics

Federal census
population history
YearPop.±%
1931304—    
1936298−2.0%
1941325+9.1%
1946302−7.1%
1951331+9.6%
1956345+4.2%
1961531+53.9%
1966491−7.5%
1971593+20.8%
1976770+29.8%
19811,180+53.2%
19861,256+6.4%
19911,260+0.3%
19961,481+17.5%
20011,653+11.6%
20061,959+18.5%
20112,418+23.4%
20162,620+8.4%
Source: Statistics Canada
[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Sexsmith had a population of 2,427 living in 853 of its 929 total private dwellings, a change of -7.4% from its 2016 population of 2,620. With a land area of 13.01 km2 (5.02 sq mi), it had a population density of 186.5/km2 (483.2/sq mi) in 2021.[2]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Sexsmith recorded a population of 2,620 living in 873 of its 937 total private dwellings, a change of 8.4% from its 2011 population of 2,418. With a land area of 13.24 km2 (5.11 sq mi), it had a population density of 197.9/km2 (512.5/sq mi) in 2016.[14]

Economy

Encana owns an oil and natural gas liquid processing plant with a total capacity of 115,000 barrels per day, from wells drilled into the Montney Formation.[15]

Sports

Club League Sport Venue Established Championships
Sexsmith Vipers
NWJHL
Ice Hockey Sexsmith Arena
N/A
0
Sexsmith Skating Club
 
Figure skating
N/A
0

Education

Sexsmith has three schools:

Sexsmith is also the home of a post-secondary institution:

Notable people

See also

References

  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Sexsmith" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 555. 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). Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and population centres". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 13, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Town of Sexsmith, Alberta | Community". Archived from the original on 2016-06-27.
  6. ^ "Table 5: Population of urban centres, 1916-1946, with guide to locations". Census of the Prairie Provinces, 1946. Vol. I: Population. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1949. pp. 397–400.
  7. ^ "Table 6: Population by sex, for census subdivisions, 1956 and 1951". Census of Canada, 1956. Vol. I: Population. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1958.
  8. ^ "Table 9: Population by census subdivisions, 1966 by sex, and 1961". 1966 Census of Canada. Western Provinces. Vol. Population: Divisions and Subdivisions. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1967.
  9. ^ "Table 3: Population for census divisions and subdivisions, 1971 and 1976". 1976 Census of Canada. Census Divisions and Subdivisions, Western Provinces and the Territories. Vol. Population: Geographic Distributions. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1977.
  10. ^ "Table 2: Census Subdivisions in Alphabetical Order, Showing Population Rank, Canada, 1981". 1981 Census of Canada. Vol. Census subdivisions in decreasing population order. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1982. ISBN 0-660-51563-6.
  11. ^ "Table 2: Population and Dwelling Counts, for Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions, 1986 and 1991 – 100% Data". 91 Census. Vol. Population and Dwelling Counts – Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1992. pp. 100–108. ISBN 0-660-57115-3.
  12. ^ "Population and Dwelling Counts, for Canada, Provinces and Territories, and Census Divisions, 2001 and 1996 Censuses – 100% Data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  13. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. January 6, 2010. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  14. ^ a b "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. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  15. ^ "Encana Corporation (ECA.TO)". Reuters. n.d. Archived from the original on 2011-03-22. Retrieved 23 January 2015.