Small Wonders; Edmonton’s Sensational Satellite Towns

Small Wonders; Edmonton’s Sensational Satellite Towns

In our last blog, “Size Matters; Tips for Successful Small Town Living”, we talked about the subtle, yet significant differences between small town and big city lifestyles. Now let us introduce you to a selection of these tiny community gems located within a reasonably short commute to Edmonton. Though these low-population locales rarely hit the radar of many Edmontonians, those who dwell in them enjoy a comfortable lifestyle close to the action but far from the stress of larger centers.

 

Ardrossan

 

With just over 500 folks in this tiny village, Ardrossan has some amazing amenities for their size including a public school, a separate school and one for gifted children, an enormous multi-use sports facility and even a theatre group.

Just minutes from the eastern border of Edmonton the community has a lively vibe with annual festivals like the Lobster Dinner and Dance and a Community Parade and Picnic. Like many Alberta communities, Ardrossan shows the Scottish roots of their founders as the village was named after a Scottish city close to the heart of Ardrossan’s first town fathers.

 

Bon Accord

Named for the centuries-old motto of Aberdeen, Scotland, the birthplace of one of the town’s founders, “Bon Accord” means “good fellowship” which is exactly what this vibrant community offers. With a population topping 1500 and a bustling business sector, the town is less than a half-hour drive south to the city limits.

The town has an active volunteer base with numerous events throughout the year including the recent Harvest Market, a Harvest Dance and an Art Walk for their Alberta Culture Days event. Bon Accord is also proud to be Canada’s first Dark Sky Community dedicated to responsible night time illumination while maximizing the beauty of the night sky.

Calmar

Founded in 1900, Calmar was named by its first Post Master, Carl Blomquist for Kalmar, Sweden. With a robust 2300 souls Calmar is close to many major employment centers including the International Airport, Nisku, Leduc, Acheson Industrial Park and Edmonton.  Great for families, Calmar offers a wide range of recreational parks, playgrounds and even a “Tot Lot” for the very wee ones.

The community boasts a host of volunteer groups, arts organizations and sports teams for every age, taste and interest, including the largest dart league in the region. Calmar is also home to a number of antique shops, an art gallery and the Calmar Prairie Players theatre troupe plus an annual Main Street-wide garage sale.

Devon

A relative “newbie” to the Alberta map, Devon was a “model town” built in partnership with an oil company in the late 1940s and is named for the oil-bearing Devonian geological strata. Self-identifying as bicycle-friendly “Bike Town”, Devon sits atop a picturesque valley cut out by the adjacent North Saskatchewan River.

With green spaces galore, Devon’s thriving population is approaching 7000 and offers two commercial districts as well as close proximity to both South and West Edmonton. The town is home to numerous riverside parks, arenas, a huge, multi-diamond baseball facility, as well as The East of 60 theatre group which draws busloads of patrons from Edmonton and surrounding area to their popular dinner theatre productions.

Gibbons

Located in Sturgeon County north of Edmonton, Gibbons’ burgeoning population has now topped 3000. With their motto, “Rooted in Family” the community abounds with family-friendly activities throughout the year including a Community Walk, Meet the Community Night, Family Day, Neighbour Day and, well, you get the idea!

The town also offers an array of sports field and arenas for year-round recreation opportunities. William R. Gibbons lent the town his name when he led the initiative to merge two smaller communities: Astleyville and Battenburg.

New Sarepta

This tiny hamlet located just ten minutes east of Leduc was named after a Russian town where its founders came from, with the “New” part to distinguish it from Sarepta, Ontario. The population may be just 500 people but New Sarepta sparkles with sports fields and activities for all ages. Cozy and quaint, the slower pace to the community makes it a perfect place to raise a family away from the bustle of a big city. The hamlet is a convenient commute to excellent employment areas including Edmonton, Leduc, The Edmonton International Airport, Nisku Industrial Park, Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan.

There are other small communities which dot the Edmonton region and each has its own special vibe and array of amenities to welcome you. When searching for a family-friendly forever home, these tiny towns should not be overlooked! And when you find the home you were seeking, contact Aura Appraisals Inc. for the protection an expert valuation provides.

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