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Town of Peace River
—  Town  —
View from the East end of Peace River

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Town of Peace River is located in Alberta
Town of Peace River
Location of Peace River in Alberta
Coordinates: 56°14′02″N 117°17′23″W / 56.23389°N 117.28972°W / 56.23389; -117.28972
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Northern Alberta
Census division 19[1]
County Northern Sunrise County
Founded June 2, 1914
Incorporated December 1, 1919
Government
 - Mayor Iris Callioux
 - Governing body Peace River Town Council
 - MP Chris Warkentin
 - MLA Frank Oberle, Jr.
Area
 - Total 24.87 km2 (9.6 sq mi)
Elevation 325 m (1,066 ft)
Population (2006)
 - Total 6,315
 Density 253.9/km2 (657.6/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Postal code span T8S
Area code(s) +1-780
Highways 2
Waterways Peace River
Smoky River
Website peaceriver.govoffice.com

Peace River is a town in west northern Alberta, Canada. It is located on the Peace River, at its confluence with the Smoky River and Heart River. It is located 486 kilometres (302 mi) northwest of Edmonton, Alberta, and 198 kilometres (123 mi) northeast of Grande Prairie, Alberta, along Highway 2.

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Demographics

Population: 980 (1921)[2]
Population: 6,240 (2001)[3]
Population: 6,315 (2006)

According to the 2006 census:

Notable residents

History

  • 1792: Alexander MacKenzie established Fort Fork on the eastern bank of Peace River.
  • 1909: The town site of Peace River is first surveyed.
  • 1914: Peace River Crossing is incorporated as a Village.
  • 1910-1916: Railway reaches the area and settlers begin colonizing the valley.
  • 1916: Peace River Crossing becomes Peace River.
  • 1919: Peace River is incorporated as a town.
  • 1926-1931: The population continues to grow as the Great Depression took hold of Saskatchewan and Southern Alberta

Historical Sites

Beaver chief and family Peace River, Alberta, 1899

The NAR Station is home to the Visitors Information Centre at Peace River. It was built in 1916 by the Central Canadian Railway. It served as a major hub of activity from 1916 to 1956 for passengers. The station was continued for use for freight, however, the station was closed in 1981. The NAR Station suffered a fire in 1986. It was restored back to its former state in 1991, costing nearly $300,000 CAD to complete.

Economy

The principal industries in the area are agriculture, forestry, and oil and gas, while a pulp mill is also nearby (the DMI mill).

Infrastructure

Transit

The town manages a municipal airport, the Peace River Airport (IATA: YPEICAO: CYPE), which was the main hub of now defunct Peace Air. Two different airlines fly from it today. It also has a small bus network running Monday to Saturday.

Education

  • Peace River High School
  • Glenmary Catholic Junior and Senior High School
  • Springfield Elementary School
  • T.A. Norris Middle School
  • Good Shepherd School
  • École des Quatre-Vents
  • Peace River Adventist Junior Academy

Recreation

Facilities and services in the area include an indoor swimming pool, ski hill, indoor arena, library, museum, several hotels, and restaurants.

  • Peace River Museum, Archives & Mackenzie Centre: The Museum and Archives open year round and is located 99th Street and 103rd avenue. It contains over 10,000 artifacts and contains a fur trade gallery, aboriginal artifacts and the Peace River Gallery which documents the history of settlement in Peace River. The wheelshaft from the famous steamer D.A Thomas is located on the grounds.[5]
  • Athabasca Hall: The Athabasca Hall is located on 98 Avenue in Peace River. Peace Players Theatre Group uses the theatre for plays from September to June.
  • Kinsmen Arena: Opened in 1978, the Kinsmen Arena can hold up to 1,900 people with the ice. The arena is home to several minor, recreational and old-timer hockey leagues. It is located on 73 Avenue.
  • Peace Regional Pool: This pool opened in 1991. The pool has programs for learning to swim for various ages and it is on 98 Street.
  • Water Play Park: Peace River has an outdoor water park for kids located next door to some tennis courts and a playground. It is open during the summer months of July and August.

Events

Some annual events in Peace River include the following:

  • Peace River Heritage Run
  • Jet Boat Races
  • Peace Fest
  • Peace Regional Airshow
  • Festival of Trees
  • Beast Fest

Peace River was also the site of the 2004 Alberta Winter Games. In 2008, it was announced that Peace River and Grimshaw, Alberta will jointly host the 2010 Alberta Summer Games. The Games are held every 2 years and is Alberta's largest sporting event that features approximately 3000 athletes.

Geography

The original part of the town lies on a flood plain at the confluence of Peace River and Smoky River, while it has also expanded to areas on higher ground, mostly to the west of the town. The valley itself is nearly 1,000 feet (305 m) below the relatively flat terrain surrounding it. The Greene Valley Provincial Park lies just east of the town.

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Climate

Climate data for Peace River
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 10
(50)
11.2
(52)
15.1
(59)
29.3
(85)
32.8
(91)
33.3
(92)
36.7
(98)
36.7
(98)
32.8
(91)
25.6
(78)
18.9
(66)
11.7
(53)
36.7
(98)
Average high °C (°F) -11.4
(11)
-7.1
(19)
0
(32)
9.9
(50)
17
(63)
20.4
(69)
22.2
(72)
21.2
(70)
15.7
(60)
8.4
(47)
-3.4
(26)
-9
(16)
7
(45)
Average low °C (°F) -21.9
(-7)
-18.3
(-1)
-11.8
(11)
-2.6
(27)
3.4
(38)
7.9
(46)
9.7
(49)
8.1
(47)
3.3
(38)
-2.4
(28)
-12.5
(10)
-19.3
(-3)
-4.7
(24)
Record low °C (°F) -49.9
(-58)
-46.7
(-52)
-40.6
(-41)
-38.9
(-38)
-10
(14)
-4.4
(24)
0.8
(33)
-3.7
(25)
-15.6
(4)
-30
(-22)
-42.2
(-44)
-46.7
(-52)
-49.9
(-58)
Precipitation mm (inches) 21.3
(0.84)
16.4
(0.65)
13.3
(0.52)
16.1
(0.63)
35.4
(1.39)
70.9
(2.79)
66.6
(2.62)
55.4
(2.18)
40.5
(1.59)
24.3
(0.96)
21.3
(0.84)
20.7
(0.81)
402.3
(15.84)
Source: Environment Canada[6] 2009-12-27

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 56°14′01.9″N 117°17′23.4″W / 56.233861°N 117.289833°W / 56.233861; -117.289833 (Peace River)


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