Drayton Valley is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located on Highway 22 (Cowboy Trail), approximately 133 kilometres (83 mi) southwest of Edmonton. It is surrounded by Brazeau County, known for its vast oil fields. The town is located between the North Saskatchewan River and the Pembina River.
|Town of Drayton Valley|
Drayton Valley panorama
|Municipal district||Brazeau County|
|• Village||January 1, 1956|
|• New town||June 1, 1956|
|• Town||February 1, 1957|
|• Mayor||Michael James Doerksen|
|• Governing body||Drayton Valley Town Council|
|• MP||Jim Eglinski (Yellowhead)|
|• MLA||Mark Smith (Drayton Valley-Calmar)|
|• Land||30.72 km2 (11.86 sq mi)|
|Elevation||869 m (2,851 ft)|
|• Density||235.5/km2 (610/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-7 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-6 (MDT)|
|Forward sortation area|
|Area code(s)||+1-780, +1-587|
|Waterways||North Saskatchewan River|
Prior to the 1953 oil boom, the community of Drayton Valley was sparsely populated. The main economic activities were farming and logging. Drayton Valley was incorporated as a village in 1956 and officially became a town in 1957. In 1955 a ferry was built to cross the North Saskatchewan River. The original bridge that replaced the ferry was eventually replaced by a new bridge in 2014.
In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Drayton Valley recorded a population of 7,235 living in 2,782 of its 3,116 total private dwellings, a 1.6% change from its 2011 population of 7,118. With a land area of 30.72 km2 (11.86 sq mi), it had a population density of 235.5/km2 (610.0/sq mi) in 2016.
In the 2011 Census, the Town of Drayton Valley had a population of 7,049 living in 2,740 of its 2,899 total dwellings, a 2.3% change from its 2006 population of 6,893. With a land area of 12.27 km2 (4.74 sq mi), it had a population density of 574.5/km2 (1,487.9/sq mi) in 2011. Following its 2011 and 2012 annexations, Statistics Canada adjusted Drayton Valley's 2011 population by an additional 69 people to 7,118.
Oil and gas is the primary driver of Drayton Valley's economy. Agriculture and forestry also play roles in the local economy. A pulp mill is located in the town.
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Drayton Valley's Omniplex is a community sports centre that hosts ice hockey, ringette, curling, soccer, baseball and rodeo. The town also has a public swimming pool, a ski hill, a bowling alley, and the Drayton Valley Golf and Country Club.
Drayton Valley has six public schools, two Catholic schools, and one outreach school. The public schools and outreach school are operated by the Wild Rose School Division while the Catholic schools are operated by the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Division.
- Wild Rose School Division
- Aurora Elementary School
- Drayton Christian School
- Eldorado Elementary School
- Evergreen Elementary School
- Frank Maddock High School
- Frank Maddock Outreach School
- H.W. Pickup Junior High School
- St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Division
- St. Anthony School
- Holy Trinity Academy
Drayton Valley is served by two weekly newspapers, the Drayton Valley Western Review and the Community Voice and one radio station, CIBW-FM, mainly playing country music. A Christian radio station, CIDV-FM, was launched in 2009.
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