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Morinville is a town located within the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. It is located approximately 34.3 kilometres (21.3 mi) north of the City of Edmonton along Highway 2.

Town of Morinville
The Provincial Building in downtown Morinville
The Provincial Building in downtown Morinville
Coat of arms of Morinville
Coat of arms
Official logo of Morinville
"We Listen, We Serve, We Achieve"
Morinville is located in Alberta
Location of Moinville in Alberta
Coordinates: 53°48′08″N 113°38′59″W / 53.80222°N 113.64972°W / 53.80222; -113.64972Coordinates: 53°48′08″N 113°38′59″W / 53.80222°N 113.64972°W / 53.80222; -113.64972
RegionEdmonton Metropolitan Region
Census division11
Municipal districtSturgeon County
 • VillageAugust 24, 1901
 • TownApril 18, 1911
 • MayorBarry Turner
 • Governing body
 • CAOStephane Labonne
 • MPDane Lloyd
 • MLAGlenn van Dijken
 • Land11.15 km2 (4.31 sq mi)
Elevation700 m (2,300 ft)
 • Total9,848
 • Density882.8/km2 (2,286/sq mi)
 • Municipal census (2016)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Forward sortation area
Area code(s)780, 587, 825 Edit this at Wikidata



The St Jean Baptiste Church in downtown Morinville

Morinville was settled by Father Morin, an Oblate missionary, who brought many French settlers in the late 1800s, followed by several German pioneers—hence its many French and German families such as Hittinger, Riopel, Boissonnault, Tailleur, Houle, Labonté, St. Laurent, Maisonneuve, Bokenfohr, Krauskopf, Rustemier, and Meyers.[citation needed]

The monument located in the St. Jean Baptiste Park lists the many names of pioneers and settlers to Morinville. Once situated on the street at 100 Avenue and 100 Street, the monument was moved to its present location in 2000, as it was a safety hazard and very difficult to enjoy with all the traffic at the intersection.

The first post-office opened in 1894.[6]

The Roman Catholic Church of the St. Jean Baptiste Parish was built in 1907. The church, along with its adjacent but now inoperative convent Morinville Convent, was declared a historical site in 1975. In 2005, the grounds of the church were landscaped with a clock tower, new grass, trees and shrubs, in celebration of Alberta's 100th anniversary as a province.

Morinville has a long history of successful business ventures as one of the first locations in Western Canada to open a Royal Bank of Canada in 1910 and a credit union in 1940. A series of successful international business ventures include Champion Pet Foods that exports around the world.[citation needed]


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Morinville recorded a population of 9,848 living in 3,491 of its 3,611 total private dwellings, a 14.9% change from its 2011 population of 8,569. With a land area of 11.15 km2 (4.31 sq mi), it had a population density of 883.2/km2 (2,287.6/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

The population of the Town of Morinville according to its 2016 municipal census is 9,893,[5] a 5.2% change from its 2014 municipal census population of 9,402.[9]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Morinville had a population of 8,569 living in 3,078 of its 3,261 total dwellings, a 26.5% change from its 2006 population of 6,775. With a land area of 11.34 km2 (4.38 sq mi), it had a population density of 755.6/km2 (1,957.1/sq mi) in 2011.[8]


As of 2010, 93% of Morinville's tax base is residential in nature.[10] One of the town's larger businesses, Champion Pet Foods, employs approximately 50 people.[11]


Recreation amenities in Morinville include walking trails, a splash park, a trout pond, a skateboard park, a hockey arena, a curling rink, numerous parks and playgrounds, and outdoor fitness equipment stations along the trail system and at the splash park among other amenities.[12] Other recreation amenities are available in St. Albert and Edmonton to the south.

Additional recreation amenities are being considered by the town as it grows. One of the amenities being considered is the development of a swimming pool.[13]


The Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division operates three schools in Morinville – Ecole Notre Dame Elementary, Georges H. Primeau Middle School and Morinville Community High School.[14] Prior to 2011, Morinville held the distinction of having only public Catholic schools, and no secular or Protestant schools of any kind. The public Sturgeon School Division, which provided school programming to surrounding Sturgeon County, did not provide school programming in Morinville.[15] This led to non-Catholic parents starting an advocacy campaign to introduce a secular option for education in Morinville.[16][17] In response, Sturgeon School Division and the Town of Morinville came to an agreement to provide space for a secular education program for grades 1–4 for the 2011–2012 school year.[18] Further, the Government of Alberta committed to conducting a census in Morinville, Legal, St. Albert, and a portion of Sturgeon County to determine the minority faith in the area as a precursor to developing a long-term solution to address the issue of secular education in Morinville.[19]


Morinville is served by four local weekly newspapers — The Free Press,[20] Farm 'n' Friends,[21] the St. Albert Gazette, and The Morinville News.[22]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Morinville". Alberta Municipal Affairs. March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "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.
  4. ^ "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 8, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "2016 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN 978-1-4601-3127-5. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  6. ^ Trottier, Alice (1991). Faith and Tenacity : History of Morinville, 1891-1991. Morinville: Saint-Jean-Baptiste Parish. p. 113. ISBN 1-55056-085-9.
  7. ^ "Population and Dwelling Counts, for Canada, Provinces and Territories, and Census Divisions, 2001 and 1996 Censuses – 100% Data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  9. ^ "2015 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN 978-1-4601-2630-1. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  10. ^ Stephen Dafoe (August 16, 2010). "Ask-A-Candidate Question 7". Morinville News. Retrieved October 6, 2010.
  11. ^ "BBB Reliability Report for Champion Foods LP". Better Business Bureau Edmonton. October 6, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2010.
  12. ^ Town of Morinville. "Community Amenities and Recreation". Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  13. ^ Morinville News (Stephen Dafoe) (2010-09-29). "Town needs to sink money into economic development not a pool". Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  14. ^ "Morinville Schools". Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  15. ^ "Schools". Sturgeon School Division. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
  16. ^ Hammer, Kate (2011-03-04). "In an Alberta town, parents fight for a secular education". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
  17. ^ Ibrahim, Mariam (2011-03-07). "Parents want secular school". Edmonton Journal. Archived from the original on 2011-03-17. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
  18. ^ Stephen Dafoe (2011-05-11). "Sturgeon School Division ready to roll with secular education in September". Morinville News. Retrieved 2011-09-25.
  19. ^ "Census to be held in St. Albert, Morinville and Legal". Government of Alberta. 2011-09-06. Retrieved 2011-09-25.
  20. ^ "The Free Press". Cowley Newspapers. Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  21. ^ "Farm n Friends". Cowley Newspapers. Archived from the original on 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  22. ^ "Morinville News". Art of Conversation Morinville Ltd. Retrieved 2012-07-18.

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