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STRATHCONA COUNTY, ALBERTA

Strathcona County is a specialised municipality in the centre of Alberta that was established in 1996.

Taking up approximately 1,200 square kilometres of land and hosting a population of around 92,000 people, it is a unique local government that was formed without needing any kind of special legislation.

Strathcona County is looking to double its population size through the development of a brand new urban community that will be friendly to pedestrians.

This will allow for a larger labour force that can be employed in jobs that are local to this specialised municipality.

Currently, there is a mix of corporations and smaller businesses that provide employment.

With zero registration fees and no business licenses required, Strathcona County is looking to be yet another municipality in Alberta that is friendly towards corporations, businesses and entrepreneurs.

When workers do not have employment in Strathcona County, they usually commute to Edmonton through a 20 to 30-minute car ride or use a transit service.

This provides individuals with an abundance of job opportunities that would not be available elsewhere.

It is also worth noting that 75% of the refining done in Western Canada is done in this county.

Thus, refineries are the largest employer of local workers in Strathcona County.

Agriculture is also a big employer with over 87,000 hectares of land dedicated for that purpose.

KEY FACTS:

Strathcona County, Alberta

Strathcona County, Alberta
  • Country: Canada

  • Province: Alberta

  • Nickname(s): -

  • Population: 92,490 

  • Area:

    City: 1,180.56 km2  

Entertainment

Despite its small size, Strathcona County has an up-to-date website that provides its residents with events that are taking place in the near future. Citizens are always in the know of festivals and attractions that will be happening a few minutes away from their residence. If you head over to Sherwood Park, the urban area of Strathcona County, you will find art galleries and museums that are rich in Canada’s cultural history. These venues are always updated with new attractions so that you will never have the same experience twice!

For those that prefer to spend time outdoors, there are parks and wilderness centres that provide visitors with several kilometres of hiking, sightseeing and camping ground. Many of the lakes in Strathcona County allow for swimming, sailing, kayaking, and many more aquatic activities that are only available in the summertime. There are also a few golf courses within the municipality for those that are looking to improve their score.

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Neighbourhoods

Neighbourhoods

Unlike other municipalities, towns and cities that are divided into distinct neighbourhoods and communities, Strathcona County is made up of hamlets. A hamlet is an unincorporated community that exists within the boundary of a specialised municipality. It is generally rare for these hamlets to exceed a total population of 1,000 residents. Strathcona County is currently divided into 9 separate hamlets: Antler Lake, Ardrossan, Collingwood Cove, Half Moon Lake, Hastings Lake, Josephburg, North Cooking Lane, Sherwood Park, and South Cooking Lane.

Neighbourhoods

Antler Lake

Antler Lake is a rural community where most of the entertainment is limited to outdoor recreation and swimming activities that take place in the lake. With that being said, many residents prefer the peace and quiet that such an area provides them. Androssan is home to several sports fields that have areas designated for tennis, football, soccer and baseball in addition to a community theater were local performances are frequently held. Collingwood Cove shares the characteristics of these two hamlets in addition to being a great location for hosting winter parties and Canada Day celebrations.

Half Moon Lake

Half Moon Lake is home to the Half Moon Lake resort, open during the summer time for swimming, camping and boating. It is known for being a haven for lake houses that are either rented or owned by high net worth individuals. Hastings Lake is yet another rural hamlet of Strathcona County that is situated near a lake that the hamlet was named after. It is similar to Half Moon Lake with respect to the outdoor activities available with the addition of hiking and cross-country skiing in the winter.

Josephburg

Josephburg is easily one of the most rural hamlets in Strathcona County, being home primarily to farming activities. Residents have to travel elsewhere if they want to access the amenities and events that take place in the specialized municipality.

Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is the largest hamlet of the nine and is by far the most urban hamlet. With most of the businesses and arts center being located in this area, this hamlet alone is responsible for contributing to the majority of Strathcona County’s economic well-being.

Real Estate Market

Antler Lake is located in the rural area of Strathcona County within close proximity to the lake of the same name. The homes here are traditionally designed residential houses that take up thousands of square feet of property size. Large families looking to buy a home with a quiet neighbourhood tend to aggregate to this hamlet. Androssan shares a real estate market that is similar in characteristics to Antler Lake. The main difference is the inclusion of more expensive homes and bungalows that have a modern look to them. As for Collingwood Cove and Josephburg, the homes are smaller in size and quantity compared to Antler Lake & Androssan. They are better suited towards single individuals or single families.

Half Moon Lake’s real estate market primarily consists of mansion-sized homes that are made of some form of wood and are situated right near the Half Moon Lake itself. This provides inhabitants with a gorgeous lake view and a home with all the space that they need to run around freely. Hastings Lake, North Cooking Lake and South Cooking Lake are very similar to Half Moon Lake with respect to the properties that are available in their small real estate markets.

Sherwood Park is host to a variety of homes that include some apartments for rent and the occasional traditional-looking condo. You can also expect to find mansions and bungalows that have a post-modern look to them and a price tag that ranges from high 6 figures to the low 7 figures. This is definitely the place where the municipality’s high-net-worth individuals can be found.

  • Average Home Price: $707,450
  • Average Rent Price: Not available
  • Average Condo Price: Not available
  • Average Detached Home Price: $807,400
Home Style Average Price
Two storey Not available
Bungalow Not available

The following table, based on data taken from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA’s) National MLS® Report for April 2016 (the latest information available), demonstrates how homes in LSTAR’s jurisdiction continue to maintain their affordability compared to other major Alberta and Canadian centres.

Education

Education

Due to the small size of Strathcona County, there are no public post-secondary institutions available to new high school graduates. Students that live in this municipality will have to commute to another city in Alberta or travel out of province if they wish to pursue some form of post-secondary education.

With respect to elementary schools (K-8), there are only 8 public elementary schools that are available for parents to choose from. These schools are rather similar in the level and scope of education that they offer, leaving the choice down to a matter of personal preference.

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