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Sherwood Park


Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park
Urban service area (hamlet)
Sherwood Park Urban Service Area
Sherwood Park is located in Edmonton
Location of Sherwood Park near Edmonton
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Edmonton Region
Census division 11
Specialized municipality Strathcona County
 • Type Unincorporated
 • Mayor Roxanne Carr
 • Governing body
 • Total 70.98 km2 (27.41 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 729 m (2,392 ft)
Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 64,733
 • Density 910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
 • Municipal census (2015) 68,782[5]
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Postal code span T8A to T8H
Area code(s) +1-780, +1-587
Highways Highway 216
Highway 21
Highway 14
Website Strathcona County

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[6] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton's eastern boundary,[7] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[8] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Highway 216 (Anthony Henday Drive) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[8]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 68,782 in 2015,[9] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta's seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.[10]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Neighbourhoods 2.1
  • Demographics 3
  • Economy 4
  • Crime 5
  • Arts and culture 6
  • Attractions 7
  • Sports 8
  • Government 9
  • Education 10
  • Media 11
  • Notable people 12
  • See also 13
  • References 14
  • External links 15


The Cree and Saulteaux Nations are the First Nations peoples who lived in this territory for centuries. The first Europeans did not arrive in the region until in the late 18th century. Buffalo were abundant in the region, and an important source of food and clothing for the local First Nations. Though the local First Nations had maintained sustainable buffalo hunts in the area for generations, the newcomers slaughtered and nearly decimated the buffalo herds which dramatically disrupted the Natives' way of life.

Some local First Nations in the area began trading at nearby Fort Edmonton. The majority of Nations signed Treaty 6 on August 21, 1877, which relegated them to small reserves far from the growing settler communities.

In the early 1950s, developers John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell envisioned a satellite town of 100 houses to accommodate employees of the industries east of Edmonton. In 1953, they received approval from the Municipal District of Strathcona for the development of the residential hamlet named "Campbelltown" and in September 1955, the first model homes were opened to the public. Later in 1956, the name of the hamlet was changed to Sherwood Park, because Canada Post would not approve Campbelltown, since there were several Canadian communities with similar names.


The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[7] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway (Highway 100) and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.[8]


The industrial area known as Refinery Row is west of Anthony Henday Drive. At least 49 neighbourhoods are located within the portion of the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area east of Anthony Henday Drive.[8]

  • Akenside
  • Aspen Trails
  • Bison Meadows
  • Brentwood
  • Broadmoor Centre
  • Broadmoor Estates
  • Broadview Park
  • Buckingham Business Park
  • Centennial Park
  • Centre in the Park
  • Charlton Heights
  • Chelsea Heights
  • Clarkdale Meadows
  • Cloverbar Ranch
  • Craigavon
  • Davidson Creek
  • Durham Town Centre
  • Emerald Hills
  • Emerald Hills Centre
  • Estates of Sherwood Park
  • Forrest Heights
  • Foxboro
  • Foxhaven
  • Glen Allan
  • Griffon Industrial Park
  • Heritage Hills
  • Heritage Pointe
  • Jubilee Landing
  • Lakeland Ridge
  • Lakeland Village
  • Maplegrove
  • Maplewood
  • Mills Haven
  • Nottingham
  • Regency Park
  • Regency Park Estates
  • Salisbury Village
  • Sherwood Business Park
  • Sherwood Heights
  • Shivam Park
  • Strathcona Centre
  • Strathmoor Industrial Park
  • Summerwood
  • Village on the Lake
  • Westboro
  • Woodbridge Farms
  • Wye Commercial
  • Wye Crossing
  • Wye Gardens


The population of Sherwood Park according to Strathcona County's 2015 municipal census is 68,782, a 5.1% change from its 2012 municipal census population of 65,465.[9]

In the 2011 Census, Sherwood Park had a population of 64,733,[4] a 13.9% change from its 2006 population of 56,845.[19]


Sherwood Park has a strong economy with over $9.0 billion worth of major projects completed, announced, or under construction. A district known as Refinery Row lies west of Sherwood Park and includes some of the largest industrial facilities in Western Canada, including Esso's Strathcona Refinery.


According to RCMP collected data in 2012, crime in Sherwood Park has been on the rise especially in domestic violence and impaired driving. Domestic violence reports rose by 32 percent; impaired driving went up 10 percent. Other facts released also pointed out that drug trafficking charges went up 55 percent, and sexual offenses went up by 20 percent.[20]

Arts and culture

Facilities for visual and performing arts in Sherwood Park include the A.J. Ottewell Community Centre, Art Gallery @ 501, Festival Place and Smeltzer House Centre for Visual Arts.[8][21]


Recreation facilities within Sherwood Park include the Broadmoor Arena, Glen Allan Recreation Complex, Kinsmen Leisure Centre, Millennium Place, Sherwood Park Arena/Sports Centre and Strathcona Athletic Park as well as a BMX bike park, a BMX bike pump track and a skateboard park.[8] The community also has 37 parks and sportsfields.[8]


The most significant local sports team is a hockey squad, the Sherwood Park Crusaders. The Crusaders play in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.[22] Sherwood Park has a well-respected Midget "AAA" hockey program, dating back to the mid-1970s, that has produced several top calibre players including former and current NHLers Gerald Diduck, Jim Ennis, Tyson Nash, and Cam Ward and Daymond Langkow. The Sherwood Park Kings Athletic Club includes levels from Peewee to Midget and with the highest level being the Midget "AAA" program.

Sherwood Park is a significant football community. At least one Sherwood Park high school football team has been to the Alberta provincial final since the 1999 season. The bantam team, the Sherwood Park Rams, have won provincials five of the last seven seasons.[23] The 2014 provincial championship is held by the Sherwood Park Wolverines, which is their first title.[24]

Baseball has become a very popular and important sport in the community.[25] In 2008, the Sherwood Park Dukes began their first season in Sherwood Park, playing at Centennial Park in the Western Major Baseball League.

Strathcona County hosted the 2007 Western Canada Summer Games with most of the events held in Sherwood Park. The games included 2,300 athletes, coaches, and officials from the four western provinces and three northern territories. Around 2,800 volunteers helped make the games a success.


Sherwood Park is governed by the Strathcona County Council. The County's mayor is Roxanne Carr who replaced Linda Osinchuk in the 2013 municipal election.


Sherwood Park's two school boards are Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS)[26] and Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS).[27] The public high schools are Salisbury Composite High School and Bev Facey Community High School, as well as Strathcona Christian Academy (kindergarten to grade 12), and Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School.

Sherwood Park was home to Canada's first charter school: New Horizons Charter School, a public charter school that offers a gifted education program for students from kindergarten to grade 9. It is located in Sherwood Park on the edge of the Village on the Lake subdivision.


Sherwood Park's newspaper is the twice-weekly Sherwood Park-Strathcona County News. The Sherwood Park News and Strathcona County This Week newspapers, both owned by Bowes Publishers, in turn part of Sun Media Corporation, merged on November 6, 2007 to become Sherwood Park • Strathcona County News.[28]

Due to the community's close proximity to Edmonton, all major Edmonton media, including the daily newspapers (such as the Edmonton Sun and the Edmonton Journal) and radio and TV broadcasters, also serve Sherwood Park and immediate area.

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "Municipal Officials Search".  
  2. ^ "Strathcona County Community Profile". Statistics Canada. 2001. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  3. ^ "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 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Strathcona County experiences double-digit growth". Strathcona County. 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  7. ^ a b "Geographic Profile Fact Sheet (Planning Toolkit)" (PDF).  
  8. ^ a b c d e f g 2013 Map (Sherwood Park) (PDF) (Map). Strathcona County. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Census: Strathcona County Historical Population". Strathcona County. September 4, 2015. Retrieved September 5, 2015. 
  10. ^ "About Strathcona County". Strathcona County. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  11. ^ "Table 6: Population by sex, for census subdivisions, 1956 and 1951". Census of Canada, 1956. Population, Counties and Subdivisions. Ottawa:  
  12. ^ "Population of unincorporated places of 50 persons and over, Alberta, 1961 and 1956". 1961 Census of Canada. Population – Unincorporated Villages, Bulletin SP–4. Ottawa:  
  13. ^ "Population of unincorporated places of 50 persons and over, Alberta, 1966 and 1961". Census of Canada – 1966. Population – Unincorporated Places, Bulletin S–3. Ottawa:  
  14. ^ "Population of unincorporated places of 50 persons and over, Alberta, 1971 and 1966". 1971 Census of Canada. Population – Unincorporated Settlements. Ottawa:  
  15. ^ "Geographical Identification and Population for Unincorporated Places of 25 Persons and Over, 1971 and 1966". 1976 Census of Canada. Volume 8 Supplementary Bulletins: Geographic and Demographic, Population of Unincorporated Places – Canada. Ottawa:  
  16. ^ "Table 2: 1981 Place Name Reference List of Census Subdivisions and Unincorporated Places by Census Division". 1981 Census of Canada. Place name reference list – Western provinces and the territories. Ottawa:  
  17. ^ "Official Population List 1997" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2000-07-11. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  18. ^ "2002 Official Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2003-07-21. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  19. ^ a b "2007 Official Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. May 26, 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2010. 
  20. ^
  21. ^ "Arts & Culture". Strathcona County. October 3, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Alberta Junior Hockey League | AJHL". 2010-08-13. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  23. ^ "Sherwood Park Rams Football:". 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  24. ^
  25. ^ "Sherwood Park Minor Baseball Association". Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  26. ^ "Elk Island Public Schools". 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  27. ^ "Elk Island Catholic Schools". Elk Island Catholic Schools. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  28. ^ "Sherwood Park News – Alberta, CA". Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  29. ^ Shane Jones (2009-07-13). "Ciezki now a veteran with Eskies". Sherwood Park News ( 
  30. ^ "Gerald Diduck hockey statistics & profile at". Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  31. ^

External links

  • Alberta Heritage article
  • Strathcona County history
  • Sherwood Park News
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