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Village of Berwyn

The Village of Berwyn can be found nestled within the Peace River Region of northwestern Alberta. The region is noted for its long daylight hours in summer-time and friendly people. Because of the long summer days and good soil, the Peace Country is able to produce high quality agricultural crops. Other resource-related industries that are important to the region include forestry and the oil and gas companies.

After being surveyed for homesteads in 1910, the settlement was given the name Berwyn in 1922 after the Village of Berwyn in Denbigshire, Wales. In 1936, Berwyn was incorporated as a village and has maintained this status ever since.

Economic Base

Berwyn is home to a number of commercial businesses as well as the Mackenzie Municpal Services Agency and Autumn Lodge a senior’s facility. Agriculture remains a primary driver for the local economy. Berwyn is seeing an expansion in its residential opportunities as more and more people employed in the oil and gas sector, seek out small town life and affordable prices.. Most recently Jandel Homes has moved into Berwyn with two new modular homes and the opportunity to grow to 14.. Go to Village of Berwyn for more information.

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Town of Grimshaw

The Town of Grimshaw’s location at the start of the Mackenzie Highway [Mile Zero] has made the town an important transportation route.The Mackenzie Highway provides a vital supply route to northern communities starting at Grimshaw to its destination at Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories.

The Town also serves as a major service and supply centre for the exploration of oil and gas in the Peace Region.The agriculture and forestry sectors are also well served by Grimshaw’s advantageous location as a transportation hub.

Grimshaw offers a vibrant retail and commercial sector and a multi use recreational facility that offers residents and visitors excellent recreational facilities. The Multiplex is also home to many regional concerts.

With the Peace Region’s growing attraction as a tourism destination area, Grimshaw stands at the door of opportunity for future growth.

Economic Base

The Town of Grimshaw’s economic base is tied  to the three pillar industries of Alberta,  namely agriculture, energy and forestry.The agricultural area surrounding the Town has 93 frost free  days and 2,060 hours of sunshine annually.

The main commodities are wheat, barley, canola, oats, peas, sheep, buffalo, elk, beef, swine and honey. As well, the area around Grimshaw contains vast reserves of oil and natural gas, and much of the construction and supply needs are provided by companies located in Grimshaw. Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. operates a pulp mill 48 km northeast of Grimshaw. Go to Town of Grimshaw for more information.

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M.D. of Peace No. 135

The Municipal District of Peace is a rural municipality located along the north bank of the Peace River, approximately 500 km northwest of Edmonton.

The area was settled early in the 1900’s, with the M.D. incorporated in 1916. The first survey was along the Peace River created some 41 river lots of varying sizes, known as the Shaftesbury Settlement. This area, with its unique micro-climate and productive farmland, was once used for several market gardens. Its present use is mainly country residential and agriculture, although a few productive market gardens still serve the area.

Today the District offers access to an airport with weekday flights to Edmonton and Calgary. The expansion of the Peace Oil Sands has also seen substantial growth in commercial lots and developments.

The District’s current population  is 1,446 people, which has remained stable over the last several years, and includes the Hamlet of Brownvale.

Economic Base

The main economic base of the M.D. of Peace is agriculture. The total area of the M.D. is 92,610 hectares, most of which is used for grain farming, mixed farming, and game farming [elk, buffalo]. There are also strong cattle farming and beekeeping presence in the District. Go to MD of Peace #135 for more information.

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