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.
Berwyn is home to a number of commercial businesses as well as the Mackenzie Municipal Services Agency and a number of commercial and retail businesses. 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.
The Village of Berwyn is a progressive village that recently introduced a store front improvement incentive offering a 50 percent rebate up to $2500 on store front improvement costs. As well the village is now offering 5 years of zero municipal taxes on new business coming to the village.
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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 boosts excellent highway access as well as CN Rail.
The Town of Grimshaw most recently welcomed the addition of the Peace regional School division and the division’s bus barns, bringing 70 new employees into the town. The town’s multitude of recreational facilities, including a splash park, planned for 2023, make it an ideal location for families of all ages.
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.
Grimshaw is one of northern Alberta’s fastest growing communities seeing an eight percent increase in population in the 2016 census.
With the Peace Region’s growing attraction as a tourism destination area, Grimshaw stands at the door of opportunity for future growth.
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 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 saw a 21 percent increase in population in the 2016 census which saw its population rise from 1,446 people to 1747. The Districts population has always remained stable or rising making it a District of opportunity. The District includes the Hamlet of Brownvale and considerable residential developments along the Shaftsbury Trail.
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. The M.D. of Peace is also seeing growth in its industrial sector. The M.D.’s strategic location next to both Grimshaw and the Town of Peace River, makes it an ideal location for industrial and commercial development.
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