Edmonton Neighbourhoods: Devon
Devon's 6,000 residents (2006) love just 20 minutes southwest of Edmonton. The town sits high on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. Devon boomed after the discovery of Leduc #1 in 1947, one of the biggest oil discoveries in the world. Oil flowed from the Devonian rock formation 5,000 feet underground and began the post-war oil boom in Alberta.
Devon is located on a flat agricultural plain overlooking a deep cut by the North Saskatchewan River
The town was established in 1950, and Devon still services the vast reserves of oil and gas in this area. The town has excellent infrastructure including the Devon General Hospital, recreational facilities, and close to Edmonton International Airport, and major rail routes and highways.
The oil industry remains a major player in the town's business sector, though the economy has diversified to include tourism, manufacturing, and research.
Annual Events include the Strawberry Festival and Tasting (late July), Leduc #1 anniversary (early Aug).
Leduc is served by the Black Gold Regional Division No.18. Leduc has an elementary, a middle school and a high school.
The towns has modest shopping along its main street, and local head east to nearby Leduc or go north to Spruce Grove for shopping
The Rabbit Hill Ski Area attracts winter skiers, Capital Raceway Motorsports Park attracts motoring enthusiasts, For nature lovers, the Devonian Botanic Gardens (maintained by the University of Alberta) have are full of flower gardens and rock gardens. Nearby, the Clifford D. Lee Nature Sanctuary is a 130 hectare (320 acre)natural area with marshes and uplands.
Residential Lots are available in the Birchwood, Fairfax Lanes and Ravines of Devon subdivisions, and can range up to 929 m (10,000 sq. ft.) Single family homes in Devon start at $280,000, condominiums run from $220,000, and there are several townhouse developments available.