This 15,000 resident city is on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, 25 km north east of downtown Edmonton. It was established as a fort by the Northwest Mounted Police in 1875, with the expectation the trans-continental railway would be built through here, until the route was decided through Calgary and the Kicking Horse Pass, not throughthe Yellowhead Pass. The fort was transferred to Edmonton in 1913 and the original NWMP fort was demolished.
Fort Saskatchewan (incorporated as a city in 1985) is bordered by Strathcona County (to the south), Sturgeon County (north), and Edmonton (west) across the North Saskatchewan River. The city has a number of petrochemical facilities nearby, including Dow Chemical, Sherritt International, Agrium and Shell Canada, which are serviced by the extensive rail lines on both sides of the North Saskatchewan River. The community is at the Junction of Highway 15 (from Edmonton) and Highway 21 (from the #16 Yellowhead Highway, so has good access to highways. The town also has a hospital.
Fort Saskatchewan is serviced by two school boards are Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) and Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS). The community has 3 public elementary schools, a Christian elementary school, 1 public high school, an alternative education high school, 2 Catholic elementary schools (one French language) and a Catholic high school.
Fort Saskatchewan has over 700 businesses to serve you! Everything from specialty shops to big box stores. Many stores & Services re located along 99 Avenue, and in the Fort Mall shopping centre.
Fort Saskatchewan's Dow Centennial Centre (DCC) is a multi-use facility that includes an ice arena, fieldhouse, indoor track, gymnasium, and fitness centre. The facility also has a 500-seat performing arts theatre, a permanent art gallery, and a banquet hall.
The city also has two indoor ice arenas, that are used for lacrosse in the summer, an indoor pool, a 9-hole golf course in city limits, and 3 others close by, and 30 km of paved recreational trails connecting the city's dozen parks. Legacy Park along 101 Street¸ is the city's main gathering place and hosts festivals in the summer. There is also a boat launch into the North Saskatchewan River, at Red Coat Landing. Elk Island National Park is located immediately southeast of the city.
For history buffs, the Fort Saskatchewan Museum (c. 1909) features historical buildings form the area, including the town's first court house, a log farm house, school, church, blacksmith shop and farm sheds.
The city has competitive teams in hockey, and baseball and active organized sports for hockey, soccer (indoor and outdoor), baseball, ringette, indoor lacrosse, figure skating, cross-country skiing and swimming.
About 68% percent of homes in Fort Saskatchewan are single family detached homes, with another 17% being apartments under 5 storeys, and another 13% being semi-detached or townhouses.
New subdivisions and developments in the community offer a wide range of homes, from single family homes to townhouses, condominiums, apartments and housing for seniors.
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