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St. Paul and Bonnyville about 200 klometres northeast of Edmonton, on highway 28, are often treated as if they were one community, though they are 60 km apart. Bonnyville recently received a lot of attention for the number of early "Bre-X" investors who stood to make a lot of money before the company filed for bankruptcy protection in 1997.
The communities' success is based on the rich agricultural bounty the area, with a recent boost from the oil & gas industry. Bonnyville has over 5,500 residents and is in the middle of the northeast Alberta lakelands. The population has a unique multi-cultural mix of English, French, Ukrainian, native Indian, Metis and eastern European influences.
Business listings for St Paul
Business listings for Bonnyville
World's first UFO landing pad
The world's first specially-designed UFO landing pad is operated by the Chamber of Commerce. There is a new UFO tourist information centre beside the landing pad.