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Westlock

Fort Saskatchewan

Photos courtesy of Town of Westlock.

Location


90 km to Edmonton

Key Industries


Agriculture, manufacturing, retail and services

Population


Approximately 5,100 residents

Schools


Kindergarten to grade 12 and Adult Learning Centre

 

The prairie town of Westlock is dominated by waving grasslands and the wide-open skies of the Great Plains. East of the Pembina River, one of Athabasca River’s tributaries, the fertile land has made the area exceptional for agricultural production. Located about an hour’s drive northwest of Edmonton, Westlock residents can easily access the business, shopping, and entertainment of the city while enjoying a laid-back small-town lifestyle.

Westlock has strong agricultural roots, with many families growing grain, raising livestock, and selling their dairy, honey, and other agricultural products. Aside from farming, the local economy has business services, retail, government administration, and manufacturing.

There’s a good variety of facilities and activities in town, from sports and recreational facilities to an art studio and dance classes. Sports and fitness enthusiasts will find an indoor swimming pool, two local yoga studios, gym facilities, and walking track at the Rotary Spirit Centre. Additionally, there’s a curling rink, skating rink and bowling lanes, as well as soccer and football fields. At one of the five additional parks in town you will find more options for physical activity, as well as meeting spaces for classes and clubs, the local theatre group, mommy and me meetup, church groups and the local 4-H club. In the summer, you can enjoy the 18-hole golf course, in winter, the local ski hill helps new and returning skiers find their balance.

Camping is a popular pastime with almost 10 campgrounds within a short drive. Launch a canoe or kayak on the Pembina River, go horseback riding, quadding or dirt-biking. Observe the local wildlife at the Cache Park Bird and Bat Conservatory, or participate in one of the many community events in town. Annual events to look forward to include the pancake breakfast at the Pioneer Museum, the Vintage Tractor and Machinery Show, or the annual fair and rodeo.

To learn more about this community, visit the Town of Westlock or Westlock County websites.

Facilities

AHS operates the Westlock Healthcare Centre, and Westlock Community Health Services within the community. There are also non-clinical professionals working in finance and accounting, IT, Workplace Health and safety, and facility maintenance and engineering based out of the Westlock Administrative Building. Depending on where you work in town, there are restaurants and a grocery store within walking distance to provide lunch options.

The Westlock Healthcare Centre features a 24-hour emergency department and a range of healthcare services for patients at all life stages. This facility is well-equipped with diagnostic imaging, including computer tomography (CT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and x-ray, laboratory services, obstetrics, pediatrics, occupational therapy, along with day surgery services and recovery.

Westlock Community Health Services provides a range of programs and services for families, mothers and babies, travelers, occupational therapy services, respiratory therapy, and dietician services. Furthermore, there are resources in place for home care and continuing care within the community.

Teams based in Westlock or working as part of a larger provincial team stay connected using email, skype, and telehealth technology. On-site, teams have regular wellness challenges, and celebrate holidays with a potluck style lunch. During the Christmas season, the Westlock Administrative Building teams support charities like toy drives for less fortunate children and the local food bank.

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