26 km to Edmonton
Oil & gas, manufacturing, research and tourism
Approximately 6,600 residents
Kindergarten to grade 12 and nearby post-secondary
Upstream from Edmonton, the North Saskatchewan River curls around the Town of Devon’s northern boundary, and the forested river valley stretches on from its genesis in the Canadian Rockies until it finds Hudson Bay.
Originally built as a work camp for Imperial Oil employees when the famous Leduc No. 1 Oil Well was discovered, Devon was the first Canadian community to be approved by a regional planning commission, and remains to this day a community that prides itself on being a healthy, active, sustainable, and inclusive place to live.
Located close to major highways and rail routes, Devon is also only a 30 minute drive to the Edmonton International Airport. Wherever you’re travelling for work or play within the Edmonton region or beyond, you can easily be on your way in rain, shine, or snow.
Devon’s recreational facilities include numerous parks and playgrounds, and indoor and outdoor recreation spaces for all kinds of sports and activities. Cycling is popular here, with a good network of paved country roads, unpaved trails for mountain bikers, and a mountain bike skills park. Whether you like team sports, horseback riding lessons, drama, or dance, there’s always something to do.
The river valley is another big draw, with many taking to the river for recreational boating, canoeing or kayaking, or to simply float downstream on a lazy summer day. Shalom Park on the North Saskatchewan River is an excellent spot for water skiers to practice their skills. There’s also a spot for gold panning!
Devon maintains a full calendar of community events for all ages. Don’t miss the Devon Days celebration, held every year at the end of May. You can buy tickets for community banquets and celebrations, or take advantage of drop-in activities that include badminton, line dancing, or games nights. Shop for locally-produced food and other goods at the Devon Farmers Market.