On behalf of Council, I want to welcome you to Athabasca.
We are situated just north of the Capital Region and could say we are in Edmonton and St. Albert’s backyard. We pride ourselves on the number of groups and activities organized and run by community volunteers that include the Lions Club, the Heritage Society, the Seniors’ Society and many, many more. Athabascans are an inclusive group and have recently sponsored refugees from the Middle East and Africa.
Our community is home to Athabasca University, Canada’s only distance education university, and one of four comprehensive research universities in Alberta. In addition, we are close to Alberta Pacific Pulp Mill, North America’s largest pulp mill. We are also a service centre for north central Alberta and home to many small and medium size business. Our people come from all walks of life, from the farming community, the oil and gas sector, and education, from kindergarten through college and to the University. In addition, we have a vibrant downtown hosting many retail and commercial businesses. The jewel in our community is the Riverfront Park which holds an outdoor stage, a children spray park, a skateboard park as well as green space for everyone to enjoy.
We are one of very few communities that has a functioning theatre that holds 284 people. It has a thrust stage and excellent sound and lighting and hosts many musical and theatrical events. In the field of recreation, we have a multiplex, jointly owned by the Town and Athabasca County, that has a curling rink, a hockey rink, a large field house as well as meeting rooms and a lounge.
A new indoor pool, with an expanded fitness centre, and a new secondary school are being built at the multiplex site that will allow students to use the recreational facilities at the multiplex.
We welcome you to our Town and encourage you to move here. We offer the best in small town living while remaining close to the big cities just south of us.
Mayor, Town of Athabasca