ELMWORTH - Alberta Population, History, Camping, School, Elmworth Gas Plant, Rio Grande Rodeo.
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ELMWORTH
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Welcome to the Hamlet of Elmworth, Alberta. Located in the County of Grande Prairie.



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Located approximately 8 km from Elmworth is the Red Willow Park. (19 km southwest of Beaverlodge on Highway 667.) 5 sites. Day use and overnight camping.


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Red Willow Park is a very quiet but scenic campground situated along the banks of the Red River. Picnic Area, water pump, swing & slide, and camp house.


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A shelter at Red Willow Park.

Only a short distance from the park is the Red Willow Gardens and Tea House.

It was a tradition for many years that farmers in the area gathered along the banks of the Red Willow to celebrate Farmers Day. Everyone enjoyed a picnic, the booths, horseshoe competitions, ball games and many races for the kids. As the farming population decreased, this annual event finally ended in the 1980's. The park was eventually taken over by the County of Grande Prairie.


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Elmworth School is home to about 75 students from kindergarten to grade 9. The school is part of the Peace Wapiti School Division located in the west part of the County of Grande Prairie. At one time there were over 100 students attending. (780) 354-8375. The 1st school was a log school. In 1977 the new school burned down. The present school was built shortly after that.
Elmworth School website

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Located approximately 50 km west-southwest of Grande Prairie, Alberta is the Hamlet of Elmworth. Travel south of Beaverlodge on Highway 722 and then west on Highway 667. At the peak there were 30-35 living in Elmworth. There are now about 9 people living within the hamlet. (2007)

Burlington Resources, Elmworth Gas Plant, is located only a few km from the Hamlet of Elmworth. (west and then south) This Gas Plant began operation in November 1979 and employs approximately 25 people directly and numerous indirectly. The Elmworth Gas Plant is a sweet gas processing facility.

Northstone Power Corp has operated the Elmworth Power Generating Station located next to the Elmworth Gas Plant.

Many small communities started up throughout the Peace Country, as the settlers homesteaded to make their living. Elmworth was no different, as it was a central area where one would get supplies and the mail. The first post office opened in 1920 with Franklin T. Brewer the first postmaster. It was situated on his own homestead about a quarter mile from Elmworth. In the early 1940's the post office was moved into Elmworth not too far from where the present Elmworth Store is located. The closest railway was Beaverlodge. The name of the community "Elmworth", got its name from a settlement in Massachusetts, United States of America.

At one time a teacherage was located on the area where the present school is located. At that time there were 3 other houses located at that location that housed the teacher, the principal plus the janitor who also was the bus driver.

The Elmworth Community Library is located in the Elmworth School and was created in 1999. (780) 354-2930. Library Website.

The Rio Grande Rodeo is an annual event that draws crowds near and far. The Grounds are located only a short distance from Elmworth. (5 km west and then 2.5 km north on range road 121.) The Rodeo is held each year in July during the Canada Day Weekend. As part of the event is the professional chuckwagon races, pony chucks and chariot races, slow pitch tournament, beer gardens and outdoor dance. It easily attracts 1500 to 2000 spectators each year.

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The Rio Grande Old Timers Rodeo is also held here each year in August. The 3 day event is a professional seniors rodeo for those who are over 40 years old. It attracts competitors from Western Canada and the United States. It has been known as the largest seniors rodeo in Western Canada.

 




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Elmworth Country Store is the only store for miles, located right along Highway 667. Built in 1968. Besides being a post office, you can pick up coffee, gifts, snacks, groceries, and movie rentals.


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The Elmworth Curling Rink was built in 1963 by a group of volunteers. Has 2 sheets of ice and is used by about 60 people from the area. Bonspiels held each winter attract a lot of people. (2003)


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Hinton Trail Hall is located a few km east of Elmworth, where many people from the area enjoy bingo on a regular basis, plus other social functions. Elmworth used to have their own Hall but because of lack of use, was sold and moved away from the area.


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Elmworth Church was built after the Second World War by a group of volunteers. Several denominations held their services here over the years. Has been closed for approximately 10 years.





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