La Crete, Alberta

La Crete is located 320 km north of Peace River, Alberta. (South of High Level about 115 km) A Mennonite Community with a population close to 3,500 (2016) living in 811 dwellings, that serves a trading area of approximately 8,000.


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La Crete’s economy is fueled primarily by agriculture with logging a close second. It is a Mennonite Community in northern Alberta.


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HISTORY
OF LA CRETE - FAIRVIEW, ALBERTA

The name La Crete came from what the early settlers described the ridge of land as resembling a rooster's comb (which in French is La Crete.) The Rivard brothers came from Quebec during World War 1 and were the ones who filed for land in 1914 at the mouth of the small creek that flowed into the Peace River. The original landing is about nine kilometers to the southwest of the Hamlet and called La Crete's Landing. In the mid 1930's the first Mennonites moved here. The hamlet was created in 1955 with the first post office opening in 1956 with Mrs. Knelson as the first postmistress. Today 50% of La Crete residents are under the age of 25. The majority of the people speak "Plautdietsch" or "Low German" even though all businesses serve their customers in English.




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La Crete’s economy is fueled primarily by agriculture with logging a close second. The largest employer of La Crete is La Crete Sawmills Ltd. (located a few km southeast of LaCrete along Highway 697) It employs approximately 110 people. It is located next to Evergreen Lumber that specializes in dimensional lumber, rough and planed, also cutting squares.

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Aspen Point Sawmills Ltd. Specializes in Aspen Cants and dimensional lumber.


CAMPING IN AND AROUND LA CRETE:
-Reinland Park. located in La Crete along Highway 697. Day use area. Kitchen shelter,water, Sani Station, playground. (780) 927-3718.
-La Crete Motel RV Park. Electrical hook ups, water, concession, fishing. (780) 928-3806.
-Lake Tourangeau, 2.5 km west of La Crete, Day use picnic site. Boat Launch, fishing. (780) 927-3718.
-La Crete Ferry Campground: (Located on the south banks of the Peace River) This campsite was developed in 2008, and has 44 sites, wood and water supply, shelter building, playground, concession store, RV sewer dump.


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RESIDENTIAL AREA OF LA CRETE:
A newer residential area on the southern part of La Crete. Many are impressed on how neat and tidy the entire community appears.


The Northern Pioneer is a weekly newspaper published every Wednesday by Mackenzie Highway News. It has served the La Crete, Fort Vermillion area for over 25 years. (780) 928-4000. An advertising pamphlet called "The Big Deal Bulletin" also is a local publication.

Jubilee Park is used year round. (formerly known as Hell Park) In the winter the hill is used for sledding, snowboarding and skating. In the summer there is skateboarding, roller blading, beach volleyball walking trails and picnic tables and firepits.




EVENTS OF LA CRETE: There are many activities held during the year in La Crete that brings the community together. Each spring the La Crete Spring Trade Fair is held in April at the Northern Lights Recreation Centre. The Agriculture Society puts on 2 events each year. Farmer's Day held in June and Pioneer Days in September celebrate the history of La Crete. Demonstrations are held on how farming was done many years ago. La Crete Agriculture Society (780) 928-2817. La Crete also hosts their own professional rodeo each year which brings in some of the same cowboys who participate in the Calgary Stampede. Also each year in March, the Northern Lights Recreation Centre hosts the annual Challenge Cup Hockey Tournament. There are many golf tournaments are held through-out the summer months at the La Crete Golf & Country Club.


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La Crete Golf & Country Club, La Crete: 9 holes, 2624 yards, grass greens, minutes from La Crete. Clubhouse, clubs, carts and power cart rentals, open mid may to end of September. (780) 285-2349

Hospital - RCMP: There is no hospital in La Crete or an RCMP station. La Crete's Medical facility is serviced by doctors from Fort Vermilion and High Level.

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