Spirit River, Alberta
Located just 64 km north of Grande Prairie and 8 km west of Rycroft , Alberta, is the Town of Spirit River, one of the oldest towns in the Central Peace Region. Spirit River has a population 995 (2016 stats) a decrease of 2.9% from the 1025 of 2011. Total of 487 dwellings. It has a major trading area of around 10,000.




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The population of Spirit River has decreased by more than 10% from the 2006 to the 2011 census. Life expectancy for Spirit River is 80 years old (2015), family income $95,570 (2013).


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HISTORY OF RYCROFT - SPIRIT RIVER, ALBERTA

The original town sight was the old mission located between Rycroft and Spirit River and 3 km south. The town sight was situated by the river which was known by some as Ghost River, (Chepi-Sepe) and also later as the Spirit River. In 1891, a trading post became the original settlement along the banks of the Spirit River.

Because the railroad missed this location, those early settlers decided to move and it split into two communities, one to the west (Now Spirit River) and one to the east. (Now Rycroft). Rycroft became the railroad centre of the area. In the early 1900's (around 1920) 3 settlers by the names of Doc Calkin, R.H. Rycroft and Bill English put their last names in a hat and Rycroft was the winner. Spirit River took its name after the Spirit River that ran by the original town sight.

The Old Mission Cemetery is administered by the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Rycroft. This cemetery was started by local natives in the early 1900's and was later served by priests from Dunvegan until that mission closed in 1903. the Spirit River/Rycroft Mission was then established at this site. The church was moved to Spirit River in 1941 and now the cemetery continues to serve the Rycroft parish.

The first MacLeods opened in 1958 and operated in a number of different locations until it closed in 1988.





The Spirit River Settlement Museum. 48 Street and 44 Avenue. Includes 11 historical buildings of the area. Reed House was built in 1918, Whinchel Cabin from 1914, The Flour mill from 1800, Charlie Orformis Cabin built in 1934, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church from 1930, Bronco Creek School from 1920 (area northeast of Spirit River), Spirit Valley Hall from 1932 (area northwest of Spirit River) and also the Blacksmith shop built in 1919 from the Devale area near Spirit River. (780) 864-2180. Open May to September from 1pm to 5pm Monday to Sunday.




Town of Spirit River (780) 864-3998. Town of Spirit River website
Municipal District of Spirit River No. 133. Located at 4202-50 Street. (780) 864-3500. website

Saddle Hills County office, moved west of Spirit River to a new building along Highway 49 and junction Highway 725, Moonshine Lake turnoff. (780) 864-3760. Website



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Spirit River has its own Mall featuring a grocery store plus a variety of other small business near the entrance of the town.

Spirit River Events: Chepi Sepe Days (formerly June Jamboree) is held early August of each year at the Centennial Hall and arena. Also includes Trade Show, Slow Pitch Tournament and a Parade with dozens of floats. Knights of Columbus Valentines Dance is held every year. Mid-November the Christmas Crafts Show and Sale is held each year.

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The Town of Spirit River is surrounded by fields as the area is strong in agricultural.





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