Stony Plain: 9 Great Reasons to Live Here
Real estate’s number one criterion really plays out in Stony Plain. Located within Parkland County 8 km west of Spruce Grove and 17 km west of Edmonton, with easy access to all the amenities of both cities, Stony Plain retains its rural roots while offering modern transportation options via Highways 16, 16A and 43, as well as rail and bus links. Travel times: roughly ½ hour east to Edmonton (great for commuters), an hour to the Edmonton International Airport, 3 hours west to Jasper, 3½ hours south to Calgary, 4 hours north to Grande Prairie. Check out Stony Plain’s official website.
Quiet small town atmosphere, 14,000 friendly residents, safe and secure streets along with every convenience of modern life.
Many towns claim to cater to every taste and budget but Stony Plain truly does have something for everyone: condos and low-rise apartment buildings in Downtown Stony Plain, mobile and modular homes in Meridian Meadows, all the way up to luxury homes on acreage properties within town limits in Country Plains Estates.
4. 100+ Years of History:
From the former AlbertaFirst.com website (recently discontinued): “The Town has a pride in its history which began in 1881 when the first homestead in the area was documented. In 1892 the area was known as Dog Rump Creek until a post office was named for the region and it became Stony Plain. In 1907, Stony Plain's first Sheriff, Israel Umbach, made national headlines when he chained a locomotive to the railway tracks for non-payment of taxes and changed the course of history. In 1908 Stony Plain was officially incorporated as a town. Stony Plain's history is kept alive through its murals program, numerous historic sites, and the Multicultural Heritage Centre.” Interested in learning more about the rich history and interesting tales of this area? Check out Along the Fifth: A History of Stony Plain and District.
5. Unique Downtown Character and Hospitality:
Twenty-six larger-than-life outdoor murals, historic buildings such as the Stony Plain Hotel which dates from 1906, quaint shops, and one-of-a-kind restaurants make it a treat to stroll through the downtown core of “The Town with the Painted Past”.
So much to explore! Housed in two buildings, the Old Brick School built in 1925 and the Oppertshauser House which dates from 1910, this centre with its beautiful landscaped grounds and gardens features displays and exhibits of local history and pioneer life, a gift shop and art gallery, Wild Rose Library and archives, and the much-loved Homesteader’s Kitchen restaurant, famous among locals for its fresh pies! Also worth a visit is Stony Plain’s Pioneer Museum (5120 – 43 Ave) which hosts the Pioneer Harvest and Old Time Threshing Bee in September.
Summer festivals reflect Stony Plain’s strong rural traditions. Late May/early June features Farmers’ Days and Kinsmen Rodeo, complete with parade, midway, carnival games, arm wrestling competition and more old-fashioned fun. The Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival, attracting well-known names and world-class performers, takes place each July (celebrating 25 years in 2010), followed in August by the Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
8. Farmers’ Markets:
Fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade goodies, and handmade craft items are in abundance every Saturday morning from mid-spring to early winter at the Downtown Farmers’ Market at the Stony Plain Community Centre (5008 – 51 Avenue) and at the Heritage Park Farmers’ Market (5100 – 41 Avenue).
Everything you can imagine! Sports of all kinds for all ages (soccer, hockey, baseball, basketball, golf, curling, skating, skiing, martial arts, BMX, you name it!), gymnastics, dancing, clubs of every description, and much more. For specific details visit the Community Connections section of my website and jump to the category of Sports and Recreation, or to individual activities such as Golf, Ball Sports, etc. But there’s more. Stony Plain also has an extensive parks and trail system running through town, and is just a few minutes away from the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre with its spectacular sports facilities, and the Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area in Parkland County, as well as numerous other lakes and campgrounds.
Why would you want to live anywhere else?! Contact me now for real estate opportunities in Stony Plain.