Follow the North Saskatchewan River 25 km northeast of Edmonton and you’ll find Fort Saskatchewan, a small city of 24,000 people. It’s a place where family comes first, a combination of cozy community and real city amenities. And don’t forget, compared to Edmonton, new homes in Fort Saskatchewan are competitively priced — but that’s just one good reason to move.
We’ve got 10.
1. SouthPointe is the Best Neighbourhood in Fort Saskatchewan
Why is SouthPointe the best? Because we’ve poured our hearts into creating a family-friendly, beautifully designed, and active neighbourhood, that’s why!
SouthPointe has two constructed wetlands, two playgrounds, trails that connect to the heart of the city, and the cK-9 SouthPointe School. You can build the home-style your choice depending on budget and taste, whether it’s a townhome, duplex, or front-attached home. We’ve selected trusted builders for you to work with, and don’t forget — home prices in Fort Saskatchewan are very alluring.
2. Sheep Grazing Program
So what makes Fort Saskatchewan such a catch? Do you know any other cities where sheep help cut the grass?
What started off as an eco-friendly lawn mowing plan in 1992 has turned into a city highlight. The City of Fort Saskatchewan brought in a flock of sheep to keep the grass cut to avoid gas-guzzling lawn mowers. Residents fell in love with their new fuzzy friends. Now every summer Thursday between 1 and 8 p.m. you can find them grazing at Peter T. Ream Historic Park. And who else could be the city’s official mascot but Auggie the Sheep?
3.Cornerstone Retail Complex
Wondering about shopping? Cornerstone will keep you happy. It’s a 32 acre shopping complex with stores like Canadian Tire, Boston Pizza, Safeway, The Source, and Get Real Natural Health (yoga items and specialty food and wellness). It’s right next door.
The SouthPointe School opened in September 2017 as a K-6 elementary with an initial capacity of 500. It will have a graduated opening system for junior high, expanding yearly until it’s K-9 in 2020. Use this tool to determine if you’re in the school boundary.
5. The Dow Centre
17 thousand square feet of awesomeness. The Dow Centre in Fort Saskatchewan is a space where sport and art live in harmony. The facility has two sections: the Landrex Recreational Pavilion, and Sherritt Cultural Pavilion.
6. Landrex Recreational Pavillion
Be fit, healthy, and happy! Sweat it out at the fitness centre, track, soccer field, NHL-sized arena, steam rooms, or take your kids to the indoor playground to burn off extra energy.
7. Sherritt Cultural Pavillion
Home to the city’s the visual and performing arts. Artwork is rotated through the Alberta Lottery Fund Art Gallery, and be sure to watch for performances at the Shell Theatre. You can even try your hand at pottery at the Waiward Steel Pottery Studio.
8. Recreation and the Outdoors
Fort Saskatchewan is a place to be healthy and active.
Kids and teens can hone tricks at the new skateboard park.
Harbour Pool is for water lovers, a place to dive in year-round. The facility boasts:
- Six lanes
- Warm pool (32 Celsius)
- Whirlpool (40 Celcius)
- Dry sauna
- Shallow walk in bay area
- Diving board and rope
- Boating certification
9. North Saskatchewan River
Fort Saskatchewan is located beside the North Saskatchewan River. Launch your boat at Red Coat Landing Boat Launch. For those who prefer to keep their feet on land, there’s Strachan’s Landing, a spot preserved for admiring nature.
10. Fort Saskatchewan Public Library
The city’s first library goes back to 1905 (it all started in the North-West Mounted Police Barracks). More than 100 years later, the love of reading is still strong. Head to City Hall with your library card or click here for more information.
And this is super cool: The Fort Saskatchewan Public Library has a Makerspace! It offers 3D printing, video editing, photo scanning, musical instruments, an XBOX Gaming Console, a sewing machine, and more.
11. Be Part of History at the Fort Heritage Precinct
Visit the old fort and go back in time. It’s a chance to know the city’s roots. Walk through the fort (built in 1875) and take a guided tour through a historical village constructed between1902 and the 1920s. Compare your new home to life over a century ago.
12. Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital
No one like to be sick, but for when it happens, it’s nice to know your neighbours are healthcare professionals. This new facility offers 24-hour emergency care, plus a range of health services. Click here for more information on the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital
- Harbour Pool: http://www.fortsask.ca/residents/recreation/harbour-pool
- Fort Saskatchewan Public Library Maker Space: http://www.fspl.ca/home/services
- Fort Saskatchewan Alberta Lottery Fund Art Gallery: http://www.fortsask.ca/residents/culture/art/art-gallery
- Community Hospital: http://www.fortsask.ca/residents/new-residents-guide/hospital-health-services
- Skateboard Park: http://www.fortsask.ca/residents/parks-trails/skateboard-park
- Sheep Grazing Program: http://www.fortsask.ca/visitors/sheep-grazing-program