Edmonton—Wetaskiwin is about 3,440 km from Parliament Hill, which would take about 36 hours to drive via the Trans-Canada Highway.
Edmonton International Airport, Canada’s fifth-busiest and largest in physical size, is in the riding.
Edmonton—Wetaskiwin is made up of Edmonton’s southernmost neighbourhoods and also includes the large rural area of Wetaskiwin and the city of Leduc.
This riding includes several bodies of water such as the North Saskatchewan River, Buck Lake, Pigeon Lake, Battle Creek, Bearhills Lake, Wizard Lake and Battle River.
About 22% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in India, the Philippines, and China.
Tagalog, Punjabi, and Mandarin are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 5% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $60,502.
The Edmonton International Raceway hosts racing every Saturday night.
The Leduc Recreation Centre has three NHL-sized arenas, an aquatic centre, and a curling rink.
The Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts hosts many musical and theatrical performances.
There are many museums, including the Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame, and the Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum.
Wetaskiwin gets its name from the Cree word meaning “the place where peace was made”. It was named for the historic peace between the Blackfoot and the Cree nations signed there in 1827. In 1927, the Wetaskiwin Peace Cairn was erected to commemorate its centennial
The Nisku Business Park is one of western Canada’s largest industrial parks.
Transportation is a major pillar of the riding’s economy. With Edmonton International Airport located on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, there is easy access to air, rail, and road transport.
Car sales are booming in the riding. Wetaskiwin has North America’s highest per-capita auto sales and goes by the motto “Cars Cost Less in Wetaskiwin.”
The average price of a home is $382,022.
The Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre is Canada’s first decommissioned oil well converted into a geothermal energy system. It is part of a project to become the world’s first carbon-neutral oil museum.
The town of Devon won the 2016 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators Environmental Award for its solar program, which has built solar-powered pedestrian crosswalk lights and park lights.
Leduc #1 was a major oil discovery made near the city of Leduc in the 1940s. Imperial Oil had spent millions of dollars looking for oil in Alberta before the discovery in Leduc. It produced 317,000 barrels of oil before being decommissioned in 1974. Today, it’s the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre, a National Historic Site of Canada due to its importance in the history of Canada’s oil industry.