St. Albert is about 3,405 km from Parliament Hill, which would take 36 hours to reach by road. The closest airport is 40 minutes away in Edmonton.
There is public bus transportation in the riding, but more than 90% of people rely on automobiles as their primary mode of transportation.
St. Albert—Edmonton is an urban riding just north of the city of Edmonton. It includes some of northwestern Edmonton and the city of St. Albert.
The Sturgeon River flows through St. Albert. The riding is in the northern prairies, and is known for its long, harsh winters and short, warm summers.
About 20% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.
Arabic, Tagalog, and Cantonese are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 4% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $64,420.
There are many ways to enjoy the outdoors in St. Albert — Edmonton. The St. Albert Botanical Gardens and St. Albert Farmers Market are popular attractions during the summer, as is the Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park.
Residents can relax at the Enjoy Centre, a unique multi-use facility featuring a greenhouse, spa, café, and restaurant.
The International Children’s Festival of the Arts is held in the riding each spring.
St. Albert Place was designed by famous Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal and opened in 1983. It’s a unique building that houses City Hall, a library, St. Albert's first civic museum, the Arden Theatre, Profiles Public Art Gallery, and state-of-the-art visual arts studios.
St. Albert is considered a bedroom community of Edmonton, but is also ranked in the top ten cities in the province for business. The city is known for its low unemployment rate and entrepreneurial spirit. In 2015, the city gave out 50 commercial and industrial business licences and 25 home-based business licences.
The economy has remained stable because it is not as reliant on oil and gas. This has led to the creation of new businesses and spending on residential and commercial construction. Construction has been booming and employs more people than any other industry in the riding.
St. Albert’s Environmental Master Plan aims to reduce the city’s ecological footprint and greenhouse gas emissions. Initiatives include an idle-free bylaw, upgrading municipal-owned lights to energy-efficient bulbs and Clean Air Day.
October is Carpool Month in St. Albert. The city encourages residents to register on carpool.ca and rewards users with a draw for $100 in free fuel. The program aims to reduce the number of cars on the road by promoting carpooling, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
St. Albert was settled in 1861 by Father Albert Lacombe as an Oblate mission and is Alberta's oldest non-fortified community. The settlement was largely made up of Métis, who had followed Father Lacombe. By 1871, St. Albert contained one of the largest Métis populations in western Canada.