Why St. Albert?

One City, Many Compelling Reasons

When you visit St. Albert, you will see the mature tree-lined streets, bustling downtown district, expanses of natural areas and the thriving commercial sector. Behind the scenes, St. Albert boasts low unemployment rates, low crime rates, excellent schools, quality healthcare, parks and trails, and recreational facilities. 

Here are the top reasons to live in St. Albert

1. Trails, parks and natural areas

St. Albert’s greenspace is vast, offering opportunities for exercise, relaxation and playing in the great outdoors. The Red Willow Trail system offers over 85 kilometres of multi-use trails, running through the Sturgeon River valley and connecting to the city’s major parks and neighbourhoods. In addition to these trails, there are 112 parks and 77 playgrounds, making up to 1,370 acres of designated parkland for you to explore and enjoy.

2. Quality schools and educational programs

There are three school districts in St. Albert, providing a variety of learning programs from kindergarten to grade 12. Choose from French Immersion, International Baccalaureate education, academic programs like Cogito, Learn through the Arts, Sports Academies, Integrated Digital Technology and others. Students consistently rank above the provincial average in standardized tests and regularly qualify for scholarships. 

3. Access to quality health care services

St. Albert is one of the only bedroom communities surrounding Edmonton that has a hospital. The Sturgeon Community Hospital offers emergency, women's health, cardiac care, surgery, medicine, pediatrics, and rehabilitation care in modern, clean facilities. There are more than 2.5 doctors per 1,000 residents who offer general family medicine as well as specialized care.

4. Strong and varied real estate market

St. Albert has had a reputation for offering mostly single-family homes. While these great homes are still there, the city now offers a variety of housing options, including rental properties, apartment condos, townhomes and duplexes. According to the latest housing market report, the average sale price has increased by over 6.6 per cent in St. Albert since last year, making it a smart city for your real estate investment.

5. Thriving downtown

The Perron District is the heart of St. Albert. This flourishing centre showcases the best of the city through businesses, culture, art and natural surroundings. Head downtown and enjoy the nearly 50 independent shops, cafes and restaurants that this lively district has to offer.

6. St. Albert Farmers’ Market

People come from all corners of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region to visit the St. Albert Farmers’ Market. This impressive outdoor market is Western Canada’s largest, featuring over 250 vendors, special event days and a bounty of top market-quality products that are all freshly and locally made, baked or grown. 

7. An impressive roster of festivals and events

There is no shortage of things to do here. Community favourites include the International Children’s Festival, Rainmaker Rodeo, Rock n’ August, Snowflake Festival, Halloween Haunt and Canada Day.

8. Block parties

Want to get to know your neighbours? Move to St. Albert! Annual block parties are a part of the community’s tradition, and over 150 different neighbourhood parties are held annually. Usually occurring in the summer, these warm evenings of food and fun are a great way to make and renew connections with the people in your community. This active participation in the community is a critical element in developing a caring and safe place to live.

The City of St. Albert’s vision for the community is to create a friendly and inclusive community of passionate equals, where everyone feels a sense of belonging. They believe that the community starts with the person next door. The city’s unique identity, small-town, progressive values and community focus have contributed to the high quality of life here, making it a great place to live and raise a family.

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Last edited: November 6, 2019