Photos courtesy of Town of Westlock.
90 km to Edmonton
Agriculture, manufacturing, retail and services
Approximately 5,100 residents
Kindergarten to grade 12 and Adult Learning Centre
The prairie town of Westlock is dominated by waving grasslands and the wide-open skies of the Great Plains. East of the Pembina River, one of Athabasca River’s tributaries, the fertile land has made the area exceptional for agricultural production. Located about an hour’s drive northwest of Edmonton, Westlock residents can easily access the business, shopping, and entertainment of the city while enjoying a laid-back small-town lifestyle.
Westlock has strong agricultural roots, with many families growing grain, raising livestock, and selling their dairy, honey, and other agricultural products. Aside from farming, the local economy has business services, retail, government administration, and manufacturing.
There’s a good variety of facilities and activities in town, from sports and recreational facilities to an art studio and dance classes. Sports and fitness enthusiasts will find an indoor swimming pool, two local yoga studios, gym facilities, and walking track at the Rotary Spirit Centre. Additionally, there’s a curling rink, skating rink and bowling lanes, as well as soccer and football fields. At one of the five additional parks in town you will find more options for physical activity, as well as meeting spaces for classes and clubs, the local theatre group, mommy and me meetup, church groups and the local 4-H club. In the summer, you can enjoy the 18-hole golf course, in winter, the local ski hill helps new and returning skiers find their balance.
Camping is a popular pastime with almost 10 campgrounds within a short drive. Launch a canoe or kayak on the Pembina River, go horseback riding, quadding or dirt-biking. Observe the local wildlife at the Cache Park Bird and Bat Conservatory, or participate in one of the many community events in town. Annual events to look forward to include the pancake breakfast at the Pioneer Museum, the Vintage Tractor and Machinery Show, or the annual fair and rodeo.