HAMLET OF BEZANSON - Events - Population, Economy, Accommodations, School, Camping, History, Old Bezanson Townsite.
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Welcome to the small community of Bezanson, Alberta located in the County of Grande Prairie.


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Bezanson Regional Community Cultural Centre. It is an addition to the Bezanson Hall.

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Original Bezanson Hall.

Next to the Ball Diamonds is the Bezanson Curling Rink that features 2 sheets of ice. 3 Bonspiels are held each year, the Mens, Ladies and the Legion.


Lefty's Cafe FACEBOOK

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Bezanson School has 140 students from kindergarten to grade 9. (780) 532-6490.
School website

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Bezanson Golden Years Centre for seniors who are 55 years old and over. (780) 532-6448.

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Bezanson Community Church (780) 539-7914. Also a new Catholic Church was built west of the Seniors Cottages.
Church website

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The new Bezanson Fire Hall was officially opened on June 25, 2005 and is manned by a volunteer fire department.

DiscoverBezanson.ca local website


Located just 20 km east of Grande Prairie, Alberta, is the Hamlet of Bezanson with a population of 121 living in 57 dwellings (2011 stats) but provides services to the rural community of about 1200.

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Oil Derrick, Curling Rink, Buffalo, Smoky River, Campsite, Historic Markers.

The Bezanson General Store has served the Community of Bezanson and the travelling public since the 1950's. It is a convenient store, gas station, post office and liquor store all in one. Lefty's Cafe is located on the left side of the store. The Bezanson Hotel opened in the fall of 2000 but has since been change to apartments. For years Highway 43 passed right through Bezanson until the twinning of the highway in 2001. The highway now by-passes the hamlet a short distance to the north.

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Bezanson is located a few kilometers from the beautiful Smoky River Valley. The new $7.8 million Smoky River bridge, east of Bezanson, was completed mid November 2001. Highway 43 is now a four-lane highway from the Four Mile Corner, near Grande Prairie, to Crooked Creek. The project is part of the twinning project from Gunn, near Edmonton, to the B.C. border. The 1st bridge at the Smoky River was built in 1949.
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Bezanson is located in the rich agricultural region of the South Peace as well as a leading production area for natural gas and oil. Besides cattle there are a number of bison herds in the area. There are a total of 125 bison producers in the Peace Region. The Peace Country Bison Association was established in 1984. The Peace Region is home to 50% of all bison raised in Alberta.
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Bezanson Campground. Located at the Old Bezanson Townsite, 10km southeast of Highway 43, is now a day use area. (new 2014) 780-532-9727. Only group bookings for overnight camping can be made. This campground has its own playground and ball diamond. Situated on the banks of the Smoky River allows for some great views of the river and exciting hiking experiences.

The Early Years - Old Bezanson Townsite

In the early years the Old Bezanson Townsite included: Morrison's Store, Croken, Barn & House, Root Sellar, Turners House, Dorn's Restaurant, Brotherson & Dewhurst Shoe & Harness shop, Flour Mill, Parker & Frederckson's House, Steve Webb's Barn, Hall & Leonard's Store, Morrison's Barn, Mart Gerry's Blacksmith Shop, Billy Bayhan's Livery Stable, Steve Webbs House. The Peace River Milling and Co. Flour Mill . A. Brotherson in February 1915, built a shop with full line of harnesses and saddles as well as repairs. Boot and shoe repairs were also available.

The Ferry was finally in operation in April of 1915 crossing the Smoky River.

In 1916 school was first held in the Presbyterian log church which was located at the top of the Smoky River hill. In 1919 the first school was built and named after A.M. Bezanson. In 1951 it was sold and moved to the Bezanson Village where it burned down.

With the railway under construction, many speculators were subdividing an area at the original townsite location with even a block reserved to the station site. Lots were selling for as little as $200 and as high as $400. An incentive to build was also given. The developer of the land would deduct $100 from the price if a building was erected for business purposes within a year.

Events of Bezanson:
The Bezanson Ag Society holds its annual Horse Show each year as well as a Baseball Tournament, Bezanson Bog, and Curling Bonspiels. The Annual Firemen's Ball is held each spring.

Events of the Peace Country


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The Old Bezanson Townsite is located 10 km southeast of Highway 43 just east of the current Hamlet of Bezanson. The road to the old Townsite is gravel.
(Townsite and Park opens 1988 - Read more)

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Only a few markers remain. The first site of Bezanson was established in 1910 along the Smoky River. One of the 1st settlers was Ancel Maynard Bezanson. In the year 1914, building of many businesses began. The townsite along the banks of the Smoky River grew til the rail-line missed the area. Markers indicate the original locations of those first buildings. Only a few pictures of the original settlers were displayed here with map of the settlement

UPDATE: Feb 2016. The Bezanson Community Rink has opened located next to the Bezanson School. It cost $320,000 to construct and will be open year round. (enlarge photo)


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