CLAIRMONT Alberta - Population, History, Accommodations, Original Grain Elevator.
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Welcome to Clairmont, Alberta. Once known as The Hub of the Wheat Belt. Situated in the County of Grande Prairie that covers an area of over 6,000 sq km.

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The Clairmont National Grain Elevator, was the last elevator in the community before it was torn down in September of 2005. It had served the region since 1917.


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The Clairmont Inn located at 9811 - 101 Avenue. (780) 567-3778. Also McGayles Restaurant and the Brass Bar Lounge. (Used to be the Sutherland Hotel and Bingo Hall until 1998).

Bear Lake located northwest of Clairmont just west of Highway 2. Has small beach, boat launch, bathrooms and campground with 15 sites. Open May 1 to October 31. The lake is less than 6 feet at its deepest point and is 4 miles wide and six miles long. Bear Lake was used by settlers in the area dating back to 1910.

Bear Lake Bible Camp (780) 567-2293.

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The County of Grande Prairie office is located north of Grande Prairie near the 4 mile corner.

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Clairmont United Church (above) and the Clairmont Community Church are two churches serving the community. The Clairmont Community Church holds regular services in their new building located to the east of the United Church.

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Located just 5 km north of Grande Prairie, Alberta, is the Hamlet of Clairmont, situated next to the shallow Clairmont Lake. Clairmont has a population of 1367.

The main highway passes by the many homes and the Clairmont Gas & Grocery which includes a liquor store. The twinning of the highway on the west side of Clairmont was finally completed in 2001.

Walter McFarlane, Dominion Land Surveyor, surveyed this area in 1909 and named Clairmont Lake after his hometown of Claremont Ontario (spelled differently) Previous to that the area had been called Twin Lakes. The rich farmland drew the early pioneers and Clairmont became a hamlet in 1915 about the time when the railway came. The first elevator was built then followed by more elevators later. Some of the first buildings were a hotel and a livery barn. The 1st post office opened in 1916, with Mrs. Trout being the 1st postmaster. Clairmont was incorporated as a village in 1917. The train station was built in 1923 and operated until 1960. With a considerable large fire in 1922, that destroyed many businesses, and the 1930 depression caused many businesses to close, changed Clairmont forever. It was reverted back to a hamlet in 1946.

The first school was opened in 1915 in the Clairmont Baptist Church located where the United Church now stands.

The Clairmont Hotel stands close to the original location of the old McDonald Hotel that burned in the early 1970's.

VIDEO Clairmont, AB Celebrates 100 years
Clairmont celebrated the 100 year birthday of their community on Saturday September 19, 2015 with a parade. captured it in this video.

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The area south of Clairmont, along the Highway 2, continues to grow.
Clairmont - view from hill

Many still refer to 100 Street in Grande Prairie as Clairmont Road as it takes you to this small community.

Clairmont is known for its manufactured and modular homes. This community has grown to almost double in the past 10 years. (59% increase in population in 2006 over 2000) A multimillion-dollar project has been able to bring water and sewer facilities to the community of Clairmont in 2005.

April 2007: Clairmont School finally gets the go ahead with the County approving a 29 acre site near Clairmont Lake at the current campground location. The school could open as early as 2008.
April 2007: County of Grande Prairie approved a site for a Fire Hall located about one kilometre west of Astro Car Sales in Clairmont.
Jan 2009: New School Opens, with 200 students, Kindergarten to grade 6.
April 2012: A new SPORTSPLEX being built west of the County of Grande Prairie administrative building. It will include 2 NHL size rinks, Indoor Soccer Rink, Indoor Running Track.
Sportsplex website.

The Clairmont Community School was built in 2009. Approximately 340 students, Kindergarten to Grade 8. 10407-97 Street, Clairmont. 780-567-4698. Part of the Peace Wapiti School Division No 76.

The Wellington Centre is located at the School providing local Daycare and Playschool Programs.

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The German Canadian Hall was moved to Clairmont around 1988. It used to be located at the old Fairgrounds in Grande Prairie. Many weddings and parties are still held here.

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The old Clairmont Curling Rink has now been converted into a Community Hall and is home to the Clairmont Farmers Market.

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Clairmont Skating Arena. Skating and Hockey for kids and adults. Built around 1989. (780) 567-2434.
Clairmont Minor Hockey

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Clairmont Seniors Centre was built in 1988. Card games, suppers, set up for floor curling and carpet bowling. (780) 567-2121.

Seniors Complex Under Construction
March 2016: The $30 million senior complex is being built on the northeast side of Clairmont. It will contain 77 new senior lodge units and 73 affordable enhanced senior apartments. Currently in Grande Prairie there is a waiting list to get into the units as is the case in other communities. This should help ease the waiting time. It is scheduled to open in March 2017.
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