Fairview, Alberta

Located 124 km north of Grande Prairie, Alberta, on Highway 2 is the Town of Fairview, with a population of 2,427 with 1,051 dwellings occupied (statistics 2021). In 2015 the population was 3,631 people. Bluesky is 9 km east, Rycroft is 57 km south. Fairview was incorporated as a town on April 25, 1949. Fairview serves a trading area of about 9,500 known to many as the Mighty Peace Country and is located in the Municipal District of Fairview No. 136. Some of the attractions of Fairview is the GPRC Fairview College Campus, Fairview RCMP Museum, Pioneer Museum, Fine Arts Centre and Fairview Golf Course.

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The top industry of Fairview is Agriculture and related services at about 25%, Retail trade is the 2nd top industry with close to 10%, followed by Educational Services, Construction, and Health & Social Services with each having less than 10%

Most of the population is under 14. The 45-64 make up the second highest population sector, followed by 15-24 and 35-44. The lowest population sector is 65 and over. From 2006 to 2011 the population has decreased by 4.1%. The average life expectancy is 79.3 years, and the average family income is $100,230. (2013)

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The 1st settlers settled in the area located 6 km south in a hamlet called "Waterhole". In 1928, the railway bypassed Waterhole to the north resulting in the inhabitants moving to the new site, naming it Fairview after an early homestead.

Pictures posted of the hamlet of Waterhole are the only evidence that this area existed and are displayed at the original location of Waterhole along the highway. Today, the Waterhole Cemetery is all that remains with the name "Waterhole". View Waterhole Post Office view photo

After Dunvegan was established as a fur trading post in 1805, a trail was developed between the new post and the forks of the Peace and Smoky River. From Dunvegan, travellers passed close to this area before swinging west on their way to the Peace River Crossing. Water and hay from the area made it a popular stopping place, which came to be know as Waterhole. In the early 1920's approximately 200 people lived in Waterhole. Waterhole was then bypassed by the railway and businesses and residences decided to move 6 km north to the present location of Fairview. The Fairview post office was first started in 1928 with H. Sigler, the first postmaster.

Downhill Skiing: The Fairview Ski Hill is 13 km south of Fairview and 6 km west off the highway. 15 different runs, 4 ski lifts, lessons, rentals, chalet, concession. (780) 835-4725. www.skifairview. com . Dunvegan Nordic Ski Club: 780-835-4652.

Fairview Regional Aquatic Centre located near the College opened on November 25, 2003. Features 5 lane, 25 metre lap pool and 150 ft waterslide.

A newer residential area on the north side of Fairview on the way to the golf course.

Events of Fairview:
The Annual Waterhole Pro Rodeo and Parade. Mardi Gras, Trade & Leisure Show, Agriculture Society Fair, RCMP Regimental Ball, The Peace Classic Wheels Car Show, Corn Huskers Jamboree, and Malanka Ukrainian New Years Eve.

The Alberta 55 plus Summer Games was held in Fairview July 21 to 24, 2011. Some of the events included Golf, Horseshoes, Pool (8 ball), Slo-pitch, Swimming, Tennis, Floor Curling, Floor Shuffleboard as well as 100 metre to 10,000 metre races, javelin, shot put, long jump.

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There are a good number of shops downtown including the Mall on Main.

Clubs and Organizations:
Fairview Rotary Club: 780-251-0119. Fairview and District Lions Club: 780-835-4690, Fairview Knights of Columbus: 780-835-5520, Dunvegan Fish & Game Association: 780-876-6556 website

Churches include: Fairview Alliance Church, 9720-105 Avenue (780) 835-2346, Fairview Baptist Mission, 10501 - 100 Street (780) 835-5656, Fairview Gospel Chapel, 11101-5th Avenue (780) 835-4198. Catholic Church St Thomas More, 11130-102 Avenue, (780) 835-2250. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, (780) 835-3501. Faith Fellowship Christian Reformed church, (780) 835-5225. United Church St Pauls, 11020-103 Avenue, (780) 835-2008. Westside Community Church, 11804-104 Avenue, (780) 835-5355.

Fairview Airport is 2 kilometres west of Fairview and is unmanned.

Canadian Natural Gas Plant located a few km west of Fairview. View Archived Photo view

Northwestern Polytechnic Fairview Campus (formerly NAIT Fairview Campus and more recently the GPRC Fairview College Campus up until March 2022), delivers state-of-the-art career programs & specialty training. Courses include Certificate & Diploma Programs, Trades & Apprenticeships, and University Programs.

It began as the Fairview School of Agriculture and Home Economics in 1951. Recreation complex includes a 300 seat theatre, racquetball, aquatic centre, squash courts, sauna, weight room. In July 2004, NAIT assumed leadership of the Fairview College and in July 2009 became part of Grande Prairie Regional College. The 60th Anniversary of the Fairview College Campus celebration took place on November of 2011.

Municipal District of Fairview No. 136. (780) 835-4903. Website: MD of Fairview

Town of Fairview: (780) 835-5461. For more information on Fairview visit the website: Town of Fairview
Fairview Chamber of Commerce website 102009-109 Street. (780) 835-5999. Website: Fairview Chamber

Fairview Public Library. Website: Library website

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