SEXSMITH - Alberta Population, History, Accommodations, Campgrounds, Golf, Schools, Events. Northern Alberta
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Welcome to the Town of Sexsmith located in the County of Grande Prairie Alberta that covers an area of over 6,000 sq km.

Sexsmith Hotel and Cafe. 9807-100 Street. (780) 568-3920.


Heritage Park Campground Located on the south entrance to Sexsmith. Campground facilities for overnight camping. Full service. 13 paved parking sites, and 17 gravel parking stalls, picnic tables, showers, sanitary dumping station, 9 hole mini golf course, trout fishing pond, and children's playground. (780) 568-3681.

Golf Courses:

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Morningview Park Golf - 9 holes, grass greens, par 35, 2,779 yards. Pro shop, club house, club rentals, driving range. 5 km east and 1.5 km south of Sexsmith. Overnight camping. (780) 568-4357.
Morningview Golf website

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Spruce Meadows Golf & Country Club - 18 Hole course. Grass greens, par 35-36-71, 6,509 yards. Clubhouse. 5 km north and 3 km east of Sexsmith. Overnight camping. (780) 568-4653. Spruce Meadows website

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A giant clock is located on the Main Street next to the railway station.


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Sexsmith Secondary School, grade 7 to 12, about 650 students, (780) 568-3642. school website

Robert W. Zahara Public School (Sexsmith Elementary School), Kindergarten to grade 6, about 410 students, (780) 568-3823. 9802-93 Street. School website
(Update April 2016: The new school opened its doors in April. It replaced the old Robert W. Zahara school built in the 1970's) (photo of new school)

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St Mary's Catholic School, kindergarten to grade 9. 9915-95 Street (780) 568-3631. school website

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For more information on Sexsmith visit the
Town of Sexsmith Website
Town of Sexsmith (780) 568-3681.


Located just 24 km north of Grande Prairie, Alberta, along Highway 2, the Town of Sexsmith was established in 1916. The population is 2,771 people (2015 stats) and continues to grow. There are 945 dwellings. (2013) Because Sexsmith is located so close to Grande Prairie, many residents travel to the city to work, but prefer the comfortable quiet town life to bring up their families.

A stroll down mainstreet takes you a step back in time and is a must to see. In 1985, Sexsmith merchants undertook a revitalization program to bring it back to the early 1900's. The Grand Opening of the 1920's street took place in October of 1992.
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Old St Marys School, Painted Sky Subdivision, Vitera, Firehall, Stojans, Sexsmith Hotel, Anderson Hall

VIDEO Rowney Brings Home The Stanely Cup.
July 2017: Carter Rowney now with the Pittsburg Penguins brings home the Stanley Cup. Rowney grew up in Sexsmith and a specai Parade has held in Sexsmith as thousands lined the streets to get a view.
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Here is your opportunity to take a short trip down MAINSTREET Sexsmith and view the 1920' and 1930's theme by watching this short video. As we drive around the block and can see where the Museum is located as take a peek at some of the residential area of Sexsmith. Video taken in the fall of 2011.

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An Ontario-born surveyor by the name of Walter McFarlane, who was contracted by the government in 1909, mapped out much of the Sexsmith area. At that time, the area was occupied by mostly Metis who traded their furs at the trading post at Lake Saskatoon, an area to the west. The Town was originally named "Bennville" after the early 1911 settler JB "Benny" Foster who had owned the homestead where the townsite was established. It was discovered another community had that name so it was renamed Sexsmith, named after David Sexsmith, one of the first trappers of the area. The railway finally came in 1916 which resulted in more settlers coming to the area. 200 people lived here in 1929 when it was incorporated as a village. In the 1930's, Sexsmith had 8 grain elevators and was known as "The grain capital of the British Empire". Sexsmith reached town status in 1979.

In 1955, gas, water and sewer services were introduced to the community. Sexsmith's population reached 1000 in the late 1970's and was incorporated as a town.

Sexsmith had no hospital but more than 3000 babies were delivered in the Sexsmith Maternity Home, known as "Aunt Jo's" (operator Johanna Haakstad, a self-trained mid-wife) 1921 to 1957.

From 2006 to 2011 there was an increase in population by almost 23%. The highest age group in 2011 was 0-9 at 490 while 10-19 yrs was 385, 20-29 yrs: 380, 30-39 yrs: 425, 40-49 yrs: 325, 50-64 yrs: 310, 65+ yrs: 110. The Life Expectancy is one of the highest in the County with 81.5 years (2015). Family income $113,580 (2013).

Home to the Peace River Bible Institute. 9601-100 Street. (780) 568-3962. Began operation in 1933. It originally started in Berwyn, Alberta some 147 km to the north of Sexsmith. Then it moved to Grande Prairie and finally to its present location in Sexsmith. Current enrollment is approximately 262 students.

Attractions: Blacksmith Shop, 1920 Main Street-Restaurants, Hotel, 1928 Northern Alberta Railway Station.

In 1976 the Northern Alberta Rapeseed Plant opened employing 80 people. Eventually it had closed. In January 2002 a Resin plant was announced for Sexsmith. The old Canola Plant, which closed a few years ago, will open again employing 30 people, producing 340,000 metric tonnes of resin a year. The resin is used to cement wood products, paper and fibreglass, and will be made using local oil industry by-products. It will be sold to local forestry companies. In 2010 a new Viterra grain elevator was built on the outskirts of Sexsmith that employees about 28 people. The elevator is able to store 31,000 metric tonnes of grain and can load 108 rail cars in six hours or a truck in a matter of seconds. Sexsmith and District Seniors Association. (780) 568-4513. Town Office. (780) 568-3681.
The Sexsmith Agricultural Society was established in 1972.

The Sexsmith Sentinel Newspaper, began operation in 1949 and stopped in 1955. Then it started up again as a monthly in 1982. It most recently was called the Sexsmith East County Sentinel and came out monthly. The Town & County News based out of Beverlodge and currently reaches the communitiies of Hythe, Valhalla Centre, Sexsmith and Clairmont with 1,800 readers. Published Thursdays. 780-354-2980.

Shannon Municipal Library. More than 18,000 items. 9917-99 Avenue. (780) 568-4333
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Sexsmith Community Centre built in 2005. Many functions are held here. (780) 568-4334.
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Sexsmith Curling Rink. 9913-99 Street. Many Bonspiels take place. (780) 568-3633.
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Sexsmith Curling Club: 4 sheets of ice, clubroom, concession and lounge. 9913-99 Street. (780) 568-3633.
Sexsmith Arena: Home of the Sexsmith Minor and Junior B Vipers (photo of Sexsmith Arena)
Sexsmith Churches: Grace Bible Fellowship, Roman Catholic Church, Christ Lutheran Church.

Grain field near Sexsmith. (Few kilometres northeast of Sexsmith near the Spruce Meadows Golf turnoff)

Annual Chautauqua Day in early June of each year (Old-fashioned family day, centred around the main street). Andrea Vavrek Curling Bonspiel is held each November. Town Light up takes place on the 1st Friday of December. Reverse Santa Claus Parade held each year on the 1st Saturday in December.
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The Teepee Creek Stampede Located 16 km east of Sexsmith, draws a lot of people in the area each July for the Rodeo and Chuckwagon Races. It has been held annually since 1916. Free camping at the grounds.


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Sexsmith Blacksmith Shop Museum. The Blacksmith Shop was built in 1916 and was operated by pioneer Nels Johnson until he was 84 years old. The province has designated it a Historical Site open to the public from May to September. Over 10,000 artifacts are displayed for public viewing. The Sexsmith and District Museum Society (780) 568-2357.

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The 1928 Northern Alberta Railway Station. The Railway Station was recently restored to that early 20's look. The elevator shown in the background burned down in January 2015.
The 2 elevators as the stood in 2005 view photo

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The Paszkowski Family Farm Home. This home was moved to Sexsmith and restored and furnished to reflect the 1930's and 1940's. It was the home of Walter Paszkowski, M.L.A. Grande Prairie - Smoky 1989-2001 and also former mayor and town councilor of Sexsmith.

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Sexsmith Medical Centre was opened in June of 2011. 780-568-2277. A pharmacy is also located here and South 40 Dental is located next to it that opened in 2016.
South 40 Dental website.

South 40 Dental Website.

Sept 2018: The new Sexsmith Fire Hall was unvieiled. The old fire hall is no longer used for fgirefighting.

Oct 2016: Sexsmith celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Railway arriving in the region on October 16th.

April 2016: Bridgeland Redtail Fertilizer Plant opened just south of Sexsmith. The plant storage capacity is 5,350 metric tonnes with a main shed capacity of 4,000 metric tonnes.

Jan 2016: A new firehall is being constructed with completion expected by the fall of 2016. Photo new fire hall

Sept 2015: A new Robert W Zahara school will replace the old one and is expected to open April 2016. Photo of new school 2017.

April 2015: The Peace River Bible Institute will have a new Gymnasium and Community Fitness Centre for the school to be completed by late 2016.

Jan 13, 2015: Fire destroys one of the 3 remaining elevators. It was empty and not in use for the past 10 years. There was some damage to the elevator next to it.
On Thursday March 6, 2015 the northern elevator was torn down with only 1 elevator remaining. Estimates will determine if the last elevator can be brought up to code with some upgrades to help preserve it.

May 2007- Sexsmith's newest subdivision called "Painted Sky" featuring 110 lots in phase 1 & 2 will have up to 600 lots when completed. Fall of 2007 construction of a twinned highway reaches Sexsmith.

The Sexsmith Elementary School has changed its name (summer 2006) to Robert W. Zahara Public School in honour of retiring principal Bob Zahara. He also served 3 terms as Sexsmith's mayor and is well known in the community.

Grande Prairie water is now running from the taps in Sexsmith. Aquatera officially opened the new Grande Prairie to Sexsmith waterline on July 19, 2006.

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