SPIRIT RIVER - Population, History, Accommodations, Campgrounds, Golf, Events, Schools. Northern Alberta Peace Region.
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Spirit River Alberta is located in northern Alberta in the Municipal District of Spirit River No. 133. It covers an area of 686 sq km. Life expectancy for Spirit River is 80 years old (2015), family income $95,570 (2013)
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Spirit River Hotel and Restaurant. Located downtown. (780) 864-3744.

49 Motel. Located along Highway 49. (780) 864-3562.


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Chepi-Sepe Park and Campground. There are 12 full hook-up stalls available. Showers, and sani-station. Located on the east end of town. (780) 864-3998. Tourist booth is also set up at the campground for more information.

Moonshine Lake Provincial Park, 27 km west and 7 km north of Spirit River.

Silver Valley Campground, 35 km west of Spirit River on Highway 49. 10 campsites.

Woking Campground, 24 km south on Highway 2. 20 campsites.


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Now closed, the Sylvan Meadows Golf & Country Club located between Rycroft and Spiirit River was a very popular place for golf.

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St Elias Ukrainian Orthodox Church. This church was moved from Rycroft in 1965.

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Dave Ross Chrysler and Dave Ross Equipment. One of the long term businesses of Spirit River opened in the fall of 1943. Ross Equipment constructed a new building on the west side of town in 2009 which sells both Farm Equipment and new Chrysler products. The first MacLeods opened in 1958 and operated in a number of different locations until it closed in 1988.


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Spirit River Curling Club is located next to the Hockey Arena. There are a number of bonspiels held during the winter months. 780-864-8604.


Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 72. 4822-46 Avenue. (780) 864-4512.

Royal Purple and Lion's Club: 780-765-3070
Knights of Columbus 800-656-0042. Kinettes: 780-864-5448.

Town of Spirit River website
Town of Spirit River (780) 864-3998.

Municipal District of Spirit River No. 133
4202-50 Street. (780) 864-3500.

Saddle Hills County office, moved west of Spirit River to a new building along Highway 49 and junction Highway 725, Moonshine Lake turnoff. (780) 864-3760.


Located just 64 km north of Grande Prairie and 8 km west of Rycroft , Alberta, is the Town of Spirit River, one of the oldest towns in the Central Peace Region. Spirit River has a population 995 (2016 stats) a decrease of 2.9% from the 1025 of 2011. Total of 487 dwelling. It has a major trading area of around 10,000.

Looking south up the main street of Spirit River with Spirit River Hotel on right. Spirit River has a trading area of over 10,000 people.
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Field, Airport, Grave Yard at Olds Mission, School at Museum, Church at Museum,Hall at Museum, Anglican Church

The Mission is located between Rycroft and Spirit River and a few kilometers south. This cemetery was started by local natives in the early 1900's and was later served by priests from Dunvegan until that mission closed in 1903. the Spirit River/Rycroft Mission was then established at this site. The church was moved to Spirit River in 1941 and now the cemetery continues to serve the Rycroft parish.

The original town sight was the Old Mission located between Rycroft and Spirit River and 3 km south. The town sight was situated by the river which was known by some as Ghost River, (Chepi-Sepe) and also later as the Spirit River. In 1891, a trading post became the original settlement along the banks of the Spirit River. Because the railroad missed this location, those early settlers decided to move and it split into two communities, one to the west (Now Spirit River) and one to the east. (Now Rycroft). Spirit River took its name after the Spirit River that ran by the original town sight.
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The present location of Spirit River was surveyed in 1915, and in 1916 it was incorporated as a village the same year the railroad arrived. Later it became a town in 1951.

Featuring the Main Street Spirit River
The Dual Cam shows both sides of the street as one travels south along main street then east to the Centennial Hall and Museum. (For best results increase video to fill screen)

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VIDEO 100 Years Centennial Celebration PARADE
Aug 2016: One of the biggest parades in Spirit Rivers history was held as part of the Municipal District and the Town of Spirit River were both celebrating 100 years as incorporated municipalities. Over 70 entries made their way down main street. You can see the entire parade right here.

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Home of the Spirit River Rangers, (senior hockey team) NPHL , that challenges other teams in the Peace Country. MacLean Rec Centre (780) 864-4191.
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2009 "AA" Provincial Champions
The Spirit River Rangers defeated the Grande Prairie Athletics for the Provincial "AA" gold medal game held in Spirit River March 2009.
The Spirit River Rangers defeated the Falher Pirates to win the NPHL Championship for the 2010-2011 season. They won over the Lakeland Eagles to win the 2012-2013 NPHL Championships. They defeated Falher to win the 2013-2014 Championships and defeated the Grande Prairie Athletics in the 2014-2015 season. They defeated the Grimshaw Huskies to win the 2015-2016 season and beat the Falher Pirates to win the cup in the 2016-2017 season.

Home to the Spirit River Rangers, (Senior Hockey team) NPHL, that challenges other teams in the Peace Country. The 2018-2019 NPHL consists of 7 teams. North Peace Hockey League. EAST DIVISION: Falher Pirates, Grimshaw Huskies, High Prairie Regals and Manning Comets.
WEST DIVISION: Dawson Creek Canucks, Fort St John Flyers and Grande Prairie Athletics. (Spirit River Rangers, Lakeland Eagles-McLennan and Hythe Mustangs, Valleyview Jets are not playing this year) NPHL Hockey Schedule-Stats--Scores

Team coming onto ice, action and interview with the coach
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VIDEO Introducing The SPIRIT RIVER RANGERS - 2013-2014
Team Players and Coaches introduce themselves on camera.
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Team coming on ice, hockey action.
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Visit the Spirit River Settlement Museum. 48 Street and 44 Avenue. Includes 11 historical buildings of the area. Reed House was built in 1918, Whinchel Cabin from 1914, The Flour mill from 1800, Charlie Orformis Cabin built in 1934, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church from 1930, Bronco Creek School from 1920 (area northeast of Spirit River), Spirit Valley Hall from 1932 (area northwest of Spirit River) and also the Blacksmith shop built in 1919 from the Devale area near Spirit River. (780) 864-2180. Open May to September from 1pm to 5pm Monday to Sunday. Museum website


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The Centennial Hall - Spirit River Culture and Recreation Centre. Has been a hub of activity since it was built in 1967, includes a hall, swimming pool, library and joins the curling rink.

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The Central Peace General Hospital located in Spirit River was constructed in the early 1960's. Serves both Spirit River residents as well as Rycroft (located 8 km east of town) The areas first hospital was the Holy Cross Hospital built in 1941 and eventually torn down in 1965. (780) 864-3993.

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GPREMS Spirit River Station 3 was officially opened in June of 2004.

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April 2006, the Spirit River RCMP moved into a new building on main street.

Schools in Spirit River, Alberta:

Spirit River Ste Marie Catholic School. Kindergarten to Grade 9. (780) 864-3782 School website

Spirit River Regional Academy. Grades K to 12. (780) 864-3696. Academy website

Peace Wapiti School Board Sub Office (780) 864-3741
Peace Wapiti Public School Division website

Events: Spirit River June Jamboree is held mid June of each year at the Centennial Hall and arena. Also includes Trade Show, Slow Pitch Tournament and a Parade with dozens of floats. Knights of Columbus Valentines Dance is held every year. Mid-November the Christmas Crafts Show and Sale is held each year (780) 864-2020.

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Spirit River has its own Mall featuring a grocery store plus a variety of other small business. The population of Spirit River has decreased by more than 10% from the 2006 to the 2011 census

NEWS: Spirit River will have a newHealth Facility as the sod turning ceremony took place in August of 2016. It is being built along 45 Avenue east of the hospital and is hoped to be comlpleted in 2017.

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