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St. Albert, Alberta (City)

Canada is a country in the northern half of North America. Saint Albert is a city in Alberta, located northwest of Edmonton, on the Sturgeon River. It was originally settled as a French Catholic community, and is now an affluent suburb. Saint Albert was founded in 1861 by Father Albert Lacombe, who built a chapel in the Sturgeon River valley. The chapel has since become an historic site staffed with historical interpreters and is open to the public in the summer season. A few years after its founding a group of Grey Nuns moved to Saint Albert from Lac Ste. Anne.
Curently the city hosts the Northern Alberta International Children's Festival, the annual Kinsmen Rainmaker Rodeo, the Saint Albert Rotary Music Festival, and one of the largest farmers' markets in western Canada. The Red Willow park trail system winds its way all through Saint Albert. The two widely distributed newspapers published in Saint Albert are The Saint Albert Gazette and The Saint City News. Currently under construction, the West Regional Road will link Saint Albert to Anthony Henday freeway in Edmonton. Saint Albert's city hall is located in the heart of the city. This building is host to the public library and the Arden Theatre.
Saint Albert has a rich arts scene. Saint Albert is home to a writers' guild and painters' guild and renowned bands like Social Code hail from Saint Albert. The Arden Theatre is a popular venue for many plays and musical performances. Saint Albert is an anomaly in that the Catholic school district is the public system, and the Protestant school district is separate. In all other areas of Alberta this is reversed, the public system is either Protestant or non-religious. High Schools Saint Albert is home to three English-language high schools, two Protestant and one Catholic. Saint Albert was founded by the French Catholic community, but today it is an even split between Catholics and Protestants. In September 2006, a 47 million dollar multi-purpose leisure centre, Servus Credit Union Place was built.
A city known for its historic myths and traditions, scenic beauty, cooperative people and luxurious hotels and cottages, Saint Albert is one of the favorite holiday destinations for most of the vacation lovers. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Saint Albert enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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