Leduc is a city in Edmonton Capital Region. It has a population of 37,000 people (2016). It is known for its industry and the Edmonton International Airport. Leduc County is also home to the Leduc Number 1 Oilwell, which started Alberta's oil boom in 1947.
Leduc was established in 1899, when Robert Telford, a settler, bought land near a lake which would later bear his name. It was on that piece of land where the new settlement would take root. Telford had served as an officer for the North-West Mounted Police, and later became Leduc's first postmaster, first general merchantman, and first justice of the peace.
The establishment of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, later acquired by the Canadian Pacific Railway, opened the region to settlement. The first train stopped at Leduc in July 1891.
Two versions describe how Leduc got its name. According to popular local legend, it was decided in 1890 when a settler (McKinlay) setting up a telegraph office needed a name for the new settlement and decided that it would be named after the first person who came through the door of the telegraph office. That person was Father Hippolyte Leduc, a priest who had served the area since 1867. In another, more official, version, the Minister of the Interior and Superintendent of Indian Affairs, who had been Lieutenant-Governor of the North-West Territories, Edgar Dewdney (1835–1916), decided that Telford Place should be renamed at the time the railway terminal was established in 1891, and picked the name of the missionary priest.
The town continued to grow quietly over the decades and Alberta's historical oil strike on February 13, 1947, occurred near the town at the Leduc No. 1 oil well.
- 1 Edmonton international Airport (YEG IATA) (immediately adjacent the City of Leduc — 5-minute drive from Leduc's Downtown). Edmonton International Airport is the fastest growing large airport in Canada-with new parkades, services, terminals, planes, hotels, and shops popping up. It has two terminals, with a central hall that is the security point for all domestic and international traffic (excluding travel to the US, which uses the South Terminal). The Airport Taxi Company will drive people from the airport to Leduc and are on the arrivals level by ground transportation. It is a five-minute drive from the airport to the city of Leduc.
- WestJet. Canada's main discount airline services most western cities out of Edmonton, as well as most major Canadian centers.
- Air Canada. The national carrier uses Edmonton International as a gateway to the Canadian North.
- Flair Airlines. A low-cost carrier with flights to Kelowna, Abbotsford, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Hamilton, and Toronto.
The most common way to get to Leduc is by car. Leduc is on Alberta Hwy 2 (the Queen Elizabeth 2 Hwy), and is between the province's two largest cities, Edmonton and Calgary. It is a 15-minute drive from the south side of Edmonton going north on QE2 to Leduc. It is about a 2-hour drive from Calgary to Leduc on QE2 north.
Leduc is on the north end of Alberta Hwy 2A and goes south to Red Deer which is also on Alberta Highway 2.
Leduc is also on the east end of Alberta Hwy 39. From Leduc, Hwy 39 runs east going through the communities of Calmar, Thorsby, Warburg and ends just east of Drayton Valley. The shopping complex, Leduc Common, is on the west side of Leduc along Hwy 39.
Secondary Hwy 625 leads to the west side of Leduc and turns into Rollyview Road in the city.
Leduc is a small city and has a limited public transit system - Leduc Transit. It operates only during peak rush hours on weekdays. It includes feeder routes in Leduc ($2 one-way), and commuter service to Nisku and Edmonton ($5 one-way). A separate system of special buses reserved for the elderly and those with mobility issues also operates.
Major roadways in Leduc include: Blackgold Drive which runs from Leduc Estates in the west to the Black Gold Recreational Centre in the east, 50th Street which runs south and north, and 50th Ave which runs east and west.
When the weather is nice in spring, summer, and fall, it is common for residents to walk, bike or roller blade around town. There are many kilometres of bike paths in Leduc, making it an ideal way to see the city.
There are several taxi companies in Leduc.
- The 1 City Hall. building, on 50th Street, is very lovely.
- There is a manmade lake with water fountains in the summer. During the winter (when the ice is thick and frozen, always check ice conditions) people like to skate on the lake. There are lights on the pine tree on the island in the lake to start the holiday season.
- Inside the city hall building is the atrium, with its beautiful greenery even in the cold winters. Don't be surprised to see a photoshoot for a wedding there, especially on the weekend.
- Leduc has several kilometers of Multiways for biking, rollerblading and walking.
- Leduc has a growing Downtown with a unique mix of restaurants, shops, and services. Community events are held within the Main Street Shopping District throughout the year.
- Common interest areas include by Fred John's Park, an artificial lake which also has a park and Telford Lake.
- There are several walking piers by Telford Lake and it is common for bird enthusiasts to spend time here. Leduc's lakes are not for swimming in.
- There are several historic buildings along Main Street. Best to just take a walk on a warm sunny day and see what wonders awaits you.
- Also check out the big plane statue next to the Royal Canadian Legion Hall on 50th Street.
- The most famous Leduc landmark is the Leduc No. 1 Oilwell which is located in Leduc County. No trip to Leduc is complete without seeing this famous site, which started the Alberta oilboom. It is about a 15-minute drive from the city, right close to the town of Devon. It has an interpretive centre, the Canadian Petroleum Discovery Centre, where you can about the discovery that made Leduc famous.
- Dr. Wood's Museum, 4801-49th Ave. Tu-F 11AM-5PM. This museum was the home of one of the first doctors in the area, Dr. Robert Woods, and his family. Dr. Woods practiced medicine out of his home in the attached medical wing. Built in 1927 for Dr. Woods, the house is a fine example of Craftsman style architecture, decorated in the Art Deco period. It illustrates an upper-middle class lifestyle from the late 1920s to the early 1940s. by donation.
- For performing arts, most shows take place at the Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts. The billboard outside advertises for upcoming plays, performances and concerts. Tickets can often be bought at the box office or the Library.
Leduc has activities for people of all ages.
- The Leduc Recreation Centre (also known as Black Gold Centre) has a pool, skating rink, curling rink and is being expanded to include a soccor field and more. L.A. Crude have two rugby pitches just behind where matches can be viewed throughout the summer. During the summer, the spray park is opened outside (admission only for those who buy tickets for the swimming pool).
- The Black Gold Arena is home to the Leduc Riggers Hockey Team.
- The Alexendar Arena is another skating complex located on 50th Street. Beside it is the outdoor pool which is open from the thirdvweekend in May to the firdt weekend in September.
- Across the street from the Alexander Arena is Leduc Cinemas. This is Leduc's only cinema showing 4 or 5 movies a week on four different screens. Tickets are much lower than what you would pay for a show in Edmonton. They always try to have at least one family movie, so kids can have a good time, and several of the upcoming blockbusters. Leduc Cinema's showtimes and prices
- The Leduc Public Library is in the City Hall building. There are also computers with Internet access. There are often events, lectures and activities that take place. Ask a librarian what's happening when you're around.
- The first weekend in May is Rodeo Weekend. During this time there are several events that take place including; a parade, pancake breakfast, fair, and rodeo events. These are held at the Black Gold Center - now known as the LRC (Leduc Rec Centre). The fair is located on the outside grounds. Best night to go to the fair is on Friday, known as 'Buddy Night' because you and a friend only pay half price to ride the rides.
- More Leduc Events
- Leduc Representative newspaper has more event listings and activities in the community.
Because of its close proximity to Edmonton, Leduc doesn't have as much shopping as a city further away like Camrose might. People from Leduc will often drive into Edmonton to go to stores that are not in town. Nonetheless there are still several shopping options in Leduc. All of the stores are located pretty much along 50 Street or 50 Avenue.
- Along 50 Street there a few shopping centres. On the north end is Safeway, Safeway Liquor Store, Shoppers Drug Mart, Money Mart and the Canadian Tire Gas Bar. The Canadian Tire store was moved to Leduc Common on 50th Street. Further down south there is Sobeys supermarket, Blockbuster and Western Cellar. And on the far south end of 50th Street is No Frills supermarket and a 7-Eleven Gas Bar.
- 50th Avenue between 47th and 50th Streets, is commonly referred to as Main Street. There are several independent business along this route. This includes: Legs 'N Things Boutique, A Chip Off The Old Crock (furniture store and also Ice Creamery in the summer time), Black Gold Frames and Gift Solutions.
- 1 Leduc Common (Discovery Way; near Hwy 2 & 50 Ave (Hwy 39), take exit 517). Suburban big-box retailers including Wal-Mart supercentre, Canadian Tire, Rona, Peavy Mart, Staples, EB Games, Fabutan, The Dollar Store, Dollarrama, Reitman's, Pennington's, Mark's Work Warehouse, and The Source.
- 2 Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport, 1 Outlet Collection Way, Edmonton International Airport (Hwy 2 & Airport Rd, take exit 522), ☏ . M-Sa 10AM-9PM; Su 11AM-6PM. Opened in May 2018, it's the only fully enclosed outlet shopping centre in the Edmonton Metropolitan area. Features up to 100 fashion brands and outlet stores.
There are several independently run and family-owned dining establishments.
- Zambelli's, 6210 50 St, ☏ . M-Sa 11AM-10PM. Steak, prime rib, French cuisine, pasta, sandwiches, & pizza.
- Kosmo's, 5011 50 Ave, ☏ . Extensive menu including steak, pasta, pizza. Mains $14-22, steaks $21-31, burgers and sandwiches $13-16.
- Habaneros Mexican Grill, 5015 48a St, ☏ . M-Th 11AM-9PM, F Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 4PM-9PM. Mexican, Southwestern, vegetarian friendly. Mains $16-20.
In Alberta liquor must be sold in private liquor stores. Therefore you cannot expect to step into a 7-Eleven and buy yourself a six-pack. There are several liquor stores in Leduc along either 50 Street or 50 Ave. The drinking age in Alberta is 18, and you may be asked to provide valid photo ID when purchasing liquor.
If you are looking enjoy a drink at a bar there are several options. Many restaurants have lounges or bars in them including Kosmo's, Boston Pizza and Smitty's. And there are bars in hotels such as the Best Western, Days Inn (Slate with Tuesday and Thursday being Karaoke night), and the Waldorf, also known as the Dorf.
- Yote's (pronounced "yo-tees") is just next to the Boston Pizza.
- If you are a veteran you can head to the Legion Hall by the White Spot restaurant. It's the building with the big airplane in front of it, so you can't miss it.
Drinking and driving is against the law and you can be fined, sent to jail and even have your licence revoked. So be safe and have a Designated Driver or call a cab. Because Leduc isn't very big, cab fares tend to be pretty low, especially if it's split between a few people sharing a ride.
Leduc - City
Hotels located in the main portion of Leduc.
- 1 Best Western Denham Inn, 5207 50 Avenue, ☏ , toll-free: . Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. Free full breakfast. Full service on-site restaurant. Smoke-free hotel. Exercise facility, hot tub, whirlpool. Free parking. Rooms include a desk area, flat screen TV, dataport connection with high-speed Internet access, sofa sleeper, microwave and refrigerator. From $115.
Leduc - Airport
Hotels located near the Edmonton International Airport, but still within Leduc city limits.
- 2 Crystal Star Inn, 8339 Sparrow Crescent, ☏ .
- 3 Days Inn & Suites Edmonton Airport, 8116 Sparrow Crescent, ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 4 Executive Royal Hotel, 8450 Sparrow Drive, ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ email@example.com. Cafe & grill, sports bar, free hi-speed internet, free parking free shuttle services to and from the Edmonton International Airport, exercise facilities including a weight room, business centre, guest laundry room, freezer for storing game. From $200.
- 5 Hampton Inn & Suites Edmonton International Airport, 3916 84 Avenue, ☏ , fax: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 6 Hilton Garden Inn Edmonton International Airport, 8208 36 Street, ☏ , fax: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon.
- 7 Paradise Inn & Suites Signature Leduc/Edmonton Airport, 7118 Sparrow Drive, ☏ , toll-free: .
- 8 Ramada Edmonton International Airport, 8340 Sparrow Crescent (Hwy 2 & Airport Rd (Edmonton Airport exit)), ☏ , toll-free: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Free airport shuttle. Parking is free. Onsite restaurant, in-room microwaves and refrigerators, free Wi-Fi, and a fitness center. Free continental breakfast. From $96.
- 9 Stars Inn Edmonton International Airport, 8332 Sparrow Crescent, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Features a jacuzzi and pool, two virtual golf rooms, and a fitness room. Offers a hot complimentary breakfast hot, shuttle service to and from the airport, and free onsite parking. Also offers a full service restaurant and lounge.
- 10 Super 8 Edmonton International Airport, 8004 Sparrow Crescent, ☏ , toll-free: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 11 Wingate Edmonton Airport, 7120 Sparrow Drive, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 12 Wyndham Garden Edmonton Airport, 8016 Sparrow Drive, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- Western Budget Motel. 24 hours. No-frills motel with 3 locations. Leduc 1, 8120 Sparrow Drive, +1 780-986-1920. Leduc 2, 8230 Sparrow Drive, +1 780-986-3316. Leduc 3, 7712 Sparrow Drive, +1 780-980-5277. Each location offers a swimming pool, guest laundry, free continental breakfast, smoke-free rooms. From $89.
Just outside of Leduc and minutes away from the airport.
- 13 Coast Nisku Inn & Conference Centre - Edmonton International Airport, 1101 4 St, Nisku, ☏ , fax: .
- 14 Comfort Inn & Suites Edmonton International Airport, 203 19 Ave, Nisku, ☏ , fax: .
- 15 Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton International Airport, 403 11 Ave, Nisku, ☏ , toll-free: , fax: .
- 16 Holiday Inn & Suites Edmonton Arpt - Conference Ctr, 1100 4 St, Nisku, ☏ , toll-free: .
- 17 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Edmonton-International Airport, 1102 4 St, Nisku, ☏ , toll-free: .
- 18 Quality Inn & Suites Edmonton International Airport, 501 11 Ave, Nisku, ☏ , fax: .
- 1 Leduc Community Hospital, 4210 48 Street, ☏ . Provides a range of healthcare services including a 24/7 emergency department.
Edmonton is 15 minutes away and includes the world-famous West Edmonton Mall one of the largest shopping centres on earth. Or you can go south to Calgary or west to Jasper.
|Routes through Leduc|
|Grande Prairie ← Edmonton ←||N S||→ Ponoka → Red Deer → Calgary|
|END ←||N S||→ Wetaskiwin → Red Deer|
|END ← Devon ←||W E||→ END|
|END ← Drayton Valley ←||W E||→ END|