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Strathmore

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Strathmore is a town of 14,000 people (2016) in Alberta.

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History[edit]

The town began as a hamlet for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) lines that were built in the area in 1883. The CPR named the town after one of its benefactors: Claude Bowes-Lyon, the Earl of Strathmore. The Earl's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth – as consort to King George VI – later passed through the community on the "Royal Train" in late May 1939.

A track-laying record was made between Strathmore and Cheadle when the railway was built. In one hour, one mile (1.6 km) of steel was laid and – at the end of the ten-hour working day – the rails were laid to Cheadle, 9 miles (14 km) for a record. Efforts by the Canadian government to develop western Canada led to increases in Strathmore's population and its importance as a rail supply stop. In 1905 the CPR moved the Hamlet of Strathmore 4 miles (6.4 km) north to its current location. The CPR railway tracks are now gone, and the land has been subdivided.

Today, the town is an important agricultural community. Oil and gas exploration is also a growing interest in the area. Many residents commute daily from Strathmore to Calgary.

Get in[edit]

It is approximately 50 km (30 mi) east of the City of Calgary.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

  • Strathmore Stampede, Strathmore Stampede Grounds, 33 Wheatland Trail, +1 403-934-5811. First weekend in August. Canada's third largest rodeo. $15-30.

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • Strathmore Pawn Collectables, 410 Lakeside Boulevard, +1 403 901-1100. M-F 11AM-6PM, Sa 11AM-5PM. Used household furnishings, antiques, collectibles, show home furniture, dining room furniture, new mattresses, odd and rare collectables.
  • 1 Strathmore Farmers' Market, Strathmore Exhibition Grounds, +1 403-901-0477. Jun-Sep: F 3PM-6:30PM. The town of Strathmore is roughly 40 minutes east of Calgary on Hwy 1 (Trans-Canada Hwy). Indoor Mother's Day Market near the end of Apr, outdoor market every Friday from mid-June to mid-Sep, indoor Christmas market last Saturday in November.

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

  • Origin Malting & Brewing Co., 60 Spruce Park Dr, +1 403-902-0868. The only Brewery/Malt house/Taproom in Canada. They explain the process of farm-to-glass by taking malting barley from thrir family farm, malting it in their malting facility, and then brewing it into brews for sale in their taproom.

Sleep[edit]

  • Days Inn & Suites, 400 Ranch Market, +1 403-934-1134, toll-free: +1-800-225-3297. Free breakfast, fitness center and our pool. Each room features free high-speed internet, 32-inch flat-screen TV, a microwave, and a refrigerator. Accessible and Jacuzzi rooms are available. Pet-friendly. Free parking, with large-vehicle spaces. From $108.
  • Super 8 Strathmore, 450 Westlake Road, toll-free: +1-800-536-1211. Outside outlets for vehicles are included. Pet-friendly rooms. Free WiFi. Each room has a microwave, refrigerator, and access to guest laundry facilities. Free continental breakfast. Accessible and non-smoking rooms are available. From $86.
  • Travelodge Strathmore, 350 Ridge Rd (at intersection with Trans Canada Hwy#1), +1 403 901-0000, toll-free: +1-800-578-7878. Full hot breakfast buffet and free wireless high-speed internet. Indoor saltwater pool and waterslide, and adjacent restaurant and pub. From $119.

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Routes through Strathmore
BanffCalgary  W Alberta Highway 1.svg E  BrooksMedicine Hat
CamroseThree Hills ← Jct W Alberta Highway 9.svg E  N Alberta Highway 21.svg S  END
END  N Alberta Highway 24.svg S  ENDS at W Alberta Highway 23.svg S



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