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Anzac, Alberta

Anzac
Hamlet
Anzac is located in Alberta
Anzac
Anzac
Location of Anzac in Alberta
Coordinates:
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Northern Alberta
Census division 16
Specialized municipality R.M. of Wood Buffalo
Established August 7, 1979[1]
Government[2]
 • Mayor Melissa Blake
 • Governing body
Elevation 490 m (1,610 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 714
Postal code T0P 1J0
Area code(s) +1-780
Website . of Wood Buffalo page.MR

Anzac is a hamlet in northern Alberta, Canada within the Regional Municipality (R.M.) of Wood Buffalo.[3] It is located on Highway 881 along the east shore of Gregoire Lake, approximately 36 kilometres (22 mi) southeast of Fort McMurray.

History

Anzac welcome sign

Anzac was named for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who surveyed the area during World War I for construction of the rail line to Waterways, Alberta.

Originally named after Willow Lake, the previous name of Gregoire Lake, the community were mostly non-status or non-treaty Cree Indians whose forefathers had migrated to the Athabasca Basin area from what was to become northern Manitoba; mostly displacing the original Beaver and Chipewyan occupants of the area.

During World War II a road was built from the rail siding to service and construct an American army base on Stoney Mountain.

The area has seen significant growth corresponding to that of Fort McMurray and the oil industry.

Demographics

The population of Anzac in 2012 was 714 according to a municipal census conducted by the R.M of Wood Buffalo.[4]

As a designated place in the 2011 Census, Anzac had a population of 585 living in 202 of its 272 total dwellings, a -2.7% change from its 2006 population of 601. With a land area of 8.15 km2 (3.15 sq mi), it had a population density of 71.78/km2 (185.91/sq mi) in 2011.[5]

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