Sherwood Park: Largest Hamlet in the World

Katie Thompson

Did you know? Alberta is home to the largest hamlet in the world, Sherwood Park. A Hamlet is the smallest established community with at least 5 or more dwellings with a population usually under 300 people.

Sherwood Park has maintained its status as largest hamlet in the world in the Guinness World Records. There are approximately 397 hamlets across Alberta including Fort McMurray which is the second largest hamlet in Alberta.   Although Sherwood Park has an estimated population of 100,362 in 2022 and should be considered a city, the Province of Alberta granted Strathcona County a specialized status back in 1996.

Under the Sherwood Park service area, other rural hamlets fall under their umbrella including:

  • Antler lake
  • Ardrossan
  • Collingwood Cove
  • Half Moon Lake
  • Hastings Lake
  • Josephburg
  • North Cooking Lake
  • South Cooking Lake

Due to their special municipal status, Sherwood Park is eligible to apply for both rural and city grants/programs.  They also pool their residential and non-residential taxes with one council, one executive team and 19 divisions that are responsible for bylaw enforcement, libraries, park, and recreation, etc.  which allows for tax savings.  This consolidation of responsibilities makes Sherwood Park quite attractive for families due to competitive tax rate and its long list of amenities including schools, recreation centers, parks, shopping, and entertainment.  The proximity to Anthony Henday makes it convenient for Sherwood Park residents to work in Edmonton and surrounding areas.

Bolson Engineering and Environmental Services is passionate about development.  We have partnered with municipalities all over Alberta. We have had the opportunity to design, rezone and project manage some amazing developments across Alberta.  Have a vision? Let us engineer your ideas. Contact us.

About the author

With more than 12 years in human resources, Katie brings important process management skills to the table. Her direct experience with senior management in the construction industry helps her understand your engineering project goals. Her creative forward-thinking propels Bolson toward exciting new business opportunities.

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