The Town of Chestermere's beginning was in approximately 1884 when men of vision recognized the value of the body of water as a source for an irrigation system. These early pioneers had visions of what irrigation would mean to the lives of the people. The building of the headwork’s of an irrigation water supply was the birth of Chestermere Lake.
Chestermere was incorporated as a town on March 1, 1993. The Town has grown very quickly and registered a population of 15,352 in 2012. Chestermere's attractions include a 750 acre lake and 18 hole golf course as well as a number of recreational opportunities. These are matched only by the prairie sunrises and sunsets.
Chestermere is five (5) Km. from the City of Calgary.
The Town of Chestermere is adjacent to the TransCanada Highway, which is Alberta's major east-west artery. It is also served by the 1A Highway, locally known as 17th Avenue SE, which enables one to arrive in downtown Calgary within 20 minutes from Chestermere. This route also connects to the TransCanada Highway.
LONGITUDE & LATITUDE
Longitude - 113 degrees 49'
Latitude - 51 degrees 1
Maximum temperature = -2.8 Celsius
Minimum temperature = -15.1 Celsius
Maximum temperature = 22.9 Celsius
Minimum temperature = 9.4 Celsius
Annual precipitation = 412.6 mm
Days of sunshine = 332.9
Winds speed = 14.8 km/h W and NW
Prior to the 20th century, the area around what is now Chestermere Lake was settled by only a few farmers. When the Canadian Pacific Railway was established in the 1880s, more and more people came to settle in the west. To make farming more productive, settlers began to determine ways to irrigate their land. As a natural wetland, Chestermere Lake was considered to be perfect for use as a balancing pool for the Western Irrigation Block. By 1907, a dam and canal system had been built, the wetland developed into a lake, and farmers began using the water for irrigation.
Following the irrigation development, the lake began to be used for recreation. People would lease land from the Western Irrigation District (WID) (which took control of the land from CPR in 1944), build cabins and stay on the lake during the summer months. In 1959, the Chestermere Cabin Owners Association (CCOA) was incorporated with approximately 50 members. The CCOA held events, bought a fire truck for the community, worked to reduce pollution in the lake, planted trees, and arranged for electricity and natural gas for the cabins. As more people began to live around Chestermere Lake, residents wanted to secure long-term leases. In 1975, the CCOA bought the land from the WID and then transferred it to the residents. By 1977, the lake boasted 120 permanent homes and gained official status as the Summer Village of Chestermere Lake on April 1, 1977. As a summer village, the residents of Chestermere gained more political influence and were able to begin adding services and amenities or encouraging infrastructure and developments such as fire and protection services, improved roads, a community hall, street lights, a recreation centre, local businesses and a golf course.
By 1992, Chestermere’s population had increased to 1,043 permanent residents. On March 1, 1993, the Summer Village of Chestermere Lake officially changed its status and name to the Town of Chestermere. Becoming a town gave the residents more local and political authority. The town continued developing amenities and services for residents and its population has grown to 17,203 residents as recorded by its 2014 municipal census. In late 2014, town council voted in favour of pursuing city status, which became effective January 1, 2015.
Chestermere's town council voted to apply for city status on September 29, 2014. It became Alberta's 18th city on January 1, 2015.
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The economic base of the community is one of residential development, offering an alternative lifestyle to the City of Calgary.
- Growth in Chestermere and the Calgary Region has lead to the development of a prospering construction industry.
- The construction industry accounts for a large percentage of Chestermere's business community. This ranges from design, specialty trades, private contractors and development companies.
- More Information on Chestermere's Economic Base can be found on the Town's website.
RETAIL & SERVICES
Conveniently located just south of the Waterside, Chestermere Station includes a Safeway, 2 banks, gas bar, video store, restaurants, wellness centre, flower shop, liquor store and much more.
Chestermere Towne Square
In Chestermere Towne Square you can find restaurants, a gas bar, salon & spa, postal services, chiropractic services, medical clinic, veterinary clinic, home decor shop and a flower shop.
More shops and services are available at Chestermere Plaza which has a liquor store, gas bar, car wash, café, restaurant, pub, hair & tanning salon, dance academy, medical clinic, physio therapy, barber, insurance company and women's fitness.
CHESTERMERE BUSINESS DIRECTORY
The Town of Chestermere does not yet have a large industrial base but is seeking to recruit industrial and commercial ventures. The Town policy supports cottage industries that do not impact on the lifestyle of our residents.A complete list of Chestermere's Business Directory
will be available on www.chestermere.ca
in January 2013.
Scotia Bank (403) 366-2032
TD Canada Trust (403) 204-7940
RBC Royal Bank (403) 204-5177
CIBC (403) 387-0890
BMO Bank of Montreal (403) 204-3628
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