<!-- Infobox begins --> <!-- Infobox ends -->Alberta Beach
is a village in central Alberta
, west of Edmonton
. It is located on the southeast shore of Lac Ste. Anne
, approximately west of Highway 43
and north of Highway 633
Alberta Beach's economy it is centred around tourism and recreation. The village is the site of the Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage, an event having key significance to Cree aboriginals of the Catholic faith. It is also notable as being one of Edmonton
's main cottage weekend retreats.
Alberta Beach holds the distinction of being the only urban municipality
(cities, towns, villages, and summer villages) in Alberta that does not include its municipal status in its official legal name. Its official name is simply Alberta Beach
instead of Village of Alberta Beach
like the convention used by other urban municipalities.
In 1912 the Canadian Northern Railway
built its Edmonton–Vancouver line through what is now Alberta Beach. It brought its employees out for company picnics and holidays. By 1920 the area had incorporated as a summer village, built a dance pavilion, a large wooden pier, and several cabins. Other companies such as Marshall Wells and......