<!--Infobox ends-->La Crete
(, also spelled La Crête
) is a hamlet
in northern Alberta
within Mackenzie County
. It is located on Highway 697
, approximately southeast of High Level
and north of Edmonton, Alberta
The hamlet is located in census division No. 17
and in the federal riding
of Peace River
Temperatures can range from to .
The name "La Crête" means "the ridge" in French, which is how the earliest settlers described the area they settled.
La Crete was first settled in 1914 as La Crête Landing
. When the first Mennonites arrived in the 1930s, they settled a short distance southwest of the original settlement on the current site of La Crete. When the first highways were built into the area in the 1960s, the population began to increase as new settlers arrived, and in 1979, La Crete was created into a hamlet.
During the summer months the La Crete Ferry, one of only seven ferries still operating in Alberta, shuttles vehicles across the Peace River
on Highway 697 about 70 kilometres southwest of the hamlet. In the winter, an ice bridge
is maintained at the same spot. This access connects La Crete to the Mackenzie Highway
near Paddle Prairie
, offering a considerable time saving when travelling to or from La Crete. During the spring and fall, when the river is unfit for the ferry and the ice too thin to support vehicle traffic, or at other times when the ferry is not operational, travellers must... Read More