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Overview of Brooks, Alberta, Canada

Brooks, Alberta is a fast growing city, expanding everyday. On September 1st, 2005, the town was incorporated as the City of Brooks, with a population of 11 604 (2001). Brooks is located in one of Alberta's most active gas fields, and the city is home to regional offices of several major oil and gas companies. Brooks also has lots of land for industrial and residential development, farming and ranching communities, shopping, cultural, recreational and education facilities. The city of Brooks has won the Communities in Bloom award five years in a row and they are now focusing on competing at the national level.

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  • Population: 11 604 (2001)
  • Population Density: 665/km²
  • Area: 17.46/km²
  • Latitude: 50°33?50.5?N
  • Longitude: 111°53?55.8?W
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Brooks, Alberta

Historically, Brooks was used as a buffalo hunting ground for Blackfoot and Crow natives. After Treaty Seven was signed in 1887, homesteaders moved into the area to begin farming. By 1904, the area still did not have a name. By a Canada Post sponsored contest, the area was named after Noel Edgell Brooks, a Canadian Pacific Railway Divisional Engineer from Calgary. In 1910, the Village of Brooks was created. A year later the village became a town. More recently, Brooks has experienced growth thanks to the oil and gas industry. In the early 1980's, Brook's population grew from 5 000 to about 8 000. In 1996, the population exceeded 10 000 due to expansion at Lakeside IBP meat packing plant. In 2005, Brooks, AB became a city with a population of 11 604.

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Brooks's Demographics

Demographically the city experienced growth from 1996 to 2005. Brooks has become a multi-cultural community with several religions and cultures among it. The community experiences strong growth in three main industries which are agriculture, the oil and gas industry, and retail and service Sector.

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Brooks's Climate

The city of Brooks, AB has on an average of 2 334 hours of sunshine per year. Brooks' climate has usually a precipitation record, in the city, of 37 cm. The annual rain is 27 cm, snow is 114 cm, and have approximately 130 frost free days.

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Education in Brooks, Alberta

Brooks, Alberta has many educational facilities for all of the community which include public schools, separate schools, colleges and special interest courses. The town also has a post-secondary education option, The Medicine Hat College that provides students with many different courses, continuing studies and evening specialty courses for the community.

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Transportation around Brooks, Alberta

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Tourism and Attractions of Brooks

Brooks offers many different tourist attractions to see while in their city. You can go to any dining or entertainment facility and have a great time. They also have the Brooks and District Museum, the Brooks Aqueduct which spans a 3.2 km wide valley, suspending a concrete sling 20 meters above the prairie landscape. They have golf courses and camping grounds that you can go and visit. The city also has the Dinosaur Provincial Park, the Bassano dam, the Lake Newell Resort and the EID Historical Park. There is something for everyone in Brooks, Alberta!

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Surrounding Communities

  • Brooks
  • Duchess
  • Rosemary
  • Millicent
  • Patricia
  • Rainier
  • Scandia
  • Rolling Hills
  • Tilley
  • Bassano
  • Gem
  • Cessford
  • Wardlow
  • Jenner
  • Iddesleigh
  • Hays
  • Lomond

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Geography of Brooks, Alberta

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Brooks's Government

The city of Brooks government is a Council that includes a Mayor and six council members. The Mayor of Brooks is Don Weisbeck and he has a very strong tie with the community of Brooks. Members of this council are required to attend meetings that are held the first and third Monday of each month. Municipal Elections are held every three years with the last election being held on October 18th, 2004.

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Brooks's Economy and Industry

Brooks's employment base is largely dependant on the oil and gas industry but has also branched out to create a healthy and steady economy. The three main sectors of Brook's economy are agriculture, the oil and gas industry, and the retail and service Sector. Each sector adds to the successful economy of Brooks, Alberta.

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Brooks's Culture and Significant Events

Brooks, Alberta is a very diverse and cultural area with many different people living amongst each other. Of the many significant events happening in Brooks, you can go to the Trade Show, which usually draws in about 5,000 people, you can go to the Brooks Kinsmen Rodeo, take part in the Canada Day celebrations, be apart of several events organized around the Diabetes Association, Music in the Park and the Brooks Bandits Golf Tournament.

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Sports in Brooks, Alberta

The city of Brooks offers many different sports associations to take part in. Their main hockey team is the Brooks Bandits which plays in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. If you are not interested in hockey, then you could look into their junior football teams, the Brooks Roadrunners and the Brooks Buffalos. The city has high hopes for each of these sports teams in their seasons.

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Media of Brooks

Brooks' media includes a newspaper called the Brooks Bulletin which features an online version. For a subscription to the newspaper, you pay $39.00 per year or $35.00 if you are a senior. If you enjoy listening to the radio then you can tune into either a classic rock station or pure country. Each is a Brooks based station with lots of entertainment to offer.

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