Chestermere: A Home for all Seasons

Chestermere: A Home for all Seasons

Call No.: 971.23 CHES 2005
Page Count: 604
Publication Year: 2005
Names of communities: Chestermere
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Chestermere, originally named Chestermere Lake, is a city in southern Alberta, just east of Calgary city limits. Prior to the 20th century, the area around what is now Chestermere Lake was settled by only a few farmers. With the establishment of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880s, more people began to settle in the west.

To make farming more productive, settlers began to determine ways to irrigate their land. Chestermere Lake, a natural wetland, was considered 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), build cabins and stay on the lake during the summer months. In 1977, the lake boasted 120 permanent homes and gained official status as the Summer Village of Chestermere Lake.


Community: Chestermere
Province: Alberta

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