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Ponoka: The Essence of Alberta

Picturesque Ponoka rests among rolling hills midway between Red Deer and Edmonton, making Ponoka the ideal community for convenient access to city shopping and employment opportunities. This town of almost 7,000 people has seen steady growth over the past decade, and with its central location and various amenities, it’s easy to see why. Read on to find out why you might like to call Ponoka home too.

Tourist Attractions

Every year, Ponoka’s population grows by 400 per cent the first week of July, when Canada’s largest week-long rodeo comes to town. The Ponoka Stampede draws crowds upwards of 70,000 people, who come to enjoy the chuckwagon races, rodeo, midway rides, and entertainment. This world-class event has a long history in Ponoka, and its success every year bolsters Ponoka’s rustic image as the “cattle capital of Canada.”

Recreation

The Ponoka Stampede may provide a whole week of fun in July, but there’s plenty to do in Ponoka the other 51 weeks of the year as well. The town plays host to many events, like summertime farmers’ markets and car shows. A newly upgraded aquatic centre, complete with diving tank, and a recreation centre that boasts both indoor and outdoor rinks are perfect for sports-lovers. Green-spaces across the community are connected by six kilometers of walking trails in the Battle River valley. One golf course right in town and one only 10 minutes away provide a challenge to golfers of every skill level.

Or, if you’re looking for something to do indoors, Ponoka is also home to a movie theatre, the Fort Orstell Museum, and the Cowboy Museum, which is located on the stampede grounds.

Shopping

All across Ponoka, you’ll find a variety of stores and restaurants, but downtown Ponoka’s quaint charm invites shoppers to explore its many locally owned stores and eateries. And the town’s convenient proximity both to Edmonton and Red Deer guarantees you’ll find everything you need a short 30-minute drive away.

Schools

From kindergarten right up to grade 12, your children will have several different schooling options in Ponoka. With eight public schools, a Catholic school, and two private schools, as well as schools in neighbouring communities, to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding a good fit for the students in your family.

Work

Though Ponoka is firmly entrenched in the agriculture industry because of its fertile cropland and livestock grazing lands, there are work opportunities in many other industries here as well. With no business tax, Ponoka easily attracts employers in the oil and gas, manufacturing, construction, and professional services industries. Of course, the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer are both an easy commute away, giving Ponokans the unique advantage of small-town living with big-city job opportunities.

Worship

Ponoka may be a smaller community, but there are ample places to worship right in town. With 11 religious centres, including a Catholic church, a Baptist church, and a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall, Ponoka can accommodate the needs of many different faiths.

Truly, Ponoka is the essence of Alberta – but don’t take our word for it. Come for a visit and discover for yourself why Ponoka is the perfect place to live, work, and play.

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