Many who call Parkland County home reside in the city of Spruce Grove or the town of Stony Plain. But for others, even those supremely laid-back locales have a bit too much hustle and bustle. If that mentality rings true for you and yours, then the sparsely populated rural Parkland County is probably your cup of tea (chamomile, no doubt). Situated about an hour west of Edmonton, it may as well be millions when you compare the hectic pace of “The Big E” to the uber-serenity of rural Parkland County.
Although the county is located within commuting distance of the big city, few residents actually have to make the daily trek to Edmonton to earn a paycheck. An economically independent county, Parkland is the site of the mighty Acheson Industrial Area, a 10,000-acre business hub that’s home to more than 200 companies. Agriculture plays a prominent role in the local economy as well, and much of the county's landscape consists of multi-acre plots of farmland. Other industries that have strong presences in rural Parkland County include gas and oil, forestry, power generation, and advanced manufacturing.
Real estate in rural Parkland County comes in all varieties, except for cookie cutters and high-density dwellings on cluttered, busy streets, which, blissfully, do not exist. Much of the county’s real estate is situated on vast acreage, while you’ll also find a fair share of well-established and historic ranches in quaint, tiny hamlets and villages. Plenty of undeveloped but available spaces are up for grabs in rural Parkland County, making it the perfect place for those who cherish country living to build their dream homes.
The overwhelming majority of homes in rural Parkland County (88 percent) are detached single-family dwellings – no surprise when you consider that, according to Statistics Canada, 70 percent of residents are married. Still, there are plenty of starter homes and small bungalows ideal for singles spread throughout rural Parkland County as well. As long as you appreciate peace and quiet, you’ll fit right in.