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    History + Heritage of Vegreville, Alberta


    Vegreville was founded in 1899 as a divisional point on the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was named after Father Louis-Alexandre Taché, the first Bishop of St. Albert. The community grew rapidly, reaching a population of 1,000 by 1904. Vegreville became an incorporated village in 1906 and a town in 1913.

    The town’s economy has long been based on agriculture, with particular strengths in canning and processing peas and carrots. In recent years, however, Vegreville has diversified economically, with significant growth in the manufacturing and service sectors.

    Vegreville is home to the world’s largest Ukrainian Easter egg, which is made of steel and stands 10 metres (33 feet) tall. The egg was built in 1975 to commemorate the centennial of Ukrainian settlement in Canada. Every year on Easter Monday, the egg is unscrambled by a team of children, revealing a smaller replica of the original inside.

    Vegreville is also home to the Vegreville Railway Museum, which houses a collection of vintage railway equipment and artefacts. The museum is located in the town’s former Canadian Pacific Railway station.

    Vegreville is located approximately 100 kilometres (62 miles) east of Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city. It is accessible by Highway 16, Highway 36 and Highway 630.

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