Sherwood Park is located on the southeast side of Edmonton, approximately 3km (1.7mi) from the city limits, making it a popular place to settle for people who work in Edmonton but wish to get away from the urban sprawl. Although it is Alberta’s seventh largest municipality, Sherwood Park is technically considered a hamlet, a distinction which has earned the region a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world’s largest hamlet.
Sherwood Park offers all the amenities that would be found in a typical suburb of a large city, including shops, restaurants, fitness and recreation facilities, a movie theatre, a large shopping mall and more. To enjoy the beauty of Sherwood Park, visitors can head to Centre in the Park, a multi-use outdoor recreational spot that offers a scenic walkway lined with fragments of the prairie landscape. Sherwood Park is also home to Festival Place, an entertainment facility that hosts many concerts, events and performances throughout the year.
Strathcona is called a “county,” yet its status is actually something that many people may not have heard of—it is classified by the Province of Alberta as a specialized municipality.
Strathcona County’s status reverted to that of a municipal district when the County Act was repealed in January of 1995. On January 1, 1996, Strathcona County’s status legally changed from that of a municipal district to that of a specialized municipality – only the second in Alberta.
This classification provides for the unique needs of a municipality that includes both a large urban centre and a significant rural territory and population.
The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is recognized as the equivalent to a city by the Government of Alberta, and the Rural Service Area (meaning the territory of Strathcona County excluding the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area) for the purposes of enactments, is treated as a municipal district.
As a specialized municipality, Strathcona County consists of the urban area of Sherwood Park and an extensive rural area which includes eight rural hamlets. These are Antler Lake, Ardrossan, Collingwood Cove, Half Moon Lake, Hastings Lake, Josephburg, North Cooking Lake and South Cooking Lake.