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Camrose is a city in central Alberta, Canada amidst some of the richest farmland in the prairies. It is a relatively small city which originally grew up along a railroad and now grows along Highway 13. Camrose is a scenic community with many parks, leading to its moniker "The Rose City". Camrose offers a relaxed lifestyle with a large population of retirees.

Parks

Camrose is often called the "Rose City" due to its large amount of parkland containing a large number of wild roses. Also, local rose grower, Jerry Twomey, bred and patented the beautiful Camrose Rose to honour his birth place. This elegant tea rose boasts abundant pink blooms and rich green foliage, making it the most stunning flower in our rose beds. Developed to withstand the drastic Alberta climate, the Camrose Rose was introduced to the city in 1995. It may be seen on display at the Bill Fowler Centre.

Jubilee Park is often used by the community, located in a valley and featuring barbecue shelters, a wandering stream and wide open space.
Mirror Lake sits in the centre of the city. The lake is home to two species of swan; the trumpeter and the Polish mute. The City of Camrose provides a winter shelter to the clipped birds. These swans have called Camrose home for over twenty years. Mirror Lake Park is the focal point of the Camrose urban parks system. Located on the edge of Mirror Lake, it is the home of the Bill Fowler Centre which contains the Chamber of Commerce office and the Tourist Information Centre. The Bill Fowler Centre features a nature mural, carved out of red brick. The mural features many of the animals which are indigenous to the Mirror Lake area.

Sports and recreation

The new Edgeworth Centre, a multi-purpose sporting facility, officially opened on September 28, 2007. The complex includes the 2,500 seat Encana Arena (new home for the AJHL Camrose Kodiaks and the Augustana Vikings (ACAC)), and the 300+ seat Border Paving arena. The Edgeworth Centre also boasts a three lane fitness track, fitness centre, physiotherapy clinic, physiotherapy lab, children's play room, meeting rooms, offices, and food and beverage facilities. Attached to this multi-million dollar facility is the Max McLean Arena (former home of the Viking Cup, Augustana Vikings ACAC, and Camrose Kodiaks AJHL), as well as the Camrose Aquatic Centre and curling rink.

Other recreational facilities include the Camrose Community Centre (walking track and indoor soccer centre), spray park, Camrose Skate Park, Kinsmen Park (which includes tennis courts, three fastball fields, football field, beach volleyball courts, a 2.2 km walking path), and Rudy Swanson Park, home to various soccer facilities and recreational groups.

Camrose has a large urban trail system which winds through Stoney Creek Valley. The total trail length is approximately 10.2 km.

Camrose is also home to a wide variety of sports clubs including figure skating, baseball, fastball, hockey and swimming to name a few. The Camrose Ski Club, founded in 1911, is the oldest cross-country ski club in Canada, and has produced many elite level athletes including several Olympians.

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