River Empress

Empress is a village located along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border; in southern Alberta 121 kilometres (75 mi) north of Medicine Hat. The town was named, in 1913, for Queen Victoria, who was also Empress of India. In the past known as the "Hub of the West" connected major cities together by Canadian Pacific Railway. It is located at the confluence of Red Deer River and South Saskatchewan River, at an elevation of 650 meters (2,133 ft). It is connected to Buffalo Trail by Highway 899 and Highway 562. In 2006, Empress had a population of 136 living in 76 dwellings, a 20.5% decrease from 2001. The village has a land area of 1.75 km (0.7 sq mi) and a population density of 77.8 inhabitants per square kilometre (201.5/sq mi). Empress experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk)....


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