Here’s a town that is close to my heart: Stony Plain, Alberta. It’s been featured in the Cascadia in Focus section of the Westcoast News of the Vancouver Sun a few days ago. (As an aside, what is so Westcoast about Alberta, and when did Cascadia include the Wild Rose Province?)
Any case, the article talks about this small town a short drive west of Edmonton. It’s current claim to fame is the murals in its small downtown. It’s an idea that the article says was borrowed from Chemainus on Vancouver Island.
During my days in the town, it was really small and was, in fact, shrinking as far as I remember. It was just over 3,000 people, but people were leaving at that time. However, with the Alberta boom, I’m sure Stony Plain is growing once again.