Many companies are drawn to the area because of Alberta's booming oil business.
Is that good or bad?
It depends from what angle you see the point.
The businesses are hungry for land. In a radius of 20 to 40 km around the city farmland is for sale, big time.
Small farms that used to be far away from the city find themselves now surrounded by industry or residential development.
That has changed dramatically. Growing Edmonton has quickly gobbled up lots of neigbouring rural communities. And it is hungry for more, much more.
Mostly long term campers who go to work every morning and come back by nightfall. Some might even call the place now a "work camp".
Just yesterday they told us on TV that taxes rose 4.6% in 2014 and will be rising another 5.3% in 2015!
Walking around I see a lot of dogs. Big dogs. Rottweilers, Labrador Retrievers, Staffordshire and the likes.
People I meet on my walks, in front of the laundry and shower rooms are smoking.
My guess: some are here for a reason. The rental market does not want us. "No smokers, no dogs".
If you love your dog and won't want to give it up for adoption there is only one other alternative: the campground.
Oh, I nearly forgott: Happy Halloween!
Seen today, in our wintry sunset today.