The Hamlet of Ashmont is located approximately 33 kilometres (21 mi) northwest of the Town of St. Paul. It has an elevation of 2073 feet (632 m). Population of Ashmont is approximately 190. The prominent businesses and amenities which are situated within the Hamlet of Ashmont are listed as the following: Porky’s Bar & Grill, Confectionary, Post Office, Liquor Store, Seniors Complex, Public Library, Schools, Church, Mom’s & Tot’s, Ag Society, Fire Dept & Hall, Legion Hall, Ashmont Septic & Water Hauling and Chorney Water Drilling. Ashmont is surrounded by numerous lakes, such as Upper Mann lake, Batty Lake, Lottie Lake, Floatingstone Lake and Garner Lake. Many provincial recreation area are established on the shores of these lakes. Ashmont began as a farming community in the early part of the 20th century. At its peak in the 1960’s it boasted a grain elevator, four general stores, a pool hall, Legion Hall, two gas stations and a school. As is typical of many small rural communities it has fallen on hard times. Only one store remains, kept alive by the local lake communities and a relatively large school (K to 12).
Mallaig is the host of Haying in the 30’s Cancer Support Society. This Society was formed to help cancer victims financially with their expenses incurred when faced with this disease. Haying in the 30’s is held every year on August long weekend with thousands of people enjoy the activities, food and comradery. Your admission is a donation to the cause.
As they hear of people diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatments, they do their best to help them out with cost of transportation, lodging, fuel cost,etc.
In order to qualify, you must have cancer and are taking treatments. Unfortunately, they have had to make drastic changes to the processing structure for recipient payments.
You can read more about on their website at www.hayinginthe30s.com
Some of the prominent businesses and amenities which are situated in the Hamlet of Mallaig are listed as the following: General Store, Bar/Tavern, Fertilizer Plant, School, Public Library, ATB, Curling, Arena, Fire Department, Hair Salon, Senior Lodging, Canadian Legion, Churches, Mom’s & Tot’s, TOPS Weight Watchers, Ball diamonds, Ag Society, 4-H club, Landfill, Honey Farm, Auto Body, Post Office, Gas Station.
Mallaig is only a few minutes from one of the County’s main campground which is Westcove. You can check it out under Campgrounds on the County Website.
The Hamlet was one of the many communities that spawned due to the construction of the railroad in Western Canada during the early 1900’s. As the 20th century progressed, the railway has been removed, and has been replaced by the Iron Horse Trail, which is a long, recreational trail intended for all-terrain vehicles. You can check out their website at www.travelalberta.com