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The new fort's name was suggested by John Peter Pruden after Edmonton, London, the hometown of both the HBC deputy governor Sir James Winter Lake, and Pruden.In 1876, Treaty 6, which includes what is now Edmonton, was signed between the Aboriginal peoples in Canada (or First Nations) and Queen Victoria as Queen of Canada, as part of the Numbered Treaties of Canada.The fort also served as a base for finding a pass across the Rocky Mountains. The posts were built at the confluence of the Clearwater River and the North Saskatchewan River.They were on the north bank just above the Clearwater and strongly built for protection from the Blackfeet. Around 1980, only two stone chimneys were standing.Rocky Mountain House has a subarctic climate (Köppen climate classification Dfc) that borders on a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb).Daytime temperatures are in general representative for the latter, but the larger diurnal temperature variation with the high elevation ensures frequent frosts.
Rocky Mountain House became a firmly established town by 1912.
The city anchors the north end of what Statistics Canada defines as the "Calgary–Edmonton Corridor".
The earliest known inhabitants arrived in the area that is now Edmonton around 3,000 BC and perhaps as early as 12,000 BC when an ice-free corridor opened as the last glacial period ended and timber, water, and wildlife became available in the region.
Rocky Mountain House is located within the Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre provincial electoral district, which is represented by Joe Anglin of the Wildrose Party.
Rocky Mountain House is twinned with Kamikawa, Hokkaido, Japan.
In the 2011 Census, the Town of Rocky Mountain House had a population of 6,933 living in 2,651 of its 2800 total dwellings, a 0.9% change from its 2006 population of 6,874.