More than 1,000 people, including the mayor, several aldermen, MLAs and an MP oversaw the ceremony, which marks the beginning of construction on what will become the third Mormon temple in Alberta.
"We're so excited. My husband and I were married in the temple in Salt Lake," said Leslie Crapo, who said her family would previously drove to the temples in Edmonton or Cardston to take part in the church's most sacred events. "We have three daughters and we hope they will be married in this temple."
Church leaders broke ground on the grass lot using new shovels with a picture of the future building engraved in black on the blade.