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2011 Map of Birch Hills County

Strategic Plan
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Meeting Schedule

Due to maintaining Public Health measures, on December 10, 2020 the Regular Council Meeting will be held virtually.

Regular Council Meeting


Emergency Contacts

Jim Alexy
Manager of
Infrastructure Maintenance

Dion Hynes
Director of Public Works

Michael Coy
Manager of
Infrastructure Projects

Tom Morgan
Fire Chief

Birch Hills County

Birch Hills County is located in the Central Peace Region, bordered by the Peace River to the North and the Smoky River to the East. Located within the County are the hamlets of Eaglesham, Peoria, Tangent, Wanham and Watino. Oil and Gas provide the largest sector of employment in the county.

Council Meeting Being Held Virtually

Due to maintaining Public Health measures, on December 10, 2020 the Regular Council Meeting will be held virtually.

Library Board Meeting Being Held Virtually

Due to maintaining Public Health measures, on December 1, 2020 the Library Board AGM will be held virtually. The link below will be accessible on December 01, 2020 for the virtual meeting.

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Paying Bills Online

Pay your bills with telephone or online banking through:

Pay your bills now with OptionPay

Birch Hills County is pleased to announce that we are now accepting payments with select credit cards through our OptionPay System. Payments for municipal services may be paid online or through the Administration Office.

OptionPay is a payment card system Birch Hills County uses for its credit card transactions. You can find more information on OptionPay by visiting their website.


November 25, 2020


The Birch Hills County Administration building will be closed to the public, except by appointment in response to new Provincial COVID restrictions. The new public health measures come into effect November 24, 2020 and are in place for a minimum of 3 weeks.

To schedule an appointment phone 780-694-3793. County Administration building is open Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 8:15 am – 4:30 pm

Fusarium graminearum

This past summer, Fusarium graminearum (Fg) was removed as a regulated pest under the Agricultural Pest Act. With a low occurrence of the Fg in the Peace Region, the Agricultural Service Boards would like to get input from Peace Region producers as to how they would like the pest to be monitored, reported on and if applicable, controlled. Your participation is anonymous, and results will inform what action, if any, your municipality takes regarding Fg.

Survey 1:

Survey 2:

NOVEMBER 23, 2020


Canada Post has issued a "manditory mask" usage when entering any of their buildings.

OCTOBER 19, 2020


The fire restriction has been lifted for Birch Hills County. If you are planning to burn near any highway in the County, you must have the smoke signs advising motorists, NO EXCEPTIONS. To view a map of the LOW FIRE ADVISORY visit

OCTOBER 27, 2020


The Westvale well is open for water usage

Birch Hills County Road Maintenance Tender

Birch Hills County is requesting sealed tenders for the 3 year Eaglesham Road Grader Maintenance Contract – consisting of approximately 155 miles/248 kms.

-Requires suitable grader which would consist of a minimum grader operating weight of 35,000 lbs/15,875 kgs with 198-221 hp engine, complete with snow wing attachment, front lift group, grader packer and sanvik boards. Also, the work includes winter snowplowing / ice blading and summer grading.

The Road Maintenance Contract along with details can be picked up at the Birch Hills County Office or obtained from our website. Tenders must be received by 2:00pm, Tuesday, December 01, 2020. Please return tenders in a sealed envelope marked "Road Maintenance Tender". Lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. Tender subject to council approval. Any questions in this matter can be directed to Dion Hynes, Director of Public Works at 780-694-3793 or by email:


Birch Hills County Landfill Supervisor Tender

Birch Hills County is looking for sealed tenders for the 2 year Landfill Supervisor Tender

  • Operations of the County Landfills

 Bidders must have WCB clearance, insurance, and transportation to each site. Tender packages may be picked up at the Birch Hills County office in Wanham, Alberta or obtained from our website. Tenders must be received by 3:00pm on Tuesday, December 01, 2020. Please return tenders in a sealed envelope marked “Landfill Supervisor Tender”.

Lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted.  Tender subject to council approval.

Any questions in this matter can be directed to Dion Hynes, Director of Public Works at 780-694-3793

or by email


Community Newsletter

Read the newsletters for Eaglesham and Wanham.

Check out the Town of Spirit River's Community Connect.

Smoky River FCSS Newsletter

Wanham Lagoon

Please be advised as of June 30, 2020 the lagoon in Wanham for waste water is temporarily closed until further notice.

Council discussed the future of this infrastructure and at their Regular Council meeting on September 10, 2020, passed a resolution inviting the public to contact Birch Hills County either by email with "Wanham Lagoon" in the Subject line to or mail a letter addressed to CAO Bastow Box 157 Wanham, AB T0H 3P0 if they do or do not support the closure of the Wanham Lagoon. Please ensure your submission is received prior to 4:00 p.m. on December 31, 2020.

Notice to users of the Peoria Landfill/Transfer Site

The future of the Peoria Landfill/Transfer Site (bin infrastructure currently used for household garbage) was discussed by Council as part of the 2021 Operating and Maintenance Budget and one the options that is being looked at is the possibility of closing down this service. Any member of the public having an interest in this facility that wishes to provide Council with information should contact the County and either request to appear as a delegation to the November 12, 2020 Regular Council meeting or submit a letter explaining their interest and concerns regarding the Peoria Landfill/Transfer Site disposal bin infrastructure. Letters expressing concerns or requests to appear as a delegation must be received by the County no later than 4:30 p.m. on November 5th, 2020, at the County office by mail or fax, or by email to with Peoria Landfill/Transfer Site in the subject line.

Oil and Gas Assessment Model

The Provincial Government is considering a reduction to the property tax of oil and gas companies.

Birch Hills County Council and Administration are extremely concerned about the impacts of this decision because it will mean an increase in property tax, reduction of services, or a combination of both to make up for this lost revenue.

For complete media release click here. For further inquires please contact CAO Rick Bastow at 780-694-3793 or

Birch Hills County Board Member Needed

Birch Hills County is looking to fill one seat on the Recreation Board for Ward 4. The Recreation Board meets once per year, approximately around March/April, to discuss the grant application from local non-profits who apply for the annual allocated funds set by council. A requirement is that you live in the Ward that you will represent. Please submit a letter of interest to the County office email or call 780-694-3793 and ask for Rick Bastow, CAO for more information.

Central Peace Food Bank

Are you or someone you know struggling to put food on the table?

Please don't go hungry! Central Peace Food
Bank can provide assistance during this difficult time.

Contact us to set up a private drop in Via Phone at:

Shelley(587) 297-7680

Pat (780) 765-3986

Elaine (780) 512-9628

Via Email at:

*Donations can be made at Spirit River IGA or Rycroft Co-op*

December 01, 2018

The Burnt River Crossing is closed.

COVID-19 Info for Albertans:

We recommend that you use the Government of Alberta website (see link below) for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19. Locally, Central Peace Regional Emergency Management has launched a website and a Facebook page containing the latest information on COVID-19.

Central Peace Regional Emergency Management:

Other trusted Sources of Information include:

If you know someone without a computer, have them dial 811.

Business Resilience Service

This service will help entrepreneurs and small business owners in need of financial planning advice, particularly those who may not have access to an accountant. The service will also be open to not-for-profit organizations and charities. The hotline is a national, bilingual service operated by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST). The toll-free number is 1-866-989-1080.