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2011 Map of Birch Hills County

Strategic Plan
(PDF Document)

Meeting Schedule

Regular Council Meeting

Aug 24, 2021

Emergency Contacts

Dion Hynes
Director of Public Works

Michael Coy
Manager of
Infrastructure Projects

Jim Alexy
Manager of
Infrastructure Maintenance

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.

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.

Fire Restriction – Friday, July 30, 2021

Due to the upcoming high temps and persistent winds we have been experiencing there is a fire restriction in place.

Under this restriction only campfires in approved fire pits that are on private property or within a private campsite are permitted.

No other burning of any kind is permitted at this time. We ask that all campfires be attended by a responsible person and that they be fully extinguished when done. Please have enough water on hand to properly extinguish the campfire before lighting it.

 Recreation ATV’s vehicles are also prohibited; only Agricultural and Industry are exempt.

For more information, please contact Birch Hills County at 780-694-3793

To view a map of the Fire Ban

Birch Hills County Gravel Pits

Please be advised that trespassing and swimming at any of the gravel pits in Birch Hills County is prohibited due to safety reasons.

Pleasse call the County Office with any questions or concerns.

Bridge Closure

The local bridge on Range road 20 north of Twp 784 has been closed at this time as repairs are needed to the structure to ensure vehicle safety.

Richardson Pioneer Central Peace Aquatic Centre

Opening on July 12, Monday to Friday for the G5 residents only.

Please call the town office to book and fill out a request form. 780-864-3998. All bookings must be pre-paid.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Road Use within Birch Hills County

Effective May 18, 2021 @ 12:01 am, the road ban has been lifted in Birch Hills County.


As per the Municipal Government Act section 276(3), notice is hereby given that
the 2020 Financial Statement, including the 2020 auditor’s report, is available on the
link below. Copies are also available for pick up, mailed at no cost or emailed from the County Office.
Please see the above BHC contact information or email requests to:

Link: 2020 Financial Statement

Wanham Lagoon

Wanham Lagoon to reopen, with new access conditions, on April 1st, 2021

Please contact the County Office for further details.

Do you have questions about the decommissioned railway line in Birch Hills County?

Residents with questions related to access of the decommissioned railway line are encouraged to contact the Birch Hills County Office.

RMA Launches Internet Speed Test Project

Highspeed rural internet is critical for economic development, engaging in the digital economy, and working and learning from home. The Government of Canada has announced the goal of providing access to 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speeds to all Canadians by 2030. The internet speed test will allow RMA to demonstrate the current state of broadband in rural Alberta and use this information to drive advocacy for federal funding. Visit:

Community Newsletter

Read the newsletters for Eaglesham and Wanham.

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

Smoky River FCSS Newsletter

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.

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.