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2011 Map of Birch Hills County

Strategic Plan
(PDF Document)


Meeting Schedule

Due to maintaining Public Health measures, on May 25, 2021 the Regular Council Meeting will be held virtually.


Regular Council Meeting
May 11, 2021 CANCELLED

May 25, 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.

Attention as a precaution to the COVID-19 pandemic the County Administration building's front door is locked. Entrance to the building is by appointment only, for assistance please call 780-694-3793.

From April 27, 2021 Regular Council meeting Council passed the following resolution:

 "that Council direct Administration to advertise that effective April 27, 2021 public access to the Birch Hills County managed facilities, camp grounds and playground(s) will be closed until further notice."

Council Meeting Being Held Virtually

Due to maintaining Public Health measures, on May 25, 2021 the Regular Council Meeting will be held virtually.

Please join the council meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone



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 Advisory Notice

Effective May 4th, 2021

Due to current dry conditions large fuel loads are not permitted in the Birch Hills County.  No new burn notifications (permits) will be allowed at this time.
All sites from winter and spring burning should be checked for holdover fires.
Please use extreme care during all activities in or around dry cured fuels or forest areas.
Off Highway Vehicles Can Cause Wildfires - Keep Your Machine Clean

Please call the County at 780 694 3793 if you have any questions.

Please check the SRD website for further information on Wildfires




Monday, March 15, 2021


Road Use within Birch Hills County

Effective March 16, 2021 @ 10:00am, the following road ban will be in place by Birch Hills County.

All gravel roads will be at 75% axle weight from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  All other roads are as posted.

If you have any questions regarding road bans in Birch Hills County please call the County Office at (780)694-3793.



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.



Local Authorities Election Act (Section 26)

Local Jurisdiction: BIRCH HILLS COUNTY, Province of Alberta

Notice is hereby given that Nomination Day is Monday, September 20, 2021 and that nominations for the election of candidates for the following offices will be received at the location of the Birch Hills County office from January 1, 2021 between the hours of 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. up to September 20, 2021 between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 12:00 noon.  

                                                Number of                            Electoral

Office                                     Vacancies                             Division Number

County Councillor                           1                                  Ward 1

County Councillor                           1                                  Ward 2

County Councillor                           1                                  Ward 3

County Councillor                           1                                  Ward 4

County Councillor                           1                                  Ward 5

County Councillor                           1                                  Ward 6

County Councillor                           1                                  Ward 7

Location of Local Jurisdiction Office:


            4601 50 Street

            Lot 3 Plan 9523066

            Wanham Alberta

Dated at Birch Hills County in the Province of Alberta, this 31st day of December, 2020.

Election Personnel Required

On Monday, October 18, 2021 Birch Hills County may be conducting a Municipal Election.  The voting stations and number of personnel required will be determined after Nomination Day on September 20, 2021.  Please submit your Expression of Interest to:

Shelley Braun, Returning Officer

2021 Municipal Elections Information link:

Candidate Information Guide 2021

Day Camp in Wanham

The David Thompson Bible Camp last summer held Day Camps at our site, north of Fairview. Unfortunately, the distance made it very difficult for children from your area to attend. This year we will be offering one week of Day Camp in Wanham, following all Alberta Health requirements for COVID-19. The camp will be held July 5-9.

More information is available on our website at

Alberta Blue Cross Update for Vaccinations for Seniors

Here is a link from Alberta Blue Cross regarding locations that the vaccine will be available.

Part Time Employment Opportunity

Contract services will also be considered

Custodian Position

Birch Hills County is looking for a Custodian for the Administration Building.

Position Summary

The Custodian provides professional cleaning and maintenance services for the Administration Building, including Council chambers, public works operations office and agriculture services operations office.  This position is also responsible for maintaining an inventory and ordering required cleaning supplies and paper products for county facilities (unscented and allergen free whenever possible).

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities include:

  • Ability to perform all duties safely and to a high degree of quality, timeliness and precision.
  • Interact well and respond to inquiries from senior leadership team, council, other staff and ratepayers.
  • Function as a team member and ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality with sensitive information.
  • Minimum grade 12
  • Must have a valid class 5 driver’s license, be able to provide an acceptable driver’s abstract and a satisfactory criminal record check.

A detailed job description is available on upon request.

Position Details:         Part Time Position

Hours of Work:           Anytime between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. estimated 10 hours per week

                                    Work schedule will be reviewed/setup with successful candidate

May be required to occasionally work additional hours

To apply for this position, please submit your resume with a covering letter detailing why you believe that you are a suitable candidate for this position to Shelley Braun, Director of Corporate Services by one of the following methods:

By mail:       Shelley Braun, DCS Birch Hills County, PO Box 157, Wanham  AB  T0H 3P0

By email:                                             

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates invited for interviews will be contacted.

Tangent Social Club

“Twinkle Star” Project

Remembering babies gone too soon

The Twinkle Star Project was created out of love and respect for families experiencing perinatal loss.  The gift of your handmade creation will be forever cherished by a family facing pregnancy loss.

If anyone would like to crochet or knit baskets for this wonderful cause, please contact Deb Jacob for the patterns that need to be used.  There are 4 sizes acceptable, the best yarns to use as well as appropriate colors.  When the Organization receives these baskets a twinkle star charm will be added-these baskets are distributed to Alberta Hospitals.  If you have yarn that you would like to donate to us for this that would be greatly appreciated.

For more info contact Deb Jacob 780-837-6265

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.

December 08, 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 December 08, 2020 and will be in effect until further notice.

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

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:

Service Canada

Service Canada has financial help during COVID-19 for Seniors, Youth and Businesses.

The online link allows you to search and apply for the needed financial help during these trying times.

For a complete list of programs, services and resources available through the Government of Canada visit:


Let's work together to stay safe. ABTraceTogether is a mobile contact tracing app that helps to let you know if you've been exposed to COVID-19 – or if you've exposed others – while protecting your privacy. To learn more 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.