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2011 Map of Birch Hills County
Download Map (10.41 MB) (PDF Document)

Strategic Plan
(PDF Document)

Meeting Schedule

Regular/Governance Meeting

April 27

Regular Council Meeting

May 11


Jim Alexy
Manager of
Infrastructure Maintenance

Dion Hynes
Director of Public Works

Michael Coy
Manager of
Infrastructure Projects


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.

Burning in the County

You must call the County office before you do any burning in the County. We will let you know of any restrictions and will require information such as what you are burning, when you are burning, land location, and contact information.

Fire Season

From March 1 to October 31 all burning activities in the Alberta’s Forest Protection Area, excluding campfires, will require a fire permit. Fire permits are free and can be obtained by contacting your local Alberta Agriculture and Forestry office. Phone toll-free 310-0000 to locate your nearest office.

Slide Requires Peace Country Highway 2 Repairs

The southbound climbing lane on Highway 2 south of the Peace River near Dunvegan will be closed due to slide activity. 

Alberta Transportation has been monitoring slide activity at the site and has ordered the closure as a safety precaution. The lane closure will likely be in place starting this week and remain until fall 2017.

The planning and design for the necessary repair work is already complete and repairs are scheduled to occur over the summer.

The closure will be in place for less than one kilometre on Highway 2. One lane of traffic northbound and the remaining lane southbound will remain open for travellers.

Repairs will include a minor realignment of the road, paving and the construction of a retaining wall, followed by the reclamation of the old section of highway.

The new, paved highway realignment is expected to be open this fall. However, retaining wall construction and other final road works are expected to be completed in summer 2018.

April 4, 2017 Alberta Government

Birch HIlls County

Municipal Development Plan Survey Report(PDF Document)

HWY 733 Road Speed Reduction

On Hwy 733 between TWP 760 and 762 the road is rough because of a culvert replacement in the fall. Please slow down in that area and use extreme caution.

Business Directory

The business directory can be found by clicking on the ABOUT tab. If you have not filled out the form to be included on this list, please do so. Click here to download the form, or pick it up from the County Office. Please complete the appropriate fields, and drop off or return the form to the County Office, email the completed form to or fax it to 780-694-3788, and we will include your information in the listing.

Smoky River Community Volunteer Income Tax Service

Smoky River FCSS will be in Birch Hills County on the following dates and location to assist low-income individuals and families in completing their simple income tax returns.

Some guidelines to use this service are:

  • Income thresholds of the following will be accepted of $30,000 single, $40,000 couple, $35,000 single with child, each additional child is $2,500.
  • No self-employment income at all, no medical/rental/childcare receipts of any kind, no deceased returns, just plain simple income tax slips and simple income tax profiles.
  • ¬†Must have the government slips to do the taxes.

On April 22 they will be at the Wanham Senior’s Center from 9am to 4pm and on April 24 they will be at the Eaglesham Senior’s Center from 9am to 4pm.

Authorization forms are available at the Birch Hills County office.

For further information, contact the FCSS office at 780-837-2220 or email

Home Alone Safely

Home Alone registration form 2017(PDF Document)

Watino History

Historical Pictures of the Hamlet of Watino(PDF Document)8,908KB

Eaglesham Hall Rental

For Eaglesham Hall bookings or inquiries, please contact Lisa at the County office at 780-694-3793 or email

Burnt River Crossing Closed

The Burnt River Crossing is closed.

March 30, 2017

Community Newsletters

Read the April newsletters for Eaglesham (PDF Document) and Wanham(PDF Document)

Other Newsletters

Check out the Town of Spirit River's April Community Connect (PDF Document)

View MMSA's winter newsletter(PDF Document)

Tenders & Items for Sale

View all Tenders & Items for Sale

Paying Bills Online

Pay your bills with telephone or online banking.

  • ATB
  • Scotia Bank
  • Credit Union
  • TD Canada Trust
  • CIBC
  • BMO