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2011 Map of Birch Hills County

Strategic Plan
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Meeting Schedule

Regular Council Meeting

JUNE 11, 2020

Any member of the public wishing to electronically attend the regular council meeting please contact Administration before Wednesday 4:00pm, June 10, 2020.


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.


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Residential and Bulk Water


Bulk Water - Residential and Agricultural


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  Bulk Water - Commercial and Industrial


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Hamlet - Residential and Commercial


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Media Release – For Immediate Release Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Birch Hills County Closes Access to Municipal Building

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Birch Hills County will be closing access to County Administrative Building located in Wanham effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice.

Access to County staff will still be available by telephone or email. Those requiring to make a payment may do so by cheques to be either mailed in or dropped off in the drop box provided at the County office, through online options, or with Credit Card by phone.

Council and staff apologize for any inconvenience that this closure may cause. Please watch for updated information that will be made public as it becomes available on the County website or on the County's Facebook page.


Birch Hills County Closes Access to Eaglesham Hall

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Birch Hills County will be closing access to Eaglesham Hall until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience that this closure may cause. Please watch for updated information that will be made public as it becomes available on the County website or on the County's Facebook page.



All large fuel load fires are suspended in the Birch Hills County as of May 21, 2020.

Re-check all burn sites for smoke, flame or heat. All fires are to be extinguished; landowners are responsible for ensuring any holdover fires are out at this time.

These measures aim to reduce the number of human caused wildfires, as most if not all wildfires in the early spring are caused by human activity.

Reducing human caused wildfires helps keep our firefighting resources focused where they are most needed, especially when our firefighting resources may be challenged due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This restriction will be subject to daily weather conditions and may change.


  • Backyard fire pits
  • Regulated campfires.
  • Portable propane fire pits that are CSA approved or UL certified.
  • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues that are CSA approved or UL certified and are designed for cooking or heating.
  • Catalytic or infrared-style heaters.
  • Burn barrels with a wire mesh lid.

To view a map of the Fire Ban


Prop Province Relaunch of Stage 2 within Alberta

This week the Honourable Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, will be hosting a series of telephone town halls with Dr. Hinshaw to consult with impacted industries on stage 2 of the relaunch. Through these calls they will be gaining feedback for the drafting of guidance documents for their reopening, as well as identifying any issues with their ability to reopen in order to help them feel confident with moving forward.

Share the information below with stakeholders in your communities and invite them to join, ask questions and be a part of a successful stage 2 relaunch.

Topic: Libraries with Minister Madu

Date: June 1st

Time: 5:00-6:00 pm

Registration Link:

Topic: Personal services - esthetics, tanning, spas

Date: June 3rd

Time: 9:30-10:30 am

Registration Link:

Topic Movie theatres and theatres with Minister Aheer

Date: June 3rd

Time: 11:30am-12:30 pm


Topic: Gyms, studios, arenas and sports fields with Minister Aheer
Date: June 4th

Time: 5:30-6:30 pm



KAMIE CURRIE| Regional Economic Development Specialist

Tourism and Economic Development Division

Alberta Economic Development, Trade and Tourism


Proposed draft Road Use Agreement Policy Bulletin - April 27, 2020

Birch Hills County would like to thank everyone who provided feedback to the proposed Road Use Agreement policy. Your feedback is necessary to make this policy effective. Birch Hills County would like to continue positive communications with all affected parties. It is the intent of Birch Hills County to come up with solutions that will help maintain and approve our road conditions, and we hope to achieve this by working together with everyone that uses our roadways.

At the April 23 Council meeting, the proposed Road Use Agreement Policy was accepted for information and Council requested it be brought back to a future meeting.

There will be ongoing ratepayer feedback of this policy as the County goes forward as our road network is one of the biggest budget responsibilities that the municipality focuses on.

Overland Flooding Damages

Please notify the County if your property has sustained uninsurable damage as a result of the April 2020 overland flooding.

If a DRP (Disaster Recovery Program) is announced, Birch Hills County will be required to submit its application directly to the Province of Alberta, within 90 days from the date of the flooding.

As part of the application process the County will be asked to provide an estimate of damage to the County’s infrastructure and an estimate of the number of private properties that experienced damage as a result of the flooding in late April 2020.

Please complete the online form by clicking here and send it in to the County if your property has sustained uninsurable damage as a result of this springs’ overland flooding by email or fax 780-694-3788. Please call: (780) 694-3793 if you have further questions.

Visit the Government of Alberta website at for more information on the Disaster Recovery Programs.

Birch Hills County does not make decisions on the eligibility, approval or rejection of any private owner application.

Garbage Pickup Guidelines for Residents in the Hamlets of Wanham and Eaglesham

  • Have bin out to curb by 7:30 a.m.
  • Have bin one (1) meter away from any structure.
  • No overflowing garbage hanging off of bin.

Community Newsletter

Read the newsletters for Eaglesham and Wanham.

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

Smoky River FCSS newsletter for April, May, June 2020



Seniors are a vital part of our communities. As parents and grandparents, mentors and friends, employees and employers, they make a difference in our lives. It is important that we continue to recognize, celebrate and support seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Seniors’ Week has been celebrated since 1986 to recognize seniors throughout the province and is a great opportunity to honour all that seniors have contributed to making our families, communities and province stronger.

Please feel free to share this video from the Honourable Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing, at your virtual events.

During these challenging times, seniors serving organizations are finding many great and innovative opportunities to connect with each other and support seniors, while practicing physical distancing and supporting a safely staged COVID-19 recovery plan. The Government of Alberta has created a tip sheet of ways that Albertans can continue to celebrate, support, and keep seniors safe while respecting public health measures in place. For more information, visit



2020 Mclennan  RCMP Community Engagement

Sergeant Hall of the Mclennan  RCMP Detachment would like  to   hear  from   local  community   members  in  the Mclennan RCMP Detachment  area  who  may have  any comments  and/or  concerns about  policing  issues in  the following geographic areas:

Town of Mclennan, Town of Falher, Village of Donnelly, Village of  Girouxville, County of  Birch Hills and M.D.  of Smoky River.

Normally, a series of Town Hall Meetings would have been held in local community halls; however, due to the current state of the pandemic, public gatherings are not an option. As a result, for a two week period from Monday, May 25, 2020, until Friday, June 5, 2020, Sgt. Hall will be accepting input from community members through either regular mail or email. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to Sgt. Hall at:

Mclennan RCMP, P.O. Box 419,  Mclennan, AB TOH 2LO



Once the date closes, Sgt. Hall will review all of the correspondence received. Later in June 2020, Sgt. Hall will respond to the top 10 issues and concerns as presented and publish his responses in the aforementioned  communities' web pages and mail outs.

Sgt. Hall would like to thank everyone in advance for taking the time to work together during this challenging time to identify your concerns.


Sergeant Mark Hall Detachment Commander Mclennan RCMP Detachment



March 27, 2020

TWP 782 Closed

From RR 264 to RR 10 (Hole in Bridge)

May 11, 2020

The Shaftesbury Ferry is open for the season.

Shaftesbury Ferry is back up and running for the season regular running hours 7 am – 11:30 pm, 7 days a week.
They ask that all people remain in the vehicle while crossing due to Covid 19 and no walk ons to keep all travelers and their staff safe at this time.

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.