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2011 Map of Birch Hills County

Strategic Plan
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Meeting Schedule

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.

Paying Bills Online

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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.


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


Sunday, November 8th, 2020

12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Eaglesham Hall

Please call Cathy Semeniuk to book your table

Home: (780) 359-2065 OR Cell: (780) 837-0754

OCTOBER 20, 2020


The Westvale well is not accessible at this time, sorry for the inconvenience.


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:


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.

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 Library Board Members Needed

Birch Hills County is looking to fill two seats on the Birch Hills County Municipal Library Board (MLB). The MLB Board meets quarterly in the evening in Eaglesham. A requirement is that you live in the County. Please submit a letter of interest to the County office 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*

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.