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2011 Map of Birch Hills County

Strategic Plan
(PDF Document)

Meeting Schedule

Council Meeting

December 14, 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

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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.

Birch Hills County Library Board

You are invited to the Annual General Meeting on January 4th at the Eaglesham Seniors Center at 7pm.

If you would like to join virtually please contact the Eaglesham or Tangent Library 780-359-3793 or 780-359-2666

Christmas Hampers

Delivery Date set for December 17th! Download your application form here, or pick one up at our County office. Accepting food donations at the front desk of the county office.


Unsightly Properties in Hamlets September 29, 2021

Being new to the area, has created an opportunity to look at matters with a fresh set of eyes. While our current Unsightly Bylaw 2019-12 has been in place for some time, it appears that it has been inconsistently applied. I believe the residents of the hamlets, Council and administration all want the same objective; clean properties which are properly maintained, while still enjoying the quality of life that a rural lifestyle brings. Such an approach will hopefully encourage others to consider moving to our communities and uphold property values as well. To that end, I would like to take this opportunity to advise residents that Council has directed me, as the bylaw officer, to apply the bylaw consistently and fairly. As per the bylaw, property owners are responsible to keep such property and any public property which abuts or flanks such property, in a presentable condition and shall:

• remove garbage, yard material, animal material, building material and ashes as it accumulates;

• prune and remove trees or shrubs in deteriorating condition located on the premises;

• cut grass and control dandelions and other weeds;

• remove any vehicles, equipment, machinery, trash or parts thereof; and

• not suffer or permit trees, or other vegetation growing on the property to interfere or endanger the lines, poles, conduits, pipes, sewers, public utility laneways or other works of the County

A copy of the bylaw is available on our website. A number of clean up orders have already been issued. We would rather property owners take pride in their properties and not require the County to impose orders to comply. Please note however, that should an order be issued, and non-compliance results, the County will take the necessary steps as per the bylaw to clean up the property and invoice the property owner. Should an invoice remain unpaid, the invoice will be applied to the individual’s tax roll.

In closing, working together we can make a difference. Beautifying our communities’ benefits everyone. Thank you in advance for taking a proactive approach.


Larry Davidson, CAO

Bylaw Officer


Please be advised that the Provincial government has reimplemented temporary measures for COVID-19 effective Sept. 4th at 8a.m. Prior to entering the county building you will be required to wear a mask.

Should you wish to know further details about the new temporary measures you can find information here:

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 780-694-3793


Larry Davidson

Chief Administration Officer

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.

Wanham Lagoon

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

Please contact the County Office for further details.

Community Newsletter

Read the newsletters for Eaglesham and Wanham.

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

Smoky River FCSS Newsletter

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 Larry Davidson, 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.