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Jim Alexy
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Dion Hynes
Director of Public Works

Michael Coy
Manager of
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Tom Morgan Fire Chief

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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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FEBRUARY 25, 2020

The Westvale Well is open.


2020 Recreation Board Funding

The Birch Hills County Recreation Board is now accepting applications for recreational funding from groups and organizations within the County. The funding policies, guidelines and application forms may be picked up at the Birch Hills County Office Wanham during office hours or click on the following link:

2020 Policy 71-01(2)-19 Recreation Operating Assistance Grant Application.

To qualify for Birch Hills County Recreation Board Funding your Organization must reside in Birch Hills County. Completed application with the required documentation must be returned to the Birch Hills County office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday March 13th, 2020. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Birch Hills County office at 780-694-3793.



Effective January 01/2020 Birch Hills County will be upgrading the disinfection system at the Eaglesham Water Treatment Plant. Currently only Chlorine is used as the disinfectant. January 2020 Aqueous Ammonia will be added in addition to the chlorine. This will result in a more stable disinfectant, lasting much longer giving better control of any disinfectant by-products. Water quality will remain the same and may even improve slightly. The only people affected will be those using Dialysis machines and fish aquariums. Consultation with their manufacture will be required.


Birch Hills County Water Information Report for 2013-2018

Data for this report has been collected from the monthly water reports at the regional water plant in Eaglesham from January 2013 to December 2018.

County staff has used this data to generate a report to County Council with the intention of providing them with information not limited to water consumption, truck fill usage and water treatment costs. For a complete report click here.



Land Use Bylaw Amendment Public Hearing

The Land Use Bylaw Amendment No. 2020-01 received First Reading on February13th, 2020. A Public Hearing will be held on March 12th, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. during the Regular Council meeting in the Council Chambers at the County office.

The proposed bylaw is available by clicking hereor at the County office.

If you have questions about the Bylaw or process, please contact the Development Officer or the Development Clerk at the County office (780-694-3793).

Public is requested to submit any concerns they may have regarding this Bylaw  in writing to Birch Hills County, Box 157 Wanham, AB T0H 3P0 within fourteen (14) days from the date of this notice with the deadline being March 5, 2020 or attend the Public Hearing.

A Bylaw of Birch Hills County, in the Province of Alberta, to amend the Birch Hills County Land Use Bylaw No. 2019-06.

Add "Agriculture, industry" and "Agriculture, sales and service" as a discretionary uses to the Hamlet Industrial District in Section 10.9, and reflect these additions in Section 10 Land Use Districts Land Use Matrix.

Smoky River Flooding Damages July 2020

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. Recovering from a disaster is difficult. Disaster recovery programs provide financial assistance for municipalities and their citizens who incur uninsurable loss and damage as a result of a disastrous event. These programs are an effective way of assisting municipalities by ensuring that the costs of disasters are shared by all Albertans, and whenever possible, by all Canadians through cost sharing arrangements with the federal government.

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 Smoky River flooding in Early July 2020.

Please notify the County if your property has sustained uninsurable damage as a result of the July 2020 Smoky River flooding. Please click hereto complete form to submit.

To notify the County of your damage call: (780) 694-3793or

For more information on Assistance and Recovery Support please visit:

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

Community Newsletter

Read the newsletters forEaglesham andWanham.

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

Smoky River FCSS newsletter for January, February, March 2020


Time to Recycle those Empty Grain Bags in Alberta; Collection Sites are Ready and Waiting for more information click here

DECEMBER 16, 2019

The Shaftesberry Ferry is closedfor the season.


DECEMBER 01, 2018

The Burnt River Crossing is closed.



TWP 772 Closed

From Twp 733 to RR 34.

Detour RR 34 South to Twp 770, East to Twp 733. 



As per the Municipal Government Act section 276(3), notice is hereby given that the 2018 Financial Statement, including the 2018 auditor’s report, is available on the Birch Hills County website under the Finance section.  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