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2011 Map of Birch Hills County

Strategic Plan
(PDF Document)


Meeting Schedule

Due to maintaining Public Health measures, on January 26, 2021 the Regular Council Meeting will be held virtually.


Regular Council Meeting
January 26, 2021


Emergency Contacts

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.

Council Meeting Being Held Virtually

Due to maintaining Public Health measures, on January 26, 2021 the Regular Council Meeting will be held virtually.

Please join the council meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

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Paying Bills Online

Pay your bills with telephone or online banking through:

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.

Do you have questions about the decommissioned railway line in Birch Hills County?

Residents with questions related to access of the decommissioned railway line are encouraged to contact Lucy Stevenson, Tax/Development Clerk at 780-694-3793 or .

November 25, 2020


The Birch Hills County Administration building will be closed to the public, except by appointment in response to new Provincial COVID restrictions. The new public health measures come into effect December 08, 2020 and are in place for a minimum of 4 weeks.

To schedule an appointment phone 780-694-3793. County Administration building is open Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 8:15 am – 4:30 pm

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.

RMA Launches Internet Speed Test Project

Highspeed rural internet is critical for economic development, engaging in the digital economy, and working and learning from home. The Government of Canada has announced the goal of providing access to 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speeds to all Canadians by 2030. The internet speed test will allow RMA to demonstrate the current state of broadband in rural Alberta and use this information to drive advocacy for federal funding. Visit:

Feed Your Future

On February 3, 2021 Ag for Life & FCC will be hosting… Feed your Future - An event designed to empower, connect and inspire a network of young women ages 14+. To learn more visit:

Service Canada

Service Canada has financial help during COVID-19 for Seniors, Youth and Businesses.

The online link allows you to search and apply for the needed financial help during these trying times.

For a complete list of programs, services and resources avaiable through the Government of Canada visit:


Let's work together to stay safe. ABTraceTogether is a mobile contact tracing app that helps to let you know if you've been exposed to COVID-19 – or if you've exposed others – while protecting your privacy. To learn more visit:

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

Community Newsletter

Read the newsletters for Eaglesham and Wanham.

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

Smoky River FCSS Newsletter

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 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 Rick Bastow, 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.