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Welcome to Big Lakes

Welcome to Big Lakes County, Alberta, Canada!  

Our municipal region, formerly known as the "Municipal District of Big Lakes", has now been approved by the Government of Alberta to become "Big Lakes County".  Join us as we enter this exciting transition! 


Big Lakes Christmas Angels 2016

Christmas is coming once again and Big Lakes Family and Community Services is again gearing up to distribute food hampers and toys to disadvantaged families within the boundaries of Big Lakes County.

At Christmas, and especially during these economic time, stress levels increase for many low income families as there are no additional resources and this can add up to major disappointment - especially when children's expectations cannot be met.

With donated funds, Big Lakes FCS staff buy groceries and toys for the children and put together the Christmas hampers.  It is our goal that every resident of the County enjoys food on the table and toys under the tree this Christmas.  All hamper recipients MUST RESIDE (with proof of mailing address) within the boundaries of Big Lakes County.

A monetary donation, small or large, to the Christmas Angels Program can make a positive difference right in your own community.  If you make donations this year please think of those close to home. This year, cash donations to purchase items for the food hampers and gifts for teenage boys and girls are most needed. Suggested GIFT donations:  teenage girls and boys (backpacks, bags, totes, headphones, board games, books, alarm clocks, comic book items, small radios and electronic games, hats, scarves, gloves are great ideas).

Big Lakes County will issue official tax receipts for all monetary donations.  Donations can be made payable to "Big Lakes County" and mailed to Box 239, High Prairie, AB, T0G 1E0, or dropped off at the County administration office or an FCS Outreach office.

If you or someone you know, within County boundaries, may qualify for a hamper, please contact an FCS office for an application form: 780-776-3811 (Joussard), 780-751-3806 (Grouard), 780-523-5925 (Enilda), 780-355-3896 (Faust), 780-775-3666 (Kinuso), or 780-523-0062 (High Prairie office for County residents).


TOY DONATION BOXES ARE LOCATED at the County Administration Office & Peavey Mart in High Prairie.

All information is kept confidential.

"Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance.  To a friend, your heart.  To a customer, service.  To all, charity. To every child, a good example.  To yourself, respect."  ~Oren Arnold


Municipal Development Plan / Land Use Bylaw Project

Big Lakes County and V3 Companies of Canada Ltd. are holding a public open house on Wednesday, November 23rd at 7:00 pm in Joussard to present the updated drafts of these key planning documents.  Click to find details on the open house.
Copies will be available at the County offices in High Prairie, Joussard, and Kinuso or download your copy here: Municipal Development Plan / MDP Maps and Land Use Bylaw / LUB Maps.

Request for Proposals

Big Lakes County is requesting proposals from qualified engineering consultants for the design, tendering and project management services for the Water Reservoir, Pumping Station & Truck Fill System (including back-up power system) in the Triangle area (west of the Town of High Prairie).  Proposals must be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the bidder's name and address on or before 2:00 p.m. on November 30, 2016.  Download the Request for Proposals information here.


Member At-Large Appointments

Annually the Council for Big Lakes County seeks interest from individuals to be part of various boards and committees to serve our public. Council seeks individuals with interest and expertise in the following areas:

    • Agricultural Service Board
    • Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
    • Assessment Review Board

More information on these boards can be found in the attached document: Members At-Large


FireSmart Days

In partnership with Alberta Agriculture & Forestry, Big Lakes County hosted a FireSmart Educational Day in the hamlet of Grouard on October 22nd. Thank you to all who came attended.  

Additional FireSmart days will be taking place around the County in 2017. Learn how to do a FireSmart home assessment, bring the kids to learn about fire hazards, take part in fun activities and enjoy a free BBQ! Stay tuned for more information...


BIG LAKES COUNTY "A place we are proud to call home!" AMATEUR PHOTO CONTEST

Amateur Photo Contest Poster 

Submissions will be accepted for the duration each contest cycle.  See here for the Submission Form & Rules