Summer villages in Alberta are incorporated communities that have permanent populations generally less than 300 permanent inhabitants, as well as seasonal (non-permanent) inhabitants.
A municipal corporation is the legal term for a local governing body, including cities, counties, towns, townships, charter townships, villages, and boroughs. The term can also be used to describe municipally owned corporations.
Alberta has a total of 51 summer villages that had a cumulative population of 4,605 and an average population of 90 in the 2011 Census.Alberta's largest summer village is Island Lake with a population of 243, while Betula Beach and Kapasiwin are the smallest each with a population of 10.
Alberta is a western province of Canada. With an estimated population of 4,067,175 as of 2016 census, it is Canada's fourth most populous province and the most populous of Canada's three prairie provinces. Its area is about 660,000 square kilometres (250,000 sq mi). Alberta and its neighbour Saskatchewan were districts of the Northwest Territories until they were established as provinces on September 1, 1905. The premier has been Rachel Notley since 2015.
Island Lake is a summer village in Alberta, Canada. It is located on the western shore of Island Lake, along Highway 2, northwest of Athabasca.
Betula Beach is a summer village in Alberta, Canada.
A summer village is a type of municipal status used in Alberta, Canada founded in 1913. It was used in resort areas that were mainly active in the summer and where most residents were seasonal. Cottage owners did not want to pay for municipal services that they didn't need but wished to have a voice in local government of the resort area.
Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Canada's southern border with the United States is the world's longest bi-national land border. Its capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra. Consequently, its population is highly urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Canada's climate varies widely across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons.
Changes were made to the provincial laws to allow elections to be held in July and to allow seasonal residents to run for office and vote in the summer village without losing these same rights in their place of permanent residence.
In 1995, provincial legislation was changed to prevent the formation of new summer villages.The 54 summer villages that existed at the time were permitted to continue to operate as before.
|Argentia Beach||Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of||January 1, 1967||align=center| 27||15||−71.2||0.69||21.6|
|Betula Beach||Parkland County||January 1, 1960||align=center| 16||10||−33.3||0.18||54.5|
|Birch Cove||Lac Ste. Anne County||December 31, 1988||align=center| 45||45||18.4||0.29||157.8|
|Birchcliff||Lacombe County||January 1, 1972||align=center| 117||112||−10.4||0.98||114.0|
|Bondiss||Athabasca County||January 1, 1983||align=center| 110||106||−19.1||1.33||79.9|
|Bonnyville Beach||Bonnyville No. 87, M.D. of||January 1, 1958||align=center| 84||95||−2.1||0.38||253.2|
|Burnstick Lake||Clearwater County||December 31, 1991||align=center| 0||16||−62.8||0.18||89.9|
|Castle Island||Lac Ste. Anne County||January 1, 1955||align=center| 10||19||−13.6||0.05||361.9|
|Crystal Springs||Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of||January 1, 1957||align=center| 51||90||−19.6||0.58||156.0|
|Ghost Lake||Bighorn No. 8, M.D. of||December 31, 1953||align=center| 82||81||3.8||0.63||129.4|
|Golden Days||Leduc County||January 1, 1965||align=center| 160||141||−31.9||2.27||62.0|
|Grandview||Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of||January 1, 1967||align=center| 114||108||−15.0||0.80||135.6|
|Gull Lake||Lacombe County||September 1, 1993||align=center| 176||122||−40.2||0.70||174.9|
|Half Moon Bay||Lacombe County||January 1, 1978||align=center| 42||38||18.8||0.17||229.2|
|Horseshoe Bay||St. Paul No. 19, County of||January 1, 1985||align=center| 49||37||−82.7||1.04||35.4|
|Island Lake||Athabasca County||January 1, 1958||align=center| 228||243||−30.8||1.45||167.8|
|Island Lake South||Athabasca County||January 1, 1983||align=center| 61||72||−31.4||0.63||114.3|
|Itaska Beach||Leduc County||June 30, 1953||align=center| 23||20||−42.9||0.28||70.8|
|Jarvis Bay||Red Deer County||January 1, 1986||align=center| 213||203||10.9||0.55||371.1|
|Kapasiwin||Parkland County||September 1, 1993||14|
|Lakeview||Parkland County||October 25, 1913||align=center| 30||26||−27.8||0.33||78.8|
|Larkspur||Westlock County||January 1, 1985||align=center| 44||38||−32.1||0.22||172.0|
|Ma-Me-O Beach||Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of||December 31, 1948||align=center| 110||113||−27.1||0.65||173.4|
|Mewatha Beach||Athabasca County||January 1, 1978||align=center| 90||79||−52.7||0.78||101.9|
|Nakamun Park||Lac Ste. Anne County||January 1, 1966||align=center| 96||36||−59.1||0.41||88.7|
|Norglenwold||Red Deer County||January 1, 1965||align=center| 273||232||−14.1||0.67||345.2|
|Norris Beach||Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of||December 31, 1988||align=center| 38||46||15.0||0.16||285.5|
|Parkland Beach||Ponoka County||January 1, 1984||align=center| 153||124||−8.1||0.93||133.8|
|Pelican Narrows||Bonnyville No. 87, M.D. of||July 1, 1979||align=center| 151||162||14.9||0.70||230.0|
|Point Alison||Parkland County||December 31, 1950||10|
|Poplar Bay||Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of||January 1, 1967||align=center| 103||80||−4.8||0.79||101.0|
|Rochon Sands||Stettler No. 6, County of||May 17, 1929||align=center| 86||65||−1.5||2.32||28.0|
|Ross Haven||Lac Ste. Anne County||January 1, 1962||align=center| 160||137||−30.8||0.70||194.5|
|Sandy Beach||Lac Ste. Anne County||January 1, 1956||align=center| 278||223||−6.7||2.43||91.8|
|Seba Beach||Parkland County||August 20, 1920||align=center| 169||143||−29.6||0.71||201.1|
|Silver Beach||Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of||December 31, 1953||align=center| 65||52||10.6||0.66||78.2|
|Silver Sands||Lac Ste. Anne County||January 1, 1969||154|
|South Baptiste||Athabasca County||January 1, 1983||align=center| 66||52||−24.6||1.05||49.6|
|South View||Lac Ste. Anne County||January 1, 1970||76|
|Sunbreaker Cove||Lacombe County||December 31, 1990||align=center| 81||69||−49.6||0.49||140.6|
|Sundance Beach||Leduc County||January 1, 1970||align=center| 73||82||−19.6||0.42||196.2|
|Sunrise Beach||Lac Ste. Anne County||December 31, 1988||align=center| 135||149||−12.4||1.72||86.4|
|Sunset Beach||Athabasca County||May 1, 1977||align=center| 49||44||−50.0||0.99||44.4|
|Sunset Point||Lac Ste. Anne County||January 1, 1959||align=center| 169||221||−8.7||1.11||198.6|
|Val Quentin||Lac Ste. Anne County||January 1, 1966||align=center| 252||157||−13.3||0.30||522.5|
|Waiparous||Bighorn No. 8, M.D. of||January 1, 1986||64|
|West Baptiste||Athabasca County||January 1, 1983||align=center| 38||52||−50.0||0.60||86.2|
|West Cove||Lac Ste. Anne County||January 1, 1963||align=center| 149||121||−28.4||1.21||100.1|
|Whispering Hills||Athabasca County||January 1, 1983||align=center| 142||108||−13.6||1.73||62.3|
|White Sands||Stettler No. 6, County of||January 1, 1980||align=center| 120||91||−24.2||1.60||57.0|
|Yellowstone||Lac Ste. Anne County||January 1, 1965||131|
|Total summer villages||–||–||–||4,586||6,140||−25.3||41.06||111.7|
Four other communities in Alberta have previously held summer village status – Alberta Beach,Chestermere Lake (now Chestermere), Edmonton Beach (now Spring Lake), and White Gull.
Chestermere, originally named Chestermere Lake, is a city in the Canadian province of Alberta, within Rocky View County. It is largely a commuter town of Calgary and is a member municipality of the Calgary Regional Partnership. The city, which surrounds Chestermere Lake, was known as Chestermere Lake from 1977 to 1993.
Spring Lake, originally named Edmonton Beach, is a village in central Alberta, Canada. It is located on the eastern shore of Spring Lake, approximately 20 km (12 mi) and 40 km (25 mi) west of the cities of Spruce Grove and Edmonton respectively. Hasse Lake is located 6 km (3.7 mi) southwest of Spring Lake. It was known as the Summer Village of Edmonton Beach from 1959 to 1999.
White Gull is an unincorporated community in northern Alberta within the Athabasca County. It was formerly incorporated as a summer village prior to its dissolution on January 1, 2003. White Gull is located 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) west of Highway 2, 138 kilometres (86 mi) north of Edmonton.
|Alberta Beach||August 23, 1920||January 1, 1999||Village|
|Chestermere Lake||April 1, 1977||March 1, 1993||Town|
|Edmonton Beach||January 1, 1959||January 1, 1999||Village|
|White Gull||January 1, 1983||January 1, 2003||Unincorporated|
Sylvan Lake is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located 25 kilometres (16 mi) west of the City of Red Deer along Highway 11 or Highway 11A. It is situated on the southeast edge of Sylvan Lake, a 15-kilometre-long (9.3 mi) freshwater lake, in Red Deer County.
Jasper is a specialized municipality in western Alberta, Canada. It is the commercial centre of Jasper National Park, located in the Canadian Rockies within the Athabasca River valley. Jasper is approximately 362 kilometres (225 mi) west of Edmonton and 290 kilometres (180 mi) north of Banff, Alberta, at the intersection of Highway 16 and Highway 93.
Wabamun is a village in central Alberta located 67 kilometres (42 mi) west of Edmonton, Canada on Highway 16.
Alberta Beach is a village in central Alberta, Canada, west of Edmonton. It is located on the southeast shore of Lac Ste. Anne, approximately 8 km (5.0 mi) west of Highway 43 and 2 km (1.2 mi) north of Highway 633.
Bittern Lake, originally named Rosenroll, is a village in central Alberta, Canada. It is located between Camrose and Wetaskiwin, on Highway 13. The first post office opened in the home of Ernest Roper in 1899. It was known as the Village of Rosenroll between 1904 and 1911. The present name comes from Cree Indians in the area, on account of bittern near the lake.
Elnora is a village in central Alberta, Canada north of Three Hills. It was first organized as a village on January 2, 1908 as "Stewartville" but was renamed to Elnora when the opening of a post office the next year required a unique name.
Hay Lakes is a village in central Alberta, Canada. It is located along Highway 21, approximately 32 km (20 mi) north of Camrose and 50 km (31 mi) southeast of Edmonton. It was known as the Village of Hay Lake between 1928 and 1932.
Camrose County is a municipal district in central Alberta, Canada. It is located in Census Division 10, around the City of Camrose.
Kapasiwin is a summer village in Alberta, Canada. It is located in the eastern shore of Wabamun Lake, south of Wabamun Lake Provincial Park and the Yellowhead Highway. The name derives from kapesiwin (ᑲᐯᓯᐃᐧᐣ), the Cree word for "campground". It was known as the Village of Wabamun Beach from 1913 to 1918.
Collingwood Cove is a hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County. It is located at the terminus of Highway 629, approximately 17 kilometres (11 mi) southeast of Sherwood Park.