List of summer villages in Alberta

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Distribution of Alberta's 51 summer villages Alberta Summer Villages.png
Distribution of Alberta's 51 summer villages

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.

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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. [1] 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. [1]

Alberta Province of Canada

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, Alberta Summer village in Alberta, Canada

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 Summer village in Alberta, Canada

Betula Beach is a summer village in Alberta, Canada.

History

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. [2]

Canada Country in North America

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. [2] The 54 summer villages that existed at the time [3] were permitted to continue to operate as before. [2]

List

Municipal
census

population
(year) [4]
Population
(2016) [5]
Population
(2011) [1]
Change
(%) [1]
Land
area
(km²) [1]
Population
density
(per km²) [1]
Argentia Beach Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of January 1, 1967align=center| 2715−71.20.6921.6
Betula Beach Parkland County January 1, 1960align=center| 1610−33.30.1854.5
Birch Cove Lac Ste. Anne County December 31, 1988align=center| 454518.40.29157.8
Birchcliff Lacombe County January 1, 1972align=center| 117112−10.40.98114.0
Bondiss Athabasca County January 1, 1983align=center| 110106−19.11.3379.9
Bonnyville Beach Bonnyville No. 87, M.D. of January 1, 1958align=center| 8495−2.10.38253.2
Burnstick Lake Clearwater County December 31, 1991align=center| 016−62.80.1889.9
Castle Island Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1955align=center| 1019−13.60.05361.9
Crystal Springs Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of January 1, 1957align=center| 5190−19.60.58156.0
Ghost Lake Bighorn No. 8, M.D. of December 31, 1953align=center| 82813.80.63129.4
Golden Days Leduc County January 1, 1965align=center| 160141−31.92.2762.0
Grandview Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of January 1, 1967align=center| 114108−15.00.80135.6
Gull Lake Lacombe County September 1, 1993align=center| 176122−40.20.70174.9
Half Moon Bay Lacombe County January 1, 1978align=center| 423818.80.17229.2
Horseshoe Bay St. Paul No. 19, County of January 1, 1985align=center| 4937−82.71.0435.4
Island Lake Athabasca County January 1, 1958align=center| 228243−30.81.45167.8
Island Lake South Athabasca County January 1, 1983align=center| 6172−31.40.63114.3
Itaska Beach Leduc County June 30, 1953align=center| 2320−42.90.2870.8
Jarvis Bay Red Deer County January 1, 1986align=center| 21320310.90.55371.1
Kapasiwin Parkland County September 1, 199314
(2012)
align=center| 1010−33.30.3132.3
Lakeview Parkland County October 25, 1913align=center| 3026−27.80.3378.8
Larkspur Westlock County January 1, 1985align=center| 4438−32.10.22172.0
Ma-Me-O Beach Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of December 31, 1948align=center| 110113−27.10.65173.4
Mewatha Beach Athabasca County January 1, 1978align=center| 9079−52.70.78101.9
Nakamun Park Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1966align=center| 9636−59.10.4188.7
Norglenwold Red Deer County January 1, 1965align=center| 273232−14.10.67345.2
Norris Beach Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of December 31, 1988align=center| 384615.00.16285.5
Parkland Beach Ponoka County January 1, 1984align=center| 153124−8.10.93133.8
Pelican Narrows Bonnyville No. 87, M.D. of July 1, 1979align=center| 15116214.90.70230.0
Point Alison Parkland County December 31, 195010
(2013)
align=center| 10150.00.1692.9
Poplar Bay Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of January 1, 1967align=center| 10380−4.80.79101.0
Rochon Sands Stettler No. 6, County of May 17, 1929align=center| 8665−1.52.3228.0
Ross Haven Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1962align=center| 160137−30.80.70194.5
Sandy Beach Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1956align=center| 278223−6.72.4391.8
Seba Beach Parkland County August 20, 1920align=center| 169143−29.60.71201.1
Silver Beach Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of December 31, 1953align=center| 655210.60.6678.2
Silver Sands Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1969154
(2012)
align=center| 16085−50.92.3536.2
South Baptiste Athabasca County January 1, 1983align=center| 6652−24.61.0549.6
South View Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 197076
(2012)
align=center| 6735−69.60.6951.0
Sunbreaker Cove Lacombe County December 31, 1990align=center| 8169−49.60.49140.6
Sundance Beach Leduc County January 1, 1970align=center| 7382−19.60.42196.2
Sunrise Beach Lac Ste. Anne County December 31, 1988align=center| 135149−12.41.7286.4
Sunset Beach Athabasca County May 1, 1977align=center| 4944−50.00.9944.4
Sunset Point Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1959align=center| 169221−8.71.11198.6
Val Quentin Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1966align=center| 252157−13.30.30522.5
Waiparous Bighorn No. 8, M.D. of January 1, 198664
(2014)
align=center| 4942−14.30.41103.0
West Baptiste Athabasca County January 1, 1983align=center| 3852−50.00.6086.2
West Cove Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1963align=center| 149121−28.41.21100.1
Whispering Hills Athabasca County January 1, 1983align=center| 142108−13.61.7362.3
White Sands Stettler No. 6, County of January 1, 1980align=center| 12091−24.21.6057.0
Yellowstone Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1965131
(2012)
align=center| 137124−27.10.28438.5
Total summer villages 4,5866,140−25.341.06111.7

Former summer villages

Four other communities in Alberta have previously held summer village status – Alberta Beach, [6] Chestermere Lake (now Chestermere), [7] Edmonton Beach (now Spring Lake), [8] and White Gull. [9]

Chestermere City in Alberta, Canada

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, Alberta Village in Alberta, Canada

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, Alberta human settlement in Alberta, Canada

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.

CommunityIncorporation date
(summer village)
Status change
date
Subsequent
status
Alberta Beach August 23, 1920January 1, 1999Village
Chestermere Lake April 1, 1977March 1, 1993Town
Edmonton Beach January 1, 1959January 1, 1999Village
White Gull January 1, 1983January 1, 2003Unincorporated

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References

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  2. 1 2 3 "The History of Summer Villages". Association of Summer Villages of Alberta. Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved December 10, 2009.
  3. "1995 Official Population" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  4. 2014 Municipal Affairs Population List (PDF) (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN   978-1-4601-2067-5 . Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  5. "Census Profile, 2016 Census". Statistics Canada. September 13, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  6. "Location and History Profile: Alberta Beach". Alberta Municipal Affairs. February 3, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  7. "Location and History Profile: Town of Chestermere". Alberta Municipal Affairs. February 3, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  8. "Location and History Profile: Village of Spring Lake". Alberta Municipal Affairs. February 3, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  9. "Order in Council (O.C.) 461/2002". Government of Alberta. October 8, 2002. Retrieved February 5, 2012.