List of summer villages in Alberta

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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.

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]

History[edit]

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]

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[edit]

Name Rural municipality[4] Incorporation date
(summer village)[5]
Municipal
census
population
(year)[6]
Population
(2011)[1]
Population
(2006)[1]
Change
(%)[1]
Land
area
(km²)[1]
Population
density
(per km²)[1]
Argentia Beach Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of January 1, 1967 15 52 −71.2 0.69 21.6
Betula Beach Parkland County January 1, 1960 10 15 −33.3 0.18 54.5
Birch Cove Lac Ste. Anne County December 31, 1988 45 38 18.4 0.29 157.8
Birchcliff Lacombe County January 1, 1972 112 125 −10.4 0.98 114.0
Bondiss Athabasca County January 1, 1983 106 131 −19.1 1.33 79.9
Bonnyville Beach Bonnyville No. 87, M.D. of January 1, 1958 95 97 −2.1 0.38 253.2
Burnstick Lake Clearwater County December 31, 1991 16 43 −62.8 0.18 89.9
Castle Island Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1955 19 22 −13.6 0.05 361.9
Crystal Springs Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of January 1, 1957 90 112 −19.6 0.58 156.0
Ghost Lake Bighorn No. 8, M.D. of December 31, 1953 81 78 3.8 0.63 129.4
Golden Days Leduc County January 1, 1965 141 207 −31.9 2.27 62.0
Grandview Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of January 1, 1967 108 127 −15.0 0.80 135.6
Gull Lake Lacombe County September 1, 1993 122 204 −40.2 0.70 174.9
Half Moon Bay Lacombe County January 1, 1978 38 32 18.8 0.17 229.2
Horseshoe Bay St. Paul No. 19, County of January 1, 1985 37 214 −82.7 1.04 35.4
Island Lake Athabasca County January 1, 1958 243 351 −30.8 1.45 167.8
Island Lake South Athabasca County January 1, 1983 72 105 −31.4 0.63 114.3
Itaska Beach Leduc County June 30, 1953 20 35 −42.9 0.28 70.8
Jarvis Bay Red Deer County January 1, 1986 203 183 10.9 0.55 371.1
Kapasiwin Parkland County September 1, 1993 14
(2012)
10 15[7] −33.3 0.31 32.3
Lakeview Parkland County October 25, 1913 26 36 −27.8 0.33 78.8
Larkspur Westlock County January 1, 1985 38 56 −32.1 0.22 172.0
Ma-Me-O Beach Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of December 31, 1948 113 155 −27.1 0.65 173.4
Mewatha Beach Athabasca County January 1, 1978 79 167 −52.7 0.78 101.9
Nakamun Park Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1966 36 88 −59.1 0.41 88.7
Norglenwold Red Deer County January 1, 1965 232 270 −14.1 0.67 345.2
Norris Beach Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of December 31, 1988 46 40 15.0 0.16 285.5
Parkland Beach Ponoka County January 1, 1984 124 135 −8.1 0.93 133.8
Pelican Narrows Bonnyville No. 87, M.D. of July 1, 1979 162 141 14.9 0.70 230.0
Point Alison Parkland County December 31, 1950 10
(2013)
15 15 0.0 0.16 92.9
Poplar Bay Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of January 1, 1967 80 84 −4.8 0.79 101.0
Rochon Sands Stettler No. 6, County of May 17, 1929 65[8] 66 −1.5 2.32 28.0
Ross Haven Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1962 137 198 −30.8 0.70 194.5
Sandy Beach Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1956 223 239 −6.7 2.43 91.8
Seba Beach Parkland County August 20, 1920 143 203 −29.6 0.71 201.1
Silver Beach Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of December 31, 1953 52 47 10.6 0.66 78.2
Silver Sands Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1969 154
(2012)
85 173 −50.9 2.35 36.2
South Baptiste Athabasca County January 1, 1983 52 69 −24.6 1.05 49.6
South View Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1970 76
(2012)
35 115 −69.6 0.69 51.0
Sunbreaker Cove Lacombe County December 31, 1990 69 137 −49.6 0.49 140.6
Sundance Beach Leduc County January 1, 1970 82 102 −19.6 0.42 196.2
Sunrise Beach Lac Ste. Anne County December 31, 1988 149 170 −12.4 1.72 86.4
Sunset Beach Athabasca County May 1, 1977 44 88 −50.0 0.99 44.4
Sunset Point Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1959 221 242 −8.7 1.11 198.6
Val Quentin Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1966 157 181 −13.3 0.30 522.5
Waiparous Bighorn No. 8, M.D. of January 1, 1986 42 49 −14.3 0.41 103.0
West Baptiste Athabasca County January 1, 1983 52 104 −50.0 0.60 86.2
West Cove Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1963 121 169 −28.4 1.21 100.1
Whispering Hills Athabasca County January 1, 1983 108 125 −13.6 1.73 62.3
White Sands Stettler No. 6, County of January 1, 1980 91 120 −24.2 1.60 57.0
Yellowstone Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1965 131
(2012)
124 170 −27.1 0.28 438.5
Total summer villages 4,586 6,140 −25.3 41.06 111.7

Former summer villages[edit]

Four other communities in Alberta have previously held summer village status – Alberta Beach,[9] Chestermere Lake (now Chestermere),[10] Edmonton Beach (now Spring Lake),[11] and White Gull.[12]

Community Incorporation date
(summer village)
Status change
date
Subsequent
status
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. January 30, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "The History of Summer Villages". Association of Summer Villages of Alberta. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  3. ^ "1995 Official Population". Alberta Municipal Affairs. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  4. ^ "Communities Within Specialized and Rural Municipalities". Alberta Municipal Affairs. April 9, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Municipal Profiles: Summary Reports (Towns)". Alberta Municipal Affairs. May 17, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "2013 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. November 20, 2013. pp. 8 9. ISBN 978-1-4601-1418-6. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "2006 Census corrections and updates". Statistics Canada. June 23, 2009. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Corrections and updates". Statistics Canada. March 21, 2013. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Location and History Profile: Alberta Beach". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  10. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Chestermere". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  11. ^ "Location and History Profile: Village of Spring Lake". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  12. ^ "Order in Council (O.C.) 461/2002". Government of Alberta. 2002-10-08. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 

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