Lac La Biche County

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Lac La Biche County
Comté de Lac La Biche
Lac la Biche
Official logo of Lac La Biche County Comté de Lac La Biche
Welcoming By Nature
Location within Alberta
Location within Alberta
RegionNorthern Alberta
Planning regionLower Athabasca
 • Municipal districtAugust 1, 2007
 • Specialized municipalityJanuary 1, 2018
 • MayorOmer Moghrabi
 • Governing body Colin Cote
 • CAOShadia Amblie
 • Office locationLac La Biche
 • Land12,572.29 km2 (4,854.19 sq mi)
574 m (1,882 ft)
 • Total8,330
 • Density0.7/km2 (2/sq mi)
 • Municipal census (2016)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
Area code(s)780

Lac La Biche County is a specialized municipality within Division No. 12 in northern Alberta, Canada. Its economy is based on the oil and gas industry, agriculture and tourism. Some sawmills are also present.


Lac La Biche County was originally established as a municipal district on August 1, 2007 through the amalgamation of Lakeland County with the Town of Lac La Biche. Its predecessor municipal district, Lakeland County, was originally incorporated on July 1, 1998, formed from the northwestern part of the Municipal District of Bonnyville No. 87.[5] Lac La Biche County converted from municipal district status to specialized municipality status on January 1, 2018.[6]


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Lac La Biche County recorded a population of 8,330 living in 3,076 of its 3,998 total private dwellings, a -0.9% change from its 2011 population of 8,402. With a land area of 12,572.29 km2 (4,854.19 sq mi), it had a population density of 0.7/km2 (1.7/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

The population of Lac La Biche County according to its 2016 municipal census is 8,544,[4] a -5.5% change from its 2013 municipal census population of 9,044.[7] The 2016 and 2013 municipal censuses also counted temporary residents. In 2016, 987 temporary residents were counted in comparison to 3,126 in 2013.[4][7] Of the 3,126 temporary residents in 2013, 2,544 or 81.4% of them lived in work camps.[8]

In the 2011 Census, Lac La Biche County had a population of 8,402 living in 2,989 of its 3,888 total dwellings, a -7.9% change from its 2006 population of 9,123. With a land area of 16,300.95 km2 (6,293.83 sq mi), it had a population density of 0.5/km2 (1.3/sq mi) in 2011.[9]

Communities and localities[edit]




The full air-service Lac La Biche Airport is located west of the Hamlet of Lac La Biche, 0.7 km (0.43 mi) north of Highway 55. The airstrip is 5,700 ft (1,700 m) in length and 100 ft (30 m) wide and can accommodate 737 jets. Numerous carriers offer scheduled charter flights out of the airport. Alberta Air Spray Wildfire protection also uses the airstrip as a base accommodating large water tankers.


A Canadian National rail line, operates though the community of Lac La Biche connecting the rail to the north.


Several highways service Lac La Biche County including highways 55, 35, 63, 881 and 858.


Northern Lights School Division No. 69

  • Vera M Welsh Elementary (K-3)
  • Aurora Middle School (4-8)
  • J.A. Williams High School (9-12)
  • Off Campus High School
  • Portage College

Lakeland Catholic Schools

  • Light of Christ Catholic School

Conseil Centre-Est

  • École Sainte-Catherine (K-3)



Lac La Biche County is served by the weekly Lac La Biche Post and the Town and Country.


Two FM radio stations broadcast out of Lac La Biche – BOOM (CILB FM 103.5) and Aboriginal Radio (CFWE FM 89.9).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Lac La Biche County" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. December 29, 2017. p. 166. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "2016 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN 978-1-4601-3127-5. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  5. ^ "Lac La Biche County". Alberta Municipal Affairs. August 2007. Retrieved November 9, 2007.
  6. ^ "O.C. 259/2017". Government of Alberta. September 14, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "2015 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN 978-1-4601-2630-1. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "County completes 2013 municipal census". Lac La Biche County. July 9, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  9. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  11. ^ "Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2006, Economic Regions: 4812005 - Lakeland County, geographical codes and localities, 2006". Statistics Canada. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2012-08-11.

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