Lac La Biche County

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Lac La Biche County
Municipal district
Lac la Biche
Official logo of Lac La Biche County
Motto: Welcoming By Nature
Lac La Biche County is located in Alberta
Lac La Biche County
Location of Lac La Biche County in Alberta
Coordinates: 54°46′7″N 111°58′50″W / 54.76861°N 111.98056°W / 54.76861; -111.98056Coordinates: 54°46′7″N 111°58′50″W / 54.76861°N 111.98056°W / 54.76861; -111.98056
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Northern Alberta
Census division No. 12
Incorporated August 1, 2007[1]
 • Mayor Omer Moghrabi
 • Governing body
 • CAO Shadia Amblie
 • Office location Lac La Biche
Area (2011)[3]
 • Total 16,300.95 km2 (6,293.83 sq mi)
Elevation 574 m (1,882 ft)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 8,402
 • Density 0.5/km2 (1/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 780

Lac La Biche County is a municipal district in Division No. 12 in the northern Alberta, Canada. It was established 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.[1]

The economy is based on the oil and gas industry, agriculture and tourism. Some sawmills are also present.


Lac La Biche County's 2013 municipal census counted a population of 9,094 permanent residents.[4] The census also counted 3,126 temporary residents for a combined total population of 12,220.[4] Of the 3,126 temporary residents, 2,544 or 81.4% of them lived in work camps.[4]

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.[3]

In 2006, former Lakeland County had a population of 6,365 living in 3,158 dwellings, a 20.0% increase from 2001. The municipal district has a land area of 16,294.77 km2 (6,291.45 sq mi) and a population density of 0.4/km2 (1.0/sq mi).[5]

Communities and localities[edit]


  • Lakeland Provincial Park
  • Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park
  • Lac La Biche Mission
  • Campgrounds: Kinsmen Park Beaver Lake Group Camp Area, Fork Lake, Elinor Lake Resort, Fish’N Friends Beaver Lake Campground, Young’s Beach Campground, Plamondon White Sands, Spruce Point Resort, Diesel Own Hoot Cabins & Campgrounds, Steepbank Wilderness Resort
  • Community halls in Owl River, Hylo, Rich Lake, Craigend and Plamondon
  • Golf: Lac La Biche Golf and Country Club



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)
  • Central Elementary School (4-5)
  • DR Swift Middle School (6-8)
  • J.A. Williams High School (9-12)
  • Off Campus High School
  • Portage College

Lakeland Catholic Schools

  • Light of Christ Catholic School



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 – Big Dog (CILB FM 103.5) and Aboriginal Radio (CFWE FM 89.9).

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