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 (2016)[3]
 • Land 12,572.29 km2 (4,854.19 sq mi)
Elevation 574 m (1,882 ft)
Population (2016)[3]
 • Total 8,330
 • Density 0.7/km2 (2/sq mi)
 • Municipal census (2016) 8,544[4]
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.


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.[5] 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][5] Of the 3,126 temporary residents in 2013, 2,544 or 81.4% of them lived in work camps.[6]

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.[7]

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).[8]

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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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