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
(2016)[7]
Population
(2011)[1]
Change
(%)[1]
Land
area
(km²)[1]
Population
density
(per km²)[1]
Argentia Beach Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of January 1, 1967 27 15 −71.2 0.69 21.6
Betula Beach Parkland County January 1, 1960 16 10 −33.3 0.18 54.5
Birch Cove Lac Ste. Anne County December 31, 1988 45 45 18.4 0.29 157.8
Birchcliff Lacombe County January 1, 1972 117 112 −10.4 0.98 114.0
Bondiss Athabasca County January 1, 1983 110 106 −19.1 1.33 79.9
Bonnyville Beach Bonnyville No. 87, M.D. of January 1, 1958 84 95 −2.1 0.38 253.2
Burnstick Lake Clearwater County December 31, 1991 0 16 −62.8 0.18 89.9
Castle Island Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1955 10 19 −13.6 0.05 361.9
Crystal Springs Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of January 1, 1957 51 90 −19.6 0.58 156.0
Ghost Lake Bighorn No. 8, M.D. of December 31, 1953 82 81 3.8 0.63 129.4
Golden Days Leduc County January 1, 1965 160 141 −31.9 2.27 62.0
Grandview Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of January 1, 1967 114 108 −15.0 0.80 135.6
Gull Lake Lacombe County September 1, 1993 176 122 −40.2 0.70 174.9
Half Moon Bay Lacombe County January 1, 1978 42 38 18.8 0.17 229.2
Horseshoe Bay St. Paul No. 19, County of January 1, 1985 49 37 −82.7 1.04 35.4
Island Lake Athabasca County January 1, 1958 228 243 −30.8 1.45 167.8
Island Lake South Athabasca County January 1, 1983 61 72 −31.4 0.63 114.3
Itaska Beach Leduc County June 30, 1953 23 20 −42.9 0.28 70.8
Jarvis Bay Red Deer County January 1, 1986 213 203 10.9 0.55 371.1
Kapasiwin Parkland County September 1, 1993 14
(2012)
10 10 −33.3 0.31 32.3
Lakeview Parkland County October 25, 1913 30 26 −27.8 0.33 78.8
Larkspur Westlock County January 1, 1985 44 38 −32.1 0.22 172.0
Ma-Me-O Beach Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of December 31, 1948 110 113 −27.1 0.65 173.4
Mewatha Beach Athabasca County January 1, 1978 90 79 −52.7 0.78 101.9
Nakamun Park Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1966 96 36 −59.1 0.41 88.7
Norglenwold Red Deer County January 1, 1965 273 232 −14.1 0.67 345.2
Norris Beach Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of December 31, 1988 38 46 15.0 0.16 285.5
Parkland Beach Ponoka County January 1, 1984 153 124 −8.1 0.93 133.8
Pelican Narrows Bonnyville No. 87, M.D. of July 1, 1979 151 162 14.9 0.70 230.0
Point Alison Parkland County December 31, 1950 10
(2013)
10 15 0.0 0.16 92.9
Poplar Bay Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of January 1, 1967 103 80 −4.8 0.79 101.0
Rochon Sands Stettler No. 6, County of May 17, 1929 86 65 −1.5 2.32 28.0
Ross Haven Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1962 160 137 −30.8 0.70 194.5
Sandy Beach Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1956 278 223 −6.7 2.43 91.8
Seba Beach Parkland County August 20, 1920 169 143 −29.6 0.71 201.1
Silver Beach Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of December 31, 1953 65 52 10.6 0.66 78.2
Silver Sands Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1969 154
(2012)
160 85 −50.9 2.35 36.2
South Baptiste Athabasca County January 1, 1983 66 52 −24.6 1.05 49.6
South View Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1970 76
(2012)
67 35 −69.6 0.69 51.0
Sunbreaker Cove Lacombe County December 31, 1990 81 69 −49.6 0.49 140.6
Sundance Beach Leduc County January 1, 1970 73 82 −19.6 0.42 196.2
Sunrise Beach Lac Ste. Anne County December 31, 1988 135 149 −12.4 1.72 86.4
Sunset Beach Athabasca County May 1, 1977 49 44 −50.0 0.99 44.4
Sunset Point Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1959 169 221 −8.7 1.11 198.6
Val Quentin Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1966 252 157 −13.3 0.30 522.5
Waiparous Bighorn No. 8, M.D. of January 1, 1986 64
(2014)
49 42 −14.3 0.41 103.0
West Baptiste Athabasca County January 1, 1983 38 52 −50.0 0.60 86.2
West Cove Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1963 149 121 −28.4 1.21 100.1
Whispering Hills Athabasca County January 1, 1983 142 108 −13.6 1.73 62.3
White Sands Stettler No. 6, County of January 1, 1980 120 91 −24.2 1.60 57.0
Yellowstone Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1965 131
(2012)
137 124 −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,[8] Chestermere Lake (now Chestermere),[9] Edmonton Beach (now Spring Lake),[10] and White Gull.[11]

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 "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. August 9, 2016. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "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. ^ "Communities Within Specialized and Rural Municipalities" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. April 9, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Municipal Profiles: Summary Reports (Towns)" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. May 17, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ 2014 Municipal Affairs Population List (PDF) (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN 978-1-4601-2067-5. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census". Statistics Canada. September 13, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Location and History Profile: Alberta Beach". Alberta Municipal Affairs. February 3, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Chestermere". Alberta Municipal Affairs. February 3, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Location and History Profile: Village of Spring Lake". Alberta Municipal Affairs. February 3, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Order in Council (O.C.) 461/2002". Government of Alberta. October 8, 2002. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 

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