Saddle Hills County

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Saddle Hills County
Municipal district
Motto: In the heart of Alberta's oil and gas country
Saddle Hills County is located in Alberta
Saddle Hills County
Location of Saddle Hills County in Alberta
Coordinates: 55°46′55″N 118°50′2″W / 55.78194°N 118.83389°W / 55.78194; -118.83389Coordinates: 55°46′55″N 118°50′2″W / 55.78194°N 118.83389°W / 55.78194; -118.83389
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Northern Alberta
Census division No. 19
Established 1945
Incorporated 1995 (Municipal district)
  1999 (County)
 • Reeve Alvin Hubert
 • Governing body Saddle Hills County Council
 • Office location west of Spirit River
Area (2016)[2]
 • Land 5,838.15 km2 (2,254.12 sq mi)
Population (2016)[2]
 • Total 2,225
 • Density 0.4/km2 (1/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)

Saddle Hills County is a municipal district situated in the central portion of the Peace Country in northwest Alberta, Canada. Located approximately 450 km (280 mi) northwest of Edmonton and 90 km (56 mi) north of Grande Prairie, its municipal office is located approximately 25 km (16 mi) west of the Town of Spirit River at the intersection of Highway 49 and Highway 725.


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Saddle Hills County recorded a population of 2,225 living in 838 of its 978 total private dwellings, a −2.8% change from its 2011 population of 2,288. With a land area of 5,838.15 km2 (2,254.12 sq mi), it had a population density of 0.4/km2 (1.0/sq mi) in 2016.[2]

In the 2011 Census, Saddle Hills County had a population of 2,288 living in 878 of its 973 total dwellings, a -6.9% change from its 2006 population of 2,458. With a land area of 5,836.92 km2 (2,253.65 sq mi), it had a population density of 0.4/km2 (1.0/sq mi) in 2011.[3]

The population of Saddle Hills County according to its 2008 municipal census is 2,478.[4]

In 2006, Saddle Hills County had a population of 2,458 living in 977 dwellings, a 4.2% decrease from 2001. The municipal district has a land area of 5,836.94 km2 (2,253.66 sq mi) and a population density of 0.4/km2 (1.0/sq mi).[5]

In 2001, Saddle Hills County had a population of 2,566 in 1,025 dwellings, a 5.8% decrease from 1996. On a surface of 5,836.42 km² it had a density of 0.4 inhabitants/km².[6]


Saddle Hills County has a diverse agricultural community and deposits of natural gas and oil.


County Council is responsible for providing overall governance for our community including establishing municipal service levels, approving the annual budget and local taxation levels. Council has seven members and is headed by a reeve. The reeve, currently Alvin Hubert, is the chief elected officer and is elected from within council. It is the reeve's responsibility to chair all council meetings and speak on behalf of council and the community.

Council provides direction to its administration through its chief administrative officer (CAO). The CAO is responsible for the overall administration of the county and for advising and making recommendations to county council on matters concerning the municipality.

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