List of summer villages in Alberta

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

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

Municipal
census

population
(year)[4]
Population
(2016)[5]
Population
(2011)[1]
Change
(%)[1]
Land
area
(km²)[1]
Population
density
(per km²)[1]
Argentia BeachWetaskiwin No. 10, County ofJanuary 1, 1967align=center| 2715−71.20.6921.6
Betula BeachParkland CountyJanuary 1, 1960align=center| 1610−33.30.1854.5
Birch CoveLac Ste. Anne CountyDecember 31, 1988align=center| 454518.40.29157.8
BirchcliffLacombe CountyJanuary 1, 1972align=center| 117112−10.40.98114.0
BondissAthabasca CountyJanuary 1, 1983align=center| 110106−19.11.3379.9
Bonnyville BeachBonnyville No. 87, M.D. ofJanuary 1, 1958align=center| 8495−2.10.38253.2
Burnstick LakeClearwater CountyDecember 31, 1991align=center| 016−62.80.1889.9
Castle IslandLac Ste. Anne CountyJanuary 1, 1955align=center| 1019−13.60.05361.9
Crystal SpringsWetaskiwin No. 10, County ofJanuary 1, 1957align=center| 5190−19.60.58156.0
Ghost LakeBighorn No. 8, M.D. ofDecember 31, 1953align=center| 82813.80.63129.4
Golden DaysLeduc CountyJanuary 1, 1965align=center| 160141−31.92.2762.0
GrandviewWetaskiwin No. 10, County ofJanuary 1, 1967align=center| 114108−15.00.80135.6
Gull LakeLacombe CountySeptember 1, 1993align=center| 176122−40.20.70174.9
Half Moon BayLacombe CountyJanuary 1, 1978align=center| 423818.80.17229.2
Horseshoe BaySt. Paul No. 19, County ofJanuary 1, 1985align=center| 4937−82.71.0435.4
Island LakeAthabasca CountyJanuary 1, 1958align=center| 228243−30.81.45167.8
Island Lake SouthAthabasca CountyJanuary 1, 1983align=center| 6172−31.40.63114.3
Itaska BeachLeduc CountyJune 30, 1953align=center| 2320−42.90.2870.8
Jarvis BayRed Deer CountyJanuary 1, 1986align=center| 21320310.90.55371.1
KapasiwinParkland CountySeptember 1, 199314
(2012)
align=center| 1010−33.30.3132.3
LakeviewParkland CountyOctober 25, 1913align=center| 3026−27.80.3378.8
LarkspurWestlock CountyJanuary 1, 1985align=center| 4438−32.10.22172.0
Ma-Me-O BeachWetaskiwin No. 10, County ofDecember 31, 1948align=center| 110113−27.10.65173.4
Mewatha BeachAthabasca CountyJanuary 1, 1978align=center| 9079−52.70.78101.9
Nakamun ParkLac Ste. Anne CountyJanuary 1, 1966align=center| 9636−59.10.4188.7
NorglenwoldRed Deer CountyJanuary 1, 1965align=center| 273232−14.10.67345.2
Norris BeachWetaskiwin No. 10, County ofDecember 31, 1988align=center| 384615.00.16285.5
Parkland BeachPonoka CountyJanuary 1, 1984align=center| 153124−8.10.93133.8
Pelican NarrowsBonnyville No. 87, M.D. ofJuly 1, 1979align=center| 15116214.90.70230.0
Point AlisonParkland CountyDecember 31, 195010
(2013)
align=center| 10150.00.1692.9
Poplar BayWetaskiwin No. 10, County ofJanuary 1, 1967align=center| 10380−4.80.79101.0
Rochon SandsStettler No. 6, County ofMay 17, 1929align=center| 8665−1.52.3228.0
Ross HavenLac Ste. Anne CountyJanuary 1, 1962align=center| 160137−30.80.70194.5
Sandy BeachLac Ste. Anne CountyJanuary 1, 1956align=center| 278223−6.72.4391.8
Seba BeachParkland CountyAugust 20, 1920align=center| 169143−29.60.71201.1
Silver BeachWetaskiwin No. 10, County ofDecember 31, 1953align=center| 655210.60.6678.2
Silver SandsLac Ste. Anne CountyJanuary 1, 1969154
(2012)
align=center| 16085−50.92.3536.2
South BaptisteAthabasca CountyJanuary 1, 1983align=center| 6652−24.61.0549.6
South ViewLac Ste. Anne CountyJanuary 1, 197076
(2012)
align=center| 6735−69.60.6951.0
Sunbreaker CoveLacombe CountyDecember 31, 1990align=center| 8169−49.60.49140.6
Sundance BeachLeduc CountyJanuary 1, 1970align=center| 7382−19.60.42196.2
Sunrise BeachLac Ste. Anne CountyDecember 31, 1988align=center| 135149−12.41.7286.4
Sunset BeachAthabasca CountyMay 1, 1977align=center| 4944−50.00.9944.4
Sunset PointLac Ste. Anne CountyJanuary 1, 1959align=center| 169221−8.71.11198.6
Val QuentinLac Ste. Anne CountyJanuary 1, 1966align=center| 252157−13.30.30522.5
WaiparousBighorn No. 8, M.D. ofJanuary 1, 198664
(2014)
align=center| 4942−14.30.41103.0
West BaptisteAthabasca CountyJanuary 1, 1983align=center| 3852−50.00.6086.2
West CoveLac Ste. Anne CountyJanuary 1, 1963align=center| 149121−28.41.21100.1
Whispering HillsAthabasca CountyJanuary 1, 1983align=center| 142108−13.61.7362.3
White SandsStettler No. 6, County ofJanuary 1, 1980align=center| 12091−24.21.6057.0
YellowstoneLac Ste. Anne CountyJanuary 1, 1965131
(2012)
align=center| 137124−27.10.28438.5
Total summer villages 4,586 6,140 −25.3 41.06 111.7

Former summer villages

Four other communities in Alberta have previously held summer village status – Alberta Beach,[6] Chestermere Lake (now Chestermere),[7] Edmonton Beach (now Spring Lake),[8] and White Gull.[9]

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

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "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. 1 2 3 "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. 2014 Municipal Affairs Population List (PDF) (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN 978-1-4601-2067-5. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  5. "Census Profile, 2016 Census". Statistics Canada. September 13, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  6. "Location and History Profile: Alberta Beach". Alberta Municipal Affairs. February 3, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  7. "Location and History Profile: Town of Chestermere". Alberta Municipal Affairs. February 3, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  8. "Location and History Profile: Village of Spring Lake". Alberta Municipal Affairs. February 3, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  9. "Order in Council (O.C.) 461/2002". Government of Alberta. October 8, 2002. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
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