Big Lakes County Assessors

Big Lakes County Assessors, Aaron Steblyk and Brady Harder, will be assessing properties in the North and South parts of the County.
They will have ID and also have the Big Lakes County logo on their vehicles. If you have any concerns about this please call Big Lakes County at 780-523-5955.


Big Lakes Connections Winter Newsletter

Make sure you check your mailbox for your Big Lakes County resident newsletter.
If you would like to subscribe to our newsletter please visit:

Click here to download the Big Lakes Connections Winter Newsletter.

Thank you to the talented Jodi Sware from A Thousand Words Photography for providing us with her beautiful pictures.  

County Office Closed for the Holidays

The Big Lakes County Administrative Office and the FCSS Offices will be closed from December 25th – December 27th and on Monday January 1, 2018. Happy Holidays!

Kinuso Shut Down Update

Update for all affected Kinuso Rural Water Coop customers,

Big Lakes County is currently constructing a new water storage reservoir and distribution facility on the corner of Spruce Point Park road and HWY 2. In order to tie the new facility in to the existing system, 3 separate shut downs will occur.

Updated Schedule

  1. November 2-4, Area #1 (Red lines on the map) Spruce Point Park Branch including south on Range Road 104/105, completed. Boil Water Advisory is still in effect
  2. November 14-15 – Service shut down to Rural Coop for 18-36 hrs. We have broken up the coop into 3 separate areas.

Area #1 (Red lines on the map) – Spruce Point Park Branch in cluding south on Range Road 104/105.

Area #2 (Blue lines on the map) – Faust to Kinuso Transmission line including services along g HWY2 east of strawberry service and including north on Range Road 102 ( museum road)

Area #3 (Green lines on the map) all  services east of  Range Road 102

The Hamlet of Kinuso and Swan River First Nation area around the Hamlet of Kinuso have 45 days of storage and will not be affected

Kinuso Truck Fill Station will be shut down during this time. Please use the Faust truck fill during this time.

  1. November 29-30 Area #1 (Red lines on the map) – Spruce Point Park Branch including south on Range Ro ad 104/105.

Water Advisories may be implemented for some of these areas. Notices will be issued if any advisories are placed.

Please go to the Alberta Health Services website for info on water use during an advisory.

Paper copies of this information will be available at our Main office in High Prairie and our satellite office in the Hamlet of Kinuso.

Click here to download the PDF version of the map below.


The following notice applies to residents who live in the ‘red area’ on the above map:



The following applies to residents who live in the ‘blue and green areas’ on the above map:


Proposed Federal Tax Changes

Dear Big Lakes Businesses,

The proposed federal tax changes will impact small and medium-sized businesses like yours. Click here to read an article that explains these proposed changes. The article is intended “to help you prepare for a conversation with your tax and legal advisors.” If you have found similarly helpful articles, please share them with

*Big Lakes County does not endorse RBC or the contents of this article. 

Library Board Meeting


Notice is hereby given that the next Big Lakes County Library Board Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, November 23, 2017 beginning at 5:00 p.m. 

All meetings are open to the public and are held in the Council Chamber of the Big Lakes County Administration Building.




BIG LAKES COUNTY: Member At-Large Appointments

Annually the Council for the Big Lakes County seeks interest from individuals to be part of various boards and committees to serve our public. Council seeks individuals with interest and expertise in the following areas:

Pest and Weed Control Appeal Committee 3 members at-large

This Committee consists of one (1) Council member and three (3) at-large members to decide on appeals of weed notices under the Weed Control Act and pest notices under the Agricultural Pests Act.
Time Commitment: Ad hoc, as needed. Meetings are rare.

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board 3 members at-large

The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board consists of five (5) members at-large. The Appeal Board hears and renders decisions on subdivision and development permit appeals. Appeals which are impacted by provincial policy go directly to the Alberta Municipal Government Board. Please note that Appeal Board members cannot be members of the Municipal Planning Commission.
Time Commitment: As required. To date these appeals have been infrequent.


Please forward Expressions of Interest to:
Jessica Martinson, Executive Assistant
Big Lakes County
P.O. Box 239
High Prairie, Alberta T0G 1E0
Fax: 780-523-4227


Water Service Shut Down

High Prairie & Area Chamber of Commerce Façade Improvement Award

This was a brand new award added to the High Prairie & Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala, which took place October 21st at the Elks Rodeo Hall.

The award recognizes companies and trades people who have improved the curb appeal of businesses in High Prairie and throughout the county. It goes to company owners who take extra care and pride in their exteriors and the overall experience of customers and passersby.

This is the Chamber’s first cash prize and the first partnership between the High Prairie & Area Chamber of Commerce and the Big Lakes County Economic Development Authority. Both organizations work to create an environment for businesses to thrive. Revitalization through improved properties is top of mind for both High Prairie and Big Lakes County. It helps to enhance community pride, improves the resident and tourism experience, and drives economic development.

We welcome this collaboration and thank the Town of High Prairie, Big Lakes County, and Progress Unlimited Consulting for their generous support. If you would like to help sponsor next year’s award, please contact the Chamber.

In Big Lakes County, we would like to recognize the High Prairie & District Golf Club for its new and improved decking. Golfers from near and far enjoyed and raved about the decking and concrete improvements all season. The Golf Club hired Cody Calahoon to do the work. Great work making an important facility in our community even better.


In High Prairie, the façade improvement award goes to Jodi Sware, owner of One Thousand Words Photography. Jodi transformed an old building in downtown High Prairie by MacIntyre Park. She worked with several contractors, but mostly with Kenneth Cox on the façade. Don’t you love the modern industrial feel of the new façade? It’s a new jewel on 50th street.


Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

Special Guests Chief Clarence Louis & Linsay Willier with Reeve Matthews

Boards & Committees

On October 24th, 2017 the Big Lakes County Councillors appointed the following committees: