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High Prairie

High Prairie
Town of High Prairie
Motto: Gateway to the Peace Country
High Prairie is located in Alberta
High Prairie
Location of High Prairie in Alberta
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Northern Alberta
Census division 17
Municipal district Big Lakes County
Incorporated 1945 (village)
  1950 (town)
 • Mayor Linda Cox
 • Governing body High Prairie Town Council
Area (2011)[2]
 • Total 7.92 km2 (3.06 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 595 m (1,952 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 2,600
 • Density 328.2/km2 (850/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Postal code span T0G 1E0
Area code(s) -1+780
Highways Highway 2
Highway 749
Website Official website

High Prairie is a town in northern Alberta, Canada within Big Lakes County. It is located at the junction of Highway 2 and Highway 749, approximately 89 kilometres (55 mi) northeast of Valleyview and 118 kilometres (73 mi) west of Slave Lake.


  • History 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Economy 3
  • Attractions 4
  • Government 5
  • Media 6
  • Notable people 7
  • Recognition 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


High Prairie's first post office opened in 1910. In 1914, the alignment of the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway, later known as the Northern Alberta Railway, was chosen to go through High Prairie instead of Grouard to the northeast.[4] As a result, many residents and businesses from Grouard relocated to High Prairie once the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway was built.[4]

With an estimated population of 600 people, High Prairie was incorporated as a village on April 6, 1945[5] and subsequently as a town on January 10, 1950.[5]


In the 2011 Census, High Prairie had a population of 2,600 living in 972 of its 1,069 total dwellings, a -6.6% change from its 2006 adjusted population of 2,785. With a land area of 7.92 km2 (3.06 sq mi), it had a population density of 328.3/km2 (850.2/sq mi) in 2011.[2] The population of the town, according to its 2007 municipal census is 2,836.[6]

According to the 2006 census, High Prairie had:

  • a population of 2,750 living in 1,104 dwellings, a 0.5% increase from 2001;
  • a land area of 6.39 km2 (2.47 sq mi); and
  • a population density of 430.5/km2 (1,115/sq mi).[7]


High Prairie's main industries include agriculture, forestry, oil and gas, and service industry.

One of its main employers was the Tolko OSB Mill that was built in 1995 however the plant was closed in February, 2007, putting more than a 100 employees out of work. West Fraser Mills purchased the Buchanon lumber mill in 2014 and is now the main employer for High Prairie with 150 employees.


Due to its proximity to the western shores of Lesser Slave Lake, High Prairie has a thriving tourism industry, particularly in the warmer summer months. There are many attractions at the lake, including events such as the Golden Walleye Classic.

Winagami Lake Provincial Park, approximately 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) to the north of High Prairie, and Kimiwan Lake, approximately 49 kilometres (30 mi) to the northwest, are attractions for bird-watching enthusiasts. Winagami Lake and Kimiwan Lake are within the general area where three major migration paths meet – the Central Flyway, the Mississippi Flyway, and the Pacific Flyway.


High Prairie is governed by a town council, a mayor and six council members, each of whom serve four-year terms. Federally, it is part of the Fort McMurray—Athabasca electoral district. In the next federal election, it will become part of the newly formed riding of Peace River—Westlock.[8]


Media outlets serving High Prairie and surrounding area include CKVH The Fox, CIRE-TV (the local community channel), and the South Peace News, a local community newspaper.

Notable people


In 2001, High Prairie was recognized for its state-of-the-art water treatment system and it was awarded 4 'blooms' by Communities in Bloom,[9] a non-profit organization that encourages environmental responsibility and beautification in Canadian communities.

See also


  1. ^ "Municipal Officials Search".  
  2. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  3. ^ "Alberta Private Sewage Systems 2009 Standard of Practice Handbook: Appendix A.3 Alberta Design Data (A.3.A. Alberta Climate Design Data by Town)" (PDF) (PDF). Safety Codes Council. January 2012. pp. 212–215 (PDF pages 226–229). Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Brown, Richard. "A Town Bypassed: Grouard, Alberta, and the Building of the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway". The Archivist (Ottawa: National Archives of Canada) (17).  
  5. ^ a b "Town of High Prairie". Town of High Prairie. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  6. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2009-09-15). "Alberta 2009 Official Population List" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  7. ^  
  8. ^ Alberta Redistribution Commission. "Alberta Electoral Districts". Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  9. ^ Communities in Bloom - Participants

External links

  • Official website
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