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Welcome to Beaver County

Beaver County is located in the Battle River Alliance for Economic Development (BRAED) region. A leisurely half-hour drive east of Edmonton on Hwy 14 is home to one of Alberta’s hidden gems – Beaver County. With a Population of 5905, the County’s unique ag-tourism, heritage and cultural attractions will provide a memorable experience that’s second to none while also offering you a chance to relax and enjoy the country.

Home to the Towns of Tofield and Viking, the Villages of Ryley and Holden, and the Hamlets of Bruce and Kinsella – our community offers a quality lifestyle with a unique blend of Country and Urban living.

During your travels, discover small town charm, friendly people and local treasures including: Lions Garden, Studio 14 Art Gallery, Beary Berry Honey and Sniper Paintball. While you’re here, enjoy community markets, festivals, and rodeos and be sure to check out our local Nature Centre and Beaverhill Bird Observatory. Sample fresh foods at our farmers markets, meet local producers and enjoy unique attractions across the region.

The area residents are proud of their heritage and display it prominently in the museums located in every town and Village in Beaver County. Each Museum offers visitors a journey back in time to reflect on how the area came to honor the people who led the way.

Black Nugget Lake Park: Developed out of a former coal mine, Black Nugget Lake Park is a long winding lake with waterfront sites and back-to-nature camping. Complete with a boat launch, picnic shelters/cookhouses and a Sani-dump station for your convenience. Enjoy bird watching, boating (non-powered), canoeing, kayaking, hiking, trout fishing. Children will enjoy a sand-covered playground and large playing field with a basketball hoop & volleyball. Next door is the new 18-hole Coal Creek Golf Resort, so don’t forget to pack your clubs.

Camp Lake Park: Just about 15 minutes from Viking, Camp Lake Park is the perfect place to get away from it all and relax. With a boat launch and trailer parking avid campers can enjoy swimming, boating, water-skiing, canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding as well as hiking, bird watching and horseshoes. Spend an afternoon on one of the lake’s two beaches or enjoy the volleyball court and basketball hoop with a few friends.

The Beaver County Economy

Beaver County has many thriving small businesses and the local economy is largely driven by agriculture and oil and gas. It is well connected to the rest of Alberta along major provincial routes including Highways 14, 26 and 36.

Labour Snapshot

Totals %
In the labour force 3,365 75.60%
Participation rate 75.60%
Unemployment rate 9.20%
Management occupations 580 17.47%
Business, finance and administration occupations 390 11.75%
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations 160 4.82%
Health occupations 200 6.02%
Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services 195 5.87%
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport 100 3.01%
Sales and service occupations 375 11.30%
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations 960 28.92%
Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations 275 8.28%
Occupations in manufacturing and utilities 85 2.56%
Trasportation

Located in central Alberta, just a leisurely drive 30 minutes east of Edmonton, Beaver County starts in the Beaver Hills Cooking Lake Moraine and extends east for about 120 km. Home to the Towns of Tofield and Viking, the Villages of Ryley and Holden, and the Hamlets of Bruce and Kinsella – our community offers a quality lifestyle with a unique blend of country and urban living. Ideally located for your family or business, Beaver County is served by two major transportation routes, Highways 14 and 36, and is home to two business parks, Equity Industrial Park & Viking /Beaver Industrial Park.

Equity Industrial Park

Beaver County is currently developing approximately 575 acres of industrial land in Section 3-50-17-W4, known as the Equity Industrial Park. The Park is strategically located adjacent to the Village of Ryley, south of a state-of-the-art solid waste facility, with paved primary and secondary highways and rail transportation corridors in the immediate area. The Highway 14 regional waterline, carrying potable water as far east as the Hamlet of Kinsella, traverses the south half of the property with natural gas, electrical power, and telecommunications utilities installed in the NW quarter.  The Park is connected to the municipal sewage disposal service.

County Council is currently updating the Area Structure Plan which will outline the future lot and infrastructure design standards. Lots are available for sale with prices varying depending on location. A development refund may be available.

For more information about Equity Industrial Park, please contact Beaver County at (780) 663-3730.
Tenants include:

  • Alberta Tank Fabrication and Coating Ltd. 

    Alberta Tank Fabrication & Coating Ltd. provides design, manufacturing and coating services to meet any storage tank and general fabrication requirements.
  • Black Earth Humic LP 
    Black Earth Humic LP originally took shape in 1998, focusing on development of products and markets for high-grade reserves of humus material. The raw material of all Black Earth products is humalite – a weathered type of sub-bituminous coal found only in Alberta and mined exclusively for Black Earth Humic LP. They have since developed innovative, highly effective products for a wide range of applications in the agricultural, environmental and industrial sectors.
  • CWP Constructors Ltd.

    Since being founded in 2007 as a general contractor based out of Edmonton, CWP has steadily grown its client base through positive referrals. CWP has worked with many clients such as Kiewit, City of Edmonton, Alberta Transportation, Parks Canada and Cenovus Energy. CWP Constructors has since diversified its capabilities to include new bridge construction, hydro structure works, foundation works, bridge rehabilitations, small commercial building construction, and the list goes on. CWP has built a solid reputation within Western Canada for delivering successful projects resulting in exceptional value for the client. The overall goal is to provide the services client’s need, in the timeframe needed, while building lasting relationships.
  • GM Pearson Environmental Inc.
  • Walton’s Warehouse

Viking/Beaver Business Park

Beaver County and the Town of Viking jointly own approximately 45 acres of industrial land in Pt. of the NE 35-47-13-W4, known as the Viking/Beaver Business Park. The Park is strategically located adjacent to the Town of Viking with ready access to Highway 36, one of the Province’s high load corridors. Utility services will include three-phase power, natural gas, telephone, water and sewer.

  • Currently, a joint development plan is being prepared to facilitate development on the property, which will include light industrial and commercial services. The lot prices in the Viking/Beaver Business Park start at $50,000 per acre.
  • Viking Beaver Business Park Map
  • For more information, call the County Office at (780) 663-3730 or the Town of Viking at (780) 336-3466.
Beaver County Agricultural Services

The Agricultural Service Board (ASB) includes five County Councillors and four Public Members at Large. Aimee Boese, the County’s Agricultural Fieldman, in cooperation with Mike Bates, also the County’s Agricultural Fieldman, are responsible for administering the programs under the Agricultural Service Board Act. Click here to view the most recent ASB Agenda.

What We Do:
The Board’s vision is to develop and implement programs and services that will assist County residents to maintain and improve the efficiency and sustainability of our family farms and rural communities. The ASB will create independence and opportunity through education and will provide agricultural services that sustain agricultural resources within the County.
Programs administered and/or assisted with include:

  • Weed and Brush Control
  • Agricultural Pest and Nuisance Control
  • Water and Soil Conservation
  • Promotion of Sustainable Agriculture

Contact Us :

  • Aimee Boese, Agricultural Fieldman: aboese@beaver.ab.ca
  • Mike Bates, Agricultural Fieldman: mbates@beaver.ab.ca
  • For more information about Agricultural Services in Beaver County, call (780) 663-3730
Tourism

There’s plenty of adventure to be found in Beaver County – just a leisurely drive 30 minutes east of Edmonton:

  • Our unique Ag-Tourism, cultural and natural attractions will provide you a memorable experience that’s second to none.
During your travels, discover small town charm, friendly people and local treasures – hidden gems include Beary Berry Honey, Lion Gardens, Studio 14 art studio and the annual Kinsella & Tofield Bullarama’s.
  • Enjoy the outdoors? Plan to spend a relaxing weekend at one of our serviced campgrounds – Camp Lake Park or Black Nugget Lake Park. Wide open spaces await an adventure of your making, whatever the season.
  • Travelling beyond the city boundaries doesn’t mean you have to leave a vibrant arts scene behind. 
Beaver County is home to an eclectic mix of live theatre, music, dance, visual arts and crafts – proves that even rural centres can wear their art on their sleeves.
  • A visit to any one of the local farmers’ markets will connect you to an impressive array of artists and crafters. Find furniture, jewellery, crafting supplies, hand sewn quilts, fresh baking and more!
While you’re here, enjoy the ever-popular rodeos, farmer’s markets and festivals – or golf at our local courses including Coal Creek Golf Resort, located on the original Dodd’s Coal Mine site.
  • As you plan your next adventure in work or life, we welcome you.
Beaver County Assessment & Taxation

A diversified tax base, ranging from acreage development on the west, to mixed farming in the center and east, and oil and gas development in the east, has played an important role in keeping Beaver County a viable community.

  • The Assessment/Taxation Department establishes and maintains property assessment and tax roll information for all property in Beaver County. The assessment function is a major element in determining the amount of municipal and education tax each property owner will pay.
  • Property assessment is the foundation of municipal finance.  The Municipal Government Act requires Appointed Assessors to prepare property assessments annually based on a market value standard. The Municipal Government Act and its accompanying regulations govern property assessment and taxation.
  • An assessment is the taxable value of property in accordance with legislation and regulations. The Provincial Government mandates the assessment of property on a “value based or ad valorem principle”. In an ad valorem tax system, the amount of tax paid depends directly on the market value of a property.
Assessment is the process of estimating the value of property for equitable distribution within Beaver County’s total property tax requirement, including other requisitions such as education and seniors housing. While many properties are assessed on a market value standard, there exist other properties that are assessed on a regulated value standard mandated by the Provincial Government.
  • The entire assessment function for all properties is the responsibility of the Appointed Assessor, except for designated industrial property, for which Alberta Municipal Affairs is responsible. Designated industrial assessment includes pipelines, gas and oil wells, electric power, and telecommunication systems.

Contacts:

  • Orest Golinowski, Senior Assessor: orest@beaver.ab.ca
  • Rhonda Knudslien, Tax Clerk: rhonda@beaver.ab.ca
  • For more information about Assessment & Taxation in Beaver County,
    call (780) 663-3730.
Business Taxes

The non-residential municipal tax rate in Beaver County is: 17.5707
Alberta general corporate tax rate: 12%
Alberta small business tax rate: 2%
Annual Business Limit (ABL)/Small Business Threshold: $500,000
Canadian general corporate tax rate: 15%
Canada small business tax rate: 10%
Canadian Small Business Threshold: $500,000

Business Directory

Making Beaver County Home

Totals %
Population 5,905
Median age of the population 42.1
Total number of census families in private households 1,705
Total number of private households by tenure 2,180
Owner 2,040 93.58%
Renter 140 6.42%
Average value of dwellings ($) $403,187
Average income $ $53,710
Average household total income $ $104,666
Residential municipal tax rate

Housing
There is a variety of housing options on and around Beaver County. When Searching for a house in Beaver County you will notice that our friendly, active community also features very affordable housing options compared to urban centres.

Education
Education is a vital part of our community. Beaver County schools are part of the Battle River School Division. Local schools include:

More Learning Opportunities:
Preschools and playgroups include Tofield Preschool Recreation Program, Little Monsters Playgroup (Tofield), Viking Preschool (Alberta Child and Family Services), Ryley’s Tiny Tots Playgroup and Holden Parent Nursery Association.

According to the 2016 Statistics Canada Census on Education, over 50% of Beaver County residents have a Postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree. Nearby post-secondary and training options include:

Recreation
Beaver County Campgrounds:

Black Nugget Lake Park:
Take HWY 14 east of Tofield 10 km, then south on RR 182, 11 km. 49117 RR 182

Developed out of a former coal mine, Black Nugget Lake Park is a long winding lake with waterfront sites and back to nature tenting. Open May to October, taking reservations (by telephone only) starting May 1st 9:00 am.

Serviced and non-serviced sites as well as group sites, clean washrooms/showers. This park is complete with a boat launch (non-powered only). Enjoy canoeing, hiking and trout fishing as well as bird watching and horse shoe pits. Also available are picnic/cookhouse shelters, a new playground area with a large playing field with volleyball and basketball. Firewood is available at the concession as well as concession items. Next door is the new Coal Creek Golf Resort, so don’t forget to pack your clubs.

Black Nugget Lake Map of Campsites
:
Reservations for the 2019 camping season begin May 1, 2019 at 9:00 am. For reservations call 
(780) 663-2421

Camp Lake Park:
Located 12.5 km north of Kinsella on Secondary Hwy 870 & 2 km north on RR 112 or from Viking, 18 km east on Secondary Hwy 619 & 2 km north on RR 112 or from Innisfree, 28.5 km south on Rd 870 & 1.8 km east on TWP 482A & 0.7 km south on RR 112. 48118 RR 112

Just minutes from Viking, Camp Lake Park is the perfect place to get away from it all and relax. Open May to October. Powered and non-powered sites are available as well as group sites, there are two cookhouses, clean showers/washrooms, concession items and firewood available at the concession. With a boat launch and trailer parking, avid campers can enjoy spending the afternoon on one of the lake’s two beaches swimming, boating, water-skiing or canoeing or enjoy the scenery hiking or bird-watching. Camp Lake also offers a volleyball court and basketball hoop or enjoy a game of tether-ball with a few friends.

Camp Lake Map of Campsites:
Reservations for the 2019 camping season begin May 1, 2019 at 9:00 am. For reservations call (780) 336-3414.


Other Campgrounds Located in Beaver County:

Lindbrook Star Gazer Campground 

40 sites, w/ & w/o power; showers, Sani-dump, swimming pool, volleyball, horseshoes, playground
10 minutes west of Tofield at 51123 RR 200
(780) 662-4439
info@lindbrookstargazer.ca

Buzzard Gulch Campground 

18111 TWP 492
Seasonal lease opportunities
Fishing and swimming
(780) 663-2376
www.buzzardgulchrv.com


Ryley Campground 

Open May to October 
20 serviced stalls, 15 to 30 amp, pull-thru sites, fire pits, day-use area, water tap, picnic tables, playground, sewage dump/station, fire wood, ball diamond
(780) 663-3653

Eastview Park Campground
4723 – 55 Avenue, Viking
(780) 336-4747

Holden Campground

Open May to October
7 sites (3 with 15-amp power and 4 unserviced)
Fire Pits, Firewood, Camp Kitchen, Water tap, Sewage Dump Station, Ball Diamonds, Playground and Spray Park
(780) 688-3928

Beaverhill Lake
:
Located northeast of Tofield, Beaverhill Lake is one of only a few federally recognized Bird Sanctuaries in Canada. In 1997, the lake was also identified as an Important Bird Area of Global Significance because of the thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl that migrate through the area.

To learn more about the lake’s significance to the area, visit Beaverhill Lake Nature Center, which features numerous wildlife displays and a gift shop for those looking to take home a souvenir. Nature’s Marsh, a small natural area and self-guided walk, is located behind the Center. Call (780) 662-3269 or visit www.tofieldalberta.ca for more information.

Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area
:
Beaver County borders the southeast corner of the Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area, which means it has 97 square kilometres of backcountry with 170 kilometres of maintained trails at its doorstep! Summer recreational activities in this special natural area include hiking, canoeing/kayaking, horseback riding and mountain biking.

In the winter, you can enjoy cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating and dog sledding. Wildlife viewing and bird watching opportunities are available throughout the year.

Non-recreation activities include livestock grazing, trapping, aboriginal and seasonal hunting and some resource development. Located north of Township Road 520 between Range Roads 193 and 210. Call (780) 922-1153, for more information.

Ministik Lake Game Bird Sanctuary
:
Established in 1911, the Ministik Lake Game Bird Sanctuary was designated as Alberta’s first provincial bird sanctuary. With a mix of lakes, wetlands and upland forest, the 7,349-hectare area is home to a variety of songbirds and waterfowl, plus deer and moose. The area’s trail system features “informal” old trails, plus one marked trail “Waskeghan Trail.” There are designated areas and seasons for horseback riding and snowmobiling. To access the area, travel west on Township Road 510 between Range Roads 205 and 212.

Contact Beaver County

Beaver County
5120 – 50th Street
Box 140
Ryley, Alberta T0B 4A0
Phone: (780) 663-3730
Fax: (780) 663-3602
Website: www.beaver.ab.ca