County Profile

image026Situated in the heart of Central Alberta, Lacombe County is a diverse municipality with a variety of agricultural operations and small businesses, as well as a vibrant petrochemical and oil and gas industry. And with numerous post-secondary institutions nearby, the County boasts a skilled and educated labour force. Lacombe County residents are fortunate to live among a number of natural recreational amenities, from lakes and rivers to ski resorts and golf courses.

Our vision for Lacombe County is an attractive, balanced and progressive community.

For information about rural living in Lacombe County download our Guide, below.

pdf Living in Lacombe County

Date of Incorporation

  • January 1, 1961

Population

  • 10,312

Area in Hectares

  • 299,615

Square Kilometers

  • 2,964

2014 Budget

  • 2014 Operating budget of $49,214,011

Employees

  • 82 full-time
  • 3 part-time
  • 32 seasonal
  • all non-union
  • Municipalities within Lacombe County

    • Lacombe
    • Blackfalds
    • Clive
    • Eckville
    • Bentley
    • Alix

    Summer Villages

    • Summer Village of Gull Lake
    • Summer Village of Sunbreaker Cove
    • Summer Village of Birchcliff
    • Summer Village of Half Moon Bay

    Hamlets

    • Morningside
    • Haynes
    • Joffre
    • Mirror
    • Tees

    Economic Features

    • diversified agriculture
    • intensive livestock industry
    • oil and gas production, service industry
    • petrochemical manufacturing (NOVA Chemicals, Dow Chemical)
    • sand and gravel extraction
    • small business
    • lake-based recreation and tourism

    Transportation & Road Infrastructure

    Provincial Highways:

    • QE II, 2A, 12, 50, 21, 11, 766, 597, 601, 792, 821, 815, 604 (total of 392 km)

    Local Road System:

    • 326 km of paved roads
    • 1,735 km of gravel roads
    • 475 km of undeveloped roads
    • Lacombe County road network has been established on the basis that no person has to travel more than four miles to reach a paved road

    Rail Line Infrastructure

    • County serviced by Canadian Pacific (CP) and Canadian National (CN) Rail Lines
    • CP Rail: main line runs north and south through County
    • CN & CP: lines run east and west through County

    Agri-Based Businesses

    • grain handling and condominium storage
    • malt production
    • greenhouse operations
    • bedding plant nursery
    • tree farms
    • flower growing operation
    • custom meat processing
    • cheese and yogurt processing
    • milk replacement supplements

    Intensive Livestock Operations

    • Hog
    • Dairy
    • Feedlot & Cow Calf
    • Chicken
    • PMU

    Water Availability

    • Red Deer River
    • Ground Water
    • Medicine River
    • North Red Deer River Water Line
    • Blindman River
    • Highway 12/21 Water Line

    2013 Property Taxes