Economic Development Strategy


Lacombe County is located in central Alberta, almost equal distance between the province's two major urban centres of Calgary and Edmonton, with a combined population of more than 2 million people. Highway 2 (or the QEII) is the major north-south corridor in the province that provides ready access to the County, and is supported by secondary Highways 11 and 12, which serve as the major east-west transportation corridors through the County with Highway 21 through the east side and Highways 20 and 22 to the west.

Located within Lacombe County are the communities of Eckville, Bentley, Blackfalds, Clive, Alix, Mirror, the City of Lacombe and the Summer Village of Gull Lake.  The County has a population of 10,312 people. In addition, the City of Lacombe has a population of more than 13,000.

The County's economic base stems from its robust agricultural and industrial activity. Significant petrochemical activity occurs in the area, including the Joffre area (Nova), the world's largest ethylene production facility, and Dow Chemicals.

In addition, there are many smaller fabrication plants and agri-food businesses including cheese production, yogurt production, and various greenhouses.

The agriculture industry is supported by the Federal Research Station, Alberta Field Crops facility and the head office for Alberta’s Agricultural Financial Services Corporation within the City of Lacombe, as well as Burman University, 


A variety of accommodations exist in Lacombe County, including hotels, delicious eat, unique stores, butchers, pubs, breweries...and so much more! 

Existing Attractions

The County has significant natural water-based attractions, featuring some of the more recognized lake-oriented destination resorts in Alberta.  These include Sylvan Lake, Buffalo Lake and Gull Lake.  There is a range of cultural/historic, rural and recreational attractions located throughout the region, as well as themed attractions such as balloon rides, corn mazes, and a steam train excursion.


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