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Lac La Biche County works with stakeholders to encourage economic growth and attract new residents, businesses and visitors to the area. The County aims to be a community of choice for commercial, retail, housing and lifestyle investment in northeastern Alberta.

Our goal is to maintain a thriving community, where growth and development go hand-in-hand with social and environmental responsibility. We are the gateway to both the South Athabasca Oil Sands and a natural playground of lakes and forests. Newcomers have been attracted to this region for hundreds of years – for its resources, for its strategic location and for its raw beauty.

Why Lac La Biche County?

The real question is, “Why not Lac La Biche County?” Whether you’re looking to move, thinking about investing or just considering a visit, we have something to entice you.

  • Located at a highway crossroads midway between Edmonton and Fort McMurray, with a direct route to the South Athabasca Oil Sands.
  • Filled with 152 lakes, some with neighbouring campgrounds and resorts, and others you can practically have all to yourself.
  • Boasts a college campus and a hospital, and acts as a hub for various provincial services.
  • Contains a mixture of urban and rural areas, so you could easily have Mother Nature as a neighbour without giving up access to amenities.
  • Features intriguing history and strong cultural diversity.
  • Has all the outdoor recreation you could want, from beaches to backcountry trails.

Come visit us. Click here for more information about tourism experiences in Lac La Biche County.

Community Profile

Lac La Biche County is a specialized municipality covering more than 13,000 square kilometres. The community is historic and diverse, having come into its own during the fur trade and the pioneer age, and now positioned for future growth.

The County has two distinct urban centres: the hamlets of Lac La Biche and Plamondon. Alberta Municipal Affairs recognizes three other hamlets within the County: Beaver Lake, Hylo and Venice. In addition, there are many rural subdivisions and places of note like Craigend, Owl River and Rich Lake, each with its own special character.

  • Population: 8,544 permanent residents and 987 temporary residents (2016 census)
  • Economic drivers: oil and gas (and related industries), forestry, agriculture, tourism
  • Number of businesses: 398 (as of 2016)

For more economic information about our community, visit Alberta HUB’s website.