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Summer villages in Alberta are incorporated communities that have permanent populations generally less than 300 permanent inhabitants, as well as seasonal (non-permanent) inhabitants.

As of 2009, Alberta had a total of 51 summer villages with a cumulative population of 6,152 and an average population of 121.[1] Alberta's largest summer village is Island Lake with a population of 351, which makes it eligible for village status.[1]

History

A summer village is a type of municipal status used in Alberta, Canada founded in 1913. It was used in resort areas that were mainly active in the summer and where most residents were seasonal. Cottage owners did not want to pay for municipal services that they didn't need but wished to have a voice in local government of the resort area.[2]

Changes were made to the provincial laws to allow elections to be held in July and to allow seasonal residents to run for office and vote in the summer village without losing these same rights in their place of permanent residence.

In 1995, provincial legislation was changed to prevent the creation of new summer villages. The 51 existing summer villages would be allowed to continue to operate as before.[2]

List of summer villages

Contents
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Summer Village Name   Incorporation Date[3]   Area (km²)[4]   Population (2006)[4][5]  
Argentia Beach January 1, 1967 0.69 52
Betula Beach January 1, 1960 0.18 15
Birch Cove December 31, 1988 0.29 38
Birchcliff January 1, 1972 0.98 125
Bondiss January 1, 1983 1.33 131
Bonnyville Beach January 1, 1958 0.38 97
Burnstick Lake December 31, 1991 0.18 43
Castle Island January 1, 1955 0.05 22
Crystal Springs January 1, 1957 0.58 112
Ghost Lake December 31, 1953 0.63 78
Golden Days January 1, 1965 2.27 207
Grandview January 1, 1967 0.80 127
Gull Lake March 1, 1913 0.70 204
Half Moon Bay January 1, 1978 0.17 32
Horseshoe Bay January 1, 1985 1.04 214
Island Lake January 1, 1958 1.45 351
Island Lake South January 1, 1983 0.63 105
Itaska Beach June 30, 1953 0.28 35
Jarvis Bay January 1, 1986 0.55 183
Kapasiwin September 1, 1993 0.31 15
Lakeview October 25, 1913 0.33 36
Larkspur January 1, 1985 0.22 56
Ma-Me-O-Beach December 31, 1948 0.65 155
Mewatha Beach January 1, 1978 0.78 167
Nakamun Park January 1, 1966 0.41 88
Norglenwold January 1, 1965 0.67 270
Norris Beach December 31, 1988 0.16 40
Parkland Beach January 1, 1984 0.93 135
Pelican Narrows July 1, 1979 0.70 141
Point Alison December 31, 1950 0.16 15
Poplar Bay January 1, 1967 0.76 84
Rochon Sands May 17, 1929 2.32 66
Ross Haven January 1, 1962 0.70 198
Sandy Beach January 1, 1956 2.43 239
Seba Beach August 2, 1920 0.66 203
Silver Beach December 31, 1953 0.66 47
Silver Sands January 1, 1969 2.35 173
South Baptiste January 1, 1983 1.05 69
South View January 1, 1970 0.69 115
Sunbreaker Cove December 31, 1990 0.49 137
Sundance Beach January 1, 1970 0.42 102
Sunrise Beach December 31, 1988 1.72 170
Sunset Beach May 1, 1977 0.99 88
Sunset Point January 1, 1959 1.11 242
Val Quentin January 1, 1966 0.30 181
Waiparous January 1, 1986 0.41 49
West Baptiste January 1, 1983 0.60 104
West Cove January 1, 1963 1.21 169
Whispering Hills January 1, 1983 1.73 125
White Sands January 1, 1980 1.60 120
Yellowstone January 1, 1965 0.28 170

Village status eligibility

There is currently one summer village – Island Lake – that is eligible for village status having a population of 351.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Alberta Municipal Affairs. "Alberta 2009 Official Population List". http://www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/documents/LGS/2009pop.pdf. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  2. ^ a b Association of Summer Villages of Alberta. "The History of Summer Villages". http://www.albertasummervillages.org/welcome.html#section2. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  3. ^ Association of Summer Villages of Alberta. "Summer Village Incorporation Dates". http://www.albertasummervillages.org/welcome.html#section3. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  4. ^ a b Statistics Canada. "2006 Population and dwelling counts for Alberta census subdivisions". http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2006/dp-pd/hlt/97-550/Index.cfm?TPL=P1C&Page=RETR&LANG=Eng&T=302&PR=48&S=1&O=A&RPP=25. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  5. ^ Statistics Canada. "2006 Census corrections and updates". http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/corrections/updatepages/cgen001.cfm?lvl=H. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  6. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs. "2009 Official Population List". http://municipalaffairs.gov.ab.ca/documents/LGS/2009pop.pdf. Retrieved January 1, 2010. 
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