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Archive: May

Posted May 31, 2023

Strathcona County moves to fire restriction

Strathcona County has lifted its fire ban and has issued a fire restriction effective May 31 at 12 Noon.

Posted May 31, 2023

County launches first podcast focusing on connection and wellbeing

On Wednesday, June 7 Strathcona County will launch its very first podcast titled, You Belong Here.

Posted May 29, 2023

Strathcona County honours seniors

June 5 to 11 is Seniors’ Week in Strathcona County. The County will celebrate the community’s seniors and older adults as part of the province’s annual Seniors’ Week. Every year, the County joins municipalities and organizations from across the province to honour seniors.

Posted May 29, 2023

Strathcona County’s FireFit team to host Regional Championship

On June 3, the fittest firefighters around the province and territories will be competing in the FireFit Alberta/Yukon Regional Championship at Kinsmen Leisure Centre. Competitors will be put through a timed obstacle course made up of various skills and abilities required in firefighting.

Posted May 29, 2023

Celebrate Canada Day in the heart of Strathcona County

Strathcona County’s largest annual festival is back! This year’s Canada Day celebration at Broadmoor Lake Park (Oak Street, Sherwood Park) features indoor and outdoor activities for all ages, as well as live entertainment throughout the day.

Posted May 25, 2023

Have your say on the future of local agriculture and food

Strathcona County has begun work on a strategy to ensure it is a leader in providing agriculture and food business opportunities.

Posted May 23, 2023

Strathcona County proud to host RCMP Musical Ride events

On May 23, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will mark its 150 anniversary of service to the public and security of our country. Strathcona County is fortunate to have a successful partnership with the Strathcona RCMP to work together towards the shared goal of a healthy and safe community.   

Posted May 15, 2023

Road Safety Week: watch out for each other

Strathcona County reminds drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to watch out for each other and share the road safely. 

Posted May 10, 2023

Wildfire update: fire ban remains in effect

The two wildfires that started on Friday, May 5 are contained and under control with overhaul of hot spots continuing.

Posted May 9, 2023

Announcing 2023 Strathcona County Awards of Excellence recipients

A local athlete who has run over 115 marathons. A two-time Queen Elizabeth ll Medal recipient who dedicated countless hours of time to community service and education after a life changing injury. A school based social worker who goes above and beyond and fosters community connection. A youth who demonstrates high levels of leadership not only at his school, but within and beyond Strathcona County. These are just a few of the individuals, businesses, and organizations among the 2023 Strathcona County Awards of Excellence recipients.

Posted May 9, 2023

Survey says: safe, connected and a great place to live

Drumroll please! The results are in... Strathcona County has been declared a phenomenal place to live, work, and play! The 2022 Public Satisfaction Survey results demonstrate an overwhelmingly positive response from residents; it's clear that Strathcona County is a safe, connected and great place to live.

Posted May 6, 2023

Evacuation order lifted in Strathcona County

As of 1 p.m. today, the County has lifted the evacuation order for everyone in the area between south of Township Road 540 and north of Township Road 534; and east of Range Road 221 and west of Range Road 215.

Posted May 6, 2023

Update on fires in Strathcona County

As of 8 a.m., the County continues to have one evacuation order for everyone in the area between south of Township Road 540 and north of Township Road 534; and east of Range Road 221 and west of Range Road 215.

Posted May 5, 2023

Wildfire Update

Strathcona County provides update on current out of control fire 

Posted May 2, 2023

Final tax increase comes in lower than expected

Strathcona County’s final combined tax increase for 2023 (including municipal, education, library, and Heartland Housing) is 2.9 per cent, lower than originally anticipated largely due to the provincial education tax staying steady and growth in the County.

Posted May 2, 2023

Strathcona County encourages residents to prepare for emergencies

Strathcona County provides update on current out of control fire 

Posted May 1, 2023

Recreation and Culture Strategy community check-in, have your say!

Strathcona County is inviting households and youth in Grades 7-12 to share their feedback to help plan for the next four years of recreation and culture opportunities in the community, by completing an online survey between May 1 to 22.

Posted May 1, 2023


A fire ban has been declared for all of Strathcona County, effective at 12 noon on May 1. The ban applies to all rural areas, hamlets and Sherwood Park.

Posted May 1, 2023

Strathcona County focuses on mental health

Mayor Rod Frank has officially declared May 1 to 7 as Mental Health Week in Strathcona County. This year the County will highlight the importance of mental health education and how it contributes to a more connected and supported community.