Saddle Hills County

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Saddle Hills County

Location of the region in Alberta
Basic data
State Canada
Province Alberta

Administrative headquarters west of Spirit River
Coordinates: 55° 51′ N, 119° 55′ WCoordinates 55° 51′ N, 119° 55′ W
Inhabitants 2.225 (as of 2016[1])
Area 5.838.15 km²
Population density 0.4 inhabitants/km²
Foundation 1. April 1945[2]
Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (UTC-7)
Mountain Daylight Time (UTC-6, daylight saving time)
Web presence

Saddle Hills County is one of the 63 “municipal districts” in Alberta, Canada. The administrative district is located in the Northern Alberta region and is part of “Census Division 19”. It was established on April 1, 1945(incorporated as “Improvement District No. 134”) and its administrative centre is located west of Spirit River at the junction of Alberta Highway 725 and Alberta Highway 49.[2] Since its establishment, the district has been renamed several times.

The administrative district is responsible for local self-government in the rural areas as well as the municipalities without legal capacity, such as villages and hamlets and the like. It is not responsible for the administration of the cities (City) and small towns (Town) within its territorial boundaries.


The “Municipal District” is located in the west-central part of the Canadian province of Alberta, bordering the province of British Columbia to the west. The Peace River forms the northern border of the district. The Pouce Coupé River flows to the west before joining the Peace River after a loop through British Columbia. In the centre of the district is Moonshine Lake Provincial Park and to the north is Dunvegan West Wildland Provincial Park, a protected wilderness area on the Peace River.[3]

Neighbouring municipal districts
Clear Hills County Municipal District of Fairview No. 136
British Columbia Nachbargemeinden Municipal District of Spirit River No. 133
County of Grande Prairie No. 1 Birch Hills County


The district is sparsely populated for the most part, with the focus of settlement essentially along Alberta Highway 49.

Population and area development of the district
Year Survey Inhabitants Change Area
Population density
2016[1] Census 2016 2225 – 2,8 % 5838.15 0,4
2011[4] Census 2011 2288 – 6,9 % 5836,92 0,4

Municipalities and localities

The following municipalities are located within the boundaries of the administrative district:

  • City: none
  • Small town (Town): none
  • Village: none
  • Hamlet and similar: Woking

There are also other, even smaller settlements.

See also

  • List of Municipal Districts in Alberta
  • List of municipalities in Alberta

Web links

Individual references

  1. a b Saddle Hills County Census Profile.Census 2016. in StatisticsCanada. 9 August 2019, retrieved 21 February 2021 (English).
  2. a b Profiles of Municipalities and Regional Services.(PDF) In Alberta MunicipalAffairs. 5 February 2021, accessed 21 February 2021 (English).
  3. Dunvegan West Wildland Provincial Park in the World Database on Protected Areas (English)
  4. Saddle Hills County Census Profile.Census 2011. in StatisticsCanada. 31 May 2016, accessed 21 February 2021 (English).