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About the region

The Town of Athabasca is enveloped by the County’s beauty and charm. With an area of more than 6,000 square kilometres and a population nearing 8,000 residents, the region experiences modest but manageable growth. With several major transportation routes and the Athabasca River winding throughout the municipality, Athabasca County has the best of both worlds: prime corridors for business growth and space to enjoy an affordable rural lifestyle.

This is why the area was first settled in the late 1800s – the Hudson Bay Company saw the advantages that a water route afforded. Athabasca Landing (known today as the Town of Athabasca) was a key stopping place for prospectors heading north and a trading and shipping centre for those in the fur trade. Over the years, travellers began homesteading throughout the region which developed the strong agricultural sector and communities the County still enjoys today.


While the days of transporting goods along the Athabasca River are now gone, Highway 55, Highway 2, and Highway 63 provide access to all regions of Athabasca County and neighbouring municipalities. A well-maintained network of secondary highways is used on a daily basis to access services and amenities. The Athabasca Regional Airport is another important piece of the transportation puzzle: it has seen many improvements in recent years and is a valued resource within the County.


For those seeking primary residences, there are many choices to meet your quality of life expectations, including single family homes; country residential acreages; farm properties; and year round lake living at any one of the 8 Summer Villages or country residential subdivisions located on various County lakes.

Business owners interested in relocating to Athabasca County have the same diversity of options to choose from. Business owners have the opportunity to purchase suitable parcels of land in the County, or in one of our Hamlets, to provide them with room to expand outside of town limits.

Read more about Athabasca County in the Canadian Business Journal’s feature article or view the PDF below.

Canadian Business Journal article