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Living in Athabasca

When it comes to living in Athabasca County, think balance. Strong communities thrive throughout the County, driven by dedicated volunteers who make sure there is always something to do and visitors feel welcome. From fresh produce ready for purchase at the farmers’ markets to endless beaches and pristine lakes, Athabasca County is your choice for those looking for a free range lifestyle.

Residents of the region enjoy a variety of urban amenities to accompany the charms of rural living. Two hospitals, many health care professionals, four grocery stores, two RCMP detachments, two school boards, various social services, three post-secondary institutions, and hundreds of businesses add to the spectrum of services one would expect to find in larger centres. A few of these key services include:


Elementary and Secondary School Education

The region is served by two school boards: the Aspen View School Division covers education in Athabasca, Rochester, Boyle, and Grassland while the Northern Lights School Division serves Caslan and Wandering River. Both divisions offer an excellent education system, with dual credit and apprenticeship opportunities, international experience programs, and French Immersion.

Aspen View School Division Northern Lights School Division

Division Office

3600 – 48 Ave

Athabasca, AB

T9S 1M8

(780) 675-7080


Division Office

10220-101 Avenue

Lac La Biche, AB

T0A 2C0

(780) 623-4414


Post-Secondary Institutions

Athabasca University |  www.athabascau.ca

The Town of Athabasca is home to Athabasca University, a leading Canadian online university focused on the future of learning. The university serves over 40,000 students in more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Northern Lakes College |  www.northernlakescollege.ca

Northern Lakes College Community Learning Centre in Athabasca is committed to innovative training. Distance learning technology remains a key delivery tool, while small class sizes, professional instructors and affordable tuition remain important priorities.

Portage College |  www.portagecollege.ca

The Heavy Equipment and Pipeline Training Centre just outside of Boyle is a relatively new campus with Portage College and the first of its kind in Canada. In addition to conventional lab-based instruction, the Centre provides hands-on experiential learning.


Whispering Hills Daycarewww.whisperinghillsdaycare.com

Multiplex site – ages 3-kindergarten                          (780) 675-7946

University site – ages 0-3                                            (780) 675-6233

Out of School Care Program – ages 5-12                 (780) 675-7946

Health & Social Services             


Athabasca Healthcare Centre                                     (780) 675-6000

Boyle Healthcare Centre                                              (780) 689-3731

Medical Clinics

Athabasca Family Health Centre                                (780) 675-5018

Athabasca Medical Centre                                          (780) 675-2211

Silver Birch Medical Centre                                         (780) 689-0003