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|
3600 – 48 Ave
Lac La Biche, AB
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 Daycare | www.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
Athabasca Family Health Centre (780) 675-5018
Athabasca Medical Centre (780) 675-2211
Silver Birch Medical Centre (780) 689-0003