Brazeau County works with the Town of Drayton Valley, the Village of Breton, and the hamlets of Buck Creek, Cynthia, Lindale, Lodgepole, Rocky Rapids, and Violet Grove. Each of these diverse communities offer a full range of urban amenities and business opportunities within a relaxing rural setting. In addition, the County is responsible for governance of the Birchwood Village Green, a private recreational village near Lindale. We invite you to join our cyber tour of the communities that make up Brazeau County.
TOWN OF DRAYTON VALLEY
Population 2011: 7049 (Most current Statistics Canada Data)
Located atop a high plateau between the North Saskatchewan and Pembina Rivers, where the agricultural land of the east meet the forested foothills of the west, Drayton Valley is the vibrant urban centre of beautiful Brazeau Country. Known for its young progressive atmosphere, Drayton Valley is the envy of many a municipality for its first-class recreation facilities, beautiful residential areas, and prosperous economy. A young community, Drayton Valley only recently celebrated its 50th birthday. Built on the oil boom of the 1950s, Drayton Valley has diversified its economy and prides itself a future that is bright and alive ... the perfect place to raise a family or operate a business.
VILLAGE OF BRETON
Population 2011: 496 (Most current Statistics Canada Data)
The Village of Breton offers families the safety of a small village, and the quality of education found in small class sizes. Recreation abounds in Breton, with two golf courses on the outskirts of the village, and close proximity to both Pigeon and Buck Lakes. Breton has an extensive library collection and the Breton Museum is unique in that it represents the area as one of the first Black Settlements in Alberta. The population breakdown of Breton shows that it is a chosen community for young families and those looking for a peaceful setting.
HAMLETS IN BRAZEAU COUNTY
Population 2011: 7,201 (Most current Statistics Canada Data)
Population 2011: 75 (Most current Statistics Canada Data)
This quiet community is located just 20 kms from Drayton Valley. Boasting its annual Buck Creek Days at the local Buck Creek Community Hall, this event draws crowds from miles around. The community is serviced by Brazeau County and has municipal waste water treatment and paved streets. A community store, community hall and post office are all located within the Hamlet.
Population 2005: 50 (Most current Statistics Canada Data)
Located 34.5 kms west of Drayton Valley, the Hamlet of Cynthia was once a large thriving hamlet due to the 1950s oil patch boom. It is now a quiet developed hamlet with municipal water and sewer, and paved roads. Due to its location in the picturesque west country, Cynthia offers its residents numerous recreational outdoor activities. Hunting, quading and snowmobiling are all located at its back door. Located in Cynthia are a hotel, café and gas station. An active community club, the Cynthia Recreation Association, maintains an outdoor skating rink, playground and Community Hall. Annual events include a summer Quad Rally and Winter Snowmobile Rally.
Lindale (No current population data from Statistics Canada)
Located amongst rolling hills and prime farmland, the Hamlet of Lindale is the only hamlet in Brazeau County to boast an adjacent golf course and campground. The Lindale Community Hall Association hosts an annual Rodeo, monthly steak suppers, and a fall windup supper. The Lindale Hall boasts an adjacent ball diamond and rodeo grounds, and the Lin Berry Buck 4-H Club is also very active in the area.
BIRCHWOOD SUBDIVISION (No current population data from Statistics Canada)
Surrounding the Birchwood Village Greens Golf Course, the development of the Birchwood Subdivision has seen a number of new housing starts and continues to grow. Under the ownership of the Birchwood Condo Board, this resort subdivision is quickly becoming a very desirable place to live. Residents have access to the indoor swimming pool located in the Birchwood Village Greens Complex.
BIRCHWOOD VILLAGE GREENS GOLF COURSE AND CAMPGROUND
The Birchwood Village Greens is a nine hole golf course in the area with a Par 35. Originally built in the early 1970s by a wealthy Alberta rancher who wanted a golf course for his own private use and recreation, developers took over the course in 1989, making it a public facility. In the process the developers made many dramatic improvements to the course. Most impressive of these is the clubhouse complex which includes an indoor swimming pool, sauna, tennis courts and horseshoe pitches - making Birchwood Village Greens a complete year round recreational facility. The golf course's nine holes are clustered around picturesque Buck Lake Creek. The Pro Shop is very well-equipped with everything the avid golfer will need, including a busy rentals department. After your game, a relaxing stop at the licensed lounge will be what you need before you settle down in the Birchwood Campground.
Population 2011: 125 (Most current Statistics Canada data)
The outdoor enthusiasts' dream, Lodgepole is located just a short 15 minute drive from the beautiful Brazeau Dam recreation area, and 5 minutes from the Pembina River. Located in a protected Green Zone and surrounded by a lush boreal forest, Lodgepole boasts paved streets, municipal sewer, a hotel, café, gas station, store and post office. A new local firehall was built in 1999.
LODGEPOLE TRAINING CENTER
Lodgepole is home to the Alberta Amateur Sports Training Facility, utilized by many athletes training for competitions at the national, international and Olympiad levels. The 15,000 sq ft building is located on six acres of land, and is completely self-contained. Outdoors, a completely fenced field contains a baseball diamond, 4 horseshoe pits and acres of space to play soccer, croquet or whatever your heart desires. There is also a huge deck and BBQ facilities just off the dining room.
Population 2011: 565 (Most current Statistics Canada data)
Poplar Ridge lies adjacent to the town of Drayton Valley to the west. It is also home to numerous businesses, both industrial and light industrial.
Population 2005: 317 (Most current Statistics Canada Data)
Located only 5 km north of Drayton Valley, Rocky Rapids is rapidly growing with numerous new homes being developed in subdivisions within the hamlet. Small and neat, the hamlet has the benefits of full municipal services, a community hall, post office, store, outdoor skating rink and ball diamond. Rocky Rapids is located just 1.6 km from the local airport and 4.8 kms from the local downhill and cross country ski hills. The Two Rivers Beef Club meets the 1st Sunday of each month at the Rocky Rapids Community Hall. Rocky Rapids is home to the annual Rapid Fire Mudbogs held at the Rapidfire Motorsports Park and the Easyfest Music Festival.
Population 2005: 141 (Most current Statistics Canada data)
Located just 8 kms southwest of Drayton Valley, this small, neat community has both hamlet sized lots and country residential acreages. Most of the area is served with a Municipal waste water system. The Violet Grove Community Club hosts an annual Pig Roast and childrens' Christmas concert.