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Victoria District Economic Development Strategy

Big News!

The Town of Smoky Lake and Smoky Lake County are working together on theVictoria District Economic Development Strategy, a project to support tourism growth and enhancement in the Smoky Lake Region.  Initially focused only on the Historic Victoria District, the strategy has expanded to include the tourism assets of the entire Smoky Lake Region, and planning for each phase of development is underway.

On May 29, 2020, the Town of Smoky Lake and Smoky Lake County Councils approved a public engagement plan, which brings the Strategy to the community for its input and advice.  Due to COVID measures in place, we will use on-line forums, conference calls, tele-town halls and one-on-one meetings to connect with you.

All input will be brought to the Public Hearing for the bylaw June 26, 2020 and presented to the Joint County and Town Councils. We are hoping you will join us at the hearing (virtually) as well! 

This is only the beginning! The feedback from this round of public engagement will inform how we share, protect, and preserve our community and the ecological and heritage assets of the Victoria District and Smoky Lake Region, for years to come.

A full version of the strategy can be found

We’ve included an outline of dates on reverse in a chart.

Can’t make it to a session but want to contribute? or call 1-888-656-3730 and ask for Jordan Ruegg, Kyle Schole or Michelle Wright.

Printed copies of the Strategy can be picked up at:

Pappy’s Parcel Pitstop

IDA Drugs

Smoky Lake Esso

Cyr’s Gifts Vilna (to be confirmed)

Pepper’s Highway Service Waskatenau (to be confirmed)

Or request a copy to be mailed by emailing or calling 1-888-656-3730.

You can also contact me directly if you have questions or want to discuss the strategy at the number below. Apologies if this information is duplicated for you – we are trying to reach as many Smoky Lake folks as we can with this plan. 

Michelle Wright

Community Economic Development Officer (CEDO)

Smoky Lake Region

780 656 5398

Facebook: @smokylakeregion

Twitter: @RCDCSmokyLake



Link to PDF

Link to Victoria District Economic Development FAQ


Pursuant to Sections 227, 230, and 606 of the Municipal Government Act, R.S.A. 2000, the Councils of Smoky Lake County and the Town of Smoky Lake hereby give notice of their intention to adopt: 

Smoky Lake County Bylaw No. 1372-20 & Town of Smoky Lake Bylaw No. 006-2020 

The purpose of this Bylaw is to jointly adopt the Victoria District Economic Development Strategy Bylaw 1372-20 and 006-2020. The purpose of the Strategy is to grow the Smoky Lake regional tourism economy over ten years. 

THEREFORE, TAKE NOTICE THAT pursuant to Sections 606 of the Municipal Government Act a public hearing to consider the proposed Bylaw will be held: 

Date: June 26, 2020 

Time: 10:15 a.m. 

Place (Virtually via Zoom):

Or, Dial-in Toll-free: 877-853-5257 Meeting ID: 870 9538 1041 

AND FURTHUR TAKE NOTICE THAT anyone wishing to make a verbal or written representation may do so at the hearing, or by providing the representation to Jordan Ruegg or Kyle Schole before 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. It would be beneficial for individuals to provide advance notice of their intention to make a presentation at the hearing. 

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT a copy of the proposed Bylaw may be inspected online at, or picked-up from the Town and County Offices. 

To obtain more information regarding the proposed Bylaw, please contact: 

Jordan Ruegg, Planning and Development Manager, Smoky Lake County, or 

Kyle Schole, Planning and Development Assistant, Smoky Lake County 

at (780) 656-3730 or 

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