The County of Minburn has a population of 3,188 and is located in east-central Alberta in the parkland area east of Edmonton. The County covers an area of approximately 55 miles (88 km) east to west and 30 miles (48 km) north to south, encompassing 41 townships. When in the County, you find yourself in an area of rich farmland, small friendly communities, bountiful wildlife, beautiful scenery with miles of peaceful country roads.
The County is made up of a large rural area, and also includes the Hamlets of Lavoy, Ranfurly and Minburn. Within the County’s boundaries is the Town of Vegreville and the Villages of Innisfree and Mannville. As a result of both urban and rural influences, the County offers residents a relaxed yet vibrant lifestyle.
County residents are fortunate that the towns, villages and hamlets offer well established education, cultural and social services. There is also affordable housing in a variety of price ranges, and lot sizes ranging from urban single lots in the hamlets to full quarter sections.
Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trans Canada Highway), Highway 36 (Veterans Memorial Highway) and the network of high-quality secondary highways and local roads provide all residents with easy access to any of their destinations. Given its location, the County is a natural centre for road, railway, and air transportation services, and all these are provided within its borders.
There are various tourist attractions throughout the County. The most notable is the “Pysanka”, the world’s largest Ukrainian easter egg, which is located in Vegreville. Part of the Go East of Edmonton tourism zone, the County prides itself with fine recreational opportunites, including Wapasu Lake Conservancy Project and the International Rotary Peace Park. In addition, the County of Minburn’s excellent leisure facilities attract major sports tournaments. These facilities encourage family participation and allow for year-round recreation programs. In addition to organized recreation, the County offers a diverse outdoor experience at its campgrounds, picnic sites and parks.
Along with staff at the main County office in Vegreville, public service employees are also located in Vegreville, Lavoy, Innisfree and Mannville. Seven elected divisional Councillors direct the provision of municipal services. The County has put an emphasis on developing an infrastructure that is poised for future growth and dedicated to providing services to all its citizens.
The County of Minburn No. 27 moved into its Administrative Complex in 1991. This building–acquired from the provincial government [old courthouse – 1930] and renovated–preserves the historic link to the past.
There are industrial areas and prime downtown office space located within the County and the Town and Villages that lie within its boundaries. This makes the County a prime location to establish a new business or expand an existing one.
From the County you can reach:
- Edmonton in less than an hour
- Edmonton International Airport in approximately an hour and a half
- Elk Island National Park in less than a half hour
- The Industrial Heartland in less than an hour
- The Saskatchewan border in less than an hour
- Fort McMurray in approximately five hours