The area encompassed by the Fort Vermilion School Division is a diverse region that covers more than 87,000 square kilometers – roughly 12% of Alberta’s land mass. The area boasts a fascinating mix of cultures that includes Beaver, Dene and Cree First Nations, along with a strong Mennonite community of German heritage. Although many people have been born and raised in our northern communities, seasonal industries result in increased community residents at certain times of the year, especially in the winter months.
There are several primary industries in the area: oil and gas, forestry and agriculture. Regional priorities are shifting to focus and embrace new economic goals: value-added processing and manufacturing, ecotourism and the strengthening of small businesses to provide a wider range of goods and services to the region.
As for things to do, you’ll find no shortage of activities right outside your door. There’s untouched wilderness to explore, lakes and rivers to fish, and a rich historical past to discover. In the summer you’ll have endless hours of sunlight to play, while the winter months bring out dazzling displays you'll never forget such as the magnificent Northern Lights.
For further information about sectors of our region please consult the following websites:
Mackenzie County (Fort Vermilion, La Crete, Blue Hills, Buffalo Head, Blumenort, Rocky Lane)
Town of High Level
Town of Rainbow Lake
Central Mountain Air - Daily flight services link High Level and Rainbow Lake with Edmonton
Northwestern Air - Daily flight services link High Level with Edmonton