HIGH LEVEL - Alberta Events, Population, History, Camping, Golf, Schools, Accommodations, northern Alberta.
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Welcome to High Level, Alberta. Located in the Municipal District of Mackenzie No. 23, the largest rural municipality in Alberta.


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Mackenzie Crossroads Museum & Visitors Centre. (Established in 1990) Located on the east side of Highway at the south end of High Level. Features history, visitor information, gallery, gift ideas and picnic area. The Northern Trading Post features a collection of over 1800 food and medicine containers with some dating back to the late 1800's. Office of the High Level & District Chamber of Commerce. (780) 926-4811


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Spirit of the North Community School. Grades 4 to 6, with 225 students. 10801-102 Street. (780) 841-7200. School website

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Florence MacDougall Community School. Opened in 1983. Kindergarten to grade 3. About 360 students. (780) 926-2331. School website

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High Level Public School. Grades 7 to 12. About 465 students attend. (780) 926-3706. School website

High Level Christian Academy. K-Grade 9. 10701-100 Avenue. (780) 926-2360. School website

NAIT, High Level Campus. 10901-93 Street. (780) 841-3600.

The High Level Airport is located north of High Level at Footner Lake. Opened in 1989 and has 5000 foot paved air strip. Daily flights to Edmonton and Calgary.

High Level Echo is a weekly newspaper published every Wednesday. Circulation of about 1570 papers. 10006-97 Street. (780) 926-2000. The Echo was established in 1973 and is part of a group of newspapers that also include the Mile Zero News and the Banner Post in Manning.

Family Income- Life Expectancy:
The average family income is $85310 (2013) and the life expectancy is 77.2 years. (2015)

Radio Stations:
River Country (CKYL) and KIX 106.1 both from Peace River. CIAM 92.7FM (Religious) Fort Vermilion.


The Town of High Level is located approximately 253 km north of Peace River or approximately 800 km north of Edmonton, Alberta. Population of 3,891 people (2015 stats) living in 1,163 dwellings, and serving a trading area of about 20,000. One of Alberta's newest communities located in the Footner Lake Forest, the largest in Alberta covering 29,694 square miles.

High Level, Located at mile 180 of the Mackenzie Highway 35, midway between Edmonton and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. (photo downtown)
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Hospital, Museum, Old Hospital, Campground, Town Office, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fire Department

The name High Level described the height of the land that separates the Peace River and the Hay River. In 1786 fur traders arrived in the area and it wasn't until 1947 that the first settlers arrived. High Level Company was started in High Level in 1957 and a year later the Northland Utilities established the first power plant. The first post office was established in 1958 with Jesse Matheson, the first postmaster. For many years High Level was known as Tloc Moi (Hay Meadow). In those early years when many Beaver Indians roamed the area, it was a stopping place for trappers on their way from Hay Lakes to Fort Vermilion dating back to 1788. Oilfields were discovered in the area in the 1960's. The railway finally came to the area in 1963 and the first hotel was built in High Level in 1964. (It was torn down in 1997) The town was incorporated in 1965.

Featuring the Main Street High Level
The Dual Cam shows both sides of the street as one travels west to the Mainstreet of High Level, (For best results increase video to fill screen)

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The main industries of High Level include forestry, oil & gas, and agriculture. Major exports are timber and grain.

Footner Forest Products Limited used aspen in their OSB plant and employed 425 people from the area. Opened in 2000. DMI High Level Lumber had the largest sawmill in Alberta, harvesting about 1 million cubic meters of timber each year and employs about 300 people. In 1990 Daishowa sawmill merged with Mrubeni to become DMI. In 1999 Tolko Industries Ltd purchased the sawmill from DMI and have averaged 1.25 million m3/year of deliveries over the past 4 years. (2005)
Nov 2007- Ainsworth announced it is closing its High Level mill (jointly owned by Footner Forest Products) effective December 20, 2007. 150 employees were laid off indefinitely.
Feb 2007- Tolko closed its plant in High Prairie putting more than a 100 employees out of work.
Nov 2009- Tolko Industries closed its High Level sawmill until further notice putting 300 people out of work as well as contractors were affected. In 2010 the plant re-opened.
Sept 2013 - Louisiana Pacific purchased Ainsworth including the Grande Prairie location.

High Level Events: NOW POSTED Events of the Peace Country
Summer rodeo presented by the High Level and District Agricultural Society is held in June. (The first rodeo and parade took place in August of 1969). Mosquito Creek Rodeo Grounds is 2 km east of town on Highway 58. Canada Day Celebrations are held in Centennial Park. Heritage Day is held at the museum each year in August. Chamber of Commerce holds its annual trade Fair in September.
High Level Agriculture Society. (780) 926-3464.

High Levels Town Offices and the regions Provincial Government offices are located in the Provincial Building. The High Level Library, is now located in the Town Hall building at 10601-103 Street. 780- 926-2097. For more information on High Level visit the Town of High Level website
Town of High Level (780) 926-2201. High Level Chamber of Commerce

The Northwestern Regional Health Centre is located on the west outskirts of High Level along Highway 58. The High Level Hospital provides health care for High Level and surrounding area.

A residential Area in the area of 103 Street and Chinchaga Drive, High Level. On this street is a mixture of bi-levels and 4 level splits

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Recreation Complex and Aquatic Centre built in 1973. 3 sheet curling rink, indoor ice rink, indoor pool with 25 meter pool, ball diamonds, bowling alley, tennis courts and basketball courts. Located on 105 Avenue. (780) 926-3080.

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R.E. Walter Memorial Aquatic Centre. 10511-103 Street. Features 4 lane pool, 10 person hot tub, climbing wall and diving board.

Fox Haven Golf and Country Club, located 3 km north of High Level established in 1969.

Aspen Ridge Campground. 3 km south of High Level on Highway 35. 41 sites. Full service and hookups, RV sani-station, showers, laundry, hiking. (780) 926-4540.

Hutch Lake/Watt Mountain Campground, 32 km north of High Level. 11 sites, water, boat launch, fishing, swimming. Watt Mountain is 780 metres high. (780) 926-2201.

There is plenty of good fishing in the area for Northern Pike, Walleye, Perch, Whitefish, Grayling and Goldeye. Hunters can find moose, deer, bear and geese. There are over 150 species of birds that nest in the area.

Paddle Prairie is 71 km to the south, Manning is 195 km south of High Level, and Peace River is 296 km to the south.

News Update Feb 28, 2016: The Four Winds Hotel, lounge and restaurant were completely destroyed in a fire on Saturday morning February 27, 2016. The Hotel has one of the older hotels in High Level.

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