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Mayor's Message

On behalf of Council, I want to welcome you to Athabasca.  

We are situated 1 ½ hours north of the Capital Region and you could say we are in Edmonton and St. Albert’s backyard.  We pride ourselves on the number of groups and activities organized and run by community volunteers that include the Rotary Club, Lions Club, the Heritage Society, the Seniors’ Society and many, many more.

Our community is home to Athabasca University, Canada’s only distance education university, and one of four comprehensive research universities in Alberta. In addition, we are close to Alberta Pacific Forest Industries, North America’s largest pulp mill.  We are also a service centre for north central Alberta and home to many small and medium sized businesses.  Our people come from all walks of life, from the farming community, the oil and gas sector, and education.  We have a vibrant downtown hosting many retail and commercial businesses. The jewel in our community is the Riverfront Park which holds an outdoor stage, a children’s spray park, a skateboard park as well as green space for everyone to enjoy.

We are one of very few communities that have a functioning preforming arts theatre that holds 284 people. It has excellent sound and lighting and hosts many musical and theatrical events.  In the field of recreation, the Athabasca Regional Multiplex, is the hub of our community. It is jointly owned by the Town of Athabasca and Athabasca County, it features a curling rink, hockey rink,  large field house, a pool and fitness center that opened in 2019, as well as meeting rooms, a daycare and a lounge. A new high school was built adjacent to the Multiplex and along with Athabasca University it has created a campus style atmosphere.

We welcome you to Athabasca.  We truly offer the best in small town living while remaining close to the big cities just south of us.  


Robert Balay

Mayor, Town of Athabasca