Municipal District of Greenview History

The Municipal District of Greenview in north-western Alberta covers 33,275 square kilometers of land or 8.4 million acres.  It is bounded by the British Columbia border on the west, the Smoky and Little Smoky Rivers in the north, the Counties of  Woodlands and Yellowhead on the south, and the M.D. of Big Lakes to the east.

Municipal District of Greenview

Existing in this area before the creation of the M.D. of Greenview were  Improvement Districts 110, 111 and 126.  These I.D.s were combined in 1968 to form I.D. No. 16.  As an Improvement District, the jurisdiction was administered from High Prairie under the auspices of the Department of Municipal Affairs, with input from a local Advisory Council.   In January 1994, I.D. No. 16 became the M.D. of Greenview No. 16, fully self-governed by councilors from eight electoral divisions:   Grande Cache, Little Smoky, Valleyview, Sunset House, New Fish Creek, DeBolt, Crooked Creek and Grovedale.

The first municipal office opened in 1966 on Main Street Valleyview, then moved to the Provincial Building there in 1979.  In 1990 the M.D. moved into their new office complex on 50th Street.

The major industries in the district are resource extraction, with extensive deposits of oil, gas and coal in the forested hills which are also logged for lumber.  Approximately one quarter of the land is suitable for Agricultural activities such as grain production, livestock and ranching.  Tourism is a rapid-growth industry in the areas natural setting of lakes, rivers and forests, supplemented by developed recreational facilities.

Within the boundaries of the M.D. of Greenview are the Towns of Fox Creek, Grande Cache and Valleyview, and the Sturgeon Lake Indian Band.  There are also ten Hamlets which fall under the jurisdiction of the M.D.:  DeBolt , Goodwin, Grovedale, Landry Heights, Little Smoky, New Fish Creek, Puskwaskau, Ridgevalley, Sunset House and Sweathouse.