Welcome to the official website of the Summer Village of WestCove. Alberta.
What's New & Alerts
The Summer Village of West Cove is included in a group of municipalities that form the Ste. Anne Summer Villages Regional Emergency Management Partnership.
To sign up for West Cove Connect, please register your contact information into the form below.
Partial Fire Ban June 15th, 2022
Aquatic Vegetation Removal for Lakefront Owners
Are you interested in volunteering or know someone that is? The Summer Village is looking for Community‐Minded Volunteers!
The Summer Village currently contracts to the Town of Mayerthorpe for Bylaw Enforcement / Animal Control & Community Peace Officer Services - this is a shared service amongst several municipalities - this service for the Summer Village of West Cove is part time. A reminder to contact the RCMP if you require immediate assistance.
West Cove Day, July 23rd, 2022
A reminder to place branches and leaves as high as possible on the existing pile. Lake weeds and garden waste are to be placed on the extisting weed pile off to the side. Thank you for your continued cooperation!
Dock Permits - Provincial RequirementsThere are new requirements in place for placing a dock in the lake! The User Guide for Dock Permits outlines the requirements and process for an individual to obtain an authorization to place a temporary, seasonal dock for personal recreational use in Alberta's water bodies.
News Release - Municipalities Preserve Local ClinicA collaborative effort between Lac Ste. Anne County and five municipal partners has enabled the Onoway Medical Clinic in Onoway to continue operations as Onoway Regional Medical Clinic. Over the past year, the County has worked closely with The Town of Onoway, and with the Summer Villages of Ross Haven, West Cove, Val Quentin and Silver Sands to ensure this medical facility would continue to be able to provide quality health care services to families in and around the Onoway region. read more
If you drive your quad or snow mobile within or outside of the Summer Village Boundaries, different rules may apply. Please see the various local bylaws and Provincial requirements below.
Seasons Greetings from Lac Ste. Anne County on behalf of the Onoway Regional Medical Clinic!
Lac Ste. Anne Bylaw 22-2017-05-20 for Proposed Amendments to Land Use-Bylaw and Bylaw 31-2020 for Proposed Adoption of Dornbusch Area Structure Plan (Campground)
NEW TAX PAYMENT PLAN OPTION
Thank you to our volunteers - It could not have been done without you!
Visit the Community League Facebook page for more information on the Community League and their upcoming events.The Community League is always looking for Volunteers!If you are interested, messages can be left on their Facebook page, West Cove Community League; by Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; or by calling 780-668-6501. Community League InformationFor years, the Summer Village of West Cove has had a dedicated volunteer group who have committed their time to the West Cove Community League. This group has also played a large part in recruiting volunteers, organizing and hosting West Cove Days. The group is always looking for new volunteers to run the Community League and to help out with the planning of the annual West Cove Days event.
Regular council meetings are normally held at 6:30 pm on the last Wednesday of each month. The agenda and Zoom link for each meeting are posted here in advance of the meeting date.
Next Meeting: November 30, 2022 at 6:30 pm
The West Cove Community Hall is Now Available for Rentals
For rental inquiries, please contact Jim Deeks, Managing Coordinator at (780)919-9099.
Home Support Program & Preventative Counselling Subsidy
The Summer Village of West Cove is partnering with Lac Ste. Anne County to make available to our residents two important programs hosted by the County:
Home Support Program:
This program offers a subsidy for light housekeeping services offered to seniors which helps them remain independent in their own safe, clean and comfortable home.
Preventative Counselling Subsidy:
This program offers a subside to eligible individuals, couples or families who find themselves struggling to afford the cost of short-term preventative counselling services.
Contact the County Office to find out more and if you are eligible – Community Services Department at 780-785-3411 or toll free at 1-866-880-5722.
Municipal Accountability Program Report
The Lac Ste Anne Summer Village Regionalization Study (SVRS) aims to identify ways in which the Summer Villages on Lac Ste Anne can collaborate to improve service delivery, decrease costs, and improve municipal efficiency.
Village Council has accepted this Framework as a recommendation moving forward at their April 27th, 2022 Council meeting.
Please be advised that the Administration Office move is complete!! Our new location is 2317 Twp Rd 545, just west of the Onoway overpass (old Ste. Anne Gas building). Our phone number and email remain the same. Stop in for a visit and check out the new location!
Lagoon Road Work
Council requested and received a report on infrastructure maintenance in the Village. One of the recommendations was to create an open area for about 30 meters east of the lagoon road. This would allow for the road to drain and dry faster, thereby reducing ongoing maintenance costs. A second benefit is that it provides a fire break.
The Summer Village is replacing many of the park benches in the Village with new ones. The old benches are available for purchase with a donation to the Community League. Should you be interested in purchasing one or more of these benches (behind the Community Hall, please contact Jim Deeks, (780)919-9099. Thank you.
Blue Green Algae
Hi everyone, this is an email to inform that blue green algae has been confirmed at Lac Ste. Anne and the Medical Officer of Health has issued a blue green algae (cyanobacteria) advisory. Information and advisory signage will be posted today at public areas of the lake, (beaches) or boat launches. The advisory is posted on the Active Health Advisories | Alberta Health Services website.
If you have any questions I can be reached by email or phone 780-967-6221. Signage is to be removed at the end of the season (November 1st).
Jennifer Fearnehough BSc, BEH(AD), CIPHI(C)
Executive Officer/Public Health Inspector
Environmental Public Health, Onoway
Road Ban Information
This Road Ban Notice applies to all Lac Ste. Anne County road surfaces, and supersedes the County’s standing weight restrictions on certain chip seal coat roadways.
This Notice shall remain in effect until further notice. If you require further information, please contact the Public Works department at www.lsac.ca.
2022 Waste Pickup Schedule
Waste pick up occurs weekly, year round, on Mondays.
East End Bus Society
East End Bus Society is a cooperative effort of the Lac Ste. Anne County, the Town of Onoway and the Village of Alberta Beach to provide affordable transportation for seniors and handicapped. With additional financial support from 10 Summer Villages, Yellowstone, South View, Silver Sands, Val Quentin, Sunset Point, Sunrise Beach, Birch Cove, West Cove, Nakamun Park and Ross Haven.
Service consists of scheduled shopping/medical trips to West Edmonton Mall, and Spruce Grove along with excursion and rentals by service clubs, special interest groups and community members.
New Organics Rules
UPDATED May 7, 2021
Standstone will be collecting Organics beginning May 1, until November 1. The ORGANICS cart is for YARD WASTE only, as it will be accepted at our local Highway 43 Waste Commission for composting and ground cover. Below is a list of acceptable items to place in the Organics cart.
Any contaminated carts will be identified and flagged as contaminants. The contaminated load will be taken directly to Highway 43 Landfill and deposited as WASTE, instead of ORGANICS. This additional cost will be paid the municipality and may be passed on to the resident.
Vegetable garden waste can go in your waste cart.
Happy Spring to you all.
Rural Crime Watch
Recently, the quick response of a resident from a nearby community who reported suspicious activity to the RCMP led to the apprehension of the responsible individuals. A reminder to all residents that we are the eyes and ears of our communities. If you see suspicious activity, report it immediately to the RCMP or visit the website below and download the Alberta Rural Crime Watch app and report any crime or suspicious activity as it happens.
Emergency - Police/Fire/Ambulance: 9-1-1
RCMP - Non-Emergency Line
Stony Plain Detachment: 1-825-220-7267
Lake Isle & Lac Ste. Anne Water Quality Management Society (LILSA)
Did you know that LILSA:
- Advocates for the health of our lakes;
- Is working hard to slow and prevent the spread of FLOWERING RUSH, an invasive species that is taking over Lake Isle and making its way to Lac Ste Anne;
- Completed a State of the Watershed Report and is working with other organizations to develop a Watershed Management plan;
- Partners with municipal and provincial governments to apply for grants and improve the quality of our lakes;
- Is working on short and long-term solutions to improve our lakes and keep them healthy and useable for generations to come;
- Needs more members to keep doing their important work!
Become a LILSA Member today!
There is no time commitment required. You can do as little or as much as you choose.
By becoming a member you will:
- Help support the health of our lakes;
- Be able to vote at our AGM;
- Be eligible to run for the board;
- Be a part of the solution!
Annual Memberships are $20 (individual or family) & can be purchased at:
Alberta Beach Village Office (4935-50Ave) Lac Ste Anne County Building (56521 Rge Rd 65) Onoway Town Office (4812-51St)
Flowering Rush is a prohibited, noxious weed that has been introduced into several Alberta water bodies. It is an aquatic plant that grows as an emergent plant along shorelines of both lakes and rivers. Flowering Rush was brought to North America from Europe as a garden plant. This variety will form dense stands which will interfere with recreational lake use. Flowering Rush crowds out our native plants and has the potential to fill in an entire lake if left uncontrolled.
For more information - visit the Lake Isle Lac Ste. Anne (LILSA) website
Drainage Project Update - May 21, 2020
Please be advised that the proposed drainage work on the 11th street Municipal Reserve (MR) area has been put on hold pending further consideration. This MR has been surveyed, therefore, all chattels that are located on this MR will need to be removed regardless of whether this drainage project proceeds or not. Further information will be provided in due course.
Use of Municipal Reserve Areas
A reminder to all residents that vegetation such as trees, plants and flowers are not to be removed or planted on any municipal reserve areas without prior permission from the Sumner Village. Any vegetation that has been planted on the municipal reserve areas without permission will be removed. If you have planted anything on the municipal reserve areas, please remove or move to your property. Your cooperation is appreciated.