West Cove

Welcome to the official website of the Summer Village of WestCove. Alberta.

What's New & Alerts

0 - Emergency Management

The Summer Village of West Cove is included in a group of municipalities that form the Ste. Anne Summer Villages Regional Emergency Management Partnership.


1 - NEW! Stay Informed with West Cove Connect - Sign Up Today!

To sign up for West Cove Connect, please register your contact information into the form below.  


2 - Fire Advisories & Bans

Fire Restriction in Effect July 22, 2021


Aquatic Vegetation Removal

Aquatic Vegetation Removal for Lakefront Owners


Are you Interested in Volunteering in Your Community? We have a volunteer opportunity!

Are you interested in volunteering or know someone that is? The Summer Village is looking for Community‐Minded Volunteers!




Bylaw Enforcement & Animal Control & Community Peace Officer Services

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.  


Chattels Must Be Removed from Roadways/Boulevards Update



Community Events

For a listing of community events - click here!


Compost Collection Site - Open

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 Permit Application - Provincial Requirements

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 Clinic

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


Off-Highway Vehicle Information

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.


Onoway Regional Medical Clinic Welcomes New Physician

Onoway Regional Medical Clinic Welcomes New Physician


Proposed Bylaw Amendments

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) 


Tax Payment Information



Thank You to our Volunteers!

Thank you to our volunteers - It could not have been done without you!


West Cove Community League & West Cove Days Committee

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, West Cove Days has been cancelled for 2020. 


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Next Council Meeting

Summer Village of West Cove Special Meeting:  Thursday Sept. 23, 2021 at 6:00 PM


Written notice of a special meeting of council called under authority of section 194 of the municipal government act. 

The mayor has requested that a special meeting of council be held on September 23rd, 2021, commencing at 6:00 P.M. via Zoom for the purpose of discussing and acting upon the following item:

  1. to review community hall renovation bids

Ren Giesbrecht, Mayor 
Greg Woronuk, Deputy Mayor
Chris Kelly, Councillor
Wendy Wildman, CAO

Click to view the agenda

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 893 0022 9532
Passcode: 694262
Find your local number

Given the current situation regarding COVID-19, there are Council meetings that may be held via teleconference.   If members of the general public are interested in participating, please call the office at 780-967-0271 so we can work on alternate arrangements.




The LILSA AGM will be held on Saturday, August 21 at 9:30 AM at the Agriplex (4811 46a Ave, Alberta Beach).

Come and learn how we can protect our lakes together!

Visit our new website at lilsa.ca



Lakefront Weed Harvesting

The Summer Village of West Cove will be working with Aquatic Weed Harvesters again this year to provide lakefront aquatic vegetation removal.  The work will be done under the conditions of the Summer Village of West Cove’s 5-year Water Act Approval. The Summer Village will be collecting applications and payments from lakefront residents on behalf of Aquatic Weed Harvesters for lake weed removal services.

If you are a lakefront property owner and are interested in having a straight 4-meter strip of lake weeds harvested from in front of your property, please fill out the application form on the reverse side and return it to the Summer Village Office prior to July 9, 2021.

Date: Harvesting is planned to take place the mid July of 2021 (because this is weather permitting – we do not have an exact date)

Cost:  $255.00 per lot

(must be paid to the Summer Village of West Cove prior to July 9, 2021)

Click for application.


If you require further information, please call the Summer Village Office at 780-967-0271.


Flowering Rush

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

Click here to read all the latest top stories.


Invitation to Quote

The Summer Village of West Cove is seeking quotes to complete improvements to our Community Hall located at 721 Valking Road.    The Summer Village had a preliminary design completed and this can be found on our website or by contacting the office.   The successful contractor/individual will be responsible to pull all required permits, and must provide proof of liability insurance, WCB and provide references.

The Summer Village is prepared to meet with interested candidates to go over the scope of the project prior to submission.  We have scheduled a pre-tender site meeting on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Community Hall in West Cove to review the scope of the project. 

Submissions will be accepted up to 4:00 p.m. on September 14th, 2021.  In your quote, please provide total costs, or hourly costs, along with the proposed timeline to complete the project, as well as any special considerations. The Summer Village reserves the right to accept or reject any and all quotes in its sole discretion.

Forward your proposal/quote to:


Summer Village of West Cove
721 Valking Road
West Cove, AB.   T0E 0A2
Email: svwestcove@outlook.com
Drop off:               4808-51st Street, Onoway, AB.

We thank all those interested, however only those selected to perform the work will be contacted.

Please click to review the community hall drawings.

Click to review the hall renovation project particulars.


Tax Notices

2021 Tax & Assessment Notice Certification of Mailing

This is certification under Sections 310(4) & 336(1) of the Municipal Government Act that 2021 Combined Assessment and Tax Notices were mailed to all property owners in the Summer Village of West Cove on May 17th, 2021.
Wendy Wildman, Chief Administrative Officer

General Election 2021

(Saturday, June 12th, 2021)
The Returning Officer for the Summer Village of West Cove received and accepted 3 nominations for 3 Council positions on Nomination Day.  The following candidates have been elected by acclamation:
GIESBRECHT, Ren (incumbent)
KELLY, Chris (new)
WORONUK, Greg (new) 
Notice of Election by Acclamation

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.


Grass clippings
Lake weeds
Tree prunings & branches (no larger than 1.5" in diameter)

Dog feces
Cat litter
Food scraps
Meat scraps
Plastic bags
Compostable plastic bags
Vegetable garden waste



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.

Click for Downloadable Copy.



Waste Services

*NEW*   Beginning January 2021, waste pick up will be weekly year round on Mondays.  

2021 Waste Pickup Calendar


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.​

Alberta Rural Crime Watch Website

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

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


Public Notice - Administration Office - Temporarily Closed to the Public beginning Friday, November 20, 2020

Due to the rising cases of COVID-19, the Administration Office will be temporarily closed beginning Friday, November 20th, 2020.  If you require in-person assistance, we can set up an appointment with you and prepare for your visit, our office can be contacted via email and telephone at this time.


Gov't of Alberta Covid-19 - Info for Albertans

Gov't of Alberta - ABTraceTogether App Info



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.