Welcome to the official website of the Summer Village of WestCove. Alberta.
What's New & Alerts
There is currently no fire ban in effect.
West Cove Days took place on Saturday, July 27th, 2019.Visit the Community League Facebook page for more information on the Community League and their upcoming events.
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!
Unauthorized Aquatic Vegetation Removal Is IllegalRemoving aquatic vegetation requires prior approval by the Government of Alberta, Department of Environment and Parks. Unauthorized removal could be subject to fines and penalties. Here’s what the law says:Under the Public Lands Act, it is prohibited to disturb the bed and shore of a water body without prior authorization.Under the Water Act, an approval is required for an activity which affects a water body such as aquatic vegetation removal.
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.
For a listing of community events - click here!
The Summer Village of West Cove is currently part of a 3-component project along with 7 other municipalities. One component is to adopt a Municipal Development Plan (MDP) which will be a mandatory requirement for all municipalities under the Modernized Municipal Government Act. The Municipal Development Plan is a primary document that guides the future development and growth of the whole community. The MDP sets the vision on how to accommodate this growth responsibly and serves as an important decision-making tool for Council, administration and all stakeholders. As a statutory plan required by the Alberta Municipal Government Act, the MDP provides direction for Council, administration, developers and builders, property-owners, residents and adjacent municipalities.
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.
NEW TAX PAYMENT PLAN OPTION
Thank you to our volunteers - It could not have been done without you!
Next Council Meeting
The next Council Meeting has been scheduled as follows:
-Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
at the West Cove Community Hall
Annual Information Meeting
The Annual Information Meeting was held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, there were some questions and suggestions from residents. The follow-up Questions and Answers from the meeting are posted below.
Municipal Development Plan Updates - Open House
Date: Saturday, August 24th, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Place: Darwell Seniors Hall
All residents are invited to attend - more information to come.
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)
Join LILSA at their Annual General Meeting
Aug 10, 2019 at 9:30am
Alberta Beach Agliplex
4811-47Ave Alberta Beach
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
Here you can read the latest top stories
Municipal Floating Pier Update - July 23, 2019
The Floating Pier beside the boat launch will be put into the water for the 2019 season once the boat launch project is completed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). DFO has started their work on the Summer Village Boat Launch, once completed and once the work is accepted and signed off by the Summer Village, the floating pier will be installed. All residents are thanked for their patience through this construction period.
Blue-Green Algae Advisory - Lac Ste. Anne - July 5, 2019
Please see further information on the Alberta Health Services Website
Playground Update - July 25, 2019
Please be advised that the playgound will be closed until it can be repaired. We are currently in the process of getting assessments from various contractors.
2019 Annual Newsletter - download your copy here
Please note that there was an error in the 2019 newsletter that was mailed on May 13, 2019.
Below is the correct contact information for your Summer Village Council.
We apologize for any confusion this has caused.
Mayor: Larry St.Amand
Deputy Mayor: Ren Giesbrecht
Councillor: Dave Breton
Recreational Use of Shorelines along Public Park Areas
To the Residents of the Summer Village of West Cove:
As we approach the Summer boating season, a number of issues have been brought up with regards to piers and lifts placed in the public park shorelines. In the past, all the Summer Villages (Alberta Summer Village Association) have asked for a formal policy from the Federal and Provincial Agencies that are responsible for Lakeshores and Beds. This has not happened to date and, as such, the Summer Village has no jurisdiction over these shorelines. We ask, however, that those who use these shores to place their equipment in the lake are considerate to the others who use the park as access to the lake for recreational purposes.
If you have the time, please contact your local MLA and voice your concern to this issue, as well, further information may be obtained by contacting Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development (information below).
Province of Alberta
Land and Forest Policy Branch, Policy Division
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
2nd Floor, South Petroleum Plaza
Edmonton, AB T5K 2G8
Ph: (780) 427-4767
Fax: (780) 422-4251
Larry St. Amand, Mayor
Summer Village of West Cove
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.