High Level, Alberta

The Town of High Level is located approximately 253 km north of Peace River or approximately 800 km north of Edmonton, Alberta. Population of 3,891 people (2015 stats) living in 1,163 dwellings, and serving a trading area of about 20,000. One of Alberta's newest communities located in the Footner Lake Forest, the largest in Alberta covering 29,694 square miles.


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High Level is located at mile 180 of the Mackenzie Highway 35, midway between Edmonton and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The main industries of High Level include forestry, oil & gas, and agriculture. Major exports are timber and grain.



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A residential Area in the area of 103 Street and Chinchaga Drive, High Level. On this street is a mixture of bi-levels and 4 level splits. The average family income is $85,310 (2013) and the life expectancy is 77.2 years. (2015)

HISTORY OF HIGH LEVEL, ALBERTA

The name High Level described the height of the land that separates the Peace River and the Hay River. In 1786 fur traders arrived in the area and it wasn't until 1947 that the first settlers arrived. High Level Company was started in High Level in 1957 and a year later the Northland Utilities established the first power plant. The first post office was established in 1958 with Jesse Matheson, the first postmaster. For many years High Level was known as Tloc Moi (Hay Meadow). In those early years when many Beaver Indians roamed the area, it was a stopping place for trappers on their way from Hay Lakes to Fort Vermilion dating back to 1788. Oilfields were discovered in the area in the 1960's. The railway finally came to the area in 1963 and the first hotel was built in High Level in 1964. (It was torn down in 1997) The town was incorporated in 1965.



AIRPORT: The High Level Airport is located north of High Level at Footner Lake. Opened in 1989 and has 5000 foot paved air strip. Daily flights to Edmonton and Calgary.

GOLF: Fox Haven Golf and Country Club, located 3 km north of High Level established in 1969.

FISHING: There is plenty of good fishing in the area for Northern Pike, Walleye, Perch, Whitefish, Grayling and Goldeye. Hunters can find moose, deer, bear and geese. There are over 150 species of birds that nest in the area.





Footner Forest Products Limited used aspen in their OSB plant and employed 425 people from the area. Opened in 2000. DMI High Level Lumber had the largest sawmill in Alberta, harvesting about 1 million cubic meters of timber each year and employs about 300 people. In 1990 Daishowa sawmill merged with Mrubeni to become DMI. In 1999 Tolko Industries Ltd purchased the sawmill from DMI and have averaged 1.25 million m3/year of deliveries over the past 4 years. (2005)
Nov 2007- Ainsworth announced it is closing its High Level mill (jointly owned by Footner Forest Products) effective December 20, 2007. 150 employees were laid off indefinitely.
Feb 2007- Tolko closed its plant in High Prairie putting more than a 100 employees out of work.
Nov 2009- Tolko Industries closed its High Level sawmill until further notice putting 300 people out of work as well as contractors were affected. In 2010 the plant re-opened.
Sept 2013 - Louisiana Pacific purchased Ainsworth including the Grande Prairie location.

NEWS UPDATE Feb 28, 2016: The Four Winds Hotel, lounge and restaurant were completely destroyed in a fire on Saturday morning February 27, 2016. The Hotel has one of the older hotels in High Level.

RADIO STATIONS; River Country (CKYL) and KIX 106.1 both from Peace River. CIAM 92.7FM (Religious) Fort Vermilion.

NEWSPAPER: High Level Echo is a weekly newspaper published every Wednesday. Circulation of about 1570 papers. 10006-97 Street. (780) 926-2000. The Echo was established in 1973 and is part of a group of newspapers that also include the Mile Zero News and the Banner Post in Manning.

HIGH LEVEL EVENTS: Summer rodeo presented by the High Level and District Agricultural Society is held in June. (The first rodeo and parade took place in August of 1969). Mosquito Creek Rodeo Grounds is 2 km east of town on Highway 58. Canada Day Celebrations are held in Centennial Park. Heritage Day is held at the museum each year in August. Chamber of Commerce holds its annual trade Fair in September.

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