NOTICE: A full Fire Ban is in effect throughout Thorhild County. Current fire hazards are considered extreme.
 The following are prohibited during the Fire Ban: Outdoor fires including: open fires, brush piles, smudge fires, solid fuel fire pits, campfires, burn barrels, incinerators, explosive targets, and the discharge of fireworks.
 Operating an Off-Highway Vehicle on Public Lands which is not part of emergency response operations is also now prohibited.
 Thorhild County urges everyone to recognize and proactively eliminate any possible outdoor sources of heat and ignition.
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Why live in Thorhild County?

Peaceful small-town living, close to urban amenities.

Close to Edmonton, but away from the hustle and bustle. Provincial campgrounds, lakes, and even a ski hill, almost on your doorstep. Locally-owned stores that supply the necessities from grocery to hardware… and hidden gems where you can shop boutique clothing and unique gifts.

These are the qualities that make Thorhild County itself a hidden gem.

Whether you are a commuter or a business owner looking to set up shop in a small community, Thorhild County is well-serviced, affordable, and provides all the essential amenities you need to bring your family here.


Thorhild County encompasses 7 hamlets - Abee, Egremont, Newbrook, Radway, Thorhild, Opal and Long Lake. Thorhild is the largest of these, with the most services centered here. 






Affordable living. Easy commuting. Recreation country. Essential services. Local business.

Why do families, seniors and commuters call Thorhild County home?

Affordable town and acreage living

Thorhild County gives you more for your money. Our municipal taxes are competitive, with a mill rate of 4.6617 compared to Edmonton’s average tax rate of 6.9072.

Easy commuting

Live in recreation country and leave your work behind.

The cities Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan are less than an hour away. Alberta’s Industrial Heartland a 45-minute drive.

But jobs are close by too. Thorhild has become popular as a commuter community for people working in Redwater, a 20 min-drive away.

Even Fort McMurray workers choose to live here and take advantage of the shorter trip from Thorhild vs. Edmonton, with easy access to Highway 63.

Recreation country

In summer and winter there are so many outdoor activities you can enjoy in Thorhild County, there isn’t room to list them all.

But let’s start with our outdoor swimming pool fully operational with lessons and aqua classes, nestled in Thorhild Centennial Park and Campground.

More camping and beaches are minutes away at the ever-popular Long Lake Provincial Park and our Half Moon Lake Campground.

White Earth Valley Natural Area is a haven for hikers and bikers in the summer… and snowmobilers and Nordic skiers in the winter. You can even practice your alpine skiing. Long Lake Ski-Hill is right here.

Thorhild County is a recreation destination for Albertans. Why not call it home?

Essential health and community services

If you live in Thorhild County your closest physician is in Westlock, a 30-min drive away. But in Thorhild you’ll find the Thorhild County Family Medical Clinic operated by the county, which staffs a nurse practitioner trained to diagnose, order, and interpret medical tests and prescribe medications for patients.

Alberta Health Services operates a full-service public health unit that provides homecare, a Healthy Beginnings and Well Child clinic, immunization, respite and palliative care, and lab services.

You’ll also find a local dental clinic, pharmacy and physiotherapy clinic here.

Essential health needs? Check.

Thriving schools and learning programs

Send your children to Thorhild Central School, which serves over 300 students from kindergarten to grade 12 in a close-knit environment and small class sizes.

Preschool is offered through the Great Beginnings program and daycare through the Seeds to Sprouts Centre, both situated right at the school.

Your children are taken care of here.

And through the Northern Lights Library System, Thorhild County is home to no less than 3 libraries. Join a reading program. Attend teas and parties. Discover your local Thorhild Library, Radway Library and Newbrook Library.

Local business services

A local co-op grocery, hardware store, outdoor general store, u-pick berry farms, greenhouses, mom and pop gift shops…

It’s all here. Without the crowds and people who know your name.

Search Thorhild County’s Business Directory right here, with 107 services and counting…


Are we missing your business? Contact us today to add your listing FREE of charge.


Looking for more info about living here?

We’d love to help. Don’t hesitate to contact the County office:

Carol Revega
Phone: 780-398-3741


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 Telephone: 780-398-3741 
 Toll Free: 1-877-398-3777
 Fax: 780-398-3748
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Box 10 Thorhild, AB T0A 3J0

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