Tax Recovery Sale

The 2018 Tax Recovery Sale will be held November 27 at 10:00 am in the MD Council Chambers. The timeline for the Tax Recovery Sale is as follows:

September 12 Date of Sale approved by Council September 12 Reserve Bids and Conditions approved by Council September 30 Deadline for submission of ad to Alberta Gazette October 15 Advertisement in Alberta Gazette November 14 Advertisement in Lakeside Leader November 27 Tax Sale

Council approved the following Schedules for the Tax Recovery Sale – Reserve Prices & Conditions of Sale:


 Legal Description  Location Recommended Reserve Bid 2018 Assessment

Plan 2158RS, Block 7, Lot 1
The outstanding taxes are $721.53.
Smith $22,000 $27,330
Plan 802HW, Block 1, Lot 12
The outstanding taxes are $388.67.
Flatbush $7,000 $7,290
The outstanding taxes are $3,146.25.
Smith $200,000 $143,810
Plan 4867NY, Block 10, Lot 5
The outstanding taxes are $732.76.
Smith $15,000 $15,860


TERMS (a) Cash or certified cheque.
  (b) 10% deposit at time of sale and balance within 30 days of Public Auction date.
  (c) GST and Land Title Registration Fees will apply on lands sold at the Public Auction.
CONDITIONS (a) Each parcel will be offered for sale subject to a reserve bid, and to the reservations and conditions contained in the existing certificate of title.
  (b) No bid will be accepted, where the bidder attempts to attach conditions precedent to the sale of any parcel. The land is being offered for sale on an “as is, where is” basis and the MD makes no representation and gives no warranty whatsoever, as to the adequacy of services, soil conditions, land use districting, building and development conditions, absence or presence of environmental contamination, or the developability of the subject land for any intended use by the purchaser.
  (c) MD 124 may, after the public auction, become the owner of any parcel of land that is not sold at the public auction.
  (d) Redemption may be affected by payment of all arrears of taxes and costs at any time prior to the sale.
  (e) No terms and conditions will be considered, other than those specified by MD 124.
  (f) Failure to pay deposit on day of sale will result in disqualification.

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

Anyone’s first stop in Lesser Slave River should be the Visitors Information Centre, located on Highway 2 just five km east of Slave Lake. A multitude of information about every recreational activity imaginable can be found here, and local staff are eager to help plan a fantastic stay or a day out in the Region. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Payment Methods

Pay Your Municipal Fees Online.

Nowadays, most people are used to paying bills via online banking. Did you know that you can also pay your municipal taxes and utilities in the same manner? It's as simple as logging into your online banking service and selecting Lesser Slave River as a payee.

Click on one of the logos below to be taken to the online banking system you use. Just as you can add your phone or cable company as an account you pay online, you can also add the MD for both your municipal taxes(LESSER SLAVE RIVER #124 TAXES) and your municipal utilities (LESSER SLAVE RIVER #124 UTIL). Try it's a great way to save time, trees and postage.


The following is a complete list of LSR online-friendly financial institutions:


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Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

The Sawridge townsite became a trading and transport center at the turn of the century, relying on the rivers and lakes of northern Alberta to bring goods and people from Edmonton to the Peace Country. Colonel “Peace River Jim” Cornwall built the first steamboat to ply the Lesser Slave Lake. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Promoting a healthy community for our residents.

We do our part to promote healthy communities by supporting the development and sustainability of facilities, projects and programs that benefit everyone who lives and works within Lesser Slave River.

The Municipal District of Lesser Slave River prides itself on its ability to provide municipal services efficiently and effectively. While responsible for different issues and concerns, all municipal departments and staff do their best to work together to benefit the community as a whole. We are at your service and we aim to please.

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

Explorer David Thompson arrived at the mouth of the Lesser Slave River on April 28th, 1799, and was the first white man to see the vast Lesser Slave Lake. Thompson established a townsite thereafter called Sawridge, coming from the sawtoothed appearance of the large sand ridges along the north shoreline of the Lake. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Providing for our residents. Planning for the future.

The following is a detailed estimate of the municipality's known expenses, expected future costs, and forecasted income over the course of the operating year.


Water & Utilities

Water conservation is everybody's business.

The Utilities section provides reliable, quality water and wastewater systems. This section ensures that all utilities infrastructure meets current standards and practices, operates all systems according to all applicable codes, and responds to emergencies and customer concerns.

All residents connected to the municipal water and wastewater systems are billed monthly for services. With some exceptions, residential waste disposal is provided free of charge.




Sensor Top SMYour water meter contains two key components: a water meter body through which water passes into your home, and a battery-powered sensor (register) that reads the volume of water that passes through the meter body. In the coming months, the MD Utilities Department will be scheduling visits to households across the region to perform this simple and mandatory sensor replacement. There will be no charges to residents for the sensor replacement.

A Better Sensor for Continued Reliable Readings

While the brass body of MD water meters will remain functional for many more years, the existing sensors have a limited lifespan and must be changed periodically. The new sensors incorporate new LED & signalling technology which will improve battery lifespan. These sensors are expected to last between 15 and 20 years. Please note that this water meter sensor replacement is mandatory. Failure to comply with utilities personnel or make your home available may result in actions being taken in accordance with Bylaw 2003-08.

MD Utilities Staff will be Coming to Your Area

Utilities Staff will begin these water sensor replacements in Flatbush and Smith in November and move to Poplar Lane and the Southshore communities in the first quarter of 2019. The MD must gain access to your home in order to change out and reprogram your water sensor. This will be conducted by MD Utilities Staff through a combination of booked appointments and door knocking. To mitigate the inconvenience, Utilities Staff will make themselves available during evenings and weekends throughout the scheduled sensor replacement activities. In most cases, sensor switch-out and reprogramming will require no more than 15 minutes. To facilitate the switch, the MD asks property owners to be aware of the location of their meters when booking appointments and to ensure unobstructed access to their water meters. Utilities Staff will be using MD-marked vehicles and will have specific Municipal District ID cards to verify their identity.

Please view the links below for further information regarding the project:

Municipal District of Lesser Slave River completed the final stage of a $21.3 million wastewater facility in 2006 that provides rural sewage collection and treatment services to the Southshore communities of Canyon Creek, Widewater, Wagner, and Nine Mile Point.

The Southshore Sewer Project, which was the largest project ever undertaken by the municipality, was also Alberta’s first municipal membrane bioreactor and precedent setting in its use of new, innovative biotechnology.

Construction of a low pressure wastewater collection system, treatment facility, and wetland commenced in 2004 and was completed in late 2005. Since start-up in early 2006, the state-of-the-art facility has consistently produced high-quality effluent in terms of low organics, suspended solids, nutrients, and microorganisms, which will meet the demands of the community for the foreseeable future while protecting the environment.

Late 2011 saw the installation of a lift station, collector lines, and private service connections to over 250 residences. An additional 150 private service connections are scheduled for completion in 2012. All serviceable residents were required to connect to this municipal wastewater system per Bylaw 2003-08.

This successful project was the result of collaborative efforts of the municipality, Alberta Environment, Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation, Infrastructure Canada-Alberta Program, and area residents.

Please view the links below for further information regarding the project:


Water Conservation

In addition to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.

Conserving water can also can also prevent unnecessary wear on your E-One Grinder Pump that may result in expensive repairs ($3,000.00 + labor).

An average household will run approximately 650 pump cycles per year. Over time, above average water usage may cause premature wear of the pump. A leaky toilet, for example, can cause approximately 440 extra pump cycles per year, cutting the life expectancy of your pump considerably.

At the MD of Lesser Slave River, we encourage all residents to use the water they need, but not waste it.

Discover 100 Ways to Save Water

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

The Lesser Slave Lake and the river were the main links to the Peace River district until the beginning of the 20th century, when the construction of the Northern Alberta Railway facilitated transportation in the area. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Financial Statements

Providing a transparent report of the municipality’s financial assets.

The Municipal District of Lesser Slave River is committed to high quality accounting standards and a transparent financial reporting system that meets the needs of our stakeholders. Our comprehensive statements of financial position and results of operations provide an account of the stewardship of our financial activities in support of delivering programs and services to its residents, businesses, and industry.

These reports include the consolidated financial statements for the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River and the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Waste Management Services Commission, prepared in accordance with the standards established by the Public Sector Accounting Board of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and audited by independent private-sector auditors. The financial statements and auditors’ report satisfy a legislative reporting requirement as set out in the Municipal Government Act of Alberta.

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

In 1899 the historic Treaty 8 was signed on the banks of the Lake, by the original seven signatories, one being the Sawridge First Nation. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Transportation services and infrastructure.

The Transportation department provides and maintains the infrastructure in Lesser Slave River's transportation network. This department aims to provide safe and cost-effective systems for all modes of transportation, maintain these systems at acceptable levels of service, and expand these systems to facilitate the population growth and economic development of our community.

The Transportation department is responsible for the following:

  • Repairs, rehabilitation, and maintenance including oiling, roadside brushing, graveling, sanding, and snowplowing
  • Construction and maintenance of roads, public walkways, sidewalks, trails within the road allowance, street lights, bridges, and drainage systems
  • Administration of road closures and bans
  • Maintenance of traffic and directional signage
  • Acquisition and maintenance of the vehicles and equipment in the municipal fleet


Transportation Resources for MD Residents

Road Bans

Snowplow Flags

Dust Control

Road Works

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

The Sawridge townsite became a trading and transport center at the turn of the century, relying on the rivers and lakes of Northern Alberta to bring goods and people from Edmonton to the Peace Country; Colonel “Peace River Jim” Cornwall built the first steamboat to ply the Lesser Slave Lake. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Stewarding the municipality’s financial assets.

Lesser Slave River`s Finance department is responsible for financial administration, safeguarding the municipality’s financial assets, and performing the fiscal planning to ensure the ongoing financial stability and viability of the municipality.

The Finance department provides financial reporting and control and is responsible for the implementation of financial management policies. In addition, this department provides corporate services including Accounts Payable & Receivable, Information Systems, Human Resources, Customer Service, and for Accounts Payable & Receivable for the Lesser Slave Regional Waste Management Services Commission.

Some of the department’s responsibilities include:

  • Providing proactive financial leadership and service to support customers’ needs and preserving the corporation’s financial health
  • Implementing Alberta Municipal Affairs reporting requirements and accounts for tangible capital assets and segmented reporting
  • Supply chain, purchasing, and inventory management including tangible capital assets
  • Financial reporting, general accounting, purchasing, inventory, and billing and collection of property taxes and utility charges
  • Managing investment, cash and debt portfolios, payment processing, and banking relationships
  • Implementing, maintaining, and supporting corporate information systems and technology needs
  • Coordinating, preparing, managing, and reporting annual budgets and financial plans
  • Providing payroll and benefit services and accounts payable services
  • Overseeing the corporate Risk Management Program

  • Financial Reporting

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    Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

    With world-class fishing, miles of groomed snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails, and numerous family-friendly activities to enjoy, the Slave Lake Region is a place to discover. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Discover a place you'll never want to leave.

The Municipal District of Lesser Slave River is a paradise of lakes, natural areas, and outdoor adventure. Home to Alberta's inland sea, Lesser Slave Lake, it is a popular destination for tourists and travelers, especially those who love water sports such as boating and fishing. The area offers boundless recreational adventures including sandy beaches stretching for many kilometers, numerous campgrounds, and trails for biking and off-road vehicles, as well as sport fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and recreational boating.



The MD is full of recreational opportunities

Camping is a favourite outdoor recreational activity enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Immerse yourself in the great outdoors, get away from civilization, and enjoy nature on a relaxing camping trip. From full service lakefront campsites to ATV friendly campsites, the region boasts a large number of camping facilities to suit any outdoor recreationalist.

Canoeing and kayaking allows people of all ages and varied abilities to experience paddling the serenity of calm water or the challenge of maneuvering whitewater. A trip to Lesser Slave River can offer multiple opportunities for canoeing and kayaking. The Athabasca River is also a great place for some river boating. Stop to visit unique sites and islands on your paddling trip or do some shoreline exploring; you are bound to experience eye-catching geology, abundant bird life, or perhaps even catch a glimpse of a Boreal Bison.

Winter recreates the Lesser Slave River region's forests, mountains, and frozen lakes and rivers, offering up nature's finest work of art — a white canvas. Discover a stunning landscape, blanketed by snow and ice, as you glide through boreal forests on cross-country skis, skim along a sparkling landscape on a snowmobile, or snowshoe on frozen lakes under a twinkling canopy of brilliant stars. Nine Mile Creek Cross Country Ski Trail provides an extensive trail system for those who want to enjoy the crisp winter air and take in the spectacular sights that these winter sports have to offer.

Lesser Slave Lake offers world-class fishing for walleye, jack, and northern pike. In total, sixteen species of fish inhabit the lake, from the fathead minnow to the eagerly-sought-after walleye. Lily Lake is a wonderful place to catch Brook Trout and there are numerous other hidden fishing holes to be explored. Boat launches and boat rentals are also available at Lesser Slave Lake, Cross Lake, Lawrence Lake, and Fawcett Lake.

The northern boreal forest and sparkling blue lake provide a gorgeous backdrop for a relaxing round of golf. Courses in and around Lesser Slave River are a challenge for players of every skill level. Visit one of the three in our community: Gilwood Golf and Country Club, Flatbush River Valley Golf Club, or the Hidden Valley Golf Club in Fawcett.

Stay at one of the local cabin rentals, then take a guided tour or hike on your own to one of our many forest trails or shorelines. Visit the Lesser Slave River Provincial Park or pack a lunch and enjoy one of our day use areas at Lily Creek or Marten River. Trails include the Trans-Canada, Lily Lake, Walk Through Time, Jack Pine, Whispering Sands, Peace, and Songbird. Other activities to enjoy while hiking may include bird watching and wildlife photography, berry picking, and shoreline fishing.

For more information about recreational activities in and around Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park, visit the Government of Alberta’s Tourism, Parks, and Recreation website by clicking here.

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

The Smith-Hondo Fall Fair and Rodeo is held on Labour Day weekend and showcases the rodeo, chariot racing and calf roping, with a large dance and open festival. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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MD of Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton, Lesser Slave River is a truly unique place to live, work and play. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound. Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

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