The community of McLennan is one of four communities in the Smoky River Area and is located on the threshold of the Mighty Peace Country about 400 kilometers northwest of Edmonton, Alberta.
The communities in the Region offer a full variety of modern commercial and administrative facilities and small business enterprises. A wide range of products and services are available in a friendly “small town” atmosphere. Attractive stores, modern banking facilities and state-of-the-art health care facilities are all within the area.
There are four major communities in the Smoky River area, each with its own unique characteristics.
Donnelly is the site of the Annual Smoky River Agricultural Fair and enjoys a strategic location adjacent to the airport, railroad and junction of main highways. It also holds the area’s junior/senior high school as well as an arena and baseball diamond. Donnelly also has a fire department. Population: 421.
Falher is the Honey Capital of Canada and is the thriving service centre for the enormous agricultural industry in the area. It has recently added the Alberta Wheat Pool Grain Terminal to its small town. It also has the largest bee in the World!! For recreation, Falher has an outdoor swimming pool, library, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, a giant slide, golf course, ski hill, ice arena, curling rink and parks. Falher has its own fire department, and is a large participant in minor hockey. As the largest community in the Smoky River region, Falher also serves as the major retail centre for area residents. Population: 1,172.
Girouxville boasts two of the most prominent cultural features in the Peace Country. The Girouxville Museum is the largest museum north of Edmonton and has received wide acclaim while the grotto of our Lady of Lourdes has served as a religious pilgrimage destination for almost half a century. Girouxville has a baseball diamond, bowling alley, community hall and outdoor skating rink to add to its strong cultural atmosphere. Low housing costs make Girouxville an attractive place to live. Population: 349.
McLennan is situated on the south shore of Kimiwan Lake and the Region’s centre for health and social activities. The Kimiwan Bird Walk (a bird sanctuary) is located at the intersection of the Mississippi, Pacific and Central Flyways (migration paths) of birds, offering a unique opportunity to observe many species. McLennan is also the home of the Smoky River area RCMP and has baseball diamonds, ice arena, tennis court and golf course. Service clubs include: Legion and Order of the Royal Purple. Population: 840.
The community of Smoky River offers Kindergarten to Grade 6 in Falher and Grade 7 to Grade 12 in Donnelly, both being public schools. French Families have the opportunity to send their children to a French school from Grades 1-12 at Ecolé Heritage in Falher. McLennan has a separate school offering Kindergarten to Grade 9 and Cyber High. The Northern Lakes College in McLennan provides continuing education for persons age 17 or older and out of school for one year.
Manoir du Lac is located in McLennan which houses continuing care, designated assisted living and supportive living residents. There are two Senior Apartments in McLennan and one in Falher. The Villa Beausejour (lodge) in Falher provides senior residential accommodation where all the services are provided for its residents.
COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES: The Smoky River Area offers a variety of medical support - Physicians, Dentists, Pharmacists, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, diabetic/cardiac rehab, dietitians, and mental health. Public and Community Health services are also available.
To Edmonton: 4.5 hrs
To Calgary: 7.5 hrs
To Red Deer: 6.0 hrs
To Grande Prairie: 2.0 hrs
To Lethbridge: 9.5 hrs
To Medicine Hat: 10 hrs