District Emergency

School closures due to Evacuation Orders

School Closures due to wildfires

  • Career Pathways School, Wabasca Alberta
  • Mistassiniy School, Wabasca Alberta
  • St. Theresa School, Wabasca Alberta
  • Calling Lake School (school will re-open on Monday, June 17, 2019)
  • Chipewyan Lake School
  • Pelican Mountain School (Sandy Lake)
  • Paddle Prairie School 

Any decision regarding school operations will be announced once more information becomes available.

Evacuation Orders

Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.: Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement

Re-entry for communities previously under Evacuation Order

Wednesday, June 12, 2019: Phase 3 Re-entry (Return of Residents) for Wabasca-Desmarais, Sandy Lake and Chipewyan Lake. The threat of wildfire still exists for the above-mentioned communities. As a result, an eight (8) hour Evacuation Alert will remain in effect. 

Question and Answer page for students, parents, staff impacted by the wildfires

Click here to view the Question and Answer page.

Community Profile

Located on the narrows between North and South Wabasca Lakes, Wabasca-Desmarais serves as the headquarters for the Municipal District of Opportunity and Bigstone Cree Nation, as well as for some provincial government area-offices. As the largest hamlet in the District of Opportunity, Wabasca is sheltered by the majestic North and South Wabasca Lakes. With a population of 3,300 split between MD residents and Bigstone Cree Nation members, the area is rich with culture mixed with small-town leisurely charm.

Source: http://www.mdopportunity.ab.ca/content/wabasca-desmarais.

Predominant Language: English and Cree

Nearest Town/City: Slave Lake

Services: Wabasca- Desmarais Municipal District of Opportunity Office, Riverside Convenience, Marian Wolitski Arena, Wabasca Community Hall, Northern Lakes College - Stony Point Campus, Atoske Action Group, Archery Club, Garden Club, Eagle Cry Youth Council, Wabasca/Desmarais Minor Hockey, Reviving Culture Arts Society, Rodeo Association, Wabasca Police Cadets and Wabasca Cross-Country Ski Club.

Recreation: Fishing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, baseball, hockey, basketball, volleyball, cross-country skiing, tennis and archery.

Attractions: North Wabasca Lake, South Wabasca Lake, Eagle Point Golf Couse, fishing derbies, Lakeview Sports Centre, Water World and Fitness Centre, David Starr Park, George Stoll Recreation Grounds, Sam G’s Park. Fisherman’s Wharf, Strawberry Lake Playground, Lloyd C. Yellowknee Memorial Park, Cardinal Point Playground and tennis courts.

Banking: Alberta Treasury Branch in Wabasca-Desmarais.

Media: The Fever newspaper, 89.9 FM CFWE Radio and 94.3 FM Boom.

More information is available at:

http://www.mdopportunity.ab.ca/content/wabasca-desmarais and http://www.bigstone.ca/.