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Yes, as you can see by the title, the Smoky River region is well known for its Francophone roots, Over a century ago, the land of opportunity is what brought numerous francophone families from the east to come and settle in this region, located in Northern Alberta’s Peace Country. Agriculture, Apiculture, Oil and Gas, are the main sources of income in the region. The great outdoors, the tranquility of the location and the warm-hearted and friendly people with their cultural diversity, are also big contributors to what attracts people to this area.

The region consists of about 5000 people from the following villages, hamlets and communities;

Jean-Côté; a Hamlet full of energetic people who produce and present a fabulous play every year in February and March.

Girouxville; a small village well known for its Museum-one of the nicest in Alberta. It is also home to the local Bowling Alley.

Falher; This Town is the Hub of the Smoky River Region and the Honey Capital of Canada. It also houses the  French School (École Héritage) from playschool to grade 12 and the French Immersion and English School (École Routhier School) from playschool to grade 6; numerous stores and Businesses, a Dental clinic and a Medical Clinic.

Donnelly; a village where the Region’s French Immersion and English Junior and Senior High School (Georges P. Vanier) and where the Société historique et généalogique de Smoky River are located. The Société is the most significant Historical Society of its kind west of Winnipeg.

Mclennan; This town is home to the local Hospital (Sacred Heart Health Center), It is Canada’s Bird Capital where you can admire them at the Kimiwan Bird Watch. It also houses some stores and local Businesses, the Satellite Dental Clinic and a Medical Clinic.

Guy; A small community which is the home of the famous,internationally known HONEY BUNNY Company where different honey products are produced.

Whitemud, Culp, are very important communities which are part of this vast region. These small communities have an abundance of recreational activities to offer with their natural habitat. Their agricultural land, fields, river and slews are big attractions for the avid outdoorsmen who enjoy fishing, hunting, quading, sledding, camping and much more.

Most of these communities, towns, villages, and hamlets have indoor or outdoor recreational complexes where gymnastics, hockey, curling, gymkhana and much more can be enjoyed and viewed year round depending on the sport. There is something for everyone no matter what your age or taste even a Ski Hill for the winter months’ enjoyment or a splash park to beat the summer heat.