The Village of Empress

is nestled between the Red Deer River and the South Saskatchewan River, at the eastern edge of Alberta. There is a wild feel to this quaint village surrounded by expansive farms and ranches, pronghorns, coyotes and so many different species of birds. The recreation opportunities for adventurers and star-gazers are boundless. Come and see for yourself!

Special Council Meeting, Closed Session

Posted on September 29, 2023 under: Announcements
Sunday, October 1, 2023 @ 8:30 pm
Special Council Meeting – CLOSED SESSION


Farming Fire Safety

Posted on September 29, 2023 under: Announcements

Special Areas Board Fire Services often sees an increase in bale stack fires during runs of hot, hot, hot weather!  Here’s how you can reduce your risks and keep that valuable resource safe this season:

🌞   Check your bale stacks during hot weather (25+) to make sure they are not creating a fire hazard on your farm.  Bale stacks can sometimes accumulate significant amounts of moisture -especially if they are stacked tightly.  High temperatures and moisture levels can result in spontaneous combustion of stored feed, especially green or hotter feed.

🌡   Here’s a tip from our SAB Fire Chief – make sure you check bale temperatures in the mornings when ambient temperatures are lower.  You can use a heat gun, bale probe, or any other tool that gives you a temperature reading.  Make sure you check bales in the inside of your stacks – these ones are likely to heat up the most.

🚜   If you find a hot bale, make sure you open your bale stack up and remove any hot or heating bales. Move them to a location with minimal vegetation and away from any other combustibles or structures.  If you need assistance controlling any fire hazards, please contact your local fire department or Special Areas Fire Services.

🧯   Split any large feed stacks into smaller groupings in multiple locations.  This will help reduce your risk if any bales do heat up or create a fire hazard.  Storing feed so any accumulated moisture can evaporate out will also reduce risk of bales heating up.

Planned Power Outage – Entire Village of Empress

Posted on September 27, 2023 under: Announcements

Friday, September 29, 2023 from 1-5 pm
A power outage has been planned for:
Event Number: 2-00077108
Start Time: September 29, 2023 13:00
Estimated Completion: September 29, 2023 17:00
Description of Work: High Load Move
Other Comments: hi load move will be going through the area

Regular Council Meeting Agenda, 2023-Sep-20

Posted on September 20, 2023 under: Announcements

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 @ 6:30 pm
Regular Council Meeting
Empress Village Office Building
6 3 Avenue West


Alberta Special Areas: Land Use Order Review

Posted on September 13, 2023 under: Announcements

Alberta Special Areas is reviewing their Land Use Order.  Click the thumbnail to the right to see their letter on the subject.

Go to their website for full information about it:

Office closed today, 2023-Sep-13

Posted on September 13, 2023 under: Announcements

Due to the power outage (as well as Bank Audit at 11am) scheduled the ATB Bank and Municipal Office will be closed 11am-5pm today Sept 13.  Email if you have any questions.  The Village apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Water Update

Posted on September 12, 2023 under: Announcements

The well servicing has been completed and we thank all residents for their cooperation with watering prudently.

The Splash Park is closed for the season and bulk water sales have resumed as normal.

Backyard Fire Safety

Posted on September 11, 2023 under: Announcements

Having a backyard fire?  Want to make sure its safe?

Make sure you are prepared
🔥Check for fire restrictions first
🔥Find an area that is clear of combustible materials
🔥Make sure its far enough away from trees, building, etc.
🔥Use a fire screen if you have one
🔥Do not leave your fire unattended
🔥Have a water source near by

To learn more about backyard and campfire safety, visit: Campfire Safety | Smokey Bear

South Empress Access Road (Highway 899) Informational Bulletin

Posted on September 8, 2023 under: Announcements

In terms of schedule, it’s been pushed back again – preparatory work is anticipated to get going roughly September 20, with milling and paving approximately September 28.  The detour will only be in place during milling and paving operations, which are anticipated to take 8 or 9 days, weather depending of course.

Plus this as part of bulletin: A Detour route will be implemented via Hwy 562, as shown on the Informational Bulletin.  While the road is not being closed, it will be posted as “Local Traffic Only”, and it will be greatly appreciated if as many road users as possible can take the detour route.  We recognize it is an inconvenience, but it is relatively short term and will facilitate Border getting the work done as safely and efficiently as possible.  E.g. if there are no drivers waiting at the flaggers after a truck is loaded, the next one can get in there and the milling machine can keep going, rather than losing 10 minutes waiting for traffic to go through in each direction.

Special Council Meeting Agenda, Sep. 7

Posted on September 6, 2023 under: Announcements
Thursday, September 7, 2023 @ 10:00 am
Special Council Meeting Agenda
Empress Village Office Building, 6 3 Avenue West


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