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Special Area No. 2

Alberta’s Special Areas is a unique rural municipal area covering approximately 2.1 million hectares in southeastern part of the province.  Nestled in the Canadian Badlands, Special Areas No. 2 is based out of Hanna and has a distinctive history that has created a strong foundation for growth and sustainability of the region.   Deep badlands, soft coulees and rolling river hills and expansive plains provide the setting for family farms, enchanting hamlets, captivating events and a growing entrepreneurial spirit.  Special Areas No. 2 encourages innovative ideas to enhance and maintain a quality of life for all residents of the area. 

Special Areas No. 2 is:

  • Supporting and facilitating the creation of wireless high-speed internet network available throughout the region. 
  • A member of SAMDA Economic Partnership which works in conjunction with the MD of Acadia No. 34, Village of Empress, Village of Cereal, and Town of Oyen to promote economic development for all of its members. 
  • A member of the Canadian Badlands Ltd. and Alberta’s Special Areas. 
  • A member of the Henry Kroeger Regional Water Services Commission.

Located within Special Areas No. 2 are: Bindloss, Buffalo, Cavendish, Cessford, Dorothy, Empress, Hanna, Iddesleigh, Jenner,  Pollockville, RoseLynn, Scapa, Scotfield, Sheerness, Spondin, Stanmore, Sunnynook, Richdale, Wardlow, Watts.

Special Areas No. 2 Hanna District Office  


Special Area No.3

Special Areas No. 3 is a rural municipality with a number of hamlets, surrounds the Town of Oyen and has a strong agricultural economy, successful petroleum industry and a growing tourism industry.  Many small businesses flourish in the district and access the world using technology. Special Areas No. 3 encourages innovative ideas to enhance and facilitate a great business environment for residents and continues to build recreational opportunities throughout the area.  Special Areas No. 3 is:

  • Supporting and facilitating the creation of wireless high-speed internet network available throughout the region. 
  • A member of SAMDA Economic Partnership which works in conjunction with the MD of Acadia No. 34, Village of Empress, Village of Cereal, and Town of Oyen to promote economic development for all of its members. 
  • A member of the Canadian Badlands Ltd. and Alberta’s Special Area. 
  • A member of the Henry Kroeger Regional Water Services Commission.

Special Areas No. 3 is located in southeastern Alberta and is governed by the Special Areas Board.  This rural municipality encompasses the communities of Benton, Cereal, Chinook, Esther,  Excel, Lanfine, Oyen, Sedalia, Sibbald, New Brigden and Youngstown.

This unique municipality is located within the SAMDA (Special Areas and MD of Acadia No. 34) region and shares governance with Special Areas No. 2 and Special Areas No. 4.

Special Areas No. 3 Oyen District Office Contacts


Special Area No. 4

 Special Areas No. 4 is within the SAMDA region and is largely agricultural, boasting a vibrant petroleum industry and a strong service sector.  Retail and administration sectors anchor the communities within the Special Areas and present opportunities for growth.  New technologies greatly improve business opportunities making the combined rural lifestyle and job of choice difficult to resist.  With the addition of the Special Areas Rural High Speed Internet and Voice Over IP Project, existing rural businesses’ ability to compete globally is greatly enhanced and new business opportunities are consistently emerging.

As a community within the Canadian Badlands, we boast prospects for tourism entrepreneurs.  The Canadian Badlands is a destination choice of hundreds of thousands of tourists each year and is growing.  Other key advantages of living and doing business in our community include:

  • Rural lifestyle
  • Growth sector opportunities – e-commerce/remote workplace/ tourism
  • Location – great highway access
  • Supportive municipal government

Special Areas No.4 is located within the SAMDA (Special Areas and MD of Acadia No. 34) region and shares governance with Special Areas No. 2 and Special Areas No. 3.  This rural municipality encompasses the Hamlets of Loyalist, Hemaruka, Monitor, Compeer, Altario and Kirriemuir, and the Villages of Consort and Veteran.

Special Areas No. 4 Consort District Office Contacts