Big Lakes Airfield

Big Lakes County is a transportation corridor between the north and the south. It’s located in North Central Alberta in Census Division 17 around Lesser Slave Lake. It is a major gateway to northern communities in the province, the territories, and the Peace Oil Sands. Below are the major transportation services and routes located in the County.

Roads:

Primary highways #2 and #33, which run directly through Big Lakes County, are trade routes that connect major cities the north to central Alberta and beyond. In addition, the county is served by secondary highways #679, #747, #749 (access to High Prairie Airport), and #750 (access to Grouard, Gift Lake, and Highway 88). Big Lakes County also has access to the south-east portion of the Peace Oil Sands through the Seal Lake Road connector.

Rail:

Canadian National Railway (CN) has a main line that travels through Big Lakes County, parallel to Highway 2. There are CN stations in the Big Lakes communities of: Kinuso, Faust, Driftpile, Joussard, Enilda, and High Prairie.

Air:

There are two airports in Big Lakes County – High Prairie Airport and Swan Hills Airport.

The High Prairie Airport is approximately 5 kilometres south of the town of High Prairie on Highway #749. It is approximately 320 acres of land with an all-weather asphalt runway that measures 3933 feet long by 75 feet wide. It is capable of handling light aircraft including helicopters and small jets. The airport is mostly used by private planes flown by residents of the county and neighbouring towns, by waterbombers for wildfires, and by crop dusting aircrafts for applying pesticides to farms.

In terms of amenities, the High Prairie airport has a recently renovated terminal building as well as a new fueling station that supplies Jet A fuel and 100-low lead fuel.

The Swan Hills Airport is approximately 1km south of the town of Swan Hills on Highway #33. The airport is 442 acres of land with an all-weather asphalt runway that is 4500 feet long by 100 feet wide. It is capable of handling light aircraft including helicopters and small jets.