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
  • Chipewyan Lake School
  • Pelican Mountain School (Sandy Lake)
  • Paddle Prairie School: Closed for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year. 

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, a four (4) 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

This beautiful, charming community is situated on the eastern shore of Calling Lake, known for its tranquility and recreational pleasures. The Cree name of the lake, “Kito-Sakahekan” is most famous for the sounds of ice cracking that echo for a long distance. With a population of 415, the area is rich with culture mixed with close-knit neighborly charm. In summer, the population swells as a number of lakeside cottagers enjoy their getaway destination.

Source(s): http://www.mdopportunity.ab.ca/content/calling-lake and http://www.callinglake.ca/index.php.

Predominant Language: English and Cree

Nearest Town/City: Athabasca

Services: Calling Lake Municipal District of Opportunity Office, Calling Lake Recreation Centre, Jaybird Memorial Arena, Moosehorn Market, RaceTrak Gas, Calling Lake Visitor Information Centre, Calling Lake School, Jo-Kat Lodge/Camp/Hotel, and Kito Sakaheken Seniors Society.

Recreation: Fishing, hunting, swimming, baseball diamonds, volleyball, basketball, tennis, hockey, camping, kayaking, quadding, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, Calling Lake Sailing Club, Calling Lake Cottage Association, Calling Lake Trails Association and Calling Lake Arts Academy.

Attractions: Calling Lake, Calling Lake Provincial Park, Tanasiuk Rock Island Campground, Otter-Orloff Lakes Wildland Park, Winter Carnival, Old Log Church, skateboard and bike park, tennis courts, playground, cultural grounds, Anchor Jeremy Nipshank Memorial Park and public beach.

Banking: The following banks are available in Athabasca:

Alberta Treasury Branch, Scotia Bank, CIBC and the Servus Credit Union.

Media: Athabasca Advocate newspaper, 94. 1 FM The River, 89.9 FM CFWE and Calling Lake Cottage Association Newsletter.