Breathe the fresh air. See the stars, Take a road trip (heck, take a back road!) in our wide open spaces. Discover the beauty of the Canadian Badlands. You’ll find friendly faces and a cheerful welcome in any of our special area communities.

Elevate your adventurous spirit in the Alberta’s Special Area. We are home to numerous beautifully groomed golf courses, both provincial and privately owned spectacular campgrounds. Which feature high energy water sports and fishing opportunities. We have a diverse natural and cultural landscape where you can explore our regions wildlife and hunting prospects. History plays a large role in our communities where you can stop in at one of our numerous local museums. Artisans and local unique shopping centres are unlike any other you have experienced. Our unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities feature high action impact Rodeos and Bullaramas. The opportunities are endless…dig a little deeper and see what we have to offer.

The Special Areas was a municipality born out of hardship and has transformed into a strong and progressive region in Southeast Alberta.  It includes the communities of: Buffalo, Consort, Empress, Hanna, Jenner, Oyen, Pollockville, and Veteran, and the surrounding area. 

Nestled in the eastern part of the Canadian Badlands, Alberta’s Special Area offers a glimpse back in time, semi-arid landscapes, family pleasures and authentic travel experiences. Whether you take the drive to get away from it, dip your feet in a lake or listen to stories of settlers, you’ll be welcomed and surprised by what you can find if you dig a little deeper.

The area holds an amazing balance of rich opportunity and quiet living, so it deserves a special name. After all, where else do you find 4,249 people living great lives on 5,000,000 acres of breath-taking land?

Special Areas is a great alternative for those looking for a change from the hectic pace and crowds of city life. Special Areas is more than agriculture as there are plenty of opportunities to explore the area’s cultural history, enjoy the many recreational opportunities and browse through the many locally owned shops.

Reaching out to start a new life in an undeveloped region is more than many people would think of doing. The sheer grit and commitment of settlers was tested in the early days. The Special Areas was built by this courageous group of people.

Parts of southeastern Alberta were hit particularly hard by the Depression and drought of the 1930s. In 1938, the Provincial Government established a special governing body – called the Special Areas Board – to provide municipal services and supports in place to enable this region to recover and thrive. Like a municipal government, the Special Areas Board looks after roads and parks, provides water and emergency services, manages public land and community pastures, and develops economic development and agricultural conservation strategies.