Rural Life

Living and Loving Rural Life

With its immense size and low population density, the County of Northern Lights offers a unique and attractive way of life. The area boasts a wealth of wildlife, sprawling land, and unobstructed views of the sky.

Nonetheless, rural living is vastly different from its urban counterpart, and it's crucial to understand what it entails and assess your expectations and capabilities before committing to this lifestyle.

One of the primary considerations to keep in mind is that county governments may not provide the same level of services as their urban and city counterparts. Therefore, it's essential to make an informed choice before relocating to our picturesque County.

To help you make the right decision, we have listed some key points to consider before making the move. Explore them below!

Property Location

All properties are not the same and not all properties can be built on.  You must first check with the County's Planning and Development Department to confirm what the property is zoned as and what work is permitted under the Land Use Bylaw.

Below are additional considerations that you will need to take into account before buying or building.

Access to Community Services

Access to various community services will vary and will be determined by how close to a support community your desired property is located. Individuals with higher medical needs or small children may want to consider a property closer to a community.

Here are some additional factors you will need to consider.

Utility Services

Water, sewer, electric, telephone and other services may be unavailable or may not operate at urban standards at your desired location. Repairs can often take much longer than in towns and cities. Here are some additional considerations to take into account. 

Nature and Environment

Nature and wildlife appeal to our residents, it is an attractive aspect of rural life after all! However, there are some considerations to make when looking at rural life.


Agriculture is not only an important industry in the County, but also for the province. Farmers grow the grains and raise the meat we eat. Owning a rural property also means that you may be located near a neighbour who farms and has farming operations and you'll need to consider the following.