Mayor Gary Rycroft has lived in Beaverlodge, Alta., for more than 60 years. He remembers only one time when the local post office closed. It shut down for half a day after it was robbed decades ago.
But when he went to the communal hub on Monday, nobody was there sorting or distributing the mail.
“There was no warning; there was no notice on the walls about what was going on,” Rycroft said.
In the small northern community 40 kilometres west of Grande Prairie, residents worry about getting cheques and packages needed for small businesses.
Beaverlodge is one of several rural Albertan communities to see its post office close or go on reduced hours following Canada Post’s vaccination deadline last week.