Valhalla Centre

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Valhalla Centre
Hamlet
Valhalla Lutheran Church
Valhalla Lutheran Church
Valhalla Centre is located in Alberta
Valhalla Centre
Location of Valhalla Centre in Alberta
Coordinates: 55°24′13″N 119°22′55″W / 55.4036°N 119.3819°W / 55.4036; -119.3819Coordinates: 55°24′13″N 119°22′55″W / 55.4036°N 119.3819°W / 55.4036; -119.3819
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Census division No. 19
Municipal district County of Grande Prairie No. 1
Government
 • Type Unincorporated
 • Reeve Leanne Beaupre
 • Governing body
Area[1]
 • Total 1.34 km2 (0.52 sq mi)
Elevation 735 m (2,411 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 45
 • Density 34/km2 (87/sq mi)
 • Dwellings 20
Time zone MST (UTC-7)

Valhalla Centre is a hamlet in northern Alberta, Canada within the County of Grande Prairie No. 1.[2]

It is located in the Peace River Country at the junction of Highway 59 and Highway 723, northeast of the Village of Hythe and west of the Town of Sexsmith. It is approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) east of the British Columbia border and has an elevation of 735 metres (2,411 ft).

The hamlet is located in census division No. 19 and in the federal riding of Peace River.

History[edit]

The hamlet was founded in 1912 by Scandinavians that moved north from Edson. It was named by Reverend Halvar N. Ronning after Valhalla, Odin's hall in Norse mythology. The first post office was established in 1916. The settlement grew around a creamery until 1945. The Melsness Mercantile building was built in 1925, and functioned as a store and post office until 1951.[3] Today it hosts a museum dedicated to the Scandinavian heritage of the area, and was declared a Provincial Historic Site.

Demographics[edit]

As a designated place in the 2011 Census, Valhalla Centre had a population of 45 living in 19 of its 20 total dwellings, a -25% change from its 2006 population of 60. With a land area of 1.34 km2 (0.52 sq mi), it had a population density of 33.6/km2 (87.0/sq mi) in 2011.[1]

The population of Valhalla Centre according to the County of Grande Prairie No. 1's 2006 municipal census is 48.[4]

As of 2006, Valhalla Centre had a total population of 60 living in 22 dwellings. With a land area of 1.34 km2 (0.52 sq mi), it has a population density of 44.9 /km2 (116 /sq mi).[5]

Economy[edit]

The economy is centred on farming and stock raising.

Amenities[edit]

The hamlet has a church (Valhalla Lutheran Church), curling rink, skating rink, museum and K-8 school (Valhalla Community School). The school is one of 13 publicly funded Alberta Chartered Schools.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  2. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2010-04-01). "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities". Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  3. ^ Discover the Peace Country. "Valhalla Centre". Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  4. ^ County of Grande Prairie No. 1. "Economic Profile". Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ Statistics Canada (2007). "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2006 and 2001 censuses". Retrieved 2010-02-06. 

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