Valleyview, Alberta

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Valleyview
Town
Town of Valleyview
Town Hall
Town Hall
Coat of arms of Valleyview
Coat of arms
Official logo of Valleyview
Welcome sign
Motto: Portal to the Peace
Valleyview is located in Alberta
Valleyview
Valleyview
Location of Valleyview in Alberta
Coordinates: 55°04′07″N 117°16′06″W / 55.06861°N 117.26833°W / 55.06861; -117.26833Coordinates: 55°04′07″N 117°16′06″W / 55.06861°N 117.26833°W / 55.06861; -117.26833
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 18
Municipal district Municipal District of Greenview No. 16
Government[1]
 • Mayor Vern Lymburner
 • Governing body Valleyview Town Council
 • Manager Garry Peterson
 • MP Chris Warkentin (Cons - Peace River)
 • MLA Everett McDonald (PC - Grande Prairie Smoky)
Area (2011)[2]
 • Total 9.66 km2 (3.73 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 700 m (2,300 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 1,761
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Postal code span T8X
Area code(s) +1-780
Highways Highway 43
Highway 49
Waterways Sturgeon Lake
Website Official website

Valleyview is a town in northwest Alberta, Canada within the Municipal District of Greenview No. 16 and Census Division No. 18.

It is located at the junction of Highway 43 and Highway 49, between the Little Smoky River and Sturgeon Lake. Its position, in the junction of the two highways into the Peace Region, has led to the town motto of Portal To The Peace.

History[edit]

  • Late 1800s: The first visitors to the area arrived, seeking natives to exchange goods for furs. The trading was good and a Hudson’s Bay post was established on Sturgeon Lake. ‘Peace River Jim’ Cornwall established the Bredin and Cornwall Trading Post nearby.
  • 1900: The area was surveyed for a possible settlement, but little developed of it.
  • 1901: The area was surveyed again by Fred Young who was particularly impressed with a piece of land on the northwest shore of Sturgeon Lake.
  • 1916: The first pioneers settled in the area nearby as its soil was rich for farming.
  • 1929: The first post office was opened in the community.[4]

Geography[edit]

Climate

Valleyview experiences a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb).

Climate data for Valleyview
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13
(55)
18
(64)
21
(70)
28
(82)
32
(90)
33.3
(91.9)
32
(90)
34
(93)
32
(90)
29
(84)
18
(64)
14.5
(58.1)
34
(93)
Average high °C (°F) −7.7
(18.1)
−3.5
(25.7)
3.3
(37.9)
11
(52)
17
(63)
20.4
(68.7)
22.2
(72)
21.8
(71.2)
16
(61)
10
(50)
0.4
(32.7)
−5.9
(21.4)
8.7
(47.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) −12.8
(9)
−9.2
(15.4)
−2.5
(27.5)
4.9
(40.8)
10.4
(50.7)
14.3
(57.7)
16.1
(61)
15.3
(59.5)
10.1
(50.2)
4.7
(40.5)
−4.1
(24.6)
−10.9
(12.4)
3
(37)
Average low °C (°F) −17.9
(−0.2)
−14.9
(5.2)
−8.2
(17.2)
−1.2
(29.8)
3.8
(38.8)
8.1
(46.6)
9.9
(49.8)
8.9
(48)
4.2
(39.6)
−0.6
(30.9)
−10
(14)
−15.8
(3.6)
−2.7
(27.1)
Record low °C (°F) −43
(−45)
−40
(−40)
−34
(−29)
−20
(−4)
−15
(5)
−4
(25)
0
(32)
−1
(30)
−11.1
(12)
−29
(−20)
−32.2
(−26)
−46.1
(−51)
−46.1
(−51)
Precipitation mm (inches) 33.9
(1.335)
20.3
(0.799)
15.5
(0.61)
21.6
(0.85)
40.1
(1.579)
83.3
(3.28)
86.6
(3.409)
63.1
(2.484)
48.3
(1.902)
24.7
(0.972)
25.3
(0.996)
30.7
(1.209)
493.5
(19.429)
Source: Environment Canada[5]

Demographics[edit]

Main Street

The Town of Valleyview's 2013 municipal census counted a population of 1,972,[6] a 4.7% change from its 2007 municipal census population of 1,884.[7]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Valleyview had a population of 1,761 living in 737 of its 786 total dwellings, a 2.1% change from its 2006 population of 1,725. With a land area of 9.66 km2 (3.73 sq mi), it had a population density of 182.3/km2 (472.2/sq mi) in 2011.[2]

According to the 2006 census, the town had: a population of 1,725 living in 744 dwellings, a 7.1% decrease from 2001; a land area of 4.57 km2 (1.76 sq mi); and a population density of 377.2 /km2 (977 /sq mi).[8]

Government[edit]

Valleyview is currently part of the Peace River federal electoral district, and is represented by MP Chris Warkentin. In the next federal election, Valleyview will become part of the newly created riding of Peace River—Westlock.[9]

Attractions[edit]

Valleyview's main recreational activity is found at the ice rink, named Polar Palace. This is where the Valleyview's hockey team (the Valleyview Jets) plays regular games in the Peace Region league. Also located in the ice rink is a curling rink which has regular bonspiels. Next door to the Polar Palace is the local pool, which is on the same grounds as the lovely Legion picnic area and water park.

The nearby Sturgeon Lake provides setting for outdoor activities. Two provincial parks are established on its shores: Young's Point Provincial Park (beach, boating, fishing, camping) and Williamson Provincial Park (beach, boating, fishing).

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. June 13, 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  3. ^ "Alberta Private Sewage Systems 2009 Standard of Practice Handbook: Appendix A.3 Alberta Design Data (A.3.A. Alberta Climate Design Data by Town)" (PDF). Safety Codes Council. January 2012. pp. 212–215 (PDF pages 226–229). Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ Discover the Peace Country. "Town of Valleyview". 
  5. ^ Environment Canada[1]. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
  6. ^ "2013 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. November 20, 2013. ISBN 978-1-4601-1418-6. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "2011 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 5, 2011. ISBN 978-0-7785-9738-4. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ Statistics Canada (Census 2006). "Valleyview - Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  9. ^ Alberta Redistribution Commission. "Redistribution Report". Retrieved 2014-02-04. 

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