Viking, Alberta

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Viking
Town
Town of Viking
Main street
Main street
Viking is located in Alberta
Viking
Viking
Location of Viking in Alberta
Coordinates: 53°5′43″N 111°46′37″W / 53.09528°N 111.77694°W / 53.09528; -111.77694Coordinates: 53°5′43″N 111°46′37″W / 53.09528°N 111.77694°W / 53.09528; -111.77694
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 10
Municipal district Beaver County
Government[1]
 • Mayor David Zayonce
 • Governing body Viking Town Council
Area (2011)[2]
 • Total 3.76 km2 (1.45 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 691 m (2,267 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 1,041
 • Density 277.1/km2 (718/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Postal code T0B 4N0
Area code(s) +1-780
Highways Highway 14
Highway 36
Waterway Thomas Lake
Website Official website

Viking /ˈvkɪŋ/ is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located at the intersection of Highway 14 (Poundmaker Trail) and Highway 36 (Veterans Memorial Highway), approximately 121 km (75 mi) east of Edmonton.

The town also lends its name to the Viking Formation, an oil bearing stratigraphical unit.

History[edit]

Original arena's remaining wall

Viking was settled in 1909 by Scandinavian settlers.

On July 7, 2005, the community ice arena was severely damaged by fire.[4] Construction began on a new arena, called the "Viking Carena Complex" and was completed on August 17, 2007.

Viking celebrated its centennial in 2009.

Geography[edit]

Climate[edit]

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

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Viking had a population of 1,041 living in 445 of its 473 total dwellings, a -4.1% change from its 2006 population of 1,085. With a land area of 3.76 km2 (1.45 sq mi), it had a population density of 276.9/km2 (717.1/sq mi) in 2011.[2]

In 2006, Viking had a population of 1,085 living in 494 dwellings, a 3.1% increase from 2001. The town has a land area of 3.76 km2 (1.45 sq mi) and a population density of 288.8/km2 (748/sq mi).[6]

Economy[edit]

The majority of economic activity is in the agriculture, oil and gas, textile, and manufacturing industries.

Arts and culture[edit]

Viking won the national Communities in Bloom contest in 2000.[7]

Attractions[edit]

The Viking Carena Complex

Many parks and flower gardens are maintained throughout the town. One of the most notable parks is Troll Park, which celebrates Vikings's rich Scandinavian history with native plants, trolls hidden throughout the park, and a giant troll mountain.

Infrastructure[edit]

Viking airport
Viking Railway Station turned tea house

The Viking Airport is a small airport owned by the Town of Viking 3 miles (4.8 km) west of the townsite, with the Canadian airport identifier of CEE8.[8]

As a flag stop, Via Rail's The Canadian calls at the Viking railway station three times per week in each direction.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. November 28, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 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. ^ CBC News (June 2007). Fire damages Viking arena; Sutter memorabilia saved
  5. ^ Environment Canada[1]. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
  6. ^ Statistics Canada (Census 2006). "Viking - Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-13.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Communities in Bloom Alberta Participants.Viking is year 2000 national winner
  8. ^ Canadian Owners and Pilots Association Places to Fly. Viking Airport

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