Vilna, Alberta

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Village of Vilna
Vilna is located in Alberta
Location of Vilna
Coordinates: 54°06′56″N 111°55′16″W / 54.11556°N 111.92111°W / 54.11556; -111.92111Coordinates: 54°06′56″N 111°55′16″W / 54.11556°N 111.92111°W / 54.11556; -111.92111
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census Division No. 12
Municipal district Smoky Lake County
Founded 1907
Incorporated 1923
 • Mayor Donald Romanko
 • Governing body Vilna Village Council
Area (2011)[1]
 • Total 0.90 km2 (0.35 sq mi)
Elevation 640 m (2,100 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 249
 • Density 277.5/km2 (719/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Highways 28
Waterways Bonnie Lake, Stony Creek
Website Official website

Vilna is a historic village in central Alberta, Canada.

Vilna is located in Smoky Lake County, on Highway 28, 150 km (93.2 mi) northeast of the city of Edmonton. Bonnie Lake Provincial Recreation Area is located 6 km (3.7 mi) north of the community, on the shores of Bonnie Lake.


Vilna was founded in 1907, mostly by central European settlers, and started to develop in 1919, when the railroad reached this area. It was named in 1920 after the Lithuanian capital city of Vilnius, similarly to the community of Wilno in Ontario, Canada. Prior to 1920, the local post office was named "Villette".[2] Vilna was incorporated as a village on June 13, 1923.

On February 5 1967, Vilna experienced an unexplained explosion event with a yield estimated at about 600 tonnes of TNT (2.5 TJ).[citation needed] Subsequently two very small meteor fragments were found – 48 milligrams (0.74 grains) and 94 milligrams (1.45 gr) which are now stored at University of Alberta, in Edmonton.[3]


The town claims to be home to the world's largest mushroom: a metal sculpture.[4]


The Village of Vilna's 2012 municipal census counted a population of 290.[5]

In the 2011 Census, the Village of Vilna had a population of 249 living in 111 of its 135 total dwellings, a -9.1% change from its 2006 population of 274. With a land area of 0.9 km2 (0.35 sq mi), it had a population density of 276.7/km2 (716.6/sq mi) in 2011.[1]

In 2006, Vilna had a population of 274 living in 145 dwellings, a 1.9% increase from 2001. The village has a land area of 0.90 km2 (0.35 sq mi) and a population density of 305.3/km2 (791/sq mi).[6]

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