Virden, Manitoba

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Virden, Manitoba is located in Manitoba
Virden, Manitoba
Location of Virden in Manitoba

Virden, Manitoba is a town in southwestern Manitoba. Oil was first discovered in 1951, and Virden has since come to be known as the "Oil Capital of Manitoba".

History[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1901 901 —    
1911 1,550 +72.0%
1921 1,361 −12.2%
1931 1,590 +16.8%
1941 1,619 +1.8%
1951 1,746 +7.8%
1961 2,708 +55.1%
1996 3,137 +15.8%
2001 3,109 −0.9%
2006 3,010 −3.2%
2011 3,114 +3.5%
[1][2][3]

It developed as a farming community, but grew in the late 19th century as a result of the railway, and in the 1950s with the discovery of oil.

Geography[edit]

The town is located at the junction of the Trans-Canada Highway (also known as Highway #1) and Highway 83 (the "Palms to Pines" route) and is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Wallace. Virden is a regional service centre owing in part to its location, and it has a stable commercial sector, including several restaurants, gas stations, body shops, a movie theatre, and a performing arts theatre.

Demographics[edit]

2011[edit]

According to the 2011 Canadian Census,[4] the population of Virden is 3,114, a 3.5% increased from 2006. Virden's land mass is 8.56 km2 with a population density is 363.6 people per km2. The median age is 42.7 years old which is 2 years older than the national average at 40.6 years old. There are 1,446 dwellings in Virden with an occupancy rate of 95.1%, and the median cost of a dwelling at $159,748, more than $100,000 lower than the national average at $280,552.

According to the 2011 National Household Survey, 96.8% of Virden residents are Canadian citizens, and about 3.2% of residents are recent immigrants (from 2001 to 2011). The racial make up of Virden is mostly Caucasian (92.0%), with a moderate Aboriginal population (5.5%); First Nations (2.0%), Métis (3.5%), and a small visible minority population (2.7%), most of which are Filipino (2.0%) or multiracial (0.5%).

Tourism[edit]

Virden Pioneer Home Museum[edit]

Known as the "Victorian Home on the Prairies", the Pioneer Home Museum exists within a late 19th-century home. With over ten thousand donated items relating to Virden and area, the museum's collection is extensive. It is open May to September and offers guided tours by youth guides. The museum is located at 390 King Street West in Virden.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Virden
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 9.7
(49.5)
17
(63)
20
(68)
36
(97)
37
(99)
42.8
(109)
43.3
(109.9)
38.5
(101.3)
37.8
(100)
34
(93)
23.5
(74.3)
12.8
(55)
43.3
(109.9)
Average high °C (°F) −11.5
(11.3)
−7.1
(19.2)
−0.3
(31.5)
10.5
(50.9)
18.7
(65.7)
22.8
(73)
25.5
(77.9)
24.6
(76.3)
18.2
(64.8)
11.1
(52)
−0.6
(30.9)
−8.9
(16)
8.6
(47.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) −16.7
(1.9)
−12.2
(10)
−5.3
(22.5)
4.2
(39.6)
11.9
(53.4)
16.6
(61.9)
19
(66)
18
(64)
11.9
(53.4)
5.2
(41.4)
−5.1
(22.8)
−13.7
(7.3)
2.8
(37)
Average low °C (°F) −21.9
(−7.4)
−17.3
(0.9)
−10.2
(13.6)
−2.1
(28.2)
5.1
(41.2)
10.3
(50.5)
12.6
(54.7)
11.3
(52.3)
5.6
(42.1)
−0.8
(30.6)
−9.6
(14.7)
−14.6
(5.7)
−3
(27)
Record low °C (°F) −42.2
(−44)
−44.4
(−47.9)
−43.3
(−45.9)
−26.7
(−16.1)
−12.2
(10)
−2.2
(28)
0
(32)
−4.4
(24.1)
−10
(14)
−21
(−6)
−38.9
(−38)
−40
(−40)
−44.4
(−47.9)
Precipitation mm (inches) 21.3
(0.839)
17
(0.67)
26.7
(1.051)
30.1
(1.185)
49.6
(1.953)
77.2
(3.039)
66.1
(2.602)
61
(2.4)
49.7
(1.957)
30.9
(1.217)
22.7
(0.894)
22.1
(0.87)
474.3
(18.673)
Source: Environment Canada[5]

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Coordinates: 49°51′03″N 100°55′54″W / 49.85083°N 100.93167°W / 49.85083; -100.93167