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|Village of Halkirk|
Halkirk Grain Elevator 2007
|Municipal district||County of Paintearth No. 18|
|• Village||February 10, 1912|
|• Mayor||Dale Kent|
|• Governing body||Halkirk Village Council|
|• MP||Kevin Sorenson|
|• MLA||Wes Taylor|
|• Land||0.61 km2 (0.24 sq mi)|
|Elevation||835 m (2,740 ft)|
|• Density||184.1/km2 (477/sq mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
Halkirk is a village in central Alberta, Canada within the County of Paintearth No. 18. It is located 122 kilometres (76 mi) east of Red Deer at the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 855. Founded in 1912, Halkirk was named after Halkirk, Scotland. With commercial operations beginning on December 1, 2012, Capital Power Corporation has operated Alberta's largest wind farm with 83 Vestas windmills in the area with 150MW capacity.
Halkirk is located in an area surrounded by prairies, farmland, and badlands.
In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Village of Halkirk recorded a population of 112 living in 55 of its 56 total private dwellings, a −7.4% change from its 2011 population of 121. With a land area of 0.61 km2 (0.24 sq mi), it had a population density of 183.6/km2 (475.5/sq mi) in 2016.
In the 2011 Census, the Village of Halkirk had a population of 121 living in 57 of its 70 total dwellings, a 7.1% change from its 2006 population of 113. With a land area of 0.65 km2 (0.25 sq mi), it had a population density of 186.2/km2 (482.1/sq mi) in 2011.
Halkirk is within an agricultural region that yields a cross-section of products. In addition, there are several industrial operations located near Halkirk, including a mining operation, a power generating station, and oilfield support services among others.
Attractions and amenities
Recreation facilities within the village include a curling rink, baseball diamonds, camping facilities, and rodeo grounds. The rodeo grounds host the annual Halkirk Bullarama – a rodeo-style bull riding competition.
Other facilities include the Halkirk Community Hall, the Halkirk Senior Centre, and an interdenominational church. The community hall hosts numerous private and public social events throughout the year.
Infrastructure and services
Halkirk is served by several transport companies that travel along Highway 12. Greyhound provides bus service to the community on a daily basis.
The natural gas system is owned by the Village of Halkrik and is supplied by The Paintearth Gas Co-op. Municipal water is supplied by the Shirley McClellan Regional Water Commission. The sanitation system is owned and operated by the village. Power is supplied by ATCO Electric.
The Village of Halkirk has a volunteer fire department. Emergency medical service is linked to the Stettler network, and East Central Ambulance dispatches ambulances from both Castor and Stettler as needed.
Two service clubs in Halkirk include the ELKS Club and the Halkirk Seniors club, both of which host several events throughout the year.
The Village of Halkirk was home to the Mother Theresa Halkirk Catholic School until 2016. It was decided by the East Central Alberta Catholic Separate School Board in March, 2016 to close the school indefinitely due to a decline in students.
- "Location and History Profile: Village of Halkirk" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 21, 2016. p. 337. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
- "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
- Place-names of Alberta. Ottawa: Geographic Board of Canada. 1928. p. 61.
- "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.