Halkirk, Alberta

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Halkirk
Village
Village of Halkirk
Halkirk Grain Elevator 2007
Halkirk Grain Elevator 2007
Halkirk is located in Alberta
Halkirk
Halkirk
Coordinates: 52°16′53″N 112°08′52″W / 52.28139°N 112.14778°W / 52.28139; -112.14778Coordinates: 52°16′53″N 112°08′52″W / 52.28139°N 112.14778°W / 52.28139; -112.14778
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 7
Municipal district County of Paintearth No. 18
Incorporated[1]  
 • Village February 10, 1912
Government
 • Mayor Dale Kent
 • Governing body Halkirk Village Council
 • MP Kevin Sorenson
 • MLA Wes Taylor
Area (2016)[2]
 • Land 0.61 km2 (0.24 sq mi)
Elevation 835 m (2,740 ft)
Population (2016)[2]
 • Total 112
 • Density 184.1/km2 (477/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 403
Highways Highway 12
Website Official website

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.[3] With commercial operations beginning on December 1st, 2012, Capital Power Corporation has operated Alberta's largest wind farm with 83 Vestas windmills in the area with 150MW capacity.[4]

Geography[edit]

Halkirk is located in an area surrounded by prairies, farmland, and badlands.

Demographics[edit]

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.[2]

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.[5]

In 2006, Halkirk had a population of 113 living in 62 dwellings, a 3.4% decrease from 2001. The village has a land area of 0.65 km2 (0.25 sq mi) and a population density of 173.4/km2 (449/sq mi).[6]

Economy[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Attractions and amenities[edit]

Landmarks within Halkirk include its water tower and grain elevator. The grain elevator, formerly owned by Alberta Wheat Pool and later Agricore, is now owned by a local family.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Infrastructure and services[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Halkirk is served by several transport companies that travel along Highway 12. Greyhound provides bus service to the community on a daily basis.[citation needed]

Utilities[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Health care[edit]

Hospital services are located in nearby Castor. Additional diagnostic services are available in Stettler or Red Deer.[citation needed]

Emergency response[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Community organizations[edit]

Two service clubs in Halkirk include the ELKS Club and the Halkirk Seniors club, both of which host several events throughout the year.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

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.[7]

Notable people[edit]

Halkirk is the birthplace of Shane Doan, a professional hockey player with the NHL's Arizona Coyotes.

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