Valleyview, Alberta

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Valleyview
Town
Town of Valleyview
Town Hall
Town Hall
Coat of arms of Valleyview
Coat of arms
Official logo of Valleyview
Welcome sign
Motto(s): 
Portal to the Peace
Location in M.D. of Greenview
Location in M.D. of Greenview
Valleyview is located in Alberta
Valleyview
Valleyview
Location in Alberta
Coordinates: 55°04′07″N 117°16′06″W / 55.06861°N 117.26833°W / 55.06861; -117.26833Coordinates: 55°04′07″N 117°16′06″W / 55.06861°N 117.26833°W / 55.06861; -117.26833
CountryCanada
ProvinceAlberta
RegionNorthern Alberta
Planning regionUpper Peace
Municipal districtGreenview
Incorporated[1] 
 • VillageJanuary 1, 1955
 • TownFebruary 5, 1957
Government
 • MayorVern Lymburner
 • Governing bodyValleyview Town Council
 • ManagerShari Taylor (interim)
 • MPArnold Viersen (ConsPeace River—Westlock)
 • MLATodd Loewen (UCPGrande Prairie-Smoky)
Area
 (2016)[3]
 • Land9.32 km2 (3.60 sq mi)
Elevation700 m (2,300 ft)
Population
 (2016)[3]
 • Total1,863
 • Density199.9/km2 (518/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
Area code(s)+1-780
HighwaysHighway 43
Highway 49
WaterwaysSturgeon Lake
WebsiteOfficial website

Valleyview is a town in northwest Alberta, Canada within the Municipal District of Greenview No. 16 and Census Division No. 18.

It is at the junction of Highway 43 and Highway 49, between the Little Smoky River and Sturgeon Lake. Its position, in the junction of the two highways into the Peace Region, has led to the town motto, "Portal to the Peace".

History[edit]

The area around Valleyview has been inhabited by native peoples for thousands of years due to the area's rich hunting and fishing grounds. The local Cree population has lived in the region since at least the 18th century.

In the early 1800s the first visitors to the area arrived, seeking natives to exchange goods for furs. The trading was good and a Hudson's Bay Company post was established on Sturgeon Lake in 1877.[5] Peace River Jim’ Cornwall established the Bredin and Cornwall Trading Post nearby. The area was surveyed in 1900 for a possible settlement, but little developed of it. The following year the area was surveyed again by Fred Young who was particularly impressed with a piece of land on the northwest shore of Sturgeon Lake. By 1916 the first pioneers settled in the area nearby as its soil was rich for farming.

The community that formed to serve the growing population was initially named Red Willow Creek. Only when the first post office was opened in 1929 did the community change its name to Valleyview.[6]

In late 1950 oil was discovered near the hamlet. By the late fifties Valleyview had firmly achieved boomtown status having been incorporated as a village in 1954 and then a town only three years later in 1957.[7]

Geography[edit]

The town is located in the southern Peace Region between the Little Smoky River and Sturgeon Lake. As noted by its name, the town is elevated and overlooks the surrounding valleys. Sturgeon Lake is located approximately 15 km west of the town and is home to Young's Point Provincial Park, a popular provincial park in the area.

Valleyview lies on the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin known for some of the largest coal and oil deposits in the world and the Duvernay Formation a rich source of natural gas and oil. The town is also located in an active geothermal area.[8]

Climate[edit]

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

Climate data for Valleyview
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.0
(60.8)
18.0
(64.4)
21.0
(69.8)
28.0
(82.4)
32.0
(89.6)
33.3
(91.9)
34.8
(94.6)
34.0
(93.2)
32.0
(89.6)
29.0
(84.2)
18.0
(64.4)
14.5
(58.1)
34.8
(94.6)
Average high °C (°F) −6.3
(20.7)
−2.6
(27.3)
2.9
(37.2)
10.6
(51.1)
16.7
(62.1)
20.6
(69.1)
22.6
(72.7)
21.6
(70.9)
16.3
(61.3)
9.4
(48.9)
0.2
(32.4)
−4.7
(23.5)
8.9
(48.0)
Daily mean °C (°F) −11.5
(11.3)
−8.3
(17.1)
−3
(27)
4.5
(40.1)
10.1
(50.2)
14.2
(57.6)
16.3
(61.3)
15.2
(59.4)
10.3
(50.5)
4.3
(39.7)
−4.4
(24.1)
−9.5
(14.9)
3.2
(37.8)
Average low °C (°F) −16.7
(1.9)
−14
(7)
−8.8
(16.2)
−1.6
(29.1)
3.5
(38.3)
7.9
(46.2)
9.9
(49.8)
8.8
(47.8)
4.2
(39.6)
−0.8
(30.6)
−8.9
(16.0)
−14.3
(6.3)
−2.6
(27.3)
Record low °C (°F) −43
(−45)
−40
(−40)
−42
(−44)
−27
(−17)
−15
(5)
−4
(25)
0.0
(32.0)
−1
(30)
−11.1
(12.0)
−29
(−20)
−32.2
(−26.0)
−46.1
(−51.0)
−46.1
(−51.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 33.8
(1.33)
18.3
(0.72)
19.2
(0.76)
24.4
(0.96)
48.8
(1.92)
79.4
(3.13)
92.4
(3.64)
62.9
(2.48)
48.2
(1.90)
24.7
(0.97)
28.2
(1.11)
27.0
(1.06)
504.8
(19.87)
Source: Environment Canada[9]

Demographics[edit]

Main Street

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Valleyview recorded a population of 1,863 living in 747 of its 833 total private dwellings, a 5.8% change from its 2011 population of 1,761. With a land area of 9.32 km2 (3.60 sq mi), it had a population density of 199.9/km2 (517.7/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

The Town of Valleyview's 2013 municipal census counted a population of 1,972,[17] a 4.7% change from its 2007 municipal census population of 1,884.[18]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Valleyview had a population of 1,761 living in 737 of its 786 total dwellings, a 2.1% change from its 2006 population of 1,725. With a land area of 9.66 km2 (3.73 sq mi), it had a population density of 182.3/km2 (472.2/sq mi) in 2011.[19]

Government[edit]

Municipal Politics[edit]

Valleyview Town Council consists of a mayor and six councillors. The entire council was acclaimed in the last municipal election. Vern Lymburner, the current mayor, has served the town for over a decade including terms as councillor.[20] The town's interim manager is Shari Taylor.[21]

Provincial and federal politics[edit]

Valleyview is part of the Peace River federal electoral district, and is represented by MP Chris Warkentin. In the next federal election, Valleyview will become part of the newly created riding of Peace River—Westlock.[22]

Attractions[edit]

Valleyview hosts the Crocus Hill Stampede, an annual rodeo and agricultural show at the Valleyview and District Agricultural Society grounds.[23] Each summer a fair is held on the town's Main St. (50th Ave).

Sports and Recreation[edit]

Greenview Regional Multiplex

Valleyview is the home of Greenview's regional multiplex titled the Greenview Regional Multiplex. The recreational centre opened February 9, 2018, boasting aquatics, a fieldhouse, a play area, a commercial kitchen, and a fitness centre located on the second floor.

Valleyview's main recreational activity is found at the ice rink, named Polar Palace. This is where the Valleyview's hockey team (the Valleyview Jets) plays regular games in the Peace Region league. Also located in the ice rink is a curling rink which has regular bonspiels. Next door to the Polar Palace is the local pool, which is on the same grounds as the lovely Legion picnic area and water park.

The nearby Sturgeon Lake provides setting for outdoor activities. Two provincial parks are found on its shores: Young's Point Provincial Park (beach, boating, fishing, camping) and Williamson Provincial Park (beach, boating, fishing).

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Valleyview" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 7 October 2016. p. 681. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  4. ^ "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) (PDF). Safety Codes Council. January 2012. pp. 212–215 (PDF pages 226–229). Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  5. ^ South Peace Regional Archives. "Fonds 175 Valleyview & District Chamber of Commerce Millennium Photograph collection". Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  6. ^ Discover the Peace Country. "Town of Valleyview".
  7. ^ Town of Valleyview. "Story of Valleyview" (PDF). Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  8. ^ Municipal District of Greenview. "Council Meeting Highlights May 9, 2017" (PDF). Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1981-2010 Station Data - Valleyview RS". Environment Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Table 6: Population by sex, for census subdivisions, 1956 and 1951". Census of Canada, 1956. Volume I: Population. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1958.
  11. ^ "Table 9: Population by census subdivisions, 1966 by sex, and 1961". 1966 Census of Canada. Western Provinces. Population: Divisions and Subdivisions. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1967.
  12. ^ "Table 3: Population for census divisions and subdivisions, 1971 and 1976". 1976 Census of Canada. Census Divisions and Subdivisions, Western Provinces and the Territories. Population: Geographic Distributions. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1977.
  13. ^ "Table 2: Census Subdivisions in Alphabetical Order, Showing Population Rank, Canada, 1981". 1981 Census of Canada. Census subdivisions in decreasing population order. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1982. ISBN 0-660-51563-6.
  14. ^ "Table 2: Population and Dwelling Counts, for Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions, 1986 and 1991 – 100% Data". 91 Census. Population and Dwelling Counts – Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1992. pp. 100–108. ISBN 0-660-57115-3.
  15. ^ "Population and Dwelling Counts, for Canada, Provinces and Territories, and Census Divisions, 2001 and 1996 Censuses – 100% Data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 6 January 2010. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  17. ^ "2013 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF) (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 20 November 2013. ISBN 978-1-4601-1418-6. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  18. ^ "2011 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF) (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 5 October 2011. ISBN 978-0-7785-9738-4. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  19. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  20. ^ Town of Valleyview. "Mayor & Council". Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  21. ^ Town of Valleyview. "Departments". Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  22. ^ Alberta Redistribution Commission. "Redistribution Report". Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  23. ^ Valleyview & Districts Agricultural Society. "Rodeo". Retrieved 10 February 2019.

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