Vegreville

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Vegreville
Town
Town of Vegreville
Vegreville egg
Official logo of Vegreville
Vegreville is located in Alberta
Vegreville
Vegreville
Location of Vegreville in Alberta
Vegreville is located in Canada
Vegreville
Vegreville
Vegreville (Canada)
Coordinates: 53°29′44″N 112°03′06″W / 53.49556°N 112.05167°W / 53.49556; -112.05167Coordinates: 53°29′44″N 112°03′06″W / 53.49556°N 112.05167°W / 53.49556; -112.05167
CountryCanada
ProvinceAlberta
RegionCentral Alberta
Census division10
Municipal districtCounty of Minburn No. 27
Incorporated[1] 
 • VillageApril 4, 1906
 • TownAugust 15, 1906
Government
 • MayorTim MacPhee
 • Governing bodyVegreville Town Council
 • MPShannon Stubbs (Lakeland-Cons)
 • MLAJackie Armstrong Homeniuk (Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville-UCP)
Area
 (2016)[3]
 • Land14.08 km2 (5.44 sq mi)
Elevation635 m (2,083 ft)
Population
 (2016)[3]
 • Total5,708
 • Density405.4/km2 (1,050/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−07:00 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−06:00 (MDT)
Forward sortation area
Area code(s)+1-780, +1-587
HighwaysHighway 16
Highway 857
WaterwaysVermilion River
WebsiteOfficial website

Vegreville /ˈvɛɡrəvɪl/ is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is on Highway 16A approximately 103 km (64 mi) east of Edmonton, Alberta's capital city. It was incorporated as a town in 1906,[5] and that year also saw the founding of the Vegreville Observer, a weekly newspaper for the region.[6]

A large percentage of Vegreville's population is of Ukrainian Canadian descent, and it is home to the Vegreville egg, the world's second largest pysanka (Ukrainian Easter egg).[7][8][9]

Geography[edit]

Climate[edit]

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

Climate data for Vegreville
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high humidex 9.1 6.7 19.1 26.2 31.4 36.8 38.7 40.1 32.9 25.3 17.6 11.0 40.1
Record high °C (°F) 10.3
(50.5)
15.0
(59.0)
19.1
(66.4)
29.0
(84.2)
33.5
(92.3)
35.7
(96.3)
35.4
(95.7)
34.7
(94.5)
35.5
(95.9)
28.5
(83.3)
19.0
(66.2)
11.3
(52.3)
35.7
(96.3)
Average high °C (°F) −7.9
(17.8)
−5.1
(22.8)
0.1
(32.2)
10.7
(51.3)
17.4
(63.3)
21.2
(70.2)
23.1
(73.6)
22.8
(73.0)
17.0
(62.6)
9.7
(49.5)
−1.3
(29.7)
−6.4
(20.5)
8.4
(47.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) −13.3
(8.1)
−10.8
(12.6)
−5.1
(22.8)
4.3
(39.7)
10.3
(50.5)
14.4
(57.9)
16.6
(61.9)
15.6
(60.1)
10.1
(50.2)
3.5
(38.3)
−6.3
(20.7)
−11.8
(10.8)
2.3
(36.1)
Average low °C (°F) −18.6
(−1.5)
−16.5
(2.3)
−10.3
(13.5)
−2.2
(28.0)
3.2
(37.8)
7.7
(45.9)
10.1
(50.2)
8.3
(46.9)
3.2
(37.8)
−2.8
(27.0)
−11.1
(12.0)
−17.1
(1.2)
−3.8
(25.2)
Record low °C (°F) −44.9
(−48.8)
−46.5
(−51.7)
−42
(−44)
−32
(−26)
−10.7
(12.7)
−3
(27)
2.0
(35.6)
−3.5
(25.7)
−10.8
(12.6)
−23
(−9)
−36
(−33)
−42.5
(−44.5)
−46.9
(−52.4)
Record low wind chill −57 −58 −51 −30 −15 −5 0 −3 −13 −25 −44 −52 −58
Average precipitation mm (inches) 15.1
(0.59)
11.0
(0.43)
15.9
(0.63)
21.3
(0.84)
37.1
(1.46)
60.6
(2.39)
76.3
(3.00)
51.8
(2.04)
40.5
(1.59)
12.8
(0.50)
12.9
(0.51)
12.3
(0.48)
367.5
(14.47)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 0.6
(0.02)
0.3
(0.01)
0.9
(0.04)
15.6
(0.61)
34.4
(1.35)
60.6
(2.39)
76.3
(3.00)
51.8
(2.04)
40.4
(1.59)
7.6
(0.30)
1.4
(0.06)
0.2
(0.01)
289.9
(11.41)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 14.8
(5.8)
10.7
(4.2)
14.6
(5.7)
5.7
(2.2)
2.7
(1.1)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.1
(0.0)
5.2
(2.0)
11.5
(4.5)
12.2
(4.8)
77.5
(30.5)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 6.8 5.0 5.5 6.5 8.8 12.4 14.2 10.4 9.9 6.7 6.4 5.7 98.0
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 0.44 0.2 1.0 4.8 8.4 12.4 14.2 10.4 9.9 5.3 1.5 0.36 68.7
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 6.4 4.9 4.9 2.2 0.62 0.0 0.0 0.04 0.04 1.8 5.2 5.4 31.5
Source: Environment Canada[10]

Demographics[edit]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Vegreville recorded a population of 5,708 living in 2,429 of its 2,734 total private dwellings, a -0.2% change from its 2011 population of 5,717. With a land area of 14.08 km2 (5.44 sq mi), it had a population density of 405.4/km2 (1,050.0/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

The Town of Vegreville's 2012 municipal census counted a population of 5,758,[11] a 1.3% decrease over its 2010 municipal census population of 5,834.[12]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Vegreville had a population of 5,717 living in 2,429 of its 2,680 total dwellings, a 3.6% change from its 2006 population of 5,519. With a land area of 13.92 km2 (5.37 sq mi), it had a population density of 410.7/km2 (1,063.7/sq mi) in 2011.[13]

Economy[edit]

The primary economic base of the town is agricultural.

Arts and culture[edit]

Vegreville, 1924

Due to Vegreville's close relationship with the 41 Combat Engineer Regiment, a Canadian Forces Reserve unit based in Edmonton, the Regiment is the only Canadian Forces unit with Freedom of the Town and parades held on Remembrance Day in the town.

Pysanka Festival[edit]

The Pysanka Festival, founded in 1973, occurs annually during the first weekend of July.

The 2015 festival featured grandstand shows, cultural variety shows, a pioneer village, Ukrainian music, a Zabava (evening Dance) featuring Kolomeyka music, folk arts creating Pysanka (Ukrainian Easter eggs), and a market place.[14]

The festival has hosted the Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company, the Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton, and the Kubasonics.

Attractions[edit]

Vermilion River in Vegreville

Vegreville's pysanka, the second largest Ukrainian Easter egg in the world,[7][15] was created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1974 and to celebrate Vegreville's ethnic heritage. On July 6, 2009, the pysanka was one of four attractions featured on the first set of the Canadian Roadside Attractions Series of stamps issued by Canada Post.[16]

Media[edit]

Vegreville is serviced by the Vegreville News Advertiser weekly newspaper, an independently-owned newspaper established in 1950.[citation needed]

Infrastructure[edit]

The town is bisected by Canadian National Railway's Vegreville Subdivision, a rail line connecting Vegreville to Edmonton in the west and to Lloydminster in the east.

Notable people[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Season 4, episode 14 of Fox Television's The X-Files series entitled "Memento Mori" references Vegreville. FBI Agent Fox Mulder realizes the town name is the password needed to hack into a computer after discovering a Vegreville pysanka souvenir snow globe on the desk next to the computer.[citation needed][18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Vegreville" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 695. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. May 9, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "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.
  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 October 9, 2013.
  5. ^ Vegreville Board of Trade. For you: a few facts about the Vegreville District in Central Alberta.
  6. ^ Choriawy, Cathy (1989). Commerce in the country : a land use and structural history of the Luzan grocery store. Edmonton: Alberta Culture, Historical Resources Division. p. 20.
  7. ^ a b Giant Pysanka
  8. ^ Pysanka Museum
  9. ^ Kolomyia Sights | Pysanka Museum | Easter Egg Museum
  10. ^ Environment CanadaCanadian Climate Normals 1981–2010, accessed December 12, 2015
  11. ^ "2012 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2012-11-22. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  12. ^ "2010 Official Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  13. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  14. ^ "Vegreville's 42nd Annual Ukrainian Pysanka Festival". Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  15. ^ Pysanka Easter Egg in Vegreville, Alta.
  16. ^ Canada Post Stamp Details, July to September 2009, Volume XVIII, No. 3, p. 10
  17. ^ Morris, Jim (December 3, 2013). "Sweeting, Martin among the unbeaten" (PDF). Morning Roar (3). Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  18. ^ "Memento Mori". The X-Files. Season 4. Episode 14. February 9, 1997. 23 minutes in. Fox.

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