Virden, Manitoba

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Virden
Virden is located in Manitoba
Virden
Virden
Location of Virden, Manitoba
Coordinates: 49°51′03″N 100°55′54″W / 49.85083°N 100.93167°W / 49.85083; -100.93167Coordinates: 49°51′03″N 100°55′54″W / 49.85083°N 100.93167°W / 49.85083; -100.93167
Country  Canada
Province  Manitoba
Government
 • Mayor Jeff McConnell
 • MLA Doyle Piwniuk (PC)
 • MP Larry Maguire (C)
Elevationat airport 439 m (1,440 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,114
Time zone CST (UTC−5)
Postal code R0M 2C0
Area code(s) 204, 431
Telephone Exchange 204 491 512 707 718 748 851 431 645
Median Income $46,604
Website Town of Virden, 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%
[2][3][4]

Virden has its roots as a farming community known as Gopher Creek. However, it became a railway tent town in 1882, and grew in population due to the brick and flour industry, as well as with the discovery of oil in the 1950s. The origin of the name, Virden, allegedly arose as a misspelling of the town Verden in the homeland of the Duke of Manchester's wife.

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,[5] 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 Tourist Information Centre[edit]

The Tourist Information Center is run by the Virden Chamber of Commerce. Located in the old train station, the Virden Tourist Information Centre provides tourists with any desired information about attractions in the Virden Area. For more information, visit their website.

Virden Pioneer Home Museum[edit]

Exterior of the Virden Pioneer Home Museum

Known as the "Victorian Home on the Prairies", the Virden Pioneer Home Museum is located within a red brick veneer home built by James Frame in 1888. With an extensive collection of over ten thousand donated artifacts relating to Virden and area, the museum is a must tourist destination. It is open May to September where guided tours are offered by knowledgeable guides. The museum is located at 390 King Street West in Virden. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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)
Average 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[6]

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