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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: Portal to the Peace
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 18
Municipal district Municipal District of Greenview No. 16
Incorporated  
 • Village January 1, 1955
 • Town February 5, 1957
Area (2016)
 • Land 9.32 km2 (3.60 sq mi)
Elevation 700 m (2,300 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Total 1,863
 • Density 199.9/km2 (518/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Postal code span T8X
Area code(s) +1-780
Highways Highway 43
Highway 49
Waterways Sturgeon Lake

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

It is located 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 of Portal To The Peace.

History

  • Late 1800s: The first visitors to the area arrived, seeking natives to exchange goods for furs. The trading was good and a Hudson’s Bay post was established on Sturgeon Lake. ‘Peace River Jim’ Cornwall established the Bredin and Cornwall Trading Post nearby.
  • 1900: The area was surveyed for a possible settlement, but little developed of it.
  • 1901: The area was surveyed again by Fred Young who was particularly impressed with a piece of land on the northwest shore of Sturgeon Lake.
  • 1916: The first pioneers settled in the area nearby as its soil was rich for farming.
  • 1929: The first post office was opened in the community.

Geography

Climate

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) 13
(55)
18
(64)
21
(70)
28
(82)
32
(90)
33.3
(91.9)
32
(90)
34
(93)
32
(90)
29
(84)
18
(64)
14.5
(58.1)
34
(93)
Average high °C (°F) −7.7
(18.1)
−3.5
(25.7)
3.3
(37.9)
11
(52)
17
(63)
20.4
(68.7)
22.2
(72)
21.8
(71.2)
16
(61)
10
(50)
0.4
(32.7)
−5.9
(21.4)
8.7
(47.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) −12.8
(9)
−9.2
(15.4)
−2.5
(27.5)
4.9
(40.8)
10.4
(50.7)
14.3
(57.7)
16.1
(61)
15.3
(59.5)
10.1
(50.2)
4.7
(40.5)
−4.1
(24.6)
−10.9
(12.4)
3
(37)
Average low °C (°F) −17.9
(-0.2)
−14.9
(5.2)
−8.2
(17.2)
−1.2
(29.8)
3.8
(38.8)
8.1
(46.6)
9.9
(49.8)
8.9
(48)
4.2
(39.6)
−0.6
(30.9)
−10
(14)
−15.8
(3.6)
−2.7
(27.1)
Record low °C (°F) −43
(-45)
−40
(-40)
−34
(-29)
−20
(-4)
−15
(5)
−4
(25)
0
(32)
−1
(30)
−11.1
(12)
−29
(-20)
−32.2
(-26)
−46.1
(-51)
−46.1
(-51)
Precipitation mm (inches) 33.9
(1.335)
20.3
(0.799)
15.5
(0.61)
21.6
(0.85)
40.1
(1.579)
83.3
(3.28)
86.6
(3.409)
63.1
(2.484)
48.3
(1.902)
24.7
(0.972)
25.3
(0.996)
30.7
(1.209)
493.5
(19.429)
Source: Environment Canada

Demographics

Valleyview mainstreet
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 (518/sq mi) in 2016.

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

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/sq mi) in 2011.

Attractions

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 established on its shores: Young's Point Provincial Park (beach, boating, fishing, camping) and Williamson Provincial Park (beach, boating, fishing).

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