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Viking
Town
Town of Viking
Main Street
Main Street
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 10
Municipal district Beaver County
Incorporated  
 • Village 5 February 1909
 • Town 10 November 1952
Area (2016)
 • Land 3.7 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Elevation 691 m (2,267 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Total 1,083
 • Density 292.5/km2 (758/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Postal code T0B 4N0
Area code(s) +1-780, +1-587
Highways Highway 14
Highway 36
Railway Canadian National Railway
Waterway Thomas Lake
Website www.town.viking.ab.ca

Viking /ˈvkɪŋ/ is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located at the intersection of Highway 14 (Poundmaker Trail) and Highway 36 (Veterans Memorial Highway), approximately 121 km (75 mi) east of Edmonton.

The town also lends its name to the Viking Formation, an oil bearing stratigraphical unit.

History

Viking was settled in 1909 by Scandinavian settlers.

On 7 July 2005, the community ice arena was severely damaged by fire. Construction began on a new arena, called the "Viking Carena Complex" and was completed on 17 August 2007.

Viking celebrated its centennial in 2009.

Geography

Climate

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

Demographics

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Viking recorded a population of 1,083 living in 460 of its 505 total private dwellings, a 4% change from its 2011 population of 1,041. With a land area of 3.7 km2 (1.4 sq mi), it had a population density of 292.7/km2 (758/sq mi) in 2016.

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Viking had a population of 1,041 living in 445 of its 473 total dwellings, a -4.1% change from its 2006 population of 1,085. With a land area of 3.76 km2 (1.45 sq mi), it had a population density of 276.9/km2 (717/sq mi) in 2011.

Arts and culture

Viking won the national Communities in Bloom contest in 2000.

Attractions

Carena Viking 10
The Viking Carena Complex

Many parks and flower gardens are maintained throughout the town. One of the most notable parks is Troll Park, which celebrates Vikings's rich Scandinavian history with native plants, trolls hidden throughout the park, and a giant troll mountain.

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