Viking, Alberta

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.

Town of Viking
Main Street
Location of Viking in Alberta
Coordinates: 53°5′43″N 111°46′37″W
Country Canada
Province Alberta
RegionCentral Alberta
Census division10
Municipal districtBeaver County
  Village5 February 1909
  Town10 November 1952
  MayorJason Ritchie
  Governing bodyViking Town Council
  Land3.7 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Elevation691 m (2,267 ft)
  Density292.5/km2 (758/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code
T0B 4N0
Area code(s)+1-780, +1-587
HighwaysHighway 14
Highway 36
RailwayCanadian National Railway
WaterwayThomas Lake

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


Viking was settled in 1909 by Scandinavian settlers; Sivert Hafso and Ole Sorenson from Norway.

On 7 July 2005, the community ice arena was severely damaged by fire.[5] Construction began on a new arena, called the "Viking Carena Complex" and was completed on 17 August 2007.

Viking celebrated its centennial in 2009.



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


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 (758.1/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

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 (717.1/sq mi) in 2011.[7]


The majority of economic activity is in the agriculture, oil and gas, textile, and manufacturing industries.

Arts and culture

Viking won the national Communities in Bloom contest in 2000.[8]


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.


The Viking Airport is a small airport owned by the Town of Viking 3 miles (4.8 km) west of the townsite, with the Transport Canada airport identifier of CEE8.[9]

As a flag stop, Via Rail's The Canadian calls at the Viking railway station three times per week in each direction.

Notable people

See also


  1. "Location and History Profile: Town of Viking" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 7 October 2016. p. 709. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  2. "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  3. "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. "Fire damages Viking arena; Sutter memorabilia saved". CBC News. 7 July 2005. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  6. Environment Canada. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
  7. "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.
  8. Communities in Bloom Alberta Participants.Viking is year 2000 national winner
  9. Canadian Owners and Pilots Association Places to Fly. Viking Airport Archived 24 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
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