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Welcome to Viking

Viking is a town located in the Battle River Alliance for Economic Development (BRAED) region. BRAED is a partnership of communities in East Central Alberta whose purpose is to work cooperatively and voluntarily to address community economic development issues from a regional perspective. The Town is on the High Load Corridor at the junction of Highways 14 and 36 and is the home of the NHL Sutters. We are situated in a vibrant region where the economic drivers are the agriculture and oil and gas industries. If you’re tired of the city, looking to develop your business or just want a change of scenery, come to Viking.

The Town of Viking has been a Provincial, National and International winner in Communities In Bloom, a national program designed to foster civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community participation.

The Viking Economy

Town of Viking is focused on supporting economic development and business growth. Our strategic priority is to attract new light manufacturing, medium industrial, and service businesses to the community and support existing local businesses through promotion and education opportunities. The local economy supports opportunities for employment in agriculture, oil and gas, healthcare, and light manufacturing industries. There are opportunities for residents to work and live in the Town of Viking and the surrounding area.

Labour Snapshot

Totals %
In the labour force 475 58.30%
Participation rate 58.30%
Unemployment rate 7.40%
Management occupations 30 6.32%
Business, finance and administration occupations 45 9.47%
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations 15 3.16%
Health occupations 55 11.58%
Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services 40 8.42%
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport 10 2.11%
Sales and service occupations 115 24.21%
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations 120 25.26%
Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations 35 7.37%
Occupations in manufacturing and utilities 10 2.11%
Oil and Gas

Highway 36, a main High Load Corridor to the oil and gas fields in northeastern Alberta runs directly through Viking. In addition, Highway 14, a High Load Corridor for major oil development products, also runs through town. Reasonable land costs, developed infrastructure, a large labour force and direct access to markets make Viking a wise choice for investment and opportunity in the oil and gas industry.

Agriculture

The agricultural industry remains vital to our economy. Mixed crops in the region include coarse grains such as wheat, oats, barley, canola and other oil seeds and the region is home to a number of cattle, dairy, hog and poultry farms. A large range of businesses offering goods and services to industry are present in Viking and the surrounding area.

Health Care

The Viking Health Centre offers services in emergency, acute, continuing and palliative care, surgery, obstetrics, rehabilitation, respiratory therapy, X-Ray, mobile mammography and more. Other health services available include home care, emergency care, rehabilitation, health promotion, dental and eye care, and alternative therapies. The Viking Health Centre also has a Stars Heli-Pad and ambulance bay.

The Viking Medical Clinic has four physicians and supporting clinic staff. The clinic offers walk-in and scheduled appointments. Seniors facilities and housing options are available, depending on the need and personal care required. The Viking Community Health Centre offer residents a variety of community-based health programs, such as Immunization clinics, Home Care, Oral Health programs and postnatal services. They also supply residents with information to make healthy choices and opportunities to learn from and support each other to improve their quality of life.
The health care industry continues to thrive and develop throughout the community. Alberta Health Services is responsible for delivering health services to over four million Albertans, including residents of Viking. Their mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

http://www.viking.ca/p/health

Transportation

The Town of Viking is strategically situated on two major transportation routes. East-west highway 14 intersects with north-south highway 36 in Viking. Viking is about 135 km east of Edmonton and about 130km west of the Alberta/Saskatchewan border. From Viking it is about 500 km north to Fort McMurray, about 500 km northeast to Cold Lake and about 500 km south to the USA Border. Both highway 14 and 36 have been designated by Alberta Transportation as High Load Corridor highways which will accommodate loads of up to 9.0 meters high. Highway 36 (also named Veterans Memorial Highway) is a major north-south highway, extending from the town of Lac La Biche in the north to the village of Warner in the south. It was given the name Veterans Memorial Highway in 2005 during the Province of Alberta’s centennial, in honour of the province’s military history, and for the contributions Alberta’s veterans have made.

The Town of Viking is situated along the CN Rail Line, connecting Canada to the world in the movement of cargo and grain. Trains traveling through Viking are loaded with cereal crops to be taken to the world market.

Economic Development

Town of Viking is focused on supporting economic development and business growth. Our strategic priority is to attract new light manufacturing, medium industrial, and service businesses to the community and support existing local businesses through promotion and education opportunities.

Land for Development

The Town of Viking recently annexed a 37-acre parcel adjacent to the Town. The Park is strategically located with easy access to Highway 36, one of the Province’s high load corridors. The Town is in the process of developing this land as a light industrial business park. Utility services include three-phase power, natural gas, telephone, water and sewer. Fibre optics will be installed along the north boundary of the business park to service the new Parrish & Heimbecker Inland Terminal located just west of the Town. Telus has planned ahead and anticipated providing service to the business park. The Business Park is slated to be open by September 2019.

The Town of Viking and Beaver County also jointly own approximately 45 acres of industrial land on the west side of the Town of Viking, known as the Viking/Beaver Business Park.

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The non-residential municipal tax rate in Viking is: 21.6543
Alberta general corporate tax rate: 12%
Alberta small business tax rate: 2%
Annual Business Limit (ABL)/Small Business Threshold: $500,000
Canadian general corporate tax rate: 15%
Canada small business tax rate: 10.
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Making Viking Home

Totals %
Population 1,083
Median age of the population 52.6
Total number of census families in private households 275 0
Total number of private households by tenure 460
Owner 350 76.09%
Renter 110 23.91%
Average value of dwellings ($) $213,989
Residential municipal tax rate 10.4185%

Housing
There is a variety of housing options on and around Viking. When Searching for a house in Viking you will notice that our friendly, active community also features very affordable housing options compared to larger urban centres.

The Town of Viking water service is supplied by the City of Edmonton.

Education
Education is a vital part of our community. The Viking School provides instruction and an impressive selection of extra-curricular activities to students from kindergarten through grade 12. Please contact the school for more information on registration and programs. Viking School is part of the Battle River School Division.

The Viking Preschool Association operates a preschool program to 3 and 4 year-olds from October to May each year. This program prepares them for entering the school system.

According to the 2016 Statistics Canada Census on Education, almost 50% of Viking residents have a Post secondary certificate, diploma or degree. There are many post secondary education and training options available in Alberta, https://www.alberta.ca/education-training.aspx

Nearby post-secondary and training options include:

Recreation
Recreation is important part of living in Viking. Check out all of the exciting events that Viking has to offer. We hope to see everyone out and about enjoying some good weather and community participation in any number of events that are held in the community each year. For a full listing of community sports groups and service groups, contact Viking/Beaver FCSS for the Viking Community Directory 780-336-4024.

There is much to see and do in Viking. Come and stay at Eastview Campground, our fully-serviced RV park or one of our motels. Visit Viking’s Farmers Market and enjoy home baking and fresh produce. Enjoy a round of golf at the Viking Golf and Country Club or curl at the Viking Curling Club. Visit the Viking Historical Museum in the old hospital building.

Have a look through the Viking Carena Complex, a multi-use facility which includes an 850-seat NHL size ice surface arena, a fitness/wellness centre for all ages, the Viking Municipal Library, Indoor Activity Center, the Viking Preschool and an Indoor Walking/Running track.

The Walking Trail Project in the Town of Viking, connects people through social interaction and community connection. The Walking Trail is an addition to the community that allows for people to get out and enjoy the outdoors, year around. The health benefits to people of all ages and physical abilities to walk is proven to help with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health and other chronic diseases.

Contact Viking

The Town of Viking
Box 369
Viking, AB, T0B 4N0
Phone: (780) 336-3466
www.viking.ca