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The Viking Area

The Town of Viking is located within the Central Parkland natural region - an endless expanse of golden plains and aspen parkland stretching east to Lloydminster at the Saskatchewan border. The land is sprinkled with lakes and ponds left by retreating glaciers. This region consists of undulating till plains and hummocky uplands as the dominant landforms. Lacustrine and fluvial deposits are locally common in the northern and eastern parts of the Natural Subregion and there are some significant eolian sand deposits.

Almost all the area is cultivated, but there is also a mosaic of aspen and prairie vegetation which occupies remnant native parkland areas. Most of the topsoil for this ecozone is Black Chernozems, some Dark Gray Chernozems, with many low lying occurrences of Solonetzic soils. Agricultural land in the Viking area is usually a little less expensive than in other areas of the province. 

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The area within and immediately surrounding the Town is generally flat with low lying areas located in the eastern portions of the Town, and at the peripheries of the Town’s boundaries. Lands within and immediately surrounding the Town generally slope to the east, from 694 metres above sea level in the west, to 684 metres above sea level in the east. Lands to the north and south of the Town are generally at a higher elevation.

Ferruginous Hawk

The area surrounding Viking is a summer breeding ground for the endangered ferruginous hawk. The Ferruginous Hawk is the largest soaring hawk in North America and are the only raptors (along with burrowing owls) that nest on the grassland. You can learn more about the ferruginous hawk at Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development or download this detailed report on the status of these hawks in Alberta.

Travel 15km east of Viking and just south of Secondary Road 619 is the location of a very unique Alberta lake. Oliva Lake is an extremely saline lake (2 to 3 times more saline than sea water). The water is clear and the lake is used for boating by locals, but there are no fish living in the salty water. The salinity in the lake is the result of high carbonate, sodium and sulphate content; these minerals come from saline groundwater in the region. The lakeshore is encrusted with salt, which is replaced by gravel away from the shore. The width of the white crust increases over the summer. Saline lakes are common in eastern Alberta but Oliva Lake is an extreme example of what increased concentrations of certain ions do to lake functions. The temperature of the water under ice drops below 0°C, and in summer the water is warmest at the bottom because it is saltier at the bottom than at the surface. Few species of plants and animals can live in Oliva Lake. Although concentrations of phosphorus and nitrogen are the highest recorded for an Alberta lake, plant growth is very limited. However, a few inhabitants, such as the brine shrimp, reach enormous densities and can turn the water a reddish colour. For more information on this lake have a look at the Atlas of Alberta Lakes.

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Also found growing in the area surrounding Viking is the rare Crowfoot Violet. This wild delicate purple plant flowers in May and early June and prefers sandy grasslands. Alberta Environment has designated this violet as a plant of conservation concern. 

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Viking Election

voteViking Election Results

October 16, 2017

Viking Mayor:

Vote Results:
Cindy Lefsrud - 161
Jason Ritchie - 225    - Elected

Councillors - All positions acclaimed

Judy Acres - Councillor
Dana Ewashko - Councillor
Maynard Huibers - Councillor
Rod Hunter - Councillor
Clinton Nearing - Councillor
Laurel Weisgerber - Councillor