VIKING MAP EDMONTON
Directions: Exit Edmonton on Hwy 16 east, take Anthony Henday Drive NW/Hwy 216 south toward Hwy 14 east; continue on Hwy 14 east, turn left at Hwy 36, and turn right at 51st Avenue.
Distance: 142 km, or about 1 hour and 46 minutes, from Edmonton.
Info: 780-336-3466; www.town.viking.ab.ca.
Early Norwegian settlers named Viking after their pirating ancestors. The first post office opened in July 1904, but town incorporation did not follow until 1952. Today Viking is home to almost 1,100 people. The Viking Station Gallery and Arts Centre Guild (5001-51 st Avenue) houses a tea room and gallery with local artists’ work in a converted CN Station. The gallery is open from April to October, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (subject to change). Call 780-336-4846 to confirm hours. Beside the CN Station, Viking Troll Park has a Scandinavian themewith troll figurines populating the park and trees. You can enjoy a picnic, count the trolls, and see a Viking ship guarded by a Viking warrior.
National Hockey League fans will know Viking as the home of the Sutterssix brothers who learned to play hockey here and achieved fame in the NHL. They played a total of 4,994 regular season games and 603 playoff games, scoring 1,320 goals and 1,615 assists.