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History

There were few settlers in this area before 1902. In 1903 the community began under the name 'Pleasant Ridge'. The Federal Government had surveyed the area, and the land was divided into sections and offered for homesteads. The name "Holden" was chosen in 1906 in recognition of the first local member of the new Alberta provincial legislature, the late Mr. J. B. Holden.

Once the railway was completed from Calgary to Edmonton, settlers started walking or riding horseback eastward from Wetaskiwin. These settlers came from eastern Canada, United States and Central Europe. The arrival of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, in 1909, opened up a whole new array of opportunities. Holden was formally incorporated as a village on April 14, 1909.

The Village is situated on fairly flat land, and enjoys a beautiful, big-sky prairie setting. Homes are well kept and residents take pride in their village and its heritage. Holden joined Communities in Bloom in 2007 to foster this community pride, beautification efforts, environmental awareness, and citizen involvement.

We invite you to 'Share The Charm of Country Living' and our friendly atmosphere any time of year.

Location

95 kilometers (59 miles) SE of Edmonton on Highway #14; within Beaver County, and along the CN Railway mainline from Vancouver to Montreal

Population

350 at last Statistics Canada census (2017)

Soil/Fertility

Black soil zone, mostly class 2. These soils are deep and hold moisture well. They produce a moderately-high yield for a wide range of crops. Soils in this zone are among the most fertile in the province, with 3 - 4 times as much nitrogen and organic matter in their surface foot as the average brown or grey wooded soil.

Climate

Average annual rainfall: 29.36 cm; average annual snowfall: 86.63 cm. Droughts are rare with less evaporation and hot winds than in other zones. Frost free days: 100 - 120; hours of sunshine: 2180 - 2200.

Regional Resources

Agriculture; Cereal Grains ( Wheat, Barley, Oats, Canola, Canary seed ); Cattle; Natural Gas & Coal.

Economic Development

Rate of taxation is set by the Village Council each year for all properties within the Village boundaries. Residents living outside the Village pay taxes to Beaver County. Some residential and commercial properties are available for sale through the Village of Holden, and development rebates are available on the cost of the lots. Opportunities exist for economic development in the area of light industry, local services, and the arts.

Local Government

The Village of Holden elects five Councillors. The Mayor is selected by the Council each year in October. The Village has three full-time employees, one part-time, and some seasonal positions.

Transportation

Road

Truck transport: Highway 9 Express, and others; Highway 14 has no load restrictions.

Rail

Freight: CNR; Passenger: Via Rail services at Viking and Edmonton.

Air

Edmonton International Airport at Leduc is one hour away

Small plane airports are located at Viking and Tofield