Wanham, Alberta

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Wanham is located in Alberta
Wanham
Wanham
Location of Wanham Alberta

Wanham is a hamlet in northern Alberta, Canada within Birch Hills County.[1] It is located 29 km (18 mi) east of Rycroft along Highway 49 and approximately 106 km (66 mi) north of Grande Prairie, in the farmlands of Peace River Country. Saddle River, a tributary of Peace River, flows immediately north of the settlement.

Economy is based on agriculture and ranching, the settlement being an agricultural service centre for the surrounding farms. A wood products plant, Newpro, is the largest employer in the settlement.It was announced it was closing in January 2006.

History[edit]

It was established in 1916 as a station on the railway.[2] The first post office was built in 1918.

It was incorporated as a village, but dissolved and merged with the Birch Hills County in 1999 by Order in Council 458/99.[3] Birch Hills County's municipal office is located in Wanham.

Attractions[edit]

A yearly plowing competition takes place in Wanham since 1971. It is currently named Alberta Provincial and Canadian Plowing Match and includes a horse drawn antique parade, live music and fashion show.

The Grizzly Bear Prairie Museum is seasonally opened in Wanham. It was founded in 1979 by a group called the Community of Cooperating Organization (COCO for short). It was officially opened in 1981.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Wanham
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 11.7
(53.1)
14.5
(58.1)
17.2
(63)
29.4
(84.9)
32
(90)
33.9
(93)
33
(91)
36
(97)
31.5
(88.7)
26.7
(80.1)
18
(64)
11
(52)
33.9
(93)
Average high °C (°F) −9.3
(15.3)
−6
(21)
0.9
(33.6)
10.3
(50.5)
17.3
(63.1)
20.7
(69.3)
22.4
(72.3)
21
(70)
16.1
(61)
9.4
(48.9)
−2
(28)
−8
(18)
7.7
(45.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) −14.8
(5.4)
−11.7
(10.9)
−4.8
(23.4)
4.2
(39.6)
10.5
(50.9)
14.5
(58.1)
16.2
(61.2)
14.8
(58.6)
10
(50)
3.9
(39)
−6.8
(19.8)
−13.3
(8.1)
1.9
(35.4)
Average low °C (°F) −20.3
(−4.5)
−17.3
(0.9)
−10.5
(13.1)
−1.9
(28.6)
3.8
(38.8)
8.2
(46.8)
10
(50)
8.4
(47.1)
3.8
(38.8)
−1.5
(29.3)
−11.5
(11.3)
−18.7
(−1.7)
−4
(25)
Record low °C (°F) −48.3
(−54.9)
−45
(−49)
−37
(−35)
−22.8
(−9)
−7.2
(19)
−3.9
(25)
0
(32)
−4.5
(23.9)
−10.6
(12.9)
−28
(−18)
−41.1
(−42)
−50
(−58)
−50
(−58)
Precipitation mm (inches) 29.1
(1.146)
21.4
(0.843)
18.6
(0.732)
22.2
(0.874)
40.6
(1.598)
75.8
(2.984)
72.4
(2.85)
65.8
(2.591)
42.2
(1.661)
28
(1.1)
24.2
(0.953)
27.8
(1.094)
468
(18.43)
Source: Environment Canada[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2010-04-01). "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities". Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  2. ^ Discover the Peace Country. "Wanham". Retrieved 2007-06-20. 
  3. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (June 2007). "Birch Hills County". Retrieved 2007-06-20. 
  4. ^ Environment Canada[1]. Retrieved 7 April 2010.

Coordinates: 55°44′N 118°24′W / 55.733°N 118.400°W / 55.733; -118.400 (Wanham)