|Village of Wabamun|
Dragonfly sculpture in Wabamun
|Region||Edmonton Metropolitan Region|
|Municipal district||Parkland County|
|• Village||July 18, 1912|
|• Dissolution||January 1, 1946|
|• Village||January 1, 1980|
|• Mayor||Charlene Smylie|
|• Governing body||Wabamun Village Council|
|• Land||3.58 km2 (1.38 sq mi)|
|Elevation||740 m (2,430 ft)|
|• Density||190.5/km2 (493/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
Wabamun was named for its location on the north shore of Lake Wabamun. The first post office opened in Wabamun in 1903. In the early 1900s, Wabamun was an important railway stop for homesteaders. Many brought good and animals on train cars as far as Wabamun and then transferred to wagons drawn by oxen or horses for the remainder of trips to homesteads in the Lac Ste.Anne area.
In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Village of Wabamun recorded a population of 682 living in 270 of its 290 total private dwellings, a 3.2% change from its 2011 population of 661. With a land area of 3.58 km2 (1.38 sq mi), it had a population density of 190.5/km2 (493.4/sq mi) in 2016.
In the 2011 Census, the Village of Wabamun had a population of 661 living in 265 of its 295 total dwellings, a 10% change from its 2006 population of 601. With a land area of 3.24 km2 (1.25 sq mi), it had a population density of 204.0/km2 (528.4/sq mi) in 2011.
The population of the Village of Wabamun according to its 2009 municipal census is 662.
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The main source of income within Wabamun are power plants located in the area operated by TransAlta Utilities. The power plant within the village was closed down because of increased pressure from environmental agencies and aging. The Wabamun power plant was the subject of heated debate among the residents and cottagers of Wabamun Lake. Due to the lack of a cool–off pond, the water used to cool the internal systems was deposited back into the lake, which enhanced the weed population dramatically.
A large cabin-going community exists in Wabamun during the summer, while the village is populated year round. Local sites include Wabamun Lake, Waterfront Park, the Wabamun Marina, the 380' pier and world's largest dragonfly. Businesses include 4 restaurants, hardware store, bowling lanes, post office, pharmacy, senior center, realtor, liquor store, market, car wash, laundromat, motel, hotel, Inn, tavern, bottle depot, convenience store, 2 banks, mechanic and a grocery store.
There are currently plans for development to promote the community as a major visitor destination in central Alberta. These plans include further expansion of Waterfront Park, the largest boat launch on the lake, as well as Discovery Wharf, a project being undertaken that will see the development of app. 100 acres of lakefront property.
The main sailing club of the lake is Wabamun Sailing Club, approximately 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) west of the village at the end of Range Road 43. A smaller club is located on the opposite shore of the lake.
On August 3, 2005, 45 cars of a CN Rail train derailed on the shores of Wabamun Lake, West of the village, spilling their contents of more than 700,000 litres of a variety of fuel oils and pole treating oils into the lake.
Wabamun School - Parkland School Division (K-9)
Waterfront Park - lakeshore access, parking and full-sized boat launch, picnic area with shelter, washrooms and change rooms, playground and water spray park water spray park.
- "Location and History Profile: Village of Wabamun" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 21, 2016. p. 590. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
- "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
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- Lac Ste. Anne Historical Society. Archives Committee. (1959). West of the Fifth: a history of Lac Ste. Anne Municipality. Edmonton, CA: The Institute of Applied Art Ltd. pp. 69, 76, 186.
- "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- Alberta Municipal Affairs (September 15, 2009). "Alberta 2009 Official Population List" (PDF). Retrieved September 12, 2010.
- "Wabamun power plant smoke stacks come tumbling down". CTV News Edmonton. March 18, 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
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