Wabamun, Alberta

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Wabamun
Village
Village of Wabamun
Wabamun is located in Alberta
Wabamun
Wabamun
Location of Wabamun in Alberta
Coordinates: 53°33′28″N 114°28′06″W / 53.55778°N 114.46833°W / 53.55778; -114.46833Coordinates: 53°33′28″N 114°28′06″W / 53.55778°N 114.46833°W / 53.55778; -114.46833
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Edmonton Capital Region
Census division 11
Municipal district Parkland County
Incorporated[1]  
 • Village July 18, 1912
 • Dissolution January 1, 1946
 • Village January 1, 1980
Government[2]
 • Mayor Charlene Smylie
 • Governing body Wabamun Village Council
Area (2016)[3]
 • Land 3.58 km2 (1.38 sq mi)
Elevation 740 m (2,430 ft)
Population (2016)[3]
 • Total 682
 • Density 190.5/km2 (493/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Area code(s) +1-780
Highways Highway 16
Waterway Wabamun Lake
Website Official website

Wabamun /ˈwɑːbəmən/ is a village in central Alberta located 67 kilometres (42 mi) west of Edmonton, Canada on Highway 16.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
2001 601 —    
2006 601 +0.0%
2011 661 +10.0%

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.[3]

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.[4]

The population of the Village of Wabamun according to its 2009 municipal census is 662.[5]

In 2006, Wabamun had a population of 601 living in 252 dwellings, a 0.0% increase from 2001. The village has a land area of 3.24 km2 (1.25 sq mi) and a population density of 185.3/km2 (480/sq mi).[6]

Economy[edit]

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. As of March 31, 2010, the plant was taken off the grid and demolished.

Tourism[edit]

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 lake itself has a large population of Northern Pike along with whitefish and Perch.

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.

It is home to "Canada's largest dragonfly", a metal statue similar to other attractions to be found across the region.

Oil spill[edit]

Main article: Wabamun 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.

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