Wainwright, Alberta

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Town of Wainwright
Welcome sign
Welcome sign
Nickname(s): Buffalo Capital of Canada
Wainwright, Alberta is located in Alberta
Wainwright, Alberta
Location of Wainwright in Alberta
Coordinates: 52°50′36″N 110°51′12″W / 52.84333°N 110.85333°W / 52.84333; -110.85333
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division No. 7
Municipal district Municipal District of Wainwright No. 61
 • Village March 25, 1909
 • Town July 14, 1910
 • Mayor Brian Bethune
 • Governing Body Wainwright Town Council
 • MP Kevin Sorenson
 • MLA Wes Taylor
Area (2011)[3]
 • Total 8.91 km2 (3.44 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 675 m (2,215 ft)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 5,925
 • Density 665.4/km2 (1,723/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Postal code span T9W
Area code(s) +1-780, +1-587
Highways Highway 14
Highway 41
Waterways Battle River
Website Official website

Wainwright is a town on the prairies of east-central Alberta, Canada.

It is located on the north side of the Canadian National Railway, with CFB Wainwright (Denwood) located on the southwest side. The town lies 61 kilometres (38 mi) south of Vermilion, in the Battle River valley, along Highway 41, called the Buffalo Trail. Highway 14 also passes through this town. Wainwright is 206 kilometres (128 mi) southeast of Edmonton on Highway 14 and 69 kilometres (43 mi) west of the Alberta–Saskatchewan border.

An entrance road to Wainwright


The town was originally named Denwood, but was later relocated by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) west-northwest and renamed after General William Wainwright, the second vice-president of GTPR.

The railway is important to Wainwright. Wainwright is a divisional point on the Canadian National Railway main line. Wainwright railway station is served by Via Rail's The Canadian.


The Town of Wainwright's 2013 municipal census counted a population of 6,289,[5] an 8.9% increase over its 2008 municipal census population of 5,775.[6]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Wainwright had a population of 5,925 living in 2,384 of its 2,577 total dwellings, a 9.2% change from its 2006 population of 5,426. With a land area of 8.91 km2 (3.44 sq mi), it had a population density of 665.0/km2 (1,722.3/sq mi) in 2011.[3]

In 2006, Wainwright had a population of 5,426 living in 2,310 dwellings, a 6.0% increase from 2001. The town has a land area of 8.55 km2 (3.30 sq mi) and a population density of 634.6/km2 (1,644/sq mi).[7]

Arts and culture[edit]

Wainwright has the third-largest stampede in Canada. It occurs at the end of June, and includes a rodeo, chuckwagon races, parade, midway, and an agricultural fair.[8]


Buffalo Trail Public Schools Regional Division No. 28

East Central Alberta Catholic Separate Schools Regional Division No. 16

Greater North Central Francophone Education Region No. 2

  • École Saint-Christophe



The Edge and The Star (formerly the Star Chronicle) merged to be the Star/Edge in 2013. It is published weekly on Fridays. [12]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Wainwright" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 723. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. November 18, 2016. Retrieved November 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Alberta Private Sewage Systems 2009 Standard of Practice Handbook: Appendix A.3 Alberta Design Data (A.3.A. Alberta Climate Design Data by Town)" (PDF) (PDF). Safety Codes Council. January 2012. pp. 212–215 (PDF pages 226–229). Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Population: Town of Wainwright Population Growth". Town of Wainwright. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "2011 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 5, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ Statistics Canada. "Canada 2006 Census: Wainwright - Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  8. ^ "Wainwright Stampede". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  9. ^ "Welcome...". Blessed Sacrament Outreach School. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  10. ^ www.krock1019.com
  11. ^ WayneFM.ca
  12. ^ http://www.starnews.ca/site/about/

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Coordinates: 52°50′N 110°52′W / 52.833°N 110.867°W / 52.833; -110.867 (Wainwright)