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.

Demographics[edit]

As a designated place in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Wanham recorded a population of 124 living in 62 of its 78 total private dwellings, a change of −2.4% from its 2011 population of 127. With a land area of 0.99 km2 (0.38 sq mi), it had a population density of 125.3/km2 (324.4/sq mi) in 2016.[4]

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)
Average 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[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2010-04-01). "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). 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. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  5. ^ 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)