Wembley, Alberta

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Town of Wembley
Wong's Café, c. 1935
Wong's Café, c. 1935
Wembley is located in Alberta
Coordinates: 55°09′26″N 119°08′21″W / 55.15722°N 119.13917°W / 55.15722; -119.13917Coordinates: 55°09′26″N 119°08′21″W / 55.15722°N 119.13917°W / 55.15722; -119.13917
Country Canada
Province Alberta
RegionNorthern Alberta
Census division19
Municipal districtCounty of Grande Prairie No. 1
 • VillageJanuary 3, 1928
 • TownAugust 1, 1980
 • MayorChris Turnmire
 • Governing bodyWembley Town Council
Area (2016)[2]
 • Land4.75 km2 (1.83 sq mi)
Elevation[3]724 m (2,375 ft)
Population (2016)[2]
 • Total1,516
 • Density318.9/km2 (826/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
HighwaysHighway 43
Highway 724
WaterwaysWapiti River
Saskatoon Lake
WebsiteOfficial website

Wembley is a town in northern Alberta, Canada. It is located approximately 23 km (14 mi) west of Grande Prairie at the junction of Highway 43 and Highway 724. A resident of Wembley is known as a "Wemblian", or "Wembleyite".[citation needed]


Land around Wembley was surveyed for homesteads in 1909, settlers beginning to arrive in 1910. The railroad survey was completed from Grande Prairie to Pouce Coupe in 1916 and the townsite of Wembley was surveyed in 1923. The railway arrived in 1924.[4]

The present town-site is four and a half miles south of the original hamlet of Lake Saskatoon and when the railway arrived in 1924 many buildings were hauled over the four and one half miles of snow-covered trails from Lake Saskatoon to their new foundations in Wembley.[4] The name Wembley was chosen by the Lake Saskatoon Board of Trade at the time of the British Empire Exposition at Wembley in England.[5]

The post office opened in November 1924, the first postmaster being RB Sinclair.[5]

Wembley reached village status January 3, 1928[4] and town status August 1, 1980.


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Wembley recorded a population of 1,516 living in 565 of its 618 total private dwellings, a 9.6% change from its 2011 population of 1,383. With a land area of 4.75 km2 (1.83 sq mi), it had a population density of 319.2/km2 (826.6/sq mi) in 2016.[2]

The Town of Wembley's 2012 municipal census counted a population of 1,410.[6]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Wembley had a population of 1,383 living in 514 of its 542 total dwellings, a -4.2% change from its 2006 population of 1,443. With a land area of 4.54 km2 (1.75 sq mi), it had a population density of 304.6/km2 (789.0/sq mi) in 2011.[7]

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  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Wembley" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 730. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ a b c Along the Wapiti. RR 2, Grande Prairie Alberta: Wapiti River Historical Society. 1981. p. 315. ISBN 092056402X.
  5. ^ a b Place Names of Alberta. 2500 University Drive N.W., Calgary Alberta, T2N 1N4: University of Calgary Press. 1996. p. 226. ISBN 1-895176-59-X.
  6. ^ "Minutes October 9/12". Town of Wembley. Retrieved 2012-11-14.
  7. ^ "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.

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