Town of Wainwright
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Visitor Information CentreVisitor Information Centre at Wainwright Museum 1001 - 1st Ave. (Old CN Station) 780-842-3115
Description:Wainwright is located on Highway 14, just over a two-hour drive east of Edmonton. The town has a historic feel, with a wide selection of boutiques and restaurants, plus opportunities to view wildlife or learn more about Canada's rich prairie railroading history.
ATTRACTIONS & EVENTSPrairie history comes alive as you explore the Wainwright Museum, located in an original CNR train station. Share the stories of pioneers, prisoners of war, military and the railway as well as Indigenous buffalo hunters, Hollywood movie crews, dedicated wildlife conservationists, long-suffering homesteaders, and moonshine-swilling prisoners of war. Don't forget to make tracks to the Battle River Train Trestle, the second longest train trestle in Canada. (See the CREAM Museum Tour).
Wainwright is the Buffalo Capital of Canada. Stop and take your photo at Canada's largest Buffalo Statue and stop by the Bud Cotton Buffalo Paddock, and see the live bison herd at the gates to CFB Wainwright.
Festivals and events occur year round in Wainwright. Art lovers will enjoy the Arts Festival in February. Rodeo enthusiasts - be sure to join us for the Wainwright Stampede on June 21-24. The Stampede is 4 days of action packed family fun and entertainment. Visitors will enjoy one of the Top 5 largest rodeos in Canada including CPCA Chuckwagon Races, Stampede Parade, Cabaret, a fun filled midway, Agricultural Fair, breakfasts, BBQ's, and more! Canada Day is celebrated annually on July 1st at CFB Wainwright complete with kids' activities, a concert and fireworks. July is a food lovers delight…taste a bit of rural culinary pleasure at the Taste of Wainwright. In August, enjoy the Come by the Hills Music Festival located at the picturesque Mistahiya Retreat Centre. September is the Scarecrow Festival, stuff your scarecrow and compete for the top prize! In November, salute the veterans and military with Red Friday Remembrance Day celebrations. The Christmas season includes Jingle & Mingle and the Snowball Craft Fair, plus there are lots of opportunities to find that perfect gift in the many stores throughout the holiday season!
Sports are a 'plenty at the Peace Memorial Multiplex with its 2 NHL-sized ice surfaces, an indoor running track and climbing wall. The attached Communiplex houses an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, weight room, squash and racquetball courts as well as a performing arts theatre. Hockey, figure skating, curling, cross-country skiing and sledding are just a few of the winter-sports that keep the community warm throughout the winter season.
Historic Downtown Wainwright features a collection of beautifully restored heritage resources including a business district full of 1929 era buildings. Anchored in the centre of downtown is Wainwright's free standing Memorial Clock Tower. This “Roman Tower” architectural monument built in 1925 was one of the only structures left standing after the Great Fire of 1929. Wainwright's flower-filled Main Street, courtesy of provincial champions Communities in Bloom, has a vibrant collection of shops, boutiques and services that provides a shopping experience for all to enjoy. Downtown Wainwright has a flavor of its own. An array of eateries features cuisine from around the globe as well as from our own backyard. Many of the restaurants and cafes are located in heritage buildings with décor tailored to embrace the stories of the town through historic photos and memorabilia.
EAT SHOP STAYSan Marco Pizzeria is the best in town for authentic Italian fare. Sink your teeth into the awe-inspiring pizza, pasta and other savoury dishes for a special evening out. Upcycle, recycle, own history and have your antiques appraised at The Iron Raven. Vintage décor, fine arts and handicrafts are part of the unique offerings here. Head to Globe Footwear to find top name brands with exceptional quality and style for the whole family. Visit Front Porch Mercantile to find trendsetting clothing, accessories, décor items and farmhouse finds. Gibson's Home Hardware has everything from camping supplies to fishing and hunting licenses. Optifuel Nutrition is a premium health supplement company which has all natural organic products, the expertise of a personal fitness trainer and abundance of athletic apparel to choose from. If you're into locally grown and produced fruits, vegetables, and microgreens then check out Dobbin's Cottage Gardens which has produce subscriptions, and patronage awards for its customers. Stop in at the award-winning Ribstone Creek Brewery while you are here (just a short drive nearby in Edgerton).
Lots of camping is available but if you prefer more luxurious accommodations, Wainwright is pleased to offer cozy bed and breakfasts, comfortable motels and modern hotels including Ramada Wainwright. To make your stay complete you will find great restaurants, full service gas stations and big-box retailers.
OUTDOORSIf you are an outdoor enthusiast, fishing, water sports and hunting are abundantly found in and around Wainwright. Visit the restored pump jack in Petroleum Park or enjoy Wallace Park with its walking trails, picnic tables, benches and playground surrounded by 3 connecting ponds. Bring your rod… the ponds are stocked with rainbow trout each spring! In the summer, the Rotary Splash Park will build many fun, happy memories for your children. Wainwright's parks, playgrounds, outdoor sports venues, golf course and even model-airplane flying keeps everyone entertained throughout the season. Make reservations and bring your RV to stay in one of the 30 fully serviced sites at Dr. Middlemass Campground, it's in the heart of Wainwright, near the Spray Park. Just north of town, the Riverdale Mini Park is a very popular campsite and golf course located on the Battle River.
AttractionsBodo Archeaological Site and Centre
CREAM Museum Tour
Name: Town of Wainwright
Office Address: 1018 2nd Avenue, Wainwright, Alberta
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