Town of Wainwright
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, and plenty of festivals. It's the ideal place to roam and explore.
Prairie history comes alive as you explore the Wainwright Museum located in the original CNR train station. Explore the stories of the local pioneers, prisoners of war, military, railway workers, Aboriginal buffalo hunters, Hollywood movie crews, and homesteaders. Stop in at the Wainwright Rail Park – home to CN artifacts and a steam-era model train. Make tracks to the Battle River Train Trestle – the second longest train trestle in Canada.
ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS
Anchored in the centre of Historic Downtown Wainwright is the free-standing Memorial Clock Tower, built in 1925 as a memorial to honour the soldiers lost in the First World War. This monument was one of the only structures left standing after the Great Fire of 1929 wiped out most of the structures in Wainwright. Against all odds, citizens and business owners banded together to rebuild the town and today the downtown corridor of Wainwright is a spectacular avenue of dining, shopping, and services. Great care has been taken to preserve the historical integrity of the downtown buildings and the streetscapes are second-to-none, thanks to the work of the national champion Communities in Bloom group.
The Peace Memorial Multiplex has two NHL-sized ice surfaces, an indoor running track and a climbing wall. The attached Communiplex houses an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, weight room, squash and racquetball courts, as well as a performing arts theatre.
Festivals and events occur year-round in Wainwright. Art lovers will enjoy the Arts Festival in February. Businesses showcase their merchandise and services at the Chamber of Commerce EXPO in April. Rodeo enthusiasts — be sure to join us for the Wainwright Stampede in June. The Stampede includes four days of action packed family fun and entertainment. Visitors will enjoy the fifth largest rodeo in Canada including CPCA chuckwagon races, a stampede, parade, cabaret, a fun filled midway, agricultural fair, breakfasts, barbecues, and much more. Canada's 150th anniversary will be celebrated on July 1st at CFB Wainwright complete with kid’s activities, a concert, and fireworks. In July, vendors offer samples from bannock to tacos to locally brewed beer at the Taste of Wainwright set up downtown.
In August, enjoy the Come by the Hills Music Festival hosted at the picturesque Mistahiya Retreat Centre.
The Scarecrow Festival takes place in September; you can make your own scarecrow and compete for the top prize. In November we salute our veterans and military with Red Friday Remembrance Day celebrations. The Christmas season includes Jingle & Mingle and the Snowball Craft Fair and there are lots of opportunities to find that perfect gift in many stores throughout the holiday season!
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.
OUTDOORSFor our outdoor enthusiasts, opportunities for camping, fishing, and hunting are abundantly found in and around Wainwright.
Visit the newly restored pump jack in Petroleum Park or enjoy Wallace Park with its walking trails, picnic tables, benches, and playground surrounded by three connecting ponds. Bring your fishing rod as the ponds are stocked with rainbow trout each spring. In the summer, the Rotary Splash Park will be the source of many happy memories for your children. The many parks, playgrounds, outdoor sports venues, golf course and even model-airplane flying keep everyone from toddlers to seniors entertained throughout the season. 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.
EAT SHOP STAYShopping and dining abound in big-city style along the pristine streets of downtown Wainwright. Check out Beyond a Beaten Path for your custom engraving needs and get your inspired home and garden décor at Daines & Daubney. Stop in at Gibson's Home Hardware for everything from gifts to home appliances. The Village Mercantile is a haven of antiques and collectibles, offering everything from A-Z. There are many great restaurants to grab a quick bite to eat or stay and enjoy a leisurely meal. Check out the 1979 Taphouse & Grill where you'll want to linger in the beautiful environment while you enjoy the fantastic food and great service.
The HP has been the Premier Casual Dining destination in Wainwright for more than 38 years. The Honeypot Eatery & Pub offers an enticing menu of items created from the highest quality ingredients by the skilled culinary team of Red Seal chefs for you to enjoy in the warm and comfortable atmosphere. The Honeypot has a rich and storied history dating all the way back to 1929, the year of the “Great Fire” which saw much of Wainwright destroyed in its destructive wake. After being rebuilt, the building, which eventually became home to The Honeypot, was once again besieged by fire, though not destroyed this time. After serving as a boarding house during the 30's and 40's – with illegal gambling resulting in a shooting and the rumour of a mischievous ghost in the Pub by the name of Charlie – the place was eventually bought in the early 60’s by Bruce and Helen Middleton. Helen created the first iteration of the restaurant in the summer of 1979 and it has been in continuous ownership by three generations of the same family since then, becoming an integral part of the fabric of Wainwright.
To make your stay complete, Wainwright is pleased to offer modern accommodations, including Canalta Hotels Ramada.
We invite you to Roam Wainwright! Come visit, discover, and enjoy the friendly hospitality and share in the prairie history of Wainwright.
Wainwright Featured Businesses & Attractions
AttractionsBodo Archeaological Site and Centre
CREAM Museum Tour
Name: Town of Wainwright
Office Address: 1018 2nd Avenue, Wainwright, Alberta
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