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Wainwright, Alberta


Wainwright, Alberta

Town of Wainwright
Nickname(s): Buffalo Capital of Canada
Wainwright, Alberta is located in Alberta
Wainwright, Alberta
Location of Wainwright in Alberta
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division No. 7
Municipal district Municipal District of Wainwright No. 61
Founded 1905 (as Denwood)
Incorporated 1910
 • Mayor Brian Bethune
 • Governing Body Wainwright Town Council
 • MP Leon Benoit
 • MLA Wes Taylor
Area (2011)[2]
 • Total 8.91 km2 (3.44 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 675 m (2,215 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • 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
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


  • History 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Arts and culture 3
  • Education 4
  • Media 5
  • Notable people 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


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,[4] an 8.9% increase over its 2008 municipal census population of 5,775.[5]

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.[2]

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).[6]

Arts and culture

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.[7]


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

Portage College

  • Wainwright Campus



The Edge and The Star (formerly the Star Chronicle) merged to be the Star/Edge in 2013. It is published weekly on Fridays. [11]

Notable people

See also


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External links

  • Official website

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