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Town of Wainwright
Welcome sign
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Buffalo Capital of Canada
Wainwright is located in Alberta
Location in Alberta
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division No. 7
Municipal district Municipal District of Wainwright No. 61
 • Village March 25, 1909
 • Town July 14, 1910
 • Land 12.17 km2 (4.70 sq mi)
675 m (2,215 ft)
 • Total 6,606
 • Density 543/km2 (1,410/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Forward sortation area
Area code(s) +1-780, +1-587
Highways Highway 14
Highway 41
Waterways Battle River

Wainwright is a town in east-central Alberta, Canada. It is approximately 206 kilometres (128 mi) southeast of Edmonton.

Located west of the AlbertaSaskatchewan border, Wainwright is 61 kilometres (38 mi) south of Vermilion in the Battle River valley. Highway 41, called the Buffalo Trail, and Highway 14 go through the town.

CFB Wainwright is located in Denwood, southwest of Wainwright.

Wainwright Entrance
An entrance road to Wainwright


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.


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In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Wainwright recorded a population of 6,270 living in 2,524 of its 2,770 total private dwellings, a 5.8% change from its 2011 population of 5,925. With a land area of 9.1 km2 (3.5 sq mi), it had a population density of 689.0/km2 (1,785/sq mi) in 2016.

The Town of Wainwright's 2013 municipal census counted a population of 6,289, an 8.9% increase over its 2008 municipal census population of 5,775.

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.


Buffalo Trail Public Schools Regional Division No. 28

  • Wainwright Elementary School
  • Wainwright High School

East Central Alberta Catholic Separate Schools Regional Division No. 16

  • Blessed Sacrament School
  • Blessed Sacrament Outreach School

Greater North Central Francophone Education Region No. 2

  • École Saint-Christophe

Notable people

  • Glen Sather, former NHL player, coach and general manager, and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Lynn Seymour, ballerina
  • Frank C. Turner, film and television actor, iconographer
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