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Town of Wainwright
Welcome sign
Welcome sign
Buffalo Capital of Canada
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 9.1 km2 (3.5 sq mi)
675 m (2,215 ft)
 • Total 6,270
 • Density 688.7/km2 (1,784/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
Area code(s) +1-780, +1-587
Highways Highway 14
Highway 41
Waterways Battle River

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.

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.


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.

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/sq mi) in 2011.

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.

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