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Wanham is a hamlet in northern Alberta, Canada within Birch Hills County. It is located 29 km (18 mi) east of Rycroft along Highway 49 and approximately 106 km (66 mi) north of Grande Prairie, in the farmlands of Peace River Country. Saddle River, a tributary of Peace River, flows immediately north of the settlement.

Economy is based on agriculture and ranching, the settlement being an agricultural service centre for the surrounding farms. A wood products plant, Newpro, is the largest employer in the settlement.It was announced it was closing in January 2006.

History

It was established in 1916 as a station on the railway. The first post office was built in 1918.

It was incorporated as a village, but dissolved and merged with the Birch Hills County in 1999 by Order in Council 458/99. Birch Hills County's municipal office is located in Wanham.

Demographics

As a designated place in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Wanham recorded a population of 124 living in 62 of its 78 total private dwellings, a change of -2.4% from its 2011 population of 127. With a land area of 0.99 km2 (0.38 sq mi), it had a population density of 125.3/km2 (325/sq mi) in 2016.

Attractions

A yearly plowing competition takes place in Wanham since 1971. It is currently named Alberta Provincial and Canadian Plowing Match and includes a horse drawn antique parade, live music and fashion show.

The Grizzly Bear Prairie Museum is seasonally opened in Wanham. It was founded in 1979 by a group called the Community of Cooperating Organization (COCO for short). It was officially opened in 1981.

Climate

Climate data for Wanham
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 11.7
(53.1)
14.5
(58.1)
17.2
(63)
29.4
(84.9)
32
(90)
33.9
(93)
33
(91)
36
(97)
31.5
(88.7)
26.7
(80.1)
18
(64)
11
(52)
33.9
(93)
Average high °C (°F) -9.3
(15.3)
-6
(21)
0.9
(33.6)
10.3
(50.5)
17.3
(63.1)
20.7
(69.3)
22.4
(72.3)
21
(70)
16.1
(61)
9.4
(48.9)
-2
(28)
-8
(18)
7.7
(45.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) -14.8
(5.4)
-11.7
(10.9)
-4.8
(23.4)
4.2
(39.6)
10.5
(50.9)
14.5
(58.1)
16.2
(61.2)
14.8
(58.6)
10
(50)
3.9
(39)
-6.8
(19.8)
-13.3
(8.1)
1.9
(35.4)
Average low °C (°F) -20.3
(-4.5)
-17.3
(0.9)
-10.5
(13.1)
-1.9
(28.6)
3.8
(38.8)
8.2
(46.8)
10
(50)
8.4
(47.1)
3.8
(38.8)
-1.5
(29.3)
-11.5
(11.3)
-18.7
(-1.7)
-4
(25)
Record low °C (°F) -48.3
(-54.9)
-45
(-49)
-37
(-35)
-22.8
(-9)
-7.2
(19)
-3.9
(25)
0
(32)
-4.5
(23.9)
-10.6
(12.9)
-28
(-18)
-41.1
(-42)
-50
(-58)
-50
(-58)
Precipitation mm (inches) 29.1
(1.146)
21.4
(0.843)
18.6
(0.732)
22.2
(0.874)
40.6
(1.598)
75.8
(2.984)
72.4
(2.85)
65.8
(2.591)
42.2
(1.661)
28
(1.1)
24.2
(0.953)
27.8
(1.094)
468
(18.43)
Source: Environment Canada
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