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Village of Waskatenau
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census Division 12
Municipal district Smoky Lake County
 • Village May 19, 1932
Area (2016)
 • Land 0.6 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Elevation 362 m (1,188 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Total 186
 • Density 311.9/km2 (808/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Highways 28
Waterways North Saskatchewan River

Waskatenau (pronunciation: /wəˈsɛtnə/ wə-SET-nə) is a village in central Alberta, Canada. It is located in Smoky Lake County, 90 km northeast of the city of Edmonton. Waskatenau is a Cree word meaning "opening in the bank".


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Village of Waskatenau recorded a population of 186 living in 99 of its 129 total private dwellings, a -27.1% change from its 2011 population of 255. With a land area of 0.6 km2 (0.23 sq mi), it had a population density of 310.0/km2 (803/sq mi) in 2016.

In the 2011 Census, the Village of Waskatenau had a population of 255 living in 115 of its 140 total dwellings, a -8.3% change from its 2006 population of 278. With a land area of 0.6 km2 (0.23 sq mi), it had a population density of 425.0/km2 (1,101/sq mi) in 2011.

In 2006, Waskatenau had a population of 278 living in 152 dwellings, a 10.3% increase from 2001. The village has a land area of 0.60 km2 (0.23 sq mi) and a population density of 466.1/km2 (1,207/sq mi).

Home Run For Life softball marathons

Waskatenau is known for its repeated efforts to set a world record for the longest continuous game of softball. The town held three such softball marathons, known as the "Home Run For Life", as fundraisers for the Cross Cancer Institute and Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton. In late June 2005, the first marathon went for 60 hours and 4 minutes and raised $75,000, unofficially holding the world record for less than 1 day before a team in Quebec broke it. Waskatenau tried again in 2007, and played for 108 hours and 3 minutes from June 27 to July 1, raising over $91,000. However, the Guinness Book of World Records disallowed the record for technical reasons. Finally, in 2009, Home Run For Life III successfully set the official, Guinness-approved record for the "longest game of softball", playing 115 hours and 3 minutes from June 30 to July 5, and raising more than $110,000.

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