Town of Wainwright


Once you get here, you will experience a town that is vibrant and alive with all of the amenities of a city without the hustle and bustle.


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A vibrant collection of shops, boutiques, and services that provides a shopping experience for all to enjoy in Historic Downtown Wainwright!


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Visitor Information Centre at Wainwright Museum 1001 - 1st Ave. (Old CN Station)



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Wainwright is the Buffalo Capital of Canada. Stop and take your photo at Canada’s largest Buffalo Statue and go to the Bud Cotton Buffalo Paddock to see the live bison herd at the CFB Wainwright gates. The free-standing Memorial Clock Tower, built in 1925, is a downtown anchor and is one of the only structures left standing after the Great Fire of 1929. Experience prairie history as it comes alive at the Wainwright Museum, located in the original CNR train station. Learn about the different stories of pioneers and long-suffering homesteaders, moonshine-swilling prisoners of war, the military and the railway, Indigenous buffalo hunters, as well as Hollywood movie crews. The Visitor Centre is also located at the museum and is open Tues-Sat 10-4 pm, May 2- August 31. Make tracks just west of Wainwright to the Fabyan Battle River Train Trestle, the second longest train trestle in Canada. It’s a beautiful sight to see! Don’t miss the 70th Annual Wainwright Stampede. It’s 3 days of Professional CPCA Chuckwagons and CPRA Rodeo, plus take in the midway, parade and more.

Historic Downtown Wainwright is the place to be! It features a collection of beautifully restored heritage resources including a business district full of 1929 era buildings. Anchored in the centre of downtown is Wainwright’s free-standing Memorial Clock Tower. This “Roman Tower” architectural monument built in 1925 was one of the only structures left standing after the Great Fire of 1929. Wainwright’s flower-filled main street, courtesy of provincial champions Communities in Bloom, has a vibrant collection of shops, boutiques, and services that provides a shopping experience for all to enjoy. Downtown Wainwright has a flavour of its own. An array of eateries features cuisine from around the globe as well as from your own backyard. Many of the restaurants and cafes are located in heritage buildings with décor tailored to embrace the stories of the town through historic photos and memorabilia.

Art lovers will enjoy the Arts Festival in February. July is a food lovers delight…taste a bit of rural culinary pleasure at the Taste of Wainwright. In August, enjoy Come by the Hills Music Festival located at the picturesque Mistahiya Retreat Centre. September is the Scarecrow Festival, stuff your scarecrow and compete for the top prize! Also happening in September is the Zajic Corn Maze. Stop in and get lost at the corn maze- open every weekend in September from 10am-4pm. In November, salute the veterans and military with Red Friday Remembrance Day celebrations. The Christmas season includes Jingle & Mingle with the Santa Claus Parade and lots of craft fairs.


Check out the restored pump jack in Petroleum Park or enjoy Wallace Park with its walking trails, picnic tables, and a playground surrounded by three connecting ponds. Bring your rod…the ponds are stocked with rainbow trout each spring!

Stay active at the Peace Memorial Multiplex with its indoor running track and climbing wall. The attached Communiplex houses an indoor swimming pool, a whirlpool, a weight room, squash and racquetball courts, as well as a performing arts theatre. The Rotary Splash Park will create many fun, happy memories for your children. Swing your clubs at the Wainwright Golf Course which offers 18-holes, as well as new virtual golf simulators. For the outdoor enthusiasts fishing and water sports are abundant in and around Wainwright.

EAT, Shop & Stay

Enjoy a cup of coffee while you find all the things on your kid’s wishlist. The kids will be begging you to go! Enjoy game nights with a customized crib board from Beyond a Beaten Path. For some great gift ideas, check out their online store at For your groceries and other supplies check out the Cornerstone Co-op with multiple locations: a food store, a liquor store, a brand new home centre, and a gas bar with propane. You can also visit the big box retailers on the highway, just a quick 2-minute commute from downtown. Watch for the Wainwright Farmers’ Market held monthly on Saturdays at the Wainwright Communiplex that features local products and home-based businesses. For more local product, Wainwright is home to Moonlight Bay Brewery which is expected to open with a taproom for the May long weekend. Don’t miss downtown Wainwright’s event of the summer – Taste of Wainwright! Taste the best food and drink that Wainwright has to offer. Lots of camping is available around town, but if you prefer more luxurious accommodations, Wainwright is pleased to offer modern hotels and unique bed and breakfasts. After a restful sleep at the Canalta Hotels Ramada, wake up to their free continental breakfast. Enjoy a dip in the heated indoor pool and hot tub or splash down their waterslide.


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