|Town of Wainwright|
Buffalo Capital of Canada
Location of Wainwright in Alberta
|Census division||No. 7|
|Municipal district||Municipal District of Wainwright No. 61|
|• Village||March 25, 1909|
|• Town||July 14, 1910|
|• Mayor||Bruce Pugh|
|• Governing Body||Wainwright Town Council|
|• MP||Damien Kurek|
|• MLA||Garth Rowswell|
|• Land||12.17 km2 (4.70 sq mi)|
|Elevation||675 m (2,215 ft)|
|• 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|
Wainwright is a town in east-central Alberta, Canada. It is approximately 206 kilometres (128 mi) southeast of Edmonton.
Located west of the Alberta–Saskatchewan 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.
Originally named Denwood by settler James Dawson in 1905, the town was relocated by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) west-northwest and renamed Wainwright after General William Wainwright, the second vice-president of railway. The original townsite opened with post office in 1907 along with Denwood Hotel and store. The post office and hotel (becoming Wainwright Hotel) relocated to Wainwright in 1908 with the old townsite later becoming CFB Wainwright.
The town is a divisional point on the Canadian National Railway main line. Wainwright railway station is served by Via Rail's The Canadian.
In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Wainwright had a population of 6,606 living in 2,664 of its 2,914 total private dwellings, a change of 5.1% from its 2016 population of 6,285. With a land area of 12.17 km2 (4.70 sq mi), it had a population density of 542.8/km2 (1,405.9/sq mi) in 2021.
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 (1,784.5/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.
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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