Eat, Shop, Explore & Play in Wainwright!
Our Historic Downtown, with a collection of beautifully restored heritage buildings, has an array of eateries featuring cuisine from around the globe as well as from our own backyard. 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. If you like the well-known, many branded restaurants are available to satisfy your culinary desires. Be sure to try the award-winning Ribstone Creek Brewery while you are here!
Big box retailers and a vibrant collection of unique shops, boutiques and services are available to satisfy all of your shopping needs. Enjoy shopping along our flower-filled Main Street, courtesy of provincial champions Communities in Bloom, or visit the highway retailers in a quick 2-minute commute. Take advantage of our great selections at a slower pace and save both time and money by shopping in Wainwright!
Wainwright is the Buffalo Capital of Canada. Stop and take your photo at Canada’s largest Buffalo Statue or stop by the Bud Cotton Buffalo Paddock and see the live bison herd at the gates to CFB/ASU Wainwright.
While here, be sure to make tracks to the Battle River Train Trestle, the second longest train trestle in Canada. Experience prairie history as it comes alive at the Wainwright Museum, located in our original CNR train station. Share the stories of our pioneers, prisoners of war, military and the railway as well as aboriginal buffalo hunters, Hollywood movie crews, dedicated wildlife conservationists, long-suffering homesteaders, and moonshine-swilling prisoners of war.
Visit our restored pump jack in Petroleum Park or enjoy Wallace Park with its walking trails, picnic tables, benches and playground surrounded by 3 connecting ponds. Bring your rod… the ponds are stocked with rainbow trout each spring!
Stay active at the Peace Memorial Multiplex with its 2 NHL-sized ice surfaces, an indoor running track and climbing wall. The attached Communiplex houses an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, weight room, squash and racquetball courts as well as a performing arts theatre. Hockey, figure skating, curling, cross-country skiing and sledding are just a few of the winter-sports that keep our community warm throughout the winter season. In the summer, our Rotary Splash Park will build many fun, happy memories for your children. Our many parks, playgrounds, outdoor sports venues, golf course and even model-airplane flying keep everyone from toddlers to seniors entertained throughout the season.
For our outdoor enthusiasts fishing, water sports, hunting and outdoor skating rinks are abundantly found in and around Wainwright. Lots of camping is available but if you prefer more luxurious accommodations Wainwright is pleased to offer cozy bed and breakfasts, comfortable motels and modern hotels.
Festivals and events occur year round in Wainwright. Art lovers will enjoy the Arts Festival in February. Rodeo enthusiasts – be sure to join us for the Wainwright Stampede in June. The Stampede is 4 days of action packed family fun and entertainment. Visitors will enjoy the 5th largest rodeo in Canada including CPCA Chuck Wagon Races, Stampede Parade, Cabaret, a fun filled midway, Agricultural Fair, breakfasts, BBQ’s, and much much more! Canada Day is celebrated every July 1st at CFB Wainwright complete with fireworks. July is a food lovers delight…taste a bit of rural culinary pleasure at the Taste of Wainwright. In August, enjoy the Come by the Hills Music Festival located at the picturesque Mistahiya Retreat Centre.
September is the annual Scarecrow Festival, stuff your scarecrow and compete for the top prize! November we salute our veterans and military with Red Friday Remembrance Day celebrations. The Christmas season kicks off with Wainwright’s Snowball Craft Fair and there are lots of opportunities to find that perfect gift in our many stores throughout the holiday season!
We invite you to Roam to Wainwright…where your adventures begin!