Visitor Information Services
Our Wainwright Visitor Information Center is your source for information about local, regional & provincial tourism attractions & events. View our tourism brochure.
Located in our Downtown Wainwright Train Station/Museum
1001 1st Ave (Intersection of 1st Ave and 10th St)
Phone: (780) 842-3115
Fall/Winter Hours: Self Serve 1pm-4pm Saturday & Sunday
Summer Hours: 9:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday and 11am-3pm Saturday & Sunday (May – August)
Check out the write-up on Wainwright at mustdocanada.com
Get lost in the never-ending prairie horizon in Wainwright!
Prairie history comes alive as you explore the Wainwright Museum, located in our original CNR train station. Share the stories of our pioneers, prisoners of war, military and the railway. Aboriginal buffalo hunters, Hollywood movie crews, dedicated wildlife conservationists, long-suffering homesteaders, and moonshine-swilling prisoners of war – these are a few of the true stories that will captivate you. Don’t forget to make tracks to the Battle River Train Trestle, the second longest train trestle in Canada as well as the Wainwright Rail Park – home to many CN artifacts as well as a model steam-era train.
Historic Downtown Wainwright feature a collection of beautifully restored heritage resources including a business district 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. Our flower-filled Main Street, courtesy of the 2011 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 flavor of its own. An array of eateries features cuisine from around the globe as well as from our own backyard. Many of our restaurants and cafes are located in heritage buildings with décor tailored to embrace the stories our town through historic photos and memorabilia.
Wainwright is the Buffalo Capital of Canada. Stop and take your photo at Canada’s largest Buffalo Statue and stop by the Bud Cotton Buffalo Paddock and see the live bison herd at the gates to CFB/ASU Wainwright.
Visit our newly 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!
Sports are a plenty at the Peace Memorial Multiplex with its 2 NHL-sized ice surfaces, an indoor running track and indoor 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 camping, fishing and hunting are abundantly found in and around Wainwright. If you prefer more luxurious accommodations Wainwright is pleased to offer cozy bed and breakfasts, comfortable motels and modern hotels. To make your stay complete you will find great restaurants, full service gas stations and big-box retailers.
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 Family Train Day and 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 Wainwright! Come visit, discover, and enjoy the friendly hospitality and share in the prairie history of Wainwright.