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Exploring Wainwright, Alberta: Photo Essay

by Karen Ung

How to make the most of a mini-getaway to Wainwright.

Looking out across the Battle River Valley, the prairie looks very much like it did over a century ago when the Battle River Trestle was first built. With cows and calves grazing nearby, it’s an idyllic scene. We’re about 15 minutes outside the town of Wainwright, a small town with a lot of heart.

Partnership: This story was written in partnership with Go East of Edmonton, but all words and opinions are my own.

Known as the Buffalo Capital of Canada, for its role in preserving the plains bison, Wainwright is a vibrant community with a charming historic downtown, recreational opportunities, and friendly people. Visit the resident bison herd at the Bud Cotton Bison Paddock, or check out the 10 foot high Buffalo Statue at Buffalo Park. Explore Main Street and the town’s parks, then play a round of golf or mini golf at one of the many golf courses in the area.

Our favorite moments on our overnight trip to Wainwright were playing mini golf at Riverdale Mini-Park, shopping and dining on Main Street (find all your favorite candies at Dobbin’s), and cooling off at the splash park. Morales Mexican Grill has delicious, authentic tacos; and The Honey Pot Eatery & Pub has homemade goodness (try the lasagna or steak!) with no trans fat or MSG.

We hope you enjoy these photos from our trip to Wainwright! Read the full story on Go East of Edmonton.

In the Area

While you’re in Wainwright, try mini golf at Riverdale Mini-Park (19 km north), paddle or fish at Arm Lake (30 km southeast), or go boating or scuba diving at Clear Lake (26 km southeast).

To see more fun things to do in Wainwright, read our story at Go East of Edmonton!

Where to Stay

Ramada by Wyndham Wainwright boasts spacious rooms and excellent amenities right off Highway 14, only three minutes from downtown. From the fitness centre and indoor pool, to hot breakfast and mini convenience store, they have everything you need for a pleasant stay. The staff were super friendly and helpful, and checked the ingredients of all the hot breakfast items so I wouldn’t get glutened (Thank you!). 1510 27th Street.

Getting Here

Wainwright is located two hours southeast of Edmonton on Highway 14.

Discover more cool small towns en route by playing the Go East of Edmonton Roadtrip Adventure Game. To play, you will need to download a free gameboard online and collect stickers at sticker stations, OR post photos online with hashtags #goroadtrips2021 and #goeastofedmonton to enter for monthly and bonus prizes. Contest closes August 31, 2021.

For More Information

To learn more about Wainwright, Alberta, visit Go East of Edmonton or The Town of Wainwright.

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