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Jan 10, 2022

Wabamun is a village in Central Alberta, Canada, 67 km west of Edmonton. It is on the northern shores of Lake Wabamun, the largest recreational lake in the Edmonton region.

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Wabamun had a population of less than 700 people in 2016.

Wabamun gets its name from the nearby Wabamun Lake, whose name is derived from the Cree word fro “mirror”, in reference to its water.

The main source of income within Wabamun are power plants in the area operated by TransAlta Utilities. The power plant in the village was closed down because of increased pressure from environmental agencies and aging. The Wabamun power plant was the subject of heated debate among the residents and cottagers of Wabamun Lake.

A large cabin-going community exists in Wabamun during the summer, while the village is populated year round.

The lake has a large population of Northern Pike along with whitefish and Perch.

The Village of Wabamun is 20 minutes west of the Town of Stony Plain and 40 minutes west of the City of Edmonton on Highway 16.

  • Wabamun Lake
  • Waterfront Park
  • The 380 ft (120 m) pier
  • World’s largest dragonfly
  • Wabamun & District Museum, 5140- 52 Avenue (in the United Church building). Jun-Sep: W-Sa 1PM-4PM. The natural, historical, industrial and cultural heritage of the Village of Wabamun and communities surrounding Wabamun Lake, from the early 1800s to the present. (updated Apr 2018)
  • Wabamun Lake Provincial Park (3 km NE of Wabamun), +1 780-892-2702. Geocaching, baseball, beach, birding, camping (May 1-Oct 31), canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, power boating, sailing, swimming, water skiing, wind surfing. Power plants in the area provide year-round open water for hooded mergansers, bald eagles and mallards, as well as various migrating, breeding and moulting water birds including gulls, terns, rails, herons, loons, kingfishers and sandpipers. Ospreys nest at Wabamun and nearby Lake Isle. There are nesting colonies of red-necked and western grebes. The area also supports species such as common ravens, gray jays and great gray owls, which are normally found further north and west. For hikers, the day-use area has boardwalks. Camping: unserviced $29/night, power (15/30 amp) $36/night. (updated Apr 2018)
  • The main sailing club of the lake is Wabamun Sailing Club, approximately 8 km (5.0 mi) west of the village at the end of Range Road 43. A smaller club is on the opposite shore of the lake.

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