Wabamun [dead link] is a village in the Edmonton Capital Region, Canada, 67 km (42 mi) west of Edmonton. It is on the northern shores of Lake Wabamun, the largest recreational lake in the Edmonton region.
Wabamun had a population of fewer than 700 people in 2016.
Wabamun gets its name from the nearby Wabamun Lake, whose name is derived from the Cree word for "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.
There is a large cabin-going community 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.
Wabamun was named for its location on the north shore of Lake Wabamun. The first post office opened in Wabamun in 1903. In the early 1900s, Wabamun was an important railway stop for homesteaders. Many brought good and animals on train cars as far as Wabamun and then transferred to wagons drawn by oxen or horses for the remainder of trips to homesteads in the Lac Ste.-Anne area.
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; take exit 324 to access the village and exit 327 to access Kapasiwin and Wabamun Lake Provincial Park.
- Wabamun Lake
- 1 Waterfront Park. Lakeshore access, parking and full-sized boat launch, picnic area with shelter, washrooms and change rooms, playground and water spray park, and 380 ft (120 m) pier.
- 2 World's largest dragonfly, 50 St & 56 Ave, Wabamun.
- Wabamun & District Museum, 5140- 52 Avenue (in the United Church building). Jun-Sep: W-Sa 1-4PM. The natural, historical, industrial and cultural heritage of the Village of Wabamun and communities surrounding Wabamun Lake, from the early 1800s to the present.
- 1 Wabamun Lake Provincial Park (3 km NE of Wabamun), ☏ . 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.
- Dragonfly Festival. Last weekend in June. Fireworks, waterfront beer gardens & entertainment, lighted boat parade, pancake breakfast at Jubilee Hall, parade, car show, art walk, vendors market, kids activities, barbecue.
- 2 Wabamun Sailing Club, #3 53025 Range Road 43, Parkland County. The main sailing club of the lake is Wabamun Sailing Club, approximately 8 km (5 mi) west of the village at the end of Range Road 43.
- 3 Edmonton Yacht Club, 185 1st Avenue, Seba Beach, ✉ email@example.com. Not for Profit, volunteer community, committed to the sport of sailing by operating facilities at Seba Beach, on Wabamun Lake.
- 4 Cougar Creek Golf Resort, 2519 Highway 16, Carval, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Cougar Creek is a unique championship course, designed by Bill Robinson, that is woven into rolling terrain, nestled in natural forest of spruce, birch, poplar and aspen just 30 minutes west of Edmonton.
- 5 Grouse Nest Golf Course, 53318 Range Road 31, Parkland County (13 km NW of Wabamum), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 9-hole golf course
- 6 Ironhead Golf & Country Club, Kapasiwin, ☏ . Championship length golf course situated on the shores of Lake Wabamun.
- 7 Pine Ridge Golf Resort, 53213 Hwy 31, Seba Beach, ☏ , toll-free: . 12 hole golf course with views of Lake Wabamun. Campground available on site.
- 8 Silver Sands Golf Resort, Silver Sands (21 km NW of Wabamum), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 18-hole golf course located in the summer village of Silver Sands on Lake Isle. Campground available on site.
- [dead link] 52nd St. Marketplace, 5123 52 St., ☏ . W-Sa 10AM-5PM. Collections from local vendors.
Businesses include 4 restaurants, hardware store, bowling lanes, post office, pharmacy, liquor store, market, car wash, laundromat, motel, hotel, inn, tavern, convenience store, 2 banks, mechanic and a grocery store.
- The Yellow Submarine, 5126 51 Ave., ☏ . Su noon-8PM, M-Th 11AM-8PM, F Sa 11AM-9PM. Pizza, subs, fast food.
- Jingles on 52, 5123 52 St. (in the 52nd St. Marketplace), ☏ . W-Sa 10AM-5PM. Local spot for a coffee and bakery.
- Shoreside Inn & Suites, 5102-51 Ave, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. A 31-suite lakeview motel. Non-smoking facility, pet-friendly rooms. $80.
- Wabamun Lake Inn, 5020 51 Ave, ☏ . 19 Full Kitchen Suites
- Kapasiwin − small summer village located just east of Wabamun and near Wabamun Provincial Park
- Seba Beach − small summer village located on the west shore of Wabamun Lake; marina, pier, restaurant, and campground available; home of the Edmonton Yacht Club.
- Lake Isle − small lake located northwest Wabumun
- Lac Ste. Anne − located northeast of Wabumun, the site of an annual religious pilgrimage.
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