The parish of St. Thomas is a community of hospitality located in the town of Wainwright, 206 kms southeast of Edmonton. Whether members are welcoming you on a Sunday morning (post-Covid) or serving you food at the Wainwright Rodeo, they delight in caring for their community through their hospitality and love.
You’ll find St. Thomas’ Anglican Church at 305 - 12 Street. Stop by the church when you arrive in town and take a selfie out front before checking out some favourite attractions recommended by local community members.
The Wainwright Museum is located at the Old Train Station. By exploring its 14 rooms you will learn much about the town of Wainwright and its history. You will find information on other attractions to see in and around town and pick up souvenirs in the gift shop.
Petroleum Park is home to one of Alberta’s first pump jacks. Currently being restored, it will stand at Petroleum Park as a memorial to the oil industry’s contribution to Wainwright. While visiting the park take a walk around and enjoy paved walking trails through town. Wainwright also has a fabulous downtown Main Street. Complete with unique boutiques, shops and restaurants, grab a bite to eat and wander through local businesses before heading out!
As you are coming to or leaving Wainwright be sure to check out the Battle River Railway Trestle at Fabyan, 6 kms west of town. The trestle, built in 1908, was the longest freestanding trestle in Canada during wartime. It is still used today by CN Rail and you are likely to witness trains crossing during your visit.
Wainwright is also home to one of the Canadian Forces Bases (CFB). The Department of National Defense maintains the Bud Cotton Buffalo Paddock, which consists of a herd of approximately 20 Great Plains bison, as a reminder of the history of Buffalo Park that housed bison herds for many years. **Please Note: When visiting Wainwright, please adhere to the guidelines mandated in Alberta. Stay 6ft apart. Wear a mask. Stay home if you are sick.