The M.D. of Wainwright is situated in the heart of the agriculture and oil industries and is a major partner with one of Canada’s largest military training bases. This makes the M.D. of Wainwright an area of diverse wealth both socially and economically and allows us to provide our residents with many services and the benefit of low taxes.

In addition, the M.D. of Wainwright offers various historical and recreational attractions for residents and visitors.

The M.D. of Wainwright is a progressive community that is a great place to live, work and raise a family. We are glad to welcome you.

2016 Calendar Contest

There was an error in the last Newsletter.  Calendar contest submissions deadline is August 12, 2016.  If you have any questions please contact Assistant Agricultural Fieldman, Tanis Ponath at 780-842-4454. 

  • Applications and full contest rules can be downloaded here or at the M.D. Administration Office.
  • Please no emails.  Hard copies of pictures only.
  • Photos must be taken within the M.D. of Wainwright.
  • You can mail in entries, or drop them off at the office.
  • Send us photos that showcase all seasons.

Blue-Green Algae at Clear Lake

A blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom has been identified in areas of Clear Lake, located southeast of Wainwright. Residents living near the shores of this lake, as well as visitors to this lake, are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Avoid all contact with blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms.  If contact occurs, wash with tap water as soon as possible.
  • Do not swim or wade (or allow your pets to swim or wade) in any areas where blue-green algae is visible.
  • Do not feed whole fish or fish trimmings from this lake to your pets.
  • Consider limiting human consumption of whole fish and fish trimmings from this lake, as it is known that fish may store toxins in their liver.  People can safely consume fish fillets from this lake.

As always, visitors and residents are reminded to never drink or cook with untreated water directly from any lake, including Clear Lake, at any time.  Boiling lake water will not remove the toxins produced by blue-green algae. An alternate source of drinking water should also be provided for pets and livestock, while this advisory is active.

Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) is naturally occurring, and often become visible when weather conditions are calm. Appearing like scum, grass clippings, fuzz or globs on the surface of water, blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) can be blue-green, greenish-brown, brown, and/or pinkish-red, and often smell musty or grassy.

People who come in contact with visible blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), or who ingest water containing blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), may experience skin irritation, rash, sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, fever, nausea and vomiting and/or diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear within one to three hours and resolve in one to two days. Symptoms in children are often more pronounced; however, all humans are at risk of these symptoms.

Weather and wind conditions can cause algae blooms to move from one location in the lake to another. As such, this advisory will remain in effect for Clear Lake, until further notice.

Please note that areas of Clear Lake in which the blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom is NOT visible can still be used for recreational purposes, even while this Blue-green Algae (Cyanobacteria) Advisory is in place.

If you suspect a problem related to blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), or if you require further information on health concerns and blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), please call Health Link at 811. Additional information is also available online, at

Irma Recycling

The M.D. of Wainwright in partnership with the Village of Irma will have a recycling station located at the Irma transfer station.  The transfer site is open to the public Thursday and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. for recyclable items. Cardboard needs to be collapsed and can be placed in the bins and the remainder of recyclables can be put into the blue bags and placed in the marked bins.

Have you completed your 2016 Census?

Statistics Canada has noted that current census return rates for communities across the province of Alberta are markedly lower than those observed in other parts of Canada.

Why is this important?  Census information is important for all communities – including the M.D. of Wainwright.  This information is vital for planning services such as schools, daycare, family services, housing, police services, fire protection, roads, public transportation, grants and skills training for employment.

What does this mean?  Since the census is an essential source of information about Canada and the people who live here, it must be complete and accurate.  The M.D. of Wainwright is encouraging all residents to complete their 2016 census as our community has the opportunity to benefit from this information.

If you have questions regarding the 2016 census please call the census help line at 1-855-700-2016.

Rural Routes Supper - Friday August 5th, 2016

The M.D. of Wainwright is proud to offer an evening full of socializing, food and entertainment to celebrate the Agricultural Industry within our local municipality.

M.D. of Wainwright ratepayers are invited to supper followed by the entertainment of comedian Denis Grignon, one of the forces behind “No Foul Language Comedy Tour” We will also recognize the rural family recipients for the 100 Year Farm Family awards.

Location: Wainwright Elks Hall

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. (Cash Bar)

Supper at 6:30 p.m.

100 year Farm Family Awards and Entertainment follow at 8:00 p.m.

A silver collection will be accepted for the Wainwright and Area Food Bank. Register by July 29th to be entered into a draw for a $500 Gift Certificate at a local Agricultural Dealer of the winner’s choice.

Kid Sport Charity Golf Tournament


The 1st annual KidSport Wainwright Charity Golf Tournament will be held at the Riverdale Golf Course on August 19, 2016.  To register please go to  For more information, contact Scott or Marilyn at 780-842-3381 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  To reserve your campsite please call the Riverdale Minipark at 780-842-2996.

Tournament will be a Texas Scramble format.  Registration closes at 12:00 PM on August 15, 2016.  Shot gun will start at 1:30 pm on August 19, 2016.

4 person team - $160.00

Single - $40.00

Tournament is a 9 hole par 3 and includes steak supper & prizes.

All proceeds help underprivileged children play sports in Wainwright, because we all know sports are more then just playing!

Garbage Bin Fees

As of July 1, 2016 garbage bin fees will be:

Container Size

Monthly Pick-up Every 2nd Week

(July 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2017)

Per Extra Lift
3 yd Container $36.31/Month + GST $36.31/Month + GST
4 yd Container $38.65/Month + GST $38.65/Month + GST
6 yd Container $41.00/Month + GST $41.00/Month + GST
8 yd Container $43.33/Month + GST $43.33/Month + GST

Fort McMurray Evacuees Welcome at Riverdale

Riverdale Mini-Park is located 16 km North of Wainwright, AB along Highway 41 in the valley close to the Battle River. The campground is offering camping accommodations for those affected by the Fort McMurray Wildfires. Please contact 780-842-4454 for more information on how to reserve a courtesy camping site. Camping sites are full-service (power, water & sewer) or power only. Riverdale has a clubhouse that sells food. There is a laundry and washroom facility open 24/7. Also there is an 18 hole golf course as well as a mini-golf course. The campground officially closes September 30, 2016.

Riverdale Sunday Brunch

The Riverdale Clubhouse is now offering a brunch buffet every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon.  $10.00 for Adults and $5.00 for kids 6 - 12.