|Recreation Venue |||Lake|
|Neighbourhood |||Stony Plain|
|Getting There |||About 50 minues west of Edmonton on Hwy. 16|
Profile Last Updated: April 23, 2008
Edmontonians have long enjoyed weekends away at Lake Wabamun.
The Village of Wabamun (a native word for "looking glass") was incorporated in 1912, and it has been a popular destination for city-weary Edmontonians ever since. Today, the TransAlta Utilities generating plant, and the Whitewood Coal Mine provide the primary components of the Village of Wabamun's economic base. On the recreational side, the development of nearby Wabamun Provincial Park, the Village of Wabamun Lakefront Park, boat launch and federal pier have added to the area's reputation as a recreational hotspot. And unlike a number of lakeshore villages, 99 per cent of the population are permanent residents.
What to do?
Plenty. Wabamun Provincial Park is immediately adjacent to the village on the east side; it has 287 camping sites, a beach, and boat rentals. Directly south of the power plant is a natural area long the lakeshore of more than 100 acres, owned by TransAlta and used for recreation and birdwatching. Thanks to the thermal output of the plant, Wabamun Lake has some open water all year round, meaning you can fish in open water all year, and boating season lasts an extra couple of months. The privately-owned Wabamun Marina has 96 slips available.
There are a variety of fish in Lake Wabamun. Commercial fishing has existed here since the early 1900s, and the lake is widely known for its whitefish.
The lake offers cross-country skiing and snowmobiling as well as ice fishing. Cross-country trails are also set throughout the provincial park pathways connected to the village.