WEMBLEY, ALBERTA

 

Named after Wembley, England, the Town of Wembley has traditionally served the agricultural sector. As it pays tribute to its rural nature, this neighborly community gets together to celebrate annual events that you do not want to miss.

 

A Demolition Derby is held annually with a full day of family entertainment. The day starts off with the town parade, show and shine, kids’ activities and games and then of course the demolition derby. To end the festivities a Rock Concert sponsored by the Wembley and District Agricultural society is held in the Recreation Centre. The newest event held in the town is a two day Mud Bog. There are two race pits, one “Hill in the Hole” pit and of course a deep mud challenge. This annual event is mud flinging, wheel spinning, adrenaline filled good time.

Wembley is the gateway to the dinosaurs and is the home of the 41,000 square foot, state-of-the art Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. The Pipestone Creek area, located south of the Town of Wembley, has received international attention due to the discovery of the world’s largest Pachyrhinosaurus (“thick nosed” horned dinosaur) bone bed. The Pipestone Creek site contains hundreds of dinosaur skeletons, and is one of the best horned dinosaur bone beds found in North America. The Dinosaur Museum is a world class museum. The Museum and the Dinosaur Bone bed are a major tourism destination site for northwestern Alberta travelers.

 

According to the Grande Prairie Regional College paleontology program, it’s a theory that during a migration more than 70 million years ago, a herd of the thick-nosed, plant-eating pachyrhinos tried to cross a river in a flood. The animals may have panicked and similar to the mass mortality of a Quebec caribou herd in the ‘80s, the dinosaurs died in the flood. It’s theorized the carcasses were washed downriver until they settled in a final location. Once there, the bones were disarticulated, jumbled up like a puzzle. Bone bed tours are offered on a regular basis.

 

 

 

Wembley currently has a population of over 1500, and has amenities such as a skating rink, skateboard park, soccer, baseball, football fields and Sunset Lake Park. This park houses seven electrical camping sites with a non-serviced overflow and tenting area, flush washrooms with shower facility located in a spacious gazebo shelter. Included in the park are a dumping station, fire pits, firewood and marshland boardwalks. The campground opens in mid-May and closes in late September. Sunset also hosts a wonderful playground that has multiple climbing structures, gliders, slides, tire swings, swings, balance apprentice and a spray deck for those warm summer days. The playground is surrounded by wonderful green space which provides great places from picnics, Frisbee, Horse shoes and family time alike. This area also provides an excellent opportunity for bird watchers to check many local species off their list, hosting species of both marsh lands and Boreal Forests.