Dinosaurs And Much More
Wembley Mayor Chris Turnmire is fond of telling visitors at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum there is much more of the community to experience than the imposing landmark on Highway 43.
And indeed, Wembley, with just over 1,500 residents, is a welcoming, quiet yet active place, just 20 minutes west of Grande Prairie.
Visitors also enjoy travelling to Wembley to join locals taking in mud bog and demolition derby events as well as highly rated community and regional attractions such as the Pipestone Creek Golf Course and the Pipestone Creek Park – where original local dinosaur exploration would eventually lead to construction of the museum.
Before dinosaur discovery made news for the area, Wembley’s location as a hub for farming had already brought acclaim to the area.
The area was made famous by Herman Trelle who was four times “Wheat King of the World”. In honour of this achievement, the Town adopted a wheat theme in its logo. The Wembley Seed Cleaning Plant has been a fixture by the railroad tracks for decades. The Seed Cleaning Association cleans 48% of pedigreed seed in the Alberta Peace River Region.
A Young and Active Town
Wembley, incorporated as a village in 1924, is a vibrant and young community, reflected in the array of sports and recreation activities.
The Wembley Wildcats hockey teams play on the local arena ice and the Wembley Bulldogs bantam football team hits the gridiron against teams across the region. The Town’s football field is the only lighted sports field in the area that is not associated or attached to any school or other facility.
Local sports teams are thriving and growing in player numbers and skills and have passionate hometown support.
There’s a skateboard park, judo, yoga and basketball courts.
The town is walkable for students attending the two schools and adults getting around to businesses in the community. Wembley is part of the Community Connector service which provides linkages to other communities.
Wembley also has a library, walking trails, football/soccer field, a large man-made hill for tobogganing and various parks and playgrounds.
The Wembley and District Agricultural Society building hosts a gym with new and top-of-the line equipment as well as a large multi-purpose room for public and private events. The Recreation Centre which houses the skating rink is also the multi-use facility for the community.
Sunset Lake Park is a fully serviced campground complete with a child water park, playground, and bird watching gazebo with a marshland boardwalk.
From Facebook groups that offer advice and help to neighbours, to a local church that runs a community garden, a thrift shop, food bank, and Christmas hampers, Wembley is a friendly, welcoming and community minded town.
Events and Activities
There’s no shortage of things to do in Wembley. Residents and visitors are treated to an array of activities throughout the year.
The Town holds an a twice yearly open house called What’s Up Wembley! where different groups are invited to showcase the various activities and offerings available for the residents.
In June, the town plays host to the Peace Country Off-road Racing Association Mud Bogs. In September, an annual demolition derby attracts people from the Town and Wembley.
The Wembley Fire Department Block Party makes Canada Day an extra special community celebration.
The Wembley and District Agricultural Society hosts a Fall Fair in late August with a parade, bench show, and petting zoo. They also plan regular community events and provides a sponsored free ice time in the arena for the public.
Every Halloween, the Fire Department patrols the streets, handing out candy and playing music for the young trick-or-treaters. FCSS plans the Safe Halloween event in partnership with the Wembley and District Agricultural Society, Town of Wembley Parks & Recreation and Wembley Fire Department.
Pipestone Golf Club, a family owned and operated 18-hole golf course, is also nearby. The clubhouse has a cozy and historic feel with the antique furniture and old farmhouse treasures to make patrons feel right at home. On the course itself, antique farm equipment and log houses add character.
The Wembley FCSS supports and offers a variety of community related programs including Volunteer Appreciation, Seniors Week and an annual Light the Night in Center Park.
Award-Winning Dinosaur Museum
The 41,000-square-foot Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum opened in 2015 and continues to expand its horizons.
The world-class venue is designed for the entire family with interactive exhibits, an outdoor dino play park, gift shop, ongoing research, and a restaurant. It also houses the only National Geographic-licensed theatre in Canada.
The museum is open year-round. Summertime visitors can participate in walking and bus tours to the Pipestone Creek bonebed, considered to be one of the riches in the world.
Signing up to be a paleontologist for a day is a popular initiative. There are also summer camps and school visits.