Map of Wainwright & Battle River Valley. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Wainwright & Battle River Valley

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Map of Wainwright & Battle River Valley. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Wainwright & Battle River Valley

Battle River Valley

 

The pace is a little slower in Alberta's eastern heartland. The Battle River flows through this region of undulating countryside, and spreading out from the river lakes and marshes abut crop-lined fields. Down-to-earth communities like Wainwright and Czar take pride in their culture and history. In every regional or local museum, pioneer artifacts portray the days when $10 could buy 65 hectares of land and bison roamed freely, when many Ukrainian, Mennonite, Scandinavian, British, and American immigrants came to settle and conquer the harsh but eventually rewarding farmland.

 

Chauvin [B5] The hub of a large oil community, this cozy town has some quirky attractions: a collection of uniquely painted fire hydrants, and the world's largest softball, named Susie. At nearby Dillberry Lake Provincial Park, stunted aspen grows on sand dunes. Adjacent grass and shrub lands attract marsh wrens, Sprague's pipits, and other bird species.

 

Consort [E3] The home town of Canadian country music diva k.d.lang, Consort is best known for its golf course and Gooseberry Lake Provincial Park, just north of town. The park sits on the shore of an alkaline lake, and its grasslands and marshes attract a mix of shore-birds during spring and fall migrations, including lesser yellowlegs and thousands of rednecked phalaropes. According to native legend, the Neutral Hills to the north sprang up to stop the Cree and Blackfoot peoples from fighting.

 

Czar [C3] Despite its Russian name, this area was settled mainly by Scandinavians. The Prairie Panorama Museum has pioneer-era artifacts in a re-created settings: a sewing area, weaving area, hospital, laundry and sitting room. Toys, books, and a prized collection of more than 1,000 pairs of salt and pepper shakers are also on display.

 

Provost [C5] Provost's coat of arms features two wheat stalks on the side, symbolizing the agricultural history of the community, and a peace pipe in the center, symbolizing the signing of the Treaty at Sounding Lake in 1879. Located just southeast of town, the impressive St. Norbert's Rosenheim Church (1926) is the largest neo-Gothic cathedral in rural Alberta.

 

Veteran [E2] Wraight's Tractor Museum displays 46 tractors of days gone by, including an oil-cooled 1910 Rumely and a 1929 John Deere, as well as antique farming machinery. Visits to the museum are by appointment.

 

Wainwright [A3] Like many towns across the West, Wainwright was named after a railway executive, William Wainwright, second Vice President of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. In 1908, Buffalo National Park was created south of town and stocked with bison, elk, and deer. Thirty years later, the bison were relocated to Elk Island National Park, east of Edmonton, and the land was used to develop Canada's second-largest military training camp, Canadian Forces Base Wainwright. The bison remains the town symbol, and a fiberglass statue of a bison stands at one of the town's entrances. At the end of Main Street, Wainwright District Museum includes a 1900 post office display. The town's stone clock tower is dedicated to local men who fought and died in World War I.

 

ATTRACTIONS

CHAUVIN

Dillberry Lake Provincial Park Susie the Softball

 

CONSORT

Consort Lakeview

Golf Club Gooseberry Lake Provincial Park

 

CZAR

Prairie Panorama Museum

 

PROVOST

St. Norbert's Rosenheim Church

 

VETERAN

Wraight's Tractor Museum

 

WAINWRIGHT

Wainwright District

Museum Petroleum Park Stone Clock Tower Bud Cotton Buffalo Paddock

 

Map of Wainwright & Battle River Valley. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Wainwright & Battle River Valley