Lying in the middle of Parkland Country is Wabamun Lake and nestled on the north-east shore is the Village of Wabamun. Proud of their lake view, the community of about 600 people knows how to live the lake life no matter the season.
Entering the Village of Wabamun you’ll be greeted not only by the beautiful scenery of the lake but also by the World’s Largest Dragonfly. Unveiled in 2009 by local artist Frank Phaneuf, the statue is made of recycled materials. The 30 foot wingspan of the statue is made from an old aircraft, the body and eyes are from a tank drum, and the tail is built from a used light pole. The dragonfly stands on a 18 foot pole near the main road into the village. Join the Village of Wabamun for the annual Dragonfly Festival which features a wide array of events including live music and fireworks over the lake.
Heading further into the Village of Wabamun you’ll come across Waterfront Park. One of the largest attractions in this lakeside community, the park includes a playground and picnic areas. A spray park which features more than 10 pieces of spray equipment is also available during the summer months and will keep the kids entertained for hours. Waterfront Park also offers a boat launch for public use with a fee. The village offers seasonal passes to accommodate frequent users.
Don’t have a boat to launch? No problem. Wabamun is home to a community that knows how to have fun on the lake. Rent a single kayak for the day or a pontoon boat for the whole family to enjoy. Wabamun Watersport Rentals offers friendly staff and training for those with a less than boisterous knowledge of watercraft. If you’re feeling adventurous, strap into a flyboard, a water based jetpack that straps to your feet, and try your luck with one of the fastest growing extreme water sports out there. If fishing is more your thing, Lake Wabamun is know for it’s pike and walleye. Even in the winter you’ll see a few ice fishing huts on the lake during the mild weekends.
What about trying your hand at sailing? The Sinbad School of Sailing offers courses and training in the ways of sailing. Whether you’re brand new to sailing or are a seasoned skipper the Sinbad School of Sailing has a course that’s right for you. Enjoy the lake breeze in your air as you dodge the boom and hang on to the gunnel.
Spending the day at the lake can really work up an appetite. Located on 51 ave, YellowSubmarine offers the community a number of lunch time and family favourites. Offering sandwiches, pizza, wings and donair, YellowSubmarine is a staple of Wabamun community. After lunch, treat yourself to any one of their many ice cream flavours capable of making anyone smile.
There a lot of other activities to enjoy in the Wabamun community. The 52nd Street Market offers a wide array of locally made handcrafts, candy, and souvenirs to help remember your adventure. Learn about the rich cultural, natural and industrial history of Wabamun at the village’s Wabamun & District Museum. Explore the exhibits showcasing Wabamun and surrounding communities dating back to the early 1800’s. If you’re visiting during the summer months, take in the George Pegg Botanic Garden Society and the beautiful gardens they have to offer. The 12.6 acre gardens can host up to 100 people for weddings, family reunions, and other events.
Just as the stomach starts to growl the community has that covered as well. The Lakeside Diner is another of Wabamun’s go-to staples. The diner offers hot food served all day along with locally famous homemade donuts and handmade milkshakes. Along with accommodations, the Wabamun Hotel and Restaurant also has a tavern to wet your whistle. After dinner maybe stroll through and enjoy the best coffee and pie in town. Located just north of Waterfront Park, WayCup Espresso Cafe and Bakery offers spectacular views of the sunset over Wabamun lake from their patio.
Photo via the Village of Wabamun.