Wembley Travel Guide

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Wembley Overview

Wembley is located just off Highway 43 about 14 miles West of Grande Prairie and is merely a small dormitory town which owes it's existence, like so many other places in Northern Alberta, to the railway.

The story begins in 1909 with the surveying of land for homesteading in the area around Lake Saskatoon and the first pioneers arrived the next year. The little community began to grow and was quickly over 100. From 1910 onwards surveying was undertaken for a railway to go through from Grande Prairie to Pouce Coupe but the railway was driven through about four and a half miles South of the existing settlement.

In 1923 the present site was surveyed and the people of the original community literally lifted their buildings and freighted them to the new site. The village is so named because some bureaucrats on the Lake Saskatoon Board of Trade knew the Britishh Empire Exposition was being held at Wembley in England that year.

By 1929 there were five grain elevators in the village and there were a number of catastrophic fires over the years. The village eventually did get a fire engine in the 1960's although they did not have piped water or sewer facilities until 1957 and it was only when they were incorporated as a town that the roads were paved.

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