Wembley: Past & Present
Wembley, named after Wembley, England, was incorporated as a village in 1928 and as a town in 1980.
The history of Wembley began when transient free traders started operation at the west end of Saskatoon Lake in 1896 to compete with the Hudson’s Bay trading post. Land around Wembley was surveyed for homesteads in 1909 and settlers began to arrive in 1910. The town site of Wembley was surveyed in 1923. The present town site is four and a half miles south of the original hamlet of Lake Saskatoon and when the railroad arrived in 1924 the Local Board of Trade decided to change the name from Saskatoon Lake to Wembley, named after Wembley, England. Wembley was incorporated as a Village in 1928 and as a Town in 1980. The Town is situated in a strong farming community made famous by Herman Trelle who was four times “Wheat King of the World”. In honour of Mr. Trelle, the Town adopted a wheat theme in its logo. The Town of Wembley has traditionally served the agricultural sector.
The Town of Wembley is a small town situated "in the heart of the action" and is located 20 kilometres west of Grande Prairie on Highway #43. Wembley is located in North West Alberta and lies within the boundaries of the County of Grande Prairie No.1. with a population of 1516 residents.
Wembly amenities include a skating rink, skateboard park, soccer, baseball, football fields, bike pump track 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 gazeba 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 Park also hosts a wonderful glayround that has multiple climbing structures, gliders, slides, wings and a spray deck for those hot summer days. The playgound is surrounded by wonderful green space which provides a great place for picnics, frisbee, horse shoes and family fun time. This area also provides an excellent opportunity for bird watchers to check many local species off their list, hosting species of both marsh land and boreal forests.
Numerous service groups and community groups contribute to the activity within the community. Wembley Elementary School houses kindergarten to grade 4 and Helen E. Taylor School has grade 5 to grade 9. The Wembley Public Library currnetly shares space with the school library at Helen E. Taylor School.
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 has received international attention due to the discover of the world's largest Padchyrhinosaurs (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 Museum and Dinosaur Bone bed are a major tourism destination site for northwestern Alberta travelers.