Wildwood is a hamlet in west-central Alberta, Canada within Yellowhead County. It is located on the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16), approximately 112 kilometres (70 mi) west of Edmonton and 82 kilometres (51 mi) east of Edson. The Yellowhead Highway's intersection with Cowboy Trail (Highway 22) is 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) east of the hamlet. The Lobstick River, which flows from Chip Lake to the west, runs through the hamlet.
A Place For All Seasons
|Census Division||No. 14|
|Municipal district||Yellowhead County|
|• Mayor||Jim Eglinski|
|• Governing body|
Yellowhead County Council
|• Land||0.54 km2 (0.21 sq mi)|
|Elevation||778 m (2,552 ft)|
|• Density||476.1/km2 (1,233/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
|Postal code span|
Originally named Junkins, Wildwood was established in 1908 by a group of 20 African-American immigrants as a block settlement. The new Black Canadian homesteaders arrived from Oklahoma and Texas, just three years after Alberta became a province in 1905. The railway arrived in Junkins in 1908. People arriving at "end of steel" transferred their goods to wagons and travelled to their homesteads.
In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Wildwood had a population of 257 living in 118 of its 136 total private dwellings, a change of -5.9% from its 2016 population of 273. With a land area of 0.54 km2 (0.21 sq mi), it had a population density of 475.9/km2 (1,232.6/sq mi) in 2021.
As a designated place in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Wildwood had a population of 273 living in 139 of its 157 total private dwellings, a change of -7.1% from its 2011 population of 294. With a land area of 0.54 km2 (0.21 sq mi), it had a population density of 505.6/km2 (1,309.4/sq mi) in 2016.
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- "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. January 12, 2022. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
- "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
- Heritage Community Foundation and Black Pioneers Descendants' Society (2007). "Alberta's Black Pioneer Heritage - Junkins". Heritage Community Foundation and Black Pioneers Descendants' Society. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
- Rowe, Allan (2015-02-12). "African American Immigration to Alberta". Historic Resources Management Branch. Alberta Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
- Lac Ste. Anne Historical Society. Archives Committee. (1959). West of the Fifth: a history of Lac Ste Anne Municipality. Edmonton, CA: The Institute of Applied Art Ltd. p. 35.