Known as the heart of oil country in the land of opportunity, the community of Wabasca is a hamlet in Northern Alberta which consists of the two communities of Wabasca and Desmarais. As the largest hamlet in the MD of Opportunity, Wabasca has a population of 3,300, split between the residents of both communities and the Bigstone Cree Nation members. The area is rich with culture and small town leisurely charm and offers a multitude of recreational activities for both the outdoor and indoor enthusiasts.
Situated between the narrows of North and South Wabasca Lake, Wabasca is the destination of unlimited adventures, a mere 3 hours North of Edmonton. The beaches are plentiful and the lakes provide first class motor boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking and paddling. The 100% wild natural setting also provides excellent quadding, snow mobile trails, horseback riding and beautiful wildlife scenery for both the professional and amateur photographers.
The hamlet centre is located just west of the Wabasca oil field, making oil and gas exploration and extraction the principle industry in the community; Wabasca has the fourth largest oil sands deposit in the province of Alberta. With the development of the oil sands, forestry also comprises a part of the local economy.