Explore Wood Buffalo

Curling - Image copyrighted & courtesy of Chris Salvo

Curling is a sport in which players slide stones across a sheet of ice towards a target area. Here in the Municipality of Wood Buffalo curling has a long and glorious history.

After several days of heavy snowfall, the pillows covering the forest floor are too deep to wade through. A subtle wind picks up a little. Pines creek in the relative silence. You set your old wood-framed snowshoes down and buckle the leather bindings around your boots.

MIP - Image copyrighted & courtesy of Chris Salvo

Newly expanded in 2010, MacDonald Island Park features an array of recreational activities for the whole family, from swimming and skating to workout facilities and concerts. 

Oil Sands Discovery Centre

The Centre is an educational facility committed to increasing public awareness and knowledge about the oil sands.

Snowmobiling - Sno-drifters

The McMurray Sno~Drifters maintain some of the best groomed trails in all of Alberta and once you’ve ridden them, that’s it, you’re hooked for life!

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing can be done on most lakes and streams around the province. Depending on ice conditions, the season generally runs from December through April. 

Birchwood Trails -  Image copyrighted & courtesy of Chris Slavo

Take some time to enjoy our park spaces and trails. We have over 400 hectares of serene parks that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

Zero Waste Initiative - image copyrighted & courtesy of Chris Salvo

A bold innovation such as the Zero Waste initiative will establish Wood Buffalo/Fort McMurray as a leader in sustainable waste diversion in North America.

History - Image copyrighted & courtesy of Chris Slavo

Centuries of rich history have created a destination that has enticed explorers, fur traders and adventure enthusiasts since the 18th century with offerings of many recreational opportunities including trapping and fishing.

Ariel view of Fort Chipewyan

Fort Chipewyan is Alberta’s oldest settled community. Over 200 years of rich history has created a destination that has enticed explorers, fur traders and adventure enthusiasts since the 18th century.

Sports -  Image copyrighted & courtesy of Chris Slavo

Calling all sports fans! Wood Buffalo offers a wide range of sports experiences, from a leisurely run in the trails to game of racquetball at MacDonald Island. 

 

Experience the wonders of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Canada’s largest national park and now the World's Largest Dark Sky Preserve.

Summer, Image copyrighted & courtesy of Chris Slavo

We fly from Ft. McMurray, out over the Wood Buffalo region. The water breaks gently under the floatplane’s pontoons as they skim the surface of a remote lake. 

Athabasca Dunes Ecological Reserve - image courtesy of & copyrighted by Chris Salvo

Here, wind and sand combine to create Alberta’s moving desert and your destination for nature based outdoor recreation and adventure. Shifting up to 1.5 metres a year, these powerful dunes bury forests and fill in lakes, leaving behind a flat, barren plain.

Festivals

Summer in Wood Buffalo is a time rich with events and festivals – a time of music, art, and culture that give Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo region a vibrant dimension of identity.

A breakdown of public outdoor facilities within the neighborhoods that make up Fort McMurray.

Whether you’re visiting Fort McMurray for work or vacation, don’t forget your clubs. Fort McMurray has two18-hole golf courses set in the beautiful boreal forest.

If you are looking for a place to go to the beach or camping with the convenience of being close to the city to go boating, barbecuing and play beach volleyball look no further than Gregoire Lake!

Visit our reclamation sites. 

Canoe & Kayak

Whether you’re a novice in a canoe or an experienced whitewater paddler, the rivers of Fort McMurray are a great place to spend a warm summer day.

Take a trip on one of the many rivers and experience jet boating!

Snowmobiling

Northern Alberta is a snowmobiler’s paradise with hundreds of kilometers of trails, cut lines and navigable waterways to explore.

Adults, teens, and kids are hanging out and enjoying nature-based games on unique "pawd"-mounted obstacles that climb, zip, jump, and swing through the tree-tops. Multi-level platforms hover two to twelve meters (four to forty feet) above ground on site at Vista Ridge, now a year-round stop for outdoor recreation.

New YMM airport

The new Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM) opened on June 9th, 2014. The new terminal building has redefined air travel for the region.  It now has 16 different restaurants and shops, including the first Earls to be in an airport and Starbucks!

Shell Place Stadium

Designed and built to host events of local, provincial, national and international significance, Shell Place stands as a landmark of innovative and sustainable development. Anchored to the Suncor Community Leisure Centre through a convenient indoor pedway, Shell Place was created with a community focus and presents opportunities to host recreation, sport and concert experiences of every scale.

Sports Tourism - Rowing

As the fastest growing community and economic engine of Canada, we have the resources and energy to make your sporting dreams a reality.

Economic overview: Embracing the bold & innovative

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is home to the world’s largest industrial development and one of the world’s single largest oil reserves, ranking us among the most exciting jurisdictions in Canada for investment and growth.

Fishing -  Images courtesy Wild Fish Wild Places

If your dream is to snag a trophy walleye, wrestle a monster pike or land a Northern Alberta laker, fishing Alberta’s north is sure to get you hooked.

Aurora Borealis, northern lights

The Aurora Borealis or northern lights are mesmerizing, dynamic displays of light that appear in the night time northern skies. 

Winter

Winter in Fort McMurray has so many incredible opportunities for your winter adventure.