A popular outdoor recreational area, Anzac sits on the sparkling western shore of Willow Lake and is located 45 kilometres southeast of Fort McMurray. Between the community’s various festivals that exude community spirit and its beautiful lush locale, Anzac anticipates moderate population and job growth over the next two decades. With nearby oil sands growth and development, its current 714 residents is a figure that expects to reach nearly 6,000 by 2030.
Nestled on the western shore of Willow Lake, just minutes from Gregoire Lake Provincial Park, is the cozy community of Anzac, Named for the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps that surveyed the area during World War I, Anzac is a small collection of acreages that edge the beautiful boreal forest. This community of nearly 800 people is only a short 45 minute drive from Fort McMurray, and features a host of winter activities.
Anzac sits in the midst of an extensive network of trail systems carved out of the boreal forest. These trails, meticulously groomed and maintained by the Sno Drifters Snowmobile Club, is a great way to see some of the most beautiful unspoiled wilderness within driving distance of Fort McMurray. For the more adventurous, the trail system extends to nearby Stony Mountain, an elevated point which is a favourite for winter campfires and marshmallow roasts trailside.
Serene Willow Lake is a favourite among ice fishers, as is nearby Engstrom Lake, and small fishing shacks are a regular feature dotting the ice surface during the winter months as avid fishers stay cozy and warm while waiting for a nibble.
Within the hamlet of Anzac itself is an outdoor ice rink, a natural ice surface which draws residents and visitors of all ages for a rousing game of shinny or a leisurely community skate.