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Community Highlights

A series featuring Fort McMurray’s many landmarks, points of interest, and more in and around our communities. Each spotlight delves into the history behind the locations that locals have come to know and love, and are written with a mix of local and national sources.

Downtown Highlights: Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre

Feb 13, 2019

Setting the Stage for Local Talent Keyano Theatre has been a pinnacle platform for local, national and international performers to entertain the residents of Fort McMurray for almost four decades. The Theatre first opened in 1980 under the Keyano College umbrella...

Downtown Highlights - The McMurray Experience

Feb 02, 2019

A digital media space for all to discover McMurray Experience is an interactive space located in Fort McMurray downtown’s core to highlight the communities found within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB). Found at the Jubilee...

Paddy McSwiggins

Jan 28, 2019

Local Irish pub looks to March 2019 for reopening Paddy McSwiggins – Celtic Ales & Eatery – has been the go-to spot for hundreds of locals to take in the taste of Ireland in Fort McMurray. The pub first opened two decades...

Thickwood Highlights: Doug Barnes Cabin

Jan 19, 2019

Built for outdoor enthusiasts Doug Barnes Cabin is a one-of-a-kind public indoor facility offered to residents and community groups to experience Fort McMurray’s beautiful backyard and enjoy outdoor recreation. For over 40 years, the Cabin has been nestled on the border of...

Downtown Highlights: Avenue Coffee

Jan 12, 2019

Inside Fort McMurray’s trendiest coffee shop For over two years, Avenue Coffee has been mastering the art of brewing exceptional cups of hot and cold beverages at 8102 Fraser Avenue. Dubbed as a “hip and trendy coffee shop...

The Athabasca River

Jan 06, 2019

Widening the local scope on Alberta’s longest river’s history The Athabasca River is Alberta’s longest river at 1,538 kilometres in length and flows adjacent from Fort McMurray’s downtown core. It’s also the second largest river in Alberta, and the largest undammed...

Shell Place on MacDonald Island

Dec 31, 2018

Fort McMurray’s premier sports and entertainment experience People often come to the Wood Buffalo region to get a chance to see the Northern Lights and, while this can be hit-or-miss, there is one place a replica...

The Snye River

Dec 22, 2018

A place of modern tranquillity with historic connections The Snye River is a calm backwater found between Fort McMurray’s downtown area and MacDonald Island. It settles between the Clearwater and Athabasca River. Through time, the Snye River has become a place...

Vista Ridge Ski Hill

Dec 15, 2018

Vista Ridge – Ski, ride and slide at Fort McMurray’s ski hill Fort McMurray residents don’t have to travel to Banff or Jasper to get the thrill of the downhill skiing experience, as Vista Ridge All...

Syncrude Sports & Wellness Centre – Home to the Huskies

Dec 08, 2018

Community sports facility highlights local professional athletes Syncrude Sports & Wellness Centre was the first of its kind when it opened at Keyano College in 2007. Over a decade later, the facility continues to carry the vision...

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