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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.

The Rotary Club Gazebo in Thickwood Heights

Sep 16, 2018

Popular meeting point for local residents with a birds-eye-view The Rotary Club Gazebo is one of Fort McMurray’s most popular lookout points and acts as a central meeting spot for outdoor enthusiasts and residents. Located at the top of Thickwood Boulevard...

Downtown Highlights: Cedars Restaurant

Sep 08, 2018

Cedars Bakery and Restaurant at The River Station Cedars Bakery and Restaurant offers Fort McMurray residents a one-of-a-kind, Lebanese cuisine eatery with a variety of meats, nuts, signature coffee, and tobacco products. Located at 51-8102 Fraser Avenue, Cedars opened in July 2015...

Peter Pond Shopping Centre

Sep 05, 2018

Fort Mac's Premier Shopping Mall Since 1981, the Fort McMurray community has been home to a large-scale retail shopping mall with the development of the Peter Pond Shopping Centre. The mall's name comes from the American explorer Peter Pond, who lived...

The TOTAL Aboriginal Interpretive Trail on MacDonald Island

Aug 25, 2018

A Tribute to Aboriginal Culture Fort McMurray is rich with history and the community recently honoured the region's first residents through an artistic and educational walking trail. In the fall of 2016, the TOTAL Aboriginal Interpretive Trail held its grand opening, after...

Fort McMurray Highlights: Earls Restaurant

Aug 19, 2018

Earls Restaurant – Downtown Fort McMurray Earls Restaurant has two Fort McMurray locations – one downtown at 9802 Morrison Street since 2005 and the latest within the Air Terminal Building at the YMM International Airport at 100 Snowbird Way, which opened...

Thickwood Highlights: Ross Hennigar Park

Aug 11, 2018

The Rich History of Thickwood's Baseball Diamond The Ross Hennigar Park is one of the earliest baseball diamonds in Fort McMurray and one of the homes to the Fort McMurray Minor Baseball Association. Located at the end of Thicket Drive at Silvertip...

Downtown Highlights - Mitchell’s Café

Aug 04, 2018

Mitchell’s Café - Home to the Famous Sunshine Bread Mitchell’s Café is a breakfast and lunch eatery found in the heart of downtown Fort McMurray. Locals and tourists have claimed it as the “best café in...

Fort McMurray Highlights: Heritage Village

Jul 28, 2018

Heritage Village – A Place to Explore Fort McMurray’s Rich History Fort McMurray Historical Society’s Heritage Village transports guests back in time to what life once was for the residents of the Wood Buffalo region. The Society is a non-profit organization that...

Gregoire Highlights: The Oil Sands Discovery Centre

Jul 25, 2018

Presenting the Oil Sands The Oil Sands Discovery Centre is located in the heart of the world’s biggest single oil deposit at 515 MacKenzie Boulevard in Fort McMurray, Alberta. It first opened in 1985 as the Fort McMurray Oil Sands Interpretive...

MacDonald Island Park in Fort McMurray

Jul 14, 2018

Fort McMurray's Entertainment Hub Situated on the banks of the junction of the Clearwater River and Athabasca River is Canada’s largest community recreation, leisure, and social centre – MacDonald Island Park. This year marks the Island’s 40th year anniversary of being Fort...

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