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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.

Fort McMurray International Airport: An Overview

The Wood Buffalo region is rich in aviation history. The earlier days of Fort McMurray flight took place on the waterways, where float planes docked among steamboats. Today, the city offers the largest airport in northern Alberta with the Fort McMurray...

Canada Day in Fort McMurray

Canada Day in Recent Years This Sunday marks Canada’s 151st birthday, and plenty of free events will be taking place around Fort McMurray to unite residents for the national celebration. For many years, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and the...

Downtown Highlights: Surekha's on the Snye

Café on the River The newly-opened Surekha’s on the Snye is the first eatery available alongside the Clearwater River. It’s a café and restaurant with a view of the Snye Point Park like no other. Syne Point Park officially opened for the...

Eagle Ridge Highlights: East Village Pub

Prize-Winning Local Pub The East Village Pub Eatery in Eagle Ridge has been raising the bar in food and service for Fort McMurray’s pub scene because it not only serves their guests – it serves the community. In 2013, the pub...

Thickwood Highlights: Birchwood Trails

Trails North of the Bridge The Birchwood Trails are a popular outdoor recreation area in Fort McMurray as it brings residents out on its maintained trails 365 days a year. The extensive 130-kilometre trail system is a wooded area located in the...

Fort McMurray Highlights: Tim Hortons

The Local Quartet of Timmies Fort McMurray residents love their Double Doubles, so much so that it’s a rarity to walk into a local Tim Hortons’ and not stand in line to order. According to the coffee franchise giant, the...

Fort McMurray Attractions: Vista Ridge Adventure Park

Aerial park opens for another summer season The Vista Ridge Adventure Park opens today for another season to bring active outdoor play to residents and tourists in the Wood Buffalo region. Vista Ridge’s summer season offers a variety of outdoor activities including...

Downtown Highlights: Heritage Shipyard

Shipyard seasonal opening launches for long weekend The Fort McMurray Historical Society’s marine park museum opens today to allow guests to explore their showcased ships and train cars for its 2018 season. Since 2014, the Fort McMurray Heritage Shipyard has...

Downtown Highlights: Boomtown Casino

Local casino celebrates forty years booming Found in the heart of downtown Fort McMurray, the Boomtown Casino marks 2018 with its 40-year milestone of bringing gambling entertainment to the community. When first established, Boomtown was a portable, set-up event...

Stonecreek Highlights: Starbucks in Stonecreek Village

A Look at Starbucks Stonecreek Whether it’s a latte, caramel macchiato, blonde espresso… or a tall cup of Pike Place Roast, there are many reasons people step into a Starbucks coffeehouse. However, the franchise - on top of the Timberlea hill...

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