- April 17, 2019
The Fort McMurray Golf Club completes its rebuild three years post-wildfire
“It’s not as green but it’s still our golf course, right?
Fort McMurray Golf Club’s Head Golf Professional Jason Vaughan told Golf.com in a December 2017 feature story titled: “Rising from the ashes: How a golf club that burned ...
- April 9, 2019
Fort McMurray’s favourite taphouse
Home to independent music lovers and open mic fanatics
Tavern on Main – Taphouse & Grill is a place where the beer taps flow and open mic nights are most favoured by its regulars.
Located at 9708 Main Street, motorists can see the tavern’s pub front entrance ...
- April 5, 2019
Jaguar Lounge brings comfort and charm to Dickinsfield nightlife
The Jaguar Lounge is a hidden nightlife favourite for those looking to enjoy a night out in a lowkey atmosphere with a Cheers-like-setting.
Located at 142 Dickins Drive, the Lounge has been serving its Dickinsfield neighbours and the community for over ...
- March 30, 2019
Downtown & Timberlea Highlights
Spring Moon brings traditional Japanese entrees and tantalizing tastes to its Fort McMurray guests at two different locations downtown and in Timberlea.
First established in 2012, the Eagle Ridge location at 180-151 Loutit Road in Timberlea offers a larger guest capacity with booths and barstool seating ...
- March 19, 2019
Fort McMurray’s only microbrewery and distillery
The Wood Buffalo Brewing Company brings a collection of flavoured beer from its housed microbrewery making it a local staple in the community.
Located on 9914 Franklin Avenue at the Morrison Centre, the Wood Buffalo Brewing Company first opened its door in January 2013. ...
- March 11, 2019
A local seafood restaurant with East-coast charm
The Fish Place has been serving the Fort McMurray community for the past 25 years to bring the East-coast taste to residents in the North.
Throughout the decades and during Alberta’s oil-booms, Fort McMurray has drawn in Easterners for work in the Industry.
- March 4, 2019
Fort McMurray’s headquarters for local laughter
When locals want to enjoy an evening out for laughter or trying out their vocal talent, Bailey’s Pub is the place to do it all.
Situated within the Stonebridge Hotel Stonebridge Hotel at 9713 Hardin Street downtown, the Pub is in the same ...
- February 26, 2019
Podollan Pub feels like home for sports fan and friends
The Podollan Pub – Restaurant & Bar has been a long-loved establishment in Fort McMurray for sports watching, dining out and taking in the local nightlife.
The Pub is part of the Podollan Hospitality Group franchise located within the Podollan ...
- February 18, 2019
A local franchise focused on family dining
Boston Pizza has been a hotspot for local family dining in the Fort McMurray community since 1982 with now two locations downtown and in Timberlea.
Founded by Greek immigrant Gus Agioritis, it first opened as the Boston Pizza and Spaghetti House in Edmonton, ...
- February 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 which has “grown to become a modern series of ...
- February 2, 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 Plaza at 9909 Franklin Avenue, the facility’s purpose was to create a digital-friendly ...
- January 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 ago and brought many residents in with their ...
- January 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 the Birchwood Trails and has allowed residents to ...
- January 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 and bakehouse,” its menu options offer the cups of classics with its ...
- January 6, 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 river.
It’s one of the five rivers that flow ...
- December 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 of them shine brightly year-round.
The lights can be found on MacDonald Island over ...
- December 22, 2018
A place of modern tranquillity with historic connections
The Syne 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 Syne River has become a place of tranquillity for residents, and local photographers regularly frequent ...
- December 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 Seasons Park is close to their doorsteps.
The Wood Buffalo region receives an average ...
- December 8, 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 to be “the premier choice for those pursuing excellence in education, sport, ...
- December 1, 2018
Heritage Park brings holiday cheer in its historic setting
For decades, the community of Fort McMurray has gathered together to celebrate the holiday season with traditional Canadian winter activities like skating on the Syne River and enjoying Maple syrup on a stick.
Christmas time and the winter season is something ...
- November 24, 2018
Serving holistic healing in mind, body and spirit for over 30 years
LifeForce Herbal Healing Centre is a one-of-a-kind shop in the Wood Buffalo region and provides treatments for health and holistic services along with a long list of products and gifts focused on natural healing.
Located at 12-102 Signal ...
- November 17, 2018
Local health centre built on a foundation of history
For over 50 years, the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre has provided medical services to the growing population of Fort McMurray and its surrounding area.
The Centre is located at 7 Hospital Street, just off Highway 63 in Fort McMurray’s lower ...
- November 4, 2018
A wealth of resources and much more inside Canada’s largest recreation centre
Like all public libraries, the one found in Fort McMurray is an essential part of having an educated and literate community.
However, the Wood Buffalo Regional Library (WBRL) is unlike any other in the nation because it’s nestled ...
- October 27, 2018
Dressing Fort McMurray in their best for over 25 years
Bob Barrett Men’s Apparel has been dressing Fort McMurray’s gentlemen in the finest threads with its top choices in contemporary clothing for over 25 years.
The store has a long list of items from suits to outerwear with brand names ...
- October 20, 2018
An arena built for hockey legends with heart from the community
Since 1980, the Casman Centre in Thickwood Heights has been home to the city’s Alberta Junior Hockey League – the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.
Located at 110 Edmundson Road, the sports arena has a space capacity for 1,477 spectators ...
- October 13, 2018
Revitalization showcased through award-winning bridges in the city’s lower townsite
The Hangingstone River is iconic to Fort McMurray and draws in a wide range of people from residents to tourists to photographers to architects.
Located in the city’s lower townsite, the Hangingstone is one of the five, local rivers, which ...
- October 6, 2018
The Prime Social Group rebuilds its establishments after the Wildfire
Prime Test Kitchen (PTK) has been tantalizing the taste buds of local foodies, and frequent travelers, since opening its doors in the Spring of 2018.
Located at 8220 Franklin Avenue and within the Merit Hotel and Suites franchise, the restaurant ...
- September 29, 2018
Local gallery showcases the works of Canadian talent
Points North Gallery is a local art gallery, gift store, wool shop and framing businesses located in downtown Fort McMurray at 10015 Centennial Drive.
Walking into the Gallery is like stepping into a visual portal of local and regional expression. It’s well-known ...
- September 22, 2018
A historic name focused on local health
Dave Hill’s Pharmacy is unlike any other pharmaceutical centre in Fort McMurray because it comes with a long-standing, respected reputation for service in health care.
It’s located on the top of Thickwood Heights at 1-200 Thickwood Boulevard. By providing a drive-thru service with ...
- September 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 at 373 Thicket Drive, the Gazebo’s bright colours of ...
- September 8, 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 to become a part of the group of ...
- September 5, 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 between 1740 and 1807. He was known for founding ...
- August 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 redeveloping the existing trail to showcase the work ...
- August 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 in 2014.
The first-ever Earls restaurant opened over 30 ...
- August 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 Place in Thickwood Heights, the baseball diamond offers ...
- August 4, 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 town for lunch” and boasted that “the bread is worth the trip alone.”
- July 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 operates both the Heritage Shipyard and Heritage Village. ...
- July 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 Centre. It is the key tourism attraction to present ...
- July 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 McMurray’s recreation hotspot.
According to the Regional Recreation Corporation ...
- July 7, 2018
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 International Airport.
Clenell “Punch” Dickens historic’s mail run in ...
- July 1, 2018
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 Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) have ...
- June 23, 2018
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 2015 Western Canada Summer Games and the Games ...
- June 21, 2018
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 was one of the first commercial spaces to open ...
- June 9, 2018
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 Con Creek Valley, which is situated in the ...
- June 4, 2018
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 first Tim Hortons’ opened in Hamilton, Ontario in 1964. In ...
- May 26, 2018
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 an above-ground obstacle course with ziplines, skate park ...
- May 19, 2018
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 provided residents and tourists with a first-hand look at the ...
- May 12, 2018
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 with various venues hosting gaming nights throughout the city, on a ...
- May 9, 2018
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 at 112 Riverstone Ridge – brings a unique ...
- September 13, 2017
Living in Eagle Ridge
Eagle Ridge is a great community. It has so much to offer from the Birchwood walking trails to the early years schools and community centre.
Moving to Fort McMurray from a big city (where we barely new our neighbours) to a small, close-knit community has been ...