Fort McMurray Travel Guide

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  • Athabasca River from MacDonald Island
    Athabasca River from MacDonald Island
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Fort McMurray Things to Do

  • ~ Oil Sands Discovery Center ~

    Did you ever wonder what it is that they do in the oil sands? How do they separate the bitumen from the oil? What sort of machinery is required? What would it be like to work "on site"?Well the closest you can go to getting these answers is the the Oil Sands Discovery Center, without donning a hard hat and safety boots. The Discovery Center informs...

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  • ~ Fore ~

    Looking for something to do on a sunny Sunday morning? Grab your clubs and head to the Golf Club in Thickwood. 18 holes of sheer beauty! The course is nestled along the Athabasca river where views are stunning.There are different prices for the green fees. You can also rent golf clubs and power carts. If you need lessons they have them too. Check...

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  • Learn about the oil industry

    I've just visited Fort McMurray for the first time, and I can say there's not a ton to do there unless you're into outdoor activities. I was only there for the weekend with my siblings-in-law who live there, so we decided to check out the Discovery Centre as they hadn't been there either.The museum isn't very big, and the display areas are laid out...

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  • The Magnificent Stone Wall

    This historical building has been around for ages, what is usually observed by all tourists is the incrdible design of the stones put into this building. An apartment, which some lucky residents even call home!!!The facinating design has visitors coming back for more because it simply cannot be denied!

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  • World First Ever "Ramp Across the Road"

    Although still under construction, this ramp will become famous world wide, it represents a fantastic display of art, where pedestrians and vehicles can enjoy being suspended in the air as they roll from one side to the other with a 12.5 m opening between the two sides of the ramp.Pictures below show the construction that has begun, it is estimated...

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  • Fort McMurray Art Gallery

    The tremendous display of art that fills this place is one that has lasting memories. A recent report estimated the average value of each piece was worth over $670,400!! Visitors can enjoy the gallery for an unbelievably low cost of $25 for adults, $20 for students, children and seniors can enter for only $5.

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  • The Famous Hanging Chair

    Oh that historical hanging chair laying out there on Confederation road, many memories captured by the “Hanging Chair”, as it is now becoming one of Fort McMurray’s famous landmarks. It is very common to spot well known celebrities making the trip to this part of town to get a glimpse of the chair. A collective agreement has been passed recently by...

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  • Mind-boggling Construction (Absolute...

    Astonishing to see a miraculous display of construction taking place all around town, surprising enough watching the construction take place is totally FREE!! Yup you heard right you can bring on your daily six-pack and sit by and watch the cranes go up and down carrying immense loads. An experience enjoyed by all ages and cultural backgrounds, you...

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  • Exquisite Choice of Alcohol

    Enjoy a cool evening by the liquor store as the delightful breeze passes by, one cannot help but enjoy a sip of Fort McMurray’s superb selection of alcoholic beverages. The already charming work of art that is noticed in the streets will only become more lovely.Luckily for the tourists you will not only find one but 2 liquor stores in every square...

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  • The Famous Disposal System

    One cannot pass by and not remember the remarkable and illustrious disposal facilities brought upon all tourists in Fort McMurray. The impressive design and placement of the bins is majestic and skillful work of art distinctly unique to this beautiful town.

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  • Boston Pizza!!

    A fantastic high class restaurant with everything to offer, an unbelievably extraordinary crowd brings a lively experience that is enjoyed by all visitors and tourists. It’s become a very common saying amongst Boston Pizza loyalists and other visitors that once you go to Boston Pizza in Fort McMurray you never want to leave town and are they ever...

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  • Wood Buffalo Viewing Point

    The land you are looking at from this spot was never mined, but it was the retaining pool for the Syncrude mine. This is Syncrude's first attempt to return land to the community. All the trees you see here were planted twice. Why? After they planted the first time, the buffalos ate all the trees. So the fenced off the forest area and planted them...

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Fort McMurray Restaurants

  • ~ Earls ~

    Earls is a nice little dining restaurant. The lobby is pretty small but it didn't seem to matter because we were seated right away. The booths and chairs are very comfortable. The staff was friendly and had perfect timing when bringing out our meal.My friend and I had gone for supper around 8:00pm and the restaurant was busy but not over...

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  • ~ Suspended Trucks - Stuffed Bears ~

    Montana's Cookhouse Saloon is a fun place to eat. The service is always great and the servers friendly.The ambiance is great. There is a full size truck hanging from the bar, there are stuffed animal heads, canoes, trees. Makes you think you are in a cabin out in the woods.The best part for me is the 'table cloth' - it's craft paper. Each table has...

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  • Reliable food, poor service

    I was visiting my brother- and sister-in-law in Ft Mac for the weekend and we decided to go out to eat on Saturday night. There aren't a lot of options for dining out there - mostly just the standard places like Moxie's, Earl's and the like. The food at OJ's is always good so off we went. The in-law's did say that pretty much any place on a...

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  • Great Italian Food

    The restaurant is attached to the Merit Hotel. Great service, friendly people. Good soup and great lasagna.

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  • Boston Pizza

    A fantastic high class restaurant with everything to offer, an unbelievably extraordinary crowd brings a lively experience that is enjoyed by all visitors and tourists. It’s become a very common saying amongst Boston Pizza loyalists and other visitors that once you go to Boston Pizza in Fort McMurray you never want to leave town and are they ever...

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  • don't forget to tip!!!

    pestos is a little cafe in fort mcmurray. it used to be my favourite place to go in and have a cup of coffee and dessert. Recently my husband and I went there for a night out, my husband forgot to leave a tip on the dabit machine...the waiter who was extremely rude actually chased us down the parking lot demanding a tip!!! My husband was furious...

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  • Great Breakfasts

    Great place to grab breakfast. Friendly, family run operation. Open very early -- 6am. Mmmm...pancakes.

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  • Great for breakfast

    If you're in downtown Fort McMurray, the Smitty's is a good place to get some breakfast. Open at 6am. Can't go wrong with pancakes!

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  • Steak, Ribs, and Things

    Sort of a steakhouse, but a little different. Certainly excelent steak, but in a much more relaxed atmosphere. Plus they do chicken, ribs, salads, and just a little bit of pasta. Almost something for everyone. Anything made with Alberta beef.

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Fort McMurray Nightlife

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    by jamiesno Written May 3, 2005

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    Paddy McSwiggins was a nice place to have a beer. I tend to like Irish Pubs so this was the best and perhaps only one in Fort McMurray.

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Fort McMurray Transportation

  • ~ Airport ~

    I have traveled to Fort McMurray by car and by airplane. When flying into the Fort McMurray Airport you had one of two choices, get off the plane and walk across the tarmac to get inside the airport or you get to use the one aircraft bridge to bring you in. Once in the tiny airport there was only one baggage belt for your luggage. When you are...

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  • Highway 63---Heavy hauling to the...

    With the rapid development of the Oilsands, there's a lot of heavy truck traffic to and from Ft. Mac. day and night....and some of the loads are gigantic, taking up both lanes of the highway. These moves are very well supervised and have many pilot cars and trucks directing traffic, lifting power lines. Some of the biggest loads have been in the...

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  • Fort McMurray Airport

    The airport is about a 20 minute taxi ride South of the city centre. WestJet and Air Canada are the largest carriers that fly into Fort McMurray. Other carriers include Air Mikisew, Corporate Express, and McMurray Aviation.

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Fort McMurray Warnings and Dangers

  • ~ Highway 63 ~

    Highway 63 is one of the two highways you can take to get up to Fort MacMurray. It can be quite a dangerous route. With increasing traffic there is more potential for fatalities. This highway is currently only two lanes. Passing lanes are far and few between.Trucks carrying massive equipment up to Fort McMurray generally take up both lanes. If you...

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  • Beware of Foxes :-)

    I don't think you need to panic if you see a fox but being from Labrador you always wonder about rabies. However in Fort McMurray they seem very friendly.I spotted them around people at MacDonald Island and you can see in this picture they were not shy on the golf courses either.I got some great close up shots of this fox as well. Cheers :-)

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  • Watch yourself!

    I have never felt unsafe in Fort McMurray but I did avoid lots of places. When I did go out in the nights you did get the feeling you should be careful.A young Labrador man was murdered in Fort McMurray outside of a bar and that really makes you wake up. His murders bascially got away with the crime. Their punishment was very little.The Regional...

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Fort McMurray Sports & Outdoors

  • Fort McMurray Golf Club Back 9 - Holes...

    Hole 10 - 388 Yard Dogleg Right Par 4 - A good tee shot will leave an approach shot of 160 yards over a large creek to a large green gaurded by bunkers in teh front and on the right side.Hole 11 - 560 Yard Par 5 - Demanding tee shot as the hole is gaurded by a large pond on teh right and the Athabasca River on teh left. A legitimate 3 shot par 5....

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  • Fort McMurray Golf Club Hole #2

    Hole #2 - Water comes into play about 230 yards off the tee on the left side. A good tee shot will leave an approach shot of 175 yards to a green surrounded by bunkers. Some of the golf etiquette at the course included:Player's assistant will monitor slow play.Dress code will be enforced.Power Carts are restricted to paths around greens and tees...

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  • Fort McMurray Golf Club Hole #1

    I hope you enjoy my tips on the Fort McMurray Golf Club. I only played the first nine holes so I provided a picture and some tips on the first front nine. This will certainly give you a feel for this course. I truly enjoyed it there, beautiful scenery and course. The power cart was a luxury as well from golfing in Labrador.Fort McMurray Golf Course...

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Fort McMurray Favorites

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    by jamiesno Updated Apr 28, 2005

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    Favorite thing: When you are entering Fort McMurray on highway 63 north on your right hand side you will see the following building with visitor information.

    I got a town map and guide from here.

    Fondest memory: Here are some other web sites you might find good information from on Fort McMurray.

    http://www.fortmcmurraytourism.com
    http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com
    http://www.mymcmurray.com
    http://www.oilsands.cc
    http://www.woodbuffalo.net

    Visitor Information Center in Fort McMurray

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