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'''Fort McMurray''' is a city in [[Alberta]], [[Canada]]. It is the largest settlement in Athabasca Oil Sands. Although it looks and feels like a city, it lost its city status in 1995 when it merged with a large rural area to form the '''Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo''' [http://www.woodbuffalo.ab.ca].
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{{warningbox|A wildfire ripped through Fort McMurray in May 2016.  Though citizens have since returned, areas such as Beacon Hill, Waterways, and Abasand have yet to return to normal.}}  [[Image:10-_Downtown.JPG|275px|thumb|right|Downtown Fort McMurray]]
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'''Fort McMurray''', colloquially known as '''Fort Mac''', is a city in [[Alberta]], [[Canada]]. It is the largest settlement in Athabasca Oil Sands region. Although it has the look and feel of a city, it lost its city status in 1995 when it merged with a large rural area to form the '''Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo''' [http://www.woodbuffalo.ab.ca].
  
  
 
==Districts==
 
==Districts==
Neighbourhoods which may be useful to the traveller include:
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Neighbourhoods the make up Fort McMurray include:
 
* '''Downtown''', or Lower Townsite, is the centre of action that takes place in the town. Fairly easy to navigate, the main throughfare is the ever so congested Franklin Avenue. Most of the city's services are here. You can expect to find the box-stores here, restaurants, clubs, shopping malls, and more.
 
* '''Downtown''', or Lower Townsite, is the centre of action that takes place in the town. Fairly easy to navigate, the main throughfare is the ever so congested Franklin Avenue. Most of the city's services are here. You can expect to find the box-stores here, restaurants, clubs, shopping malls, and more.
* '''Gregoire''' - A combination of trailer parks, condos, and retail. There are a few restaurants and stores in this neighbourhood, as well as a selection of both hotels and motels. This and Downtown are the only parts of Fort McMurray with hotels.
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* '''Gregoire''' - A combination of trailer parks, condos, and retail. There are a few restaurants and stores in this neighbourhood, as well as a selection of both hotels and motels. This and Downtown are the only parts of Fort McMurray with hotels.
* '''Beacon Hill''' - A primarily residential community, has some stores and an arena.
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* '''Beacon Hill''' - A primarily residential community, has some stores and an arena, 80% of it was destroyed in the 2016 Fire.
* '''Waterways''' - The oldest part of FortMac. A primarily residential community, has some stores.
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* '''Waterways''' - The oldest settlement in Fort McMurray. Virtually destroyed in 2016 fire.
* '''Abasand Heights''' - Primarily residential with several services.
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* '''Abasand Heights''' - Primarily residential with several services.  50% destroyed in 2016 Fire.
* '''Thickwood''', or Thickwood Heights is a large subdivision with approximately 20,000 people making it the second largest subdivision in FortMac. One can expect to find it very similar to Downtown. The main road is Thickwood Blvd.
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* '''Thickwood''', or Thickwood Heights is a large subdivision with approximately 20,000 people making it the second largest subdivision in Fort McMurray. Services here are on par with downtown.
* '''Dickinsfield''' - Primarily residential with several services.
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* '''Dickinsfield''' - Primarily residential with two schools, and a strip mall with a gas station, a very small bar, a hair salon, and a tanning salon.
 
* '''Wood Buffalo''' - Primarily residential with several services, a newer area of town.  
 
* '''Wood Buffalo''' - Primarily residential with several services, a newer area of town.  
* '''Timberlea''' - The largest subdivision in FortMac with approximately 35,000 people. Most of the new construction in town takes place in this area. Most of this area is residential, however several supermarkets, restaurants, and stores have already opened up, and there is talk of a large shopping mall to be built here. A new police station is being built here. There are many smaller "sub"-subdivisions here, such as Lakewood, Parsons Creek, and Confederation Heights.
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* '''Timberlea''' - The largest subdivision in FortMac with approximately 35,000 people. Most of the new construction in town takes place in this area. Most of this area is residential, however several supermarkets, restaurants, and stores have already opened up, with a new shopping area currently being built in Eagle Ridge. Timberlea breaks off into several smaller sub-divisions such as Eagle Ridge, Stone Creek, etc.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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===By plane===
 
===By plane===
  
Fort McMurray Airport (YMM) [http://www.fortmcmurrayairport.com/] has several flights daily between [[Edmonton]] and [[Calgary]] and one daily flight between St. John's, Newfoundland which stops in [[Toronto]] en route. (The St. John's link exists due to the fact a large percentage of the region's oil patch workers "commute" regularly between Fort Mac and their homes in Newfoundland.
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Fort McMurray Airport (YMM) [http://www.fortmcmurrayairport.com/] is serviced by both '''Westjet''' and '''Air Canada''', and has several flights daily between [[Edmonton]], [[Calgary]], and [[Toronto]].
  
 
===By car===
 
===By car===
  
Highway 63 is the main road to Fort McMurray, about 450 kilometres NE of Edmonton. It it parallelled by Highway 881 for about 200 kilometres. The road is one lane in each direction for the vast majority of the trip. Twinning has been promised, but progress is slow. Some passing lanes have been installed. While large, wide loads and truck traffic both use the highway, traffic counts are low except Thursday nights (southbound) and Sunday afternoons/evenings (northbound).
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'''Alberta Highway 63''' is the only road that goes in and out of Fort McMurray. It it paralleled by '''Highway 881''' for about 200 kilometres. Going north, Highway 63 is divided up until the Athabasca River crossing just south of Fort MacKay, while southbound is divided up to the intersection of Alberta Highway 55, near Grassland, Atmore, and Plamondon.  Southbound traffic leaving town is abundant between Thursday evening and Friday evening, while Sunday afternoons and evenings are the worst for northbound traffic coming back into town.
  
Be ware that Highway 63 has recently become notorious for vehicle accidents. This highway is a two lane highway, and many people commute to the oil sands from communities south adding to the strain. In addition most structures for the oil sands are built in Edmonton and trucked up north, which can take up the entire highway. The Alberta gov't plans to twin the highway in the near future but in the meantime, please obey all speed limits and have respect for these huge modules being trucked up. If you aren't accustomed to long drives with limited services between centres, consider flying or taking a bus instead.
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Beware that Highway 63, both north and south of town, is notorious for vehicle accidents that unfortunately result in fatalities. In addition to the sheer amount of traffic caused by both commuters and weekend getaway seekers, most structures for the oil sands are built in Edmonton and trucked up north, which can take up the entire highway. Cellphone service can also be weak to non-existent in some parts.  It's best to leave town on a full tank of gas and a full stomach, as the only places to get food and gas up going southbound are in Wandering River (over 200km away) and after that, Grassland (255km south of Fort McMurray).  Going north, there are gas stations, restaurants, and convenience stores in Fort MacKay, and after that, nothing else. If you are unaccustomed to driving on remote highways, or feel that you cannot handle sharing the road with enormous truck loads and a high volume of vehicular traffic, consider taking the bus or flying.
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
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===By bus===
 
===By bus===
  
Fort McMurray is served by Greyhound [http://greyhound.ca/en/] and Red Arrow Motorcoach [http://www.redarrow.pwt.ca/schedules/fortmac_departures.php] from Edmonton.
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Fort McMurray is served by Greyhound [http://greyhound.ca/en/] and Red Arrow Motorcoach [http://www.redarrow.pwt.ca/schedules/fortmac_departures.php] from Edmonton.  Greyhound buses leave Edmonton twice daily: one bus leaving as 12:30am and arriving at 6:45am, and another leaving at 1:30pm with a 6:30pm arrival.  For Red Arrow in Edmonton, there are two daily departures: one at 9:00am, arriving in Fort McMurray at 2:20pm, and one at 5:30pm, arriving in Fort McMurray at 10:50pm.
  
 
==Get around==   
 
==Get around==   
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Fort McMurray is in fact, a loose cluster of several dozen subdivisions, many having only one entry/exit. Most subdivisions are pedestrian friendly, however to travel from one part of town to the other end, a vehicle is definitely recommended.
 
Fort McMurray is in fact, a loose cluster of several dozen subdivisions, many having only one entry/exit. Most subdivisions are pedestrian friendly, however to travel from one part of town to the other end, a vehicle is definitely recommended.
  
Fort McMurray has an extensive public transit system that reaches all areas of the city. It is common however for the buses to be late or have long waiting periods between each service.
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Fort McMurray has an extensive public transit system that reaches all areas of the city, including the airport. It is common however for the buses to be late or have long waiting periods between each service.  One way fares are $1.25, including trips starting and ending at the airport, with fares being waived for children under 5 and seniors over 65.
  
 
Taxi cabs are easily available. Taxi cab companies include:
 
Taxi cabs are easily available. Taxi cab companies include:
  
*'''Access Taxi & Limo Service''', ''+1 780'' 743-3333 / ''+1 780'' 742-8026
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*'''Access Taxi''' - 1-780-799-1234
*'''Citycabs''', ''+1 780'' 750 3636 (special phone rate)
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*'''Hank's Quickabs''' - 1-780-750-4265
*'''Comfort Shuttle and Charter Service - ask for Sonny''' (special rates to Oilsand Plants, sites & camps and for oil sands workers), ''+1 780'' 742-8026
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*'''Metro Taxis''' - 1-780-750-5050
*'''Sun Taxi''', ''+1 780'' 743-5050
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*'''Sun Taxi''' - 1-780-743-5050
*'''United Class Cabs''', ''+1 780'' 743-1234
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*'''United Class Cabs''' - 1-780-743-1234
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*'''Wood Buffalo Co-Op Taxi''' - 1-780-743-9111
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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'''Fort McMurray Tourism''', 1-800-565-3947, [http://www.fortmcmurraytourism.com/index.php?area_id=9], schedules tours of '''Syncrude or Suncor''', the main oil sand plants, from May to September. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance (one week to 10 days advance booking recommended). Children under 12 are not allowed on the tour.  
 
'''Fort McMurray Tourism''', 1-800-565-3947, [http://www.fortmcmurraytourism.com/index.php?area_id=9], schedules tours of '''Syncrude or Suncor''', the main oil sand plants, from May to September. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance (one week to 10 days advance booking recommended). Children under 12 are not allowed on the tour.  
  
'''Aurora Borealis''', the "Northern Lights" are a must see in Fort McMurray. Tours guides such as '''Alta-Can Aurora Tours''' 1-780-452-5187 [http://www.altacan.ab.ca/], '''Aurora Adventures''' 1-780-799-3329 [http://www.aurorabedandbreakfast.com/], and '''Aurora Tours''' 1-780-334-2292 [http://www.picturetrail.com/stuross] can arrange viewings of the elusive lights.
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'''Aurora Borealis''', the "Northern Lights" are a must see in Fort McMurray. Tours guides such as '''Alta-Can Aurora Tours''' 1-780-452-5187 [http://www.altacan.ab.ca/], and '''Aurora Tours''' 1-780-334-2292 [http://www.picturetrail.com/stuross] can arrange viewings of the elusive lights.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
  
 
'''Points North Adventures''', ''+1 780'' 743-9350, [http://www.pointsnorthadventures.com], offers canoe trips and rentals, river tours, and jet boat rides.
 
'''Points North Adventures''', ''+1 780'' 743-9350, [http://www.pointsnorthadventures.com], offers canoe trips and rentals, river tours, and jet boat rides.
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*<do name="Mix 103.7 FM" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://mix1037radio.ca/fort-mcmurray/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">[http://mix1037radio.ca/fort-mcmurray/ Mix 103.7 FM] Playing today's top hits</do>
 
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
Souvenirs of Fort McMurray and the oil sands can be found at the Discovery Centre and specialty retail outlets. Some places, you can purchase small vials of actual oil sand, and different products that are associated with the process all the way to the final product - synthetic crude.
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Souvenirs of Fort McMurray and the oil sands can be found at the Discovery Centre, Heritage Park, and retail locations such as the city's two Dollar Stores, located downtown and in Timberlea. The Discovery Centre sells small vials of crude oil extracted from the various facilities outside of the city.
  
Fort McMurray has several shopping areas and malls, the largest being '''Peter Pond Shopping Centre''', 9713 Hardin Street, ''+1 780'' 791-4044, [http://www.ttproperties.com/ppsc_retail/index.html]. It is, however quite small for a city of 80,000 people. A larger 250,000 sq ft mall is planned to be developed in Timberlea, however no start on construction has occurred.
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Fort McMurray has several shopping areas and malls, the largest being '''Peter Pond Shopping Centre''', 9713 Hardin Street, ''+1 780'' 791-4044, [http://www.ttproperties.com/ppsc_retail/index.html]. It is, however quite small for a city of 80,000 people. A larger outdoor shopping plaza, The Commons At Eagle Ridge, is in development in Timberlea, with the first phase expected to be opened in the Fall of 2018.  It's only known tenants so far are Cineplex, Dairy Queen, Pet Valu, Starbucks, A&W, Banquet Premium Wine Bar, a bakery, a cannabis shop, a gym, two restaurants, a dental office, a liquor store, a barber shop.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
  
'''The Keg Steakhouse'''
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===Budget===
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Fast food chains such as '''McDonalds''', '''Tim Hortons''', '''Burger King''', '''A&W''', '''Wendy's''', '''Edo Japan''', '''Subway''', and '''Dairy Queen''' can be found all over the city.  Budget Pizza chains operating in the city are: '''Domino's Pizza''', '''Pizza Hut''', '''Pizza 73''', '''Little Caesar's''', and '''Papa John's'''.
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'''Ms.B's''' – family owned restaurant with all-day breakfast; two locations.
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'''Kozy Korner Cafe''' – family owned restaurant popular with Newfoundlanders living in the city.
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'''Mom's Kitchen''' – budget all-day breakfast restaurant located inside River City Centre.
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'''McRay's Roudhouse Grill''' – in Gregoire, attached to Best Canadian Motor Inn.
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===Mid-Budget===
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Mid-Budget chain restaurants in the city include '''Moxie's''', '''Montana's''', '''Original Joe's''', '''Canadian Brewhouse''', '''Cora''', and '''Boston Pizza'''.  Local pizzerias such as '''Jomaa's''', '''Supreme Pizza''', '''Cosmos Pizza''', '''Crown Pizza''', '''Pizza Plus''', and '''Hu's''', could be considered mid-budget in comparison to the chains.
  
'''Montana's'''
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'''Mitchell's Cafe'''
  
'''Earl's'''
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'''Chez Max Jamaican Cuisine'''
  
'''Boston Pizza''' two locations in the downtown and Timberlea area
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'''Spices Indian Restaurant'''
  
'''Moxie's Classic Grill'''
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'''Jack's BBQ Express'''
  
'''Tio Mario''' offers Italian food.
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'''Kebab Houzz'''
  
'''Yoshi Japanese Restaurant'''
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'''World Bridge Buffet'''
  
'''Fuji Japanese Restaurant''' has the finest Japanese food in town.
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'''Spring Moon Japanese Restaurant''' – two locations
  
'''Kozy Korner Family Restaurant''' The best place for home-cooked style food.
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'''Fuji Japanese Restaurant'''
  
'''The Fish Place''' offers fine seafood.
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'''Yoshi Japanese Restaurant '''
  
'''Hearthstone''' located in the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre, the Hearthstone restaurant and lounge feature incredible breakfast and lunch buffets, as well as exclusive dishes highlighted by local specialties. Jiggs Dinner featured every Sunday.
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'''Town Hall Public House'''
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'''East Village Pub'''
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'''Wood Buffalo Brewing Company'''
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'''Asta Trattoria Italiana'''
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'''The Keg '''
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'''Earls''' (2 locations; downtown and Fort McMurray Airport)
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'''Prime Social Kitchen'''
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
The legal drinking age in Alberta is 18.
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'''''The legal drinking age in Alberta is 18.'''''
  
'''The Whiskey Ultra Lounge ''' - Popular nightclub for the younger croud. Located in Thickwood- 380 Silin Forest Rd. Previously named Diesel Lounge.
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'''Black Horse Pub ''' - located in Thickwood.
  
'''Black Horse Pub ''' - located in Thickwood.
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'''The Fort McMurray Newfoundlanders Club''' - A very popular spot with the locals. All kinds of music is played here. Club mix, country, rock, and yes, Newfie music. Be sure that if you're going to show up on a Friday or Saturday night, come early, as this place fills up quickly.
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'''Bailey's Pub''' - located inside the Stonebridge Hotel, next to World Bridge Buffet.
  
'''Club NV''' - Steps away from the Peter Pond Shopping Center, Club NV opened up in September of 2009 at the former site of the Cowboys Country Saloon.  Like it's predecessor, it is more popular with the 18 to 25 crowd.
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'''Tavern on Main''' - kind of hard to find, it is located behind the Greystone Building.
  
*<drink name="Heartstone Lounge" alt="" address="530 MacKenzie Boulevard, Fort McMurray, AB, T9H 4C8" directions="at the corner of highway 63 and MacKnight Blvd" phone="780-791-7900" url="www.sawridgefortmcmurray.com" hours="11am to midnight" price="Meals: $12 to $30" lat="" long="">Located in the Sawridge Inn Fort McMurray, set in our renovated open concept lobby area, the Hearthstone Lounge & Grille menus offer a wide selection of tantalizing Canadian specialties, prepared by our competent Chefs and served by friendly, attentive, professional staff. Wide selection of spirits, wine and beer available.</drink>
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'''Showgirls Exotic Night Club'''
  
'''The Fort McMurray Newfoundlanders Club''' - A very popular spot with the locals. All kinds of music are played here. Club mix, country, rock, and yes, Newfie music. Be sure that if you're going to show up on a Friday or Saturday night, come early, as this place fills up quickly.
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'''Podollan Pub'''
  
'''Paddy McSwiggins''' - an Irish pub located in Thickwood.
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'''Sociables''' - located in Thickwood
  
'''Tavern On Main''' a smaller tavern located next to Club NV and Smitty's Family Restaurant in the Peter Pond Shopping Center.
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'''Jaguar Lounge''' - extremely small bar located in Dickinsfield.
  
'''Showgirls Adult Night Club''' - located at 8124 Franklin Avenue with an $6.00 Entertainment Fee / $10 Special Events, Showgirls prides itself on being the ultimate in adult entertainment in Fort McMurray for over 10 years. Bringing you the most beautiful women in the adult industry every week for your viewing pleasure. New Management, new renovations for your comfort, great music and open 7 days a week. This is the only place you need to be!
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'''Brewski's''' - located in Gregoire.
Hours of Operation
 
~ Sunday to Thursday 6 - 2
 
~ Friday and Saturday 4:30 - 2
 
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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===Budget===
 
===Budget===
  
* '''McMurray Inn''', 9906 Saunderson Avenue, ''+1 780'' 743-1700
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*<sleep name="McMurray Inn Motel" alt="" address="9906 Saunderson Ave" directions="" phone="(780) 743-1700" url="" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price="" lat="" long="">Downtown motel facing the Highway 63 corridor, within walking distance of restaurants and the mall.  Free Wi-Fi and parking available.  Pets not allowed.  Staff also speaks Korean and Chinese.</sleep>
  
* '''Twin Pine Motor Inn''', 10024 Biggs Ave, ''+1 780'' 743-3391
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*<sleep name="Ace Inn" alt="" address="9913 Biggs Avenue," directions="" phone="(780)715-2219" url="http://www.aceinnhotel.com" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price="" lat="" long="">Located behind McMurray Inn Motel.
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Free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, and parking.  Pets not allowed.</sleep>
  
* '''Oil Sands Hotel''', 10007 Franklin Ave, ''+1 780'' 743-2211
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*<sleep name="Best Canadian Motor Inns - Downtown" alt="" address="8538 Franklin Ave" directions="" phone="1-888-700-BCMI(2264)" url="http://www.bcminns.com/locations/fort-mcmurray-franklin-ave" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price="" lat="" long="">One of two BCMI's in Fort McMurray.  This downtown location is located near the hospital, Wal-Mart, and many restaurants.  Located on the public transit's Route 11, which will take you to and from the airport, as well as to other parts of town.  Free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, and parking.  Pet friendly.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Best Canadian Motor Inns - Gregoire" alt="Rusty's" address="385 Gregoire Drive" directions="" phone="1-888-700-BCMI(2264)" url="http://www.bcminns.com/locations/rustys-fort-mcmurray" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price="" lat="" long="">The second BCMI location.  Located on city transit's Route 11, which will take you to and from the airport, and to downtown.  No free breakfast, but has a McRay's Grill on site, and is within walking distance of McDonald's.  Free Wi-Fi, and parking.  Pet friendly.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Super 8 Motel" alt="formerly known as Ridgewood Inn" address="230 Parent Way" directions="" phone="1-800-454-3213" url="https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/super-8/fort-mcmurray-alberta/super8-fort-mcmurray/overview" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price="" lat="" long="">Modern motel located in Gregoire.  Free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, and parking.  Pet Friendly.</sleep>
  
 
===Mid Range===
 
===Mid Range===
  
* '''Merit Hotel''', 8200 Franklin Ave, ''+1 780'' 714-9444
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*<sleep name="Merit Hotel & Suites" alt="" address="8200 Franklin Avenue" directions="" phone="1-866-650-FORT (3678)" url="http://www.meritfortmcmurray.com" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price="" lat="" long="">Located downtown, this hotel comes equipped with both standard hotel rooms, as well as extended-stay suites.  One of the only hotels in the city that has a pool with a water slide.  Located on city's public transit route 11, is across the street from the city's Red Arrow Terminal, and less than 5 minutes away from the Greyhound Station.  On-site restaurant (PRIME Test Kitchen).  Convenience store, liquor store, fast-food restaurants across the street.  Free Wi-Fi- and Parking.  Pet friendly.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Nomad Inn" alt="" address="10006 MacDonald Avenue" directions="" phone=" 1-866-650-3678" url="http://www.bcminns.com" checkin="15:00-0:00" checkout="11:00-12:00" price="" lat="" long="">Public Transit main terminal located at doorstep.  Free Wi-Fi and Parking, with restaurants, a 7-11, and a liquor store all less than 5 minute walk away.  </sleep>
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*<sleep name="Bridgeport Inn" alt="" address="10021 Biggs Ave" directions="" phone="1-888-747-0074" url="https://www.bridgeportinns.ca" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price="" lat="" long="">Located in a quieter part of downtown.  Not much amenities near by, except for Earl's, A&W, and a Gas Station.  Free Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Chez Dube Country Inn" alt="" address="10102 Fraser Avenue" directions="" phone="+1-800-565-0757" url="http://www.chezdube.com/index.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Locally owned Bed & Breakfast that backs onto Borealis Park.  Rates start at $149/night.  Free Wi-Fi, parking, and unlimited passes to the city's YMCA facility.</sleep>
  
* '''Radisson Hotel''', 435 Gregoire Dr, ''+1 780'' 743-2400
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*<sleep name="Vantage Inn & Suites" alt="" address="200 Parent Way" directions="" phone="1-866-650-FORT(3678) " url="http://www.vantagefortmcmurray.com" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price="" lat="" long="">Fairly modern Gregoire-area hotel.  Free Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast.  Pet friendly.</sleep>
  
* '''Podollan Inns''', 10131 Franklin Avenue, ''1 888'' 448-2080
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*<sleep name="Stonebridge Hotel" alt="" address="9713 Hardin Street" directions="" phone="1-780-743-3301" url="http://www.stonebridgefortmac.com" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price="" lat="" long="">Ultra convenient hotel, with Boomtown Casino, Peter Pond Mall, Tim Hortons, Wendy's and Montana's at it's doorstep, with an on-site pub (Bailey's) and buffet restaurant (World Bridge Buffet).  Rates start at $119/night.  Free Wi-Fi and parking.  Pet friendly.</sleep>
  
* '''Vantage Hotel''', 200 Parent Way, 1866-650-3678 or 780-713-4042
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*<sleep name="Quality Hotel & Conference Centre" alt="" address="424 Gregoire Drive" directions="" phone="1-780-791-7200" url="https://www.qualityhotelfortmcmurray.com" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price="" lat="" long="">Located in Gregoire, next door to McDonalds.  On the public transit's route 11, which can take you to and from the airport, and to downtown.  Two restaurants on site: Table 63 for home cooked food, and Lion's Deb, a pub with the usual faire of pizza and wings.  Great for business travelers.  Free Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast.  Pet friendly.</sleep>
  
 
===Splurge===
 
===Splurge===
  
* '''Bridgeport Inn''', 10021 Biggs Ave, ''+1 780'' 790-2600
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*<sleep name="Best Western Plus Sawridge Inn & Suites" alt="" address="410 TaigaNova Crescent" directions="" phone="1-888-729-7343" url="https://www.sawridge.com/our-hotels/fort-mcmurray/amenities/" checkin="16:00" checkout="12:00" price="" lat="" long="">The newest hotel in the city, located in the Taigonova Industrial Park, and the only hotel on the north side of town.  Lots of on-site amenities.  Free Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast.  Pet friendly.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Franklin Suite Hotel" alt="" address="10300 Franklin Ave" directions="" phone=" 1-866-650-3678 " url="http://www.franklinfortmcmurray.com" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price="" lat="" long="">Located on a quieter side of downtown, near the Athabasca River and MacDonald Island.  Free Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast.</sleep>
  
* '''Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre''', 530 McKenzie Blvd, Fort McMurray, T9H 4C8''+1 780'' 791-7900 The Sawridge Inn Fort McMurray provides all of the amenities you would expect from a full service hotel. Facilities include indoor pool and jacuzzi, fitness centre, business centre, free parking, high speed internet, and much more. Website: wwww.sawridgefortmcmurray.com
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*<sleep name="Platinum Suites Hotel" alt="" address="8530 Franklin Ave" directions="" phone="1-780-747-7878 " url="https://liamhotels.com" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price="" lat="" long="">Located in the heart of downtown.  Wal-Mart, the hospital, and many other amenities are nearby. Free Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast.</sleep>
  
* '''Chez Dube B&B''', 10102 Fraser Ave, ''+1 780'' 790-2367
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*<sleep name="Microtel Inn & Suites" alt="" address="317 Sakitawaw Trail" directions="" phone="" url="https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/en-uk/microtel/fort-mcmurray-alberta/microtel-inn-and-suites-by-wyndham-fort-mcmurray/overview" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price="" lat="" long="">Brand new hotel in Beacon Hill with all the amenities you need.  Shell Gas Station and Burger King located near by.  Free Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast.  Pet friendly.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Radisson Hotel & Suites" alt="" address="435 Gregoire Drive" directions="" phone="1-780-743-2400" url="https://www.radisson.com/fort-mcmurray-hotel-ab-t9h4k7/abftmcmu" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price="" lat="" long="">Located in Gregoire, it is one of the only other hotels in the city with a waterslide and pool.  Has a free shuttle to and from Fort McMurray Airport.  Has a restaurant on site (PRIME Social Kitchen), and is within walking distance of other restaurants and pubs.  Free Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast.</sleep>
  
 
==Work==
 
==Work==
  
Fort McMurray has a very strong economy and very low unemployment, with an economy driven primarily by the oil sands industry. Most of the jobs are located in the oil sands, north and southeast of town. Most people work at '''Suncor''', '''Syncrude''', '''Albian Sands''', '''CNRL''', '''OptiNexen''' and '''Deer Creek'''.
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Fort McMurray has an economy that comes and goes with the price of oil. Many locals you'll meet will more than likely be employed out at one of the city's biggest oil producers, such as '''Syncrude''', '''Suncor''', '''CNRL Horizon''', '''Husky Sunrise''', '''Cenovus Christina Lake''', and '''JACOS''', among many others.  Though known for being a city of financial opportunity, the golden days have since come and gone.  As of July 2018, the unemployment rate for Northern Alberta, which includes Fort McMurray, is at 11.3%, far higher than the national average.  '''''It is highly recommended you secure employment and a place to live before moving to the city, as jobs are currently scarce, and the rental market is both expensive and challenging due to low vacancy rates.'''''
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
  
Fort McMurray can be known for its brutally cold winters. Temperatures can drop to minus 35 to minus 45 Celsius at times. It is very important that your vehicle is winterized as well as the engine block heater is plugged in. Don't forget to bundle up!
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Fort McMurray can be known for its brutally cold winters, with temperatures dropping as low as -45 °C. It is very important that your vehicle is winterized; being equipped with winter tires, and having a plug for the engine heat block.
As for crime, Fort Mac is generally a very safe place. Franklin Avenue, between Hardin and Morrison as well as Main Street between MacDonald, and Fraser in the downtown area after dark after the bars close on a Friday and Saturday night can be a little rowdy at times but not dangerous.
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In regards to crime, Fort McMurray is very safe for the average citizen. As with any city, you may possibly run into aggressive panhandlers in the downtown core, and parts of Timberlea.  The bars after closing time, as well as the Boomtown Casino, can often be rowdy during evenings, weekends and holidays, but are safe otherwise.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
  
 
===North of Fort McMurray===
 
===North of Fort McMurray===
 
* [[Fort McKay]] - A small native community located 55 km north.
 
  
 
* [[Fort Chipewyan]] - Also known as '''Fort Chip''', is located 250 km north. Travel by road is only permitted in winter as there are ice crossings.
 
* [[Fort Chipewyan]] - Also known as '''Fort Chip''', is located 250 km north. Travel by road is only permitted in winter as there are ice crossings.
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* [[Anzac]] - A small hamlet (population 1000) that is experiencing a mini-boom of its own. Services include a general store. Anzac offers country-style living, and its proximity to the Long Lake oilsands project makes it a favorite among many people.
 
* [[Anzac]] - A small hamlet (population 1000) that is experiencing a mini-boom of its own. Services include a general store. Anzac offers country-style living, and its proximity to the Long Lake oilsands project makes it a favorite among many people.
  
* [[Janvier]] - A small hamlet of around 250 people
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* [[Edmonton]] - The capital city of Alberta, and closest city to Fort McMurray.
 
 
* [[Conklin]] - A small hamlet of around 300 people.  
 
  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 21:04, 17 July 2018

Travel Warning WARNING: A wildfire ripped through Fort McMurray in May 2016. Though citizens have since returned, areas such as Beacon Hill, Waterways, and Abasand have yet to return to normal.
Downtown Fort McMurray

Fort McMurray, colloquially known as Fort Mac, is a city in Alberta, Canada. It is the largest settlement in Athabasca Oil Sands region. Although it has the look and feel of a city, it lost its city status in 1995 when it merged with a large rural area to form the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo [17].


Districts[edit]

Neighbourhoods the make up Fort McMurray include:

  • Downtown, or Lower Townsite, is the centre of action that takes place in the town. Fairly easy to navigate, the main throughfare is the ever so congested Franklin Avenue. Most of the city's services are here. You can expect to find the box-stores here, restaurants, clubs, shopping malls, and more.
  • Gregoire - A combination of trailer parks, condos, and retail. There are a few restaurants and stores in this neighbourhood, as well as a selection of both hotels and motels. This and Downtown are the only parts of Fort McMurray with hotels.
  • Beacon Hill - A primarily residential community, has some stores and an arena, 80% of it was destroyed in the 2016 Fire.
  • Waterways - The oldest settlement in Fort McMurray. Virtually destroyed in 2016 fire.
  • Abasand Heights - Primarily residential with several services. 50% destroyed in 2016 Fire.
  • Thickwood, or Thickwood Heights is a large subdivision with approximately 20,000 people making it the second largest subdivision in Fort McMurray. Services here are on par with downtown.
  • Dickinsfield - Primarily residential with two schools, and a strip mall with a gas station, a very small bar, a hair salon, and a tanning salon.
  • Wood Buffalo - Primarily residential with several services, a newer area of town.
  • Timberlea - The largest subdivision in FortMac with approximately 35,000 people. Most of the new construction in town takes place in this area. Most of this area is residential, however several supermarkets, restaurants, and stores have already opened up, with a new shopping area currently being built in Eagle Ridge. Timberlea breaks off into several smaller sub-divisions such as Eagle Ridge, Stone Creek, etc.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Fort McMurray Airport (YMM) [18] is serviced by both Westjet and Air Canada, and has several flights daily between Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto.

By car[edit]

Alberta Highway 63 is the only road that goes in and out of Fort McMurray. It it paralleled by Highway 881 for about 200 kilometres. Going north, Highway 63 is divided up until the Athabasca River crossing just south of Fort MacKay, while southbound is divided up to the intersection of Alberta Highway 55, near Grassland, Atmore, and Plamondon. Southbound traffic leaving town is abundant between Thursday evening and Friday evening, while Sunday afternoons and evenings are the worst for northbound traffic coming back into town.

Beware that Highway 63, both north and south of town, is notorious for vehicle accidents that unfortunately result in fatalities. In addition to the sheer amount of traffic caused by both commuters and weekend getaway seekers, most structures for the oil sands are built in Edmonton and trucked up north, which can take up the entire highway. Cellphone service can also be weak to non-existent in some parts. It's best to leave town on a full tank of gas and a full stomach, as the only places to get food and gas up going southbound are in Wandering River (over 200km away) and after that, Grassland (255km south of Fort McMurray). Going north, there are gas stations, restaurants, and convenience stores in Fort MacKay, and after that, nothing else. If you are unaccustomed to driving on remote highways, or feel that you cannot handle sharing the road with enormous truck loads and a high volume of vehicular traffic, consider taking the bus or flying.

By train[edit]

Passenger rail service ended in 1986. While there's been some talk about upgrading the existing rail freight corridor, there's no real prospect of bringing it back at this time.

By bus[edit]

Fort McMurray is served by Greyhound [19] and Red Arrow Motorcoach [20] from Edmonton. Greyhound buses leave Edmonton twice daily: one bus leaving as 12:30am and arriving at 6:45am, and another leaving at 1:30pm with a 6:30pm arrival. For Red Arrow in Edmonton, there are two daily departures: one at 9:00am, arriving in Fort McMurray at 2:20pm, and one at 5:30pm, arriving in Fort McMurray at 10:50pm.

Get around[edit]

Fort McMurray is in fact, a loose cluster of several dozen subdivisions, many having only one entry/exit. Most subdivisions are pedestrian friendly, however to travel from one part of town to the other end, a vehicle is definitely recommended.

Fort McMurray has an extensive public transit system that reaches all areas of the city, including the airport. It is common however for the buses to be late or have long waiting periods between each service. One way fares are $1.25, including trips starting and ending at the airport, with fares being waived for children under 5 and seniors over 65.

Taxi cabs are easily available. Taxi cab companies include:

  • Access Taxi - 1-780-799-1234
  • Hank's Quickabs - 1-780-750-4265
  • Metro Taxis - 1-780-750-5050
  • Sun Taxi - 1-780-743-5050
  • United Class Cabs - 1-780-743-1234
  • Wood Buffalo Co-Op Taxi - 1-780-743-9111

See[edit][add listing]

The Oil Sands Discovery Centre, 515 MacKenzie Boulevard, +1 780 743-7167, [21]. September 4 - May 13, 10AM-4PM, closed Mondays. The Centre offers an insight on the rapid pace of development happening north of the city. In addition it explains the history of the oil sands, how the oil sand is mined and converted into product, and future ways of extracting the oil sand. The Discovery Centre also shows exhibits of machines that are used to process the oil sand.

Fort McMurray Tourism, 1-800-565-3947, [22], schedules tours of Syncrude or Suncor, the main oil sand plants, from May to September. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance (one week to 10 days advance booking recommended). Children under 12 are not allowed on the tour.

Aurora Borealis, the "Northern Lights" are a must see in Fort McMurray. Tours guides such as Alta-Can Aurora Tours 1-780-452-5187 [23], and Aurora Tours 1-780-334-2292 [24] can arrange viewings of the elusive lights.

Do[edit][add listing]

Points North Adventures, +1 780 743-9350, [25], offers canoe trips and rentals, river tours, and jet boat rides.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Souvenirs of Fort McMurray and the oil sands can be found at the Discovery Centre, Heritage Park, and retail locations such as the city's two Dollar Stores, located downtown and in Timberlea. The Discovery Centre sells small vials of crude oil extracted from the various facilities outside of the city.

Fort McMurray has several shopping areas and malls, the largest being Peter Pond Shopping Centre, 9713 Hardin Street, +1 780 791-4044, [26]. It is, however quite small for a city of 80,000 people. A larger outdoor shopping plaza, The Commons At Eagle Ridge, is in development in Timberlea, with the first phase expected to be opened in the Fall of 2018. It's only known tenants so far are Cineplex, Dairy Queen, Pet Valu, Starbucks, A&W, Banquet Premium Wine Bar, a bakery, a cannabis shop, a gym, two restaurants, a dental office, a liquor store, a barber shop.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

Fast food chains such as McDonalds, Tim Hortons, Burger King, A&W, Wendy's, Edo Japan, Subway, and Dairy Queen can be found all over the city. Budget Pizza chains operating in the city are: Domino's Pizza, Pizza Hut, Pizza 73, Little Caesar's, and Papa John's.

Ms.B's – family owned restaurant with all-day breakfast; two locations.

Kozy Korner Cafe – family owned restaurant popular with Newfoundlanders living in the city.

Mom's Kitchen – budget all-day breakfast restaurant located inside River City Centre.

McRay's Roudhouse Grill – in Gregoire, attached to Best Canadian Motor Inn.

Mid-Budget[edit]

Mid-Budget chain restaurants in the city include Moxie's, Montana's, Original Joe's, Canadian Brewhouse, Cora, and Boston Pizza. Local pizzerias such as Jomaa's, Supreme Pizza, Cosmos Pizza, Crown Pizza, Pizza Plus, and Hu's, could be considered mid-budget in comparison to the chains.

Mitchell's Cafe

Chez Max Jamaican Cuisine

Spices Indian Restaurant

Jack's BBQ Express

Kebab Houzz

World Bridge Buffet

Spring Moon Japanese Restaurant – two locations

Fuji Japanese Restaurant

Yoshi Japanese Restaurant

Town Hall Public House

East Village Pub

Wood Buffalo Brewing Company

Asta Trattoria Italiana

Splurge[edit]

The Keg

Earls (2 locations; downtown and Fort McMurray Airport)

Prime Social Kitchen

Drink[edit][add listing]

The legal drinking age in Alberta is 18.

Black Horse Pub - located in Thickwood.

The Fort McMurray Newfoundlanders Club - A very popular spot with the locals. All kinds of music is played here. Club mix, country, rock, and yes, Newfie music. Be sure that if you're going to show up on a Friday or Saturday night, come early, as this place fills up quickly.

Bailey's Pub - located inside the Stonebridge Hotel, next to World Bridge Buffet.

Tavern on Main - kind of hard to find, it is located behind the Greystone Building.

Showgirls Exotic Night Club

Podollan Pub

Sociables - located in Thickwood

Jaguar Lounge - extremely small bar located in Dickinsfield.

Brewski's - located in Gregoire.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • McMurray Inn Motel, 9906 Saunderson Ave, (780) 743-1700. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Downtown motel facing the Highway 63 corridor, within walking distance of restaurants and the mall. Free Wi-Fi and parking available. Pets not allowed. Staff also speaks Korean and Chinese.  edit
  • Ace Inn, 9913 Biggs Avenue,, (780)715-2219, [1]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Located behind McMurray Inn Motel. Free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, and parking. Pets not allowed.  edit
  • Best Canadian Motor Inns - Downtown, 8538 Franklin Ave, 1-888-700-BCMI(2264), [2]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. One of two BCMI's in Fort McMurray. This downtown location is located near the hospital, Wal-Mart, and many restaurants. Located on the public transit's Route 11, which will take you to and from the airport, as well as to other parts of town. Free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, and parking. Pet friendly.  edit
  • Best Canadian Motor Inns - Gregoire (Rusty's), 385 Gregoire Drive, 1-888-700-BCMI(2264), [3]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. The second BCMI location. Located on city transit's Route 11, which will take you to and from the airport, and to downtown. No free breakfast, but has a McRay's Grill on site, and is within walking distance of McDonald's. Free Wi-Fi, and parking. Pet friendly.  edit
  • Super 8 Motel (formerly known as Ridgewood Inn), 230 Parent Way, 1-800-454-3213, [4]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Modern motel located in Gregoire. Free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, and parking. Pet Friendly.  edit

Mid Range[edit]

  • Merit Hotel & Suites, 8200 Franklin Avenue, 1-866-650-FORT (3678), [5]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Located downtown, this hotel comes equipped with both standard hotel rooms, as well as extended-stay suites. One of the only hotels in the city that has a pool with a water slide. Located on city's public transit route 11, is across the street from the city's Red Arrow Terminal, and less than 5 minutes away from the Greyhound Station. On-site restaurant (PRIME Test Kitchen). Convenience store, liquor store, fast-food restaurants across the street. Free Wi-Fi- and Parking. Pet friendly.  edit
  • Nomad Inn, 10006 MacDonald Avenue, 1-866-650-3678, [6]. checkin: 15:00-0:00; checkout: 11:00-12:00. Public Transit main terminal located at doorstep. Free Wi-Fi and Parking, with restaurants, a 7-11, and a liquor store all less than 5 minute walk away.  edit
  • Bridgeport Inn, 10021 Biggs Ave, 1-888-747-0074, [7]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Located in a quieter part of downtown. Not much amenities near by, except for Earl's, A&W, and a Gas Station. Free Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast.  edit
  • Chez Dube Country Inn, 10102 Fraser Avenue, +1-800-565-0757, [8]. Locally owned Bed & Breakfast that backs onto Borealis Park. Rates start at $149/night. Free Wi-Fi, parking, and unlimited passes to the city's YMCA facility.  edit
  • Vantage Inn & Suites, 200 Parent Way, 1-866-650-FORT(3678), [9]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Fairly modern Gregoire-area hotel. Free Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast. Pet friendly.  edit
  • Stonebridge Hotel, 9713 Hardin Street, 1-780-743-3301, [10]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Ultra convenient hotel, with Boomtown Casino, Peter Pond Mall, Tim Hortons, Wendy's and Montana's at it's doorstep, with an on-site pub (Bailey's) and buffet restaurant (World Bridge Buffet). Rates start at $119/night. Free Wi-Fi and parking. Pet friendly.  edit
  • Quality Hotel & Conference Centre, 424 Gregoire Drive, 1-780-791-7200, [11]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Located in Gregoire, next door to McDonalds. On the public transit's route 11, which can take you to and from the airport, and to downtown. Two restaurants on site: Table 63 for home cooked food, and Lion's Deb, a pub with the usual faire of pizza and wings. Great for business travelers. Free Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast. Pet friendly.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Best Western Plus Sawridge Inn & Suites, 410 TaigaNova Crescent, 1-888-729-7343, [12]. checkin: 16:00; checkout: 12:00. The newest hotel in the city, located in the Taigonova Industrial Park, and the only hotel on the north side of town. Lots of on-site amenities. Free Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast. Pet friendly.  edit
  • Franklin Suite Hotel, 10300 Franklin Ave, 1-866-650-3678, [13]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Located on a quieter side of downtown, near the Athabasca River and MacDonald Island. Free Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast.  edit
  • Platinum Suites Hotel, 8530 Franklin Ave, 1-780-747-7878, [14]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Located in the heart of downtown. Wal-Mart, the hospital, and many other amenities are nearby. Free Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast.  edit
  • Microtel Inn & Suites, 317 Sakitawaw Trail, [15]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Brand new hotel in Beacon Hill with all the amenities you need. Shell Gas Station and Burger King located near by. Free Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast. Pet friendly.  edit
  • Radisson Hotel & Suites, 435 Gregoire Drive, 1-780-743-2400, [16]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Located in Gregoire, it is one of the only other hotels in the city with a waterslide and pool. Has a free shuttle to and from Fort McMurray Airport. Has a restaurant on site (PRIME Social Kitchen), and is within walking distance of other restaurants and pubs. Free Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast.  edit

Work[edit]

Fort McMurray has an economy that comes and goes with the price of oil. Many locals you'll meet will more than likely be employed out at one of the city's biggest oil producers, such as Syncrude, Suncor, CNRL Horizon, Husky Sunrise, Cenovus Christina Lake, and JACOS, among many others. Though known for being a city of financial opportunity, the golden days have since come and gone. As of July 2018, the unemployment rate for Northern Alberta, which includes Fort McMurray, is at 11.3%, far higher than the national average. It is highly recommended you secure employment and a place to live before moving to the city, as jobs are currently scarce, and the rental market is both expensive and challenging due to low vacancy rates.

Stay safe[edit]

Fort McMurray can be known for its brutally cold winters, with temperatures dropping as low as -45 °C. It is very important that your vehicle is winterized; being equipped with winter tires, and having a plug for the engine heat block.

In regards to crime, Fort McMurray is very safe for the average citizen. As with any city, you may possibly run into aggressive panhandlers in the downtown core, and parts of Timberlea. The bars after closing time, as well as the Boomtown Casino, can often be rowdy during evenings, weekends and holidays, but are safe otherwise.

Get out[edit]

North of Fort McMurray[edit]

  • Fort Chipewyan - Also known as Fort Chip, is located 250 km north. Travel by road is only permitted in winter as there are ice crossings.
  • Fort Smith - Located 508 km north. Travel by road is only possible in winter.

South of Fort McMurray[edit]

  • Anzac - A small hamlet (population 1000) that is experiencing a mini-boom of its own. Services include a general store. Anzac offers country-style living, and its proximity to the Long Lake oilsands project makes it a favorite among many people.
  • Edmonton - The capital city of Alberta, and closest city to Fort McMurray.Create category
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