Welcome to Fort McMurray and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Stretching from north central Alberta to the borders of Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories, The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo ranks, by area, among the largest municipalities in North America.
Nestled in the boreal forest at the confluence of four rivers, Fort McMurray, the largest city in the Municipality, is a vibrant community rich in history and with an unlimited potential for the future.
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is an incredibly vibrant, busy and bustling place. We continue to welcome visitors and tourists with enthusiasm. We are proud to be able to showcase our Region and anticipate the opportunity to do exactly that to more visitors than ever before this season.
Please be reminded that it is very important to call ahead, reservations are recommended for accommodations and vehicle rentals. Campgrounds are busy year round, a phone call before you leave home is always a good idea. Improvements have been made to Highway 63 and plans are underway for further upgrading.
Highway 881 from Lac La Biche to Fort McMurray is completely paved and a safe and beautiful alternate access to our community for all types of traffic. The highways are busy and people are reminded to drive with due care and diligence as you would on any other highway in Canada.
Don't be deterred from travelling. Plan ahead and avoid disappointment - we are only a phone call or a mouse click away.
You can reach Fort McMurray Tourism toll free 1.800.565.3947. Make this your year to explore, come and see why we really do have the energy - all that's missing is you! At a Glance
- Location: 435 Km northeast of Edmonton on Highway 63
- Population: 76,797- city and 104,338 - Municipality
- Average Temperature: January -19.8 C July +16.6
- Annual Rainfall: 334.5 mm
- Annual Snowfall: 172.0 cm
- Hours of Sunshine/Year 2108.9
- Elevation: 370 m
- Industries: Oil sands, natural gas and pipeline sectors, forestry, tourism, retail
This is a place immersed in natural beauty where land, sky and water meet to provide unparalleled vacation possibilities. Canoe the historic travel and trade routes followed by early trappers and explorers, explore the sand dunes, hike the trails, fish the pristine clear waters of Northern Alberta, gaze in awe at the Aurora Borealis or join a learning tour of the Athabasca Oil Sands – a natural resource that has been spoken of as the “eighth wonder of the world”.
In addition to Fort McMurray, The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo consists of ten smaller communities: Anzac, Conklin, Draper, Fort Chipewyan, Fort Fitzgerald, Fort MacKay, Gregoire Lake Estates, Janvier/Chard, Mariana Lakes and Saprae Creek Estates. Each of these communities has its own unique charms and attractions.
Fort Chipewyan is Alberta's oldest settled community. Over 200 years of rich history has created a destination that has enticed explorers, fur traders and adventure enthusiasts since the 18th century. Fort Chipewyan is the launch point for your adventure into Wood Buffalo National Park or an ideal "leave your worries behind" retreat. Go with expectations...come home with the unexpected!
Whether you are a visitor, new resident or considering relocation, we would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo – Alberta’s “northern light.” All that's missing is you!