Fort McMurray could be described as one of Canada's best kept vacation secrets. Visitors here can indulge in exciting activities, year-round sports, outdoor attractions and special events – all without big city crowds.
Northeastern Alberta is jam-packed with opportunities for spectacular outdoor experiences. In the warmer months, boaters can canoe along historic trade routes and anglers can cast their lines and try to hook the big one. Hikers and cyclists can navigate the hundreds of trails throughout the Richardson River sand dune area while walkers marvel at the beautiful scenery. Long summer days also give golfers the opportunity to play one of the region's three 18-hole courses – or perhaps all three – before the sun goes down.
The little scientist or future geologist in your family is sure to enjoy an oil sands tour. Fort McMurray is famous for its Athabasca Oil Sands, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. Or, if your little scientist prefers animals, head to Wood Buffalo National Park where you’ll see Canada's largest herd of free-roaming buffalo. But be careful, they're much bigger up close than they seem from afar.
During the winter months, visit Vista Ridge All Seasons Park. Here you'll find beginner and intermediate level ski runs, a quad chairlift, a top-notch, fully accredited ski school and a half-pipe for snowboarders. There is also a tube park designed for hours of family fun.
Fort McMurray is also one of the best places in Alberta to see the aurora borealis or Northern Lights. When the sun sets on cold winter nights, you'll see the region's hotels, motels and quaint bed & breakfasts hedged by an amazing light show in the sky.