Fort McMurray
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Then and now: Vista Ridge

Vista Ridge’s modern-day riches are skiing and all-season fun. Covered rink and air-filled pillows for wipeouts, anyone?

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Six winter activities not to miss in Fort McMurray

Warm up your winter with these six exhilarating activities found in Fort Mac.

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Myth busting Fort Mac

From the minute my plane hovered above the boreal forest just outside of Fort McMurray, I knew my expectations were out of whack.

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Searching for the aurora in Fort Mac

FORT MCMURRAY, AB — Alberta's Winter Road begins north of Fort McMurray, but before you hit that wintery trail, spend a few days exploring the many winter adventures that are available in this dynamic city that acts as the urban gateway to Alberta's northeast and beyond.

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Alberta's oldest community a real gem

FORT CHIPEWYAN, AB — Located 280 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan (or Fort Chip as many call it) is Alberta's oldest European settlement. Established in 1788 by the North West Company, it's location on the northwestern tip of Lake Athabasca plus the convergence of two more bodies of water in the immediate area, the Rocher and Quatre Fourches rivers, made it an ideal site for a fur trading post.

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Fort Smith nourishes the arts

FORT SMITH, NWT — Fort Smith, located just above the Alberta border in the Northwest Territories, is totally different from what I had expected. Than again, I didn't know what I expected, only that I was glad I could finally say, "I've been to the Northwest Territories."

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A lifelong passion for carving

FORT SMITH, AB — Now retired from his 'civilian job,' Sonny MacDonald is a larger-than-life, self-taught artist who started carving at the age of seven. Among others, he has done commissioned work for both Pope John Paul II and Prince Phillip of England, but whether it's a commissioned piece or something for a trade show, anyone visiting his workshop can clearly see that MacDonald 'needs to carve.'

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Alberta's disappearing road

FORT MCMURRAY, AB — Beginning the middle of December a road appears between Fort McMurray, in Alberta's northeastern corner, and Fort Smith in the North West Territories, and every year, by the end of March, it disappears. This road is known as Alberta's Winter Road – and what an adventure it provides for winter enthusiasts looking for something that is truly "off the beaten track."

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The Aurora Shine Bright in Fort McMurray

Near midnight the milky smear of clouds that guarded what lay beyond – an infinite jet-black sky salted with stars, planets, distant galaxies, and, most importantly, the celebrated aurora borealis – starts to break.

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