Fort McMurray puts the epic in winter adventures
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Fort McMurray redefines its “boom” character, with focus on community, adventure
Climbing behind the “wheel” of a Sherp is a surreal experience, beginning with the lack of wheel itself. This large, near-indestructible, amphibious tank of a vehicle has a manual transmission and two large levers to pivot and turn left and right. Its wheels are as tall as the average adult, and the squat body of the thing hunches over them, keeping a low profile (if that is possible for such a wild contraption).
The vehicles were designed in Russia for use in the boggy tundra of the north, and get plenty of commercial use in the oil sands up beyond Fort McMurray, but the local entrepreneur Yeti Roughrider who provides these machines to industry here is now developing a new line of business providing tours of the area in these crazy machines. It's just another way Fort McMurray is re-inventing itself with winter adventure offerings.
When You Go
Edmonton to Fort McMurray is about a four-hour drive, which includes travel on a new twinned highway. The Fort McMurray Airport has regularly scheduled flights from major carriers.
SnowSeekers asks you consider flight offsets if air is included in your itinerary.
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