“Determined to stay..."
Fort McMurray is a city of contrasts: a thriving community with lively social, arts, and cultural activities as well as an important hub for the energy industry in Alberta.
The City of Fort McMurray is located in the heart of Canada’s boreal forest and surrounded by lakes that offer plentiful recreational opportunities. The community is also one of Canada’s most diverse cities, with more than 80 languages spoken in the area. Fort McMurray offers an outstanding quality of life, and this is one of the main reasons residents are choosing to stay and rebuild after the devastating wildfire earlier this year.
“Over an hour’s drive away from the nearest oil sands operation..."
Located 435 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, Fort McMurray is over an hour’s drive away from the nearest oil sands operation. In-and-around the city and surrounding communities, there are many ways to explore and enjoy the outdoors.
Explore hundreds of kilometres of trails through the city and four provincial parks in the area where you can enjoy your favourite activity. Even with the temporary closure of some park spaces due to the wildfire, many of the nearby parks are fully operational and ready to enjoy. Go hiking, horseback riding, or dirt biking in summer, or cross-country skiing, dogsledding, or snowmobiling in winter. Plentiful lakes also provide space to paddle, boat, fish, or simply observe the wildlife. You can even visit a moving desert in Maybelle River Wildland Park, where the shifting sands of the Athabasca Sand Dunes tower twelve metres tall.
“Hard working, family-focused, lively, and diverse, there is more to this city than most people know."
Fort McMurray offers a full range of amenities and essential services.
For families with school-age children, educational options include several public, Catholic, and French immersion schools from Kindergarten to grade 12.
Locally-based Keyano College provides options for a range of in-house and transfer post-secondary programs, including certificate, diploma, and bachelor’s degree programs. Students can choose from degrees in Business Administration, Nursing, or Education, diplomas in Early Learning and Child Care or Environmental Technology, or trades and apprenticeship training as a Carpenter, Welder, or Millwright.
Discover a flourishing community with a range of clubs and associations, churches, community service organizations. Get involved in theatre, dance, and arts, and cultural groups geared towards adults, families, and children of all ages. The sports and recreation opportunities are excellent, with numerous parks and sports fields, and rinks for hockey, soccer, tennis, basketball, and softball among them.
The Suncor Leisure Centre and MacDonald Island Park provide a number of ways to stay active, including an NHL-sized arena, curling rink, climbing wall, fitness centre, dance studios, a running track, and an Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool. In addition, there’s an art gallery, public library, and indoor playground.
“Get to know Fort McMurray for yourself – and let this beautiful community surprise you…"
Alberta Health Services operates three facilities in Fort McMurray, the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, the Fort McMurray Recovery Centre, and Fort McMurray Community Health Services.
Working in Fort McMurray offers opportunity for both variety and specialization due to the size of the population – over 61,000 in Fort McMurray itself and over 20,000 more from the surrounding Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
You can learn more about living and working on the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s website, tourism, and social pages. Look for current job opportunities available in Fort McMurray on Alberta Health Services online job board.
Earn up to an additional $12,480 annually through the Northern Incentives Program.