The 8 Best Things to Do in Fort McMurray, Canada

December 9, 2017 Veronika Gaddis

Fort McMurray (/mɪkˈmʌri/ mik-MURR-ee) is a population centre, technically classified as an urban service area, in the Regional Municipality (RM) of Wood Buffalo in Alberta, Canada. It is located in northeast Alberta, in the middle of the Athabasca oil sands, surrounded by boreal forest. It has played a significant role in the development of the national petroleum industry. A severe wildfire in May 2016 led to the evacuation of its residents and caused widespread damage.
Restaurants in Fort McMurray

1. Oil Sands Discovery Centre

515 Mackenzie Blvd, Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 4X3, Canada +1 780-743-7167
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 169 reviews

Oil Sands Discovery Centre

The Oil Sands Discovery Centre in Fort McMurray is located in the heart of the world's biggest single oil deposit - the Athabasca Oil Sands. The Centre is an educational facility committed to increasing public awareness and knowledge about the oil sands. Come to the Oil Sands Discovery Centre and experience the history, science, and technology of the oil sands. It's the closest you can get without boots and a hard hat! The Centre is a provincial facility operated by Alberta Culture and Tourism, Historic Sites and Museums Branch.

Reviewed By Pietro D - Calgary, Canada

I am sure everyone in Fort McMurray is aware of this place, as it is an attraction for school kids, across the age range.
The place does a decent job at explaining how oilsands are converted into usable crude or fuel.
The large truck could be a bit more realistic and the driving screen needs to be updated.

2. MacDonald Island Park

1 C.A. Knight Way, Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 5C5, Canada +1 780-791-0070
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 138 reviews

MacDonald Island Park

Reviewed By RobynG178 - Nelson, Canada

I was amazed by the size of the water park for small children, it was a huge area & looked like a lot of fun. Pool was huge too. The centre was well maintained, clean & well used by residents. Beautiful community complex.

3. Giants of Mining

45 kilometres north of the city on Highway 63, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
Excellent
56%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 34 reviews

Giants of Mining

Reviewed By poliquinp - Rimouski, Canada

Must see if you are in Fort McMurray. Those huge machines totally worth the small travel. You will learn how they operated before 1999. Just being nexto to those monster worth it.

10015 Centennial Dr, Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 1X8, Canada +1 780-790-1777
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
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5 based on 12 reviews

Established in 1991 as Frames & More, the gallery offers custom picture framing and high-quality artisan gifts. With a doubling of space and a new name, Points North now represents more than two dozen Canadian artists with a special focus on local and regional. They host regular Exhibitions with featured artists in attendance as well as 'Saturday at the Gallery' art demo events. Mon to Fri 9 am - 5 pm, Thurs till 7:30 pm; Sat 10 am - 4 pm.

Reviewed By Ross M - Airdrie, Canada

A great find. We have a few events here and have always been looked after very well. As you network, you can enjoy the art, pottery and support your local artisans and crafter.

5. Fort McMurray Marine Park Museum

Downtown Fort McMurray, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
Excellent
25%
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Fort McMurray Marine Park Museum

Reviewed By goneAlberta - alberta

This is a new attraction. The admission is $11.50. It tells the history of ships, barges and trains in the area. There are also historic buildings but they were not open to the public yet. A playground is on site.

6. Aboriginal Interpretive Trail

McDonald Island, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
Excellent
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5 based on 2 reviews

Aboriginal Interpretive Trail

Reviewed By Lancastrians16 - UK

We found this 1100 metre trail by chance during a stroll on McDonald Island. A year ago the local community commissioned 7 sculptures to represent the key values of the First Nation and Metis communities. Locals then provided numerous representations in artistic but appropriate form of the Silver Fox which is indigenous to the area. The artwork and sculptures are of a high standard.
The trail, which in part follows the river, with scenic views is well maintained with a choice of paths to follow which have gentle gradients. Helpful information and displays explain each value and a dedication is beside each fox.
A very moving and interesting tribute to the aboriginal culture which has deep roots in Wood Buffalo.

7. Peter Pond Mall

9713 Hardin St, Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 1L2, Canada +1 780-791-4044
Excellent
4%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
69%
Poor
9%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

3 based on 22 reviews

Peter Pond Mall

Reviewed By 836eldent - Calgary, Canada

Small mall in the heart of downtown Fort McMurray. I went to the phone store and walked around the rest of the mall. Typical small town mall, but this is a city.

8. Boomtown Casino

9825 Hardin St, Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 4G9, Canada +1 780-790-9739
Excellent
17%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
23%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

3 based on 34 reviews

Boomtown Casino

Welcome to Boomtown Casino, where we have been at the heart of Fort McMurray since 1978! We offer promotions, daily specials, weekly live entertainment, and endless chances to win big! With more than 23,000 feet of gaming space and lounge, there is something for everyone. Come enjoy all-day breakfast or chef-created specialties in the Clearwater Café or spend your night on the dance floor enjoying the best live entertainment in the city.

Reviewed By J M - Fort McMurray, Canada

The Boomtown has had many exceptional live bands of both local and brought talent. The bands play until after midnight and the dance floor is always busy and a great time.We're happy you're enjoying the live music! We have live shows every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We hope to see you again soon!

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