Welcome to theNeighbourhood

Welcome to the
Neighbourhood

Fort McMurray isn’t all about business for Mark Hartigan and his wife Melissa. As a busy parent of three young children who is involved in almost every community activity one can imagine, Mark knows how important it is to give back. He focuses his charitable giving primarily on youth sports and healthcare and volunteers at, attends, and contributes to community fundraisers.

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Here are some local businesses and points of interest that may be helpful to you as a new or existing Fort McMurray resident.

 

 

Restaurants

The Keg

10006 MacDonald Ave, Fort McMurray, AB

 

The KEG has just had a complete overhaul and looks unbelievable. The 2-level lounge is so nice and is a great place to go for a couple drinks and appetizers before going out for the night. I love getting dressed up and enjoy a very classy upscale restaurant. The food is Incredible to match its decor. If you want to impress your friend/date/client, this is the place to take them!

Earls

9802 Morrison St, Fort McMurray, AB

 

Great hot wings and a fun patio in the summer! The lounge has a great atmosphere and is always a great place for meetings during the day.

Townhall Public House

8104 Fraser Ave, Fort McMurray, AB

 

Newer restaurant with fairly great food and nice decor. The layout is a bit off, as the only restrooms are in the basement, but that might be because when the lights go down and when the music turns up, this place becomes a fun party place in the basement as well as the main floor.

McDonald’s in Gregoire

450 Gregoire Dr, Fort McMurray, AB

 

It’s a brand new building that can compete with any MacDonald’s in the world. They have a great play area for the kids and a really cool cafe bar.

Moxie’s Bar & Grill

100, 9521 Franklin Ave, Fort McMurray, AB

 

Very modern and classy design. The times I have eaten here, their food has always been delicious.

Chefs Table by Mitchell’s

10015 Main Street, Fort Mcmurray, AB

 

I love this place for lunch. They offer unreal homemade bread daily, and all their food is fresh daily. This is not your prototypical lunch spot. It’s in an old house that has been converted into a neat, home-feel restaurant, and they use all natural ingredients.

Boston Pizza

Downtown 780.743.5056 10202 MacDonald Ave, Fort McMurray, AB

Timberlea 780.715.1999 110 Millennium Dr, Fort McMurray, AB

 

This is such a fun restaurant! First off, my kids love it. It is such a family friendly environment. I love that there are so many different choices on the menu, and the beer is always cold! The downtown BP’s has just been renovated and looks awesome. The lounge is so modern and upbeat, and the bathroom is pretty neat. They have urinal games! It sounds weird, but it’s true!

Beauty

Orange Lily Hair and Body Studio

9914 Morrison St, Fort McMurray, AB

 

Orange Lily is located downtown in the Morrison Centre. I always receive friendly customer service when I arrive. The stylists are all very knowledgeable, and they work together to make sure you receive the service you requested.

Inah’s Nail Art Salon

355 Loutit Rd, Fort McMurray, AB

 

This Boutique is located in Eagle Ridge. Eunji and the girls at this salon are fantastic. They offer many services, including massage, facials, waxing, eyelash extensions, and many more. It is kept very clean and tidy, and the customer service is great. I appreciate that I can usually walk in and get a service done. We all lead busy lives, and sometimes it is difficult to schedule a manicure or pedicure in advance.

Shopping Women

Yvonne Lauren

122 Millennium Dr, Fort McMurray, AB

 

This boutique, located in Timberlea, is a women’s clothing store that carries Michael Kors, Joseph Ribkoff, Esprit, and other high end designers. They also have fun fashion accessories if you need to add a little something to an outfit. You will not be disappointed with their selection.

Project Clothing

Bay 21, 8102 Fraser Ave, Fort McMurray, AB

 

This is a newer boutique in downtown carrying high end products. They carry both men and women apparel, and the customer service is amazing. A few examples of brands they carry are Citizens of Humanity, Jbrand, Sanctuary, and Vince. Go check them out for yourself!

Drop Dead Darling

Downtown Bay 15 - 36 Riedel Street, Fort McMurray, AB

Uptown Bay 141 - 395 Loutit Road, Fort McMurray, AB

 

There are two of these boutiques. One is located downtown, and the other is located in Eagle Ridge. They carry on-trend clothing ranging from casual to formal. The price points are reasonable, and the clothes are fun and flirty.

Shopping Men

Bob Barrett’s Mens Apparel

10013 MacDonald Ave, Fort McMurray, AB

 

This is a men’s store that carries on-trend clothing. If you need something for a special occasion, this is the place to go. It also has dress shoes and other accessories to complete an outfit. The customer service is great, and they are helpful and knowledgeable about the products they carry.

Shopping Children

Superstore/Extra Foods

Downtown 9 Haineault St, Ft Mcmurray, AB

Timberlea 251 Powder Dr, Fort McMurray, AB

 

When I need to find something on-trend and inexpensive for the littles in my life, I always like to check out Joe Fresh. I always find something that is cute and affordable, which I love!

Just Kidding

9612 Franklin Ave, Fort McMurray, AB

 

This children’s boutique located downtown carries all sorts of brands for kids. It is a good idea to check them out often to see what they have because it seems to go fast. The customer service is friendly and helpful.

The Children’s Place

9713 Hardin St, Fort McMurray, AB

 

Located in the Peter Pond Mall on the main level. Being a chain store, it is always well stocked with a wide selection.

Attractions

Gregoire Lake

 

If you love boating, beaches, fishing, ice fishing, skiing—really any outdoor sports—this area of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is for you. Located 35km south of downtown Fort McMurray, it is only a short drive to be able to live in outdoor paradise. Homes don’t often become available on the market in this area, but when they do, they don’t last long. Summer out on the lake is the place to be.  Water activities, camping, and beaches are the main attractions.

Beacon Hill

 

What a great place to raise a family! Beacon Hill is situated on the south end of town. One of the closer communities to the Fort McMurray International Airport. This is a very quiet residential area that is very mature with many homes with unique layouts and huge yards that is great for growing families and residents working downtown or south of town. The home ice rink (Frank Lacroix Arena) of Fort McMurray Minor hockey is located in the heart of Beacon Hill.

Birchwood Trails & Doug Barnes Cabin

 

If you like to bike/walk/snowshoe/cross country ski, this trail is absolutely amazing. It offers 130km of maintained trails throughout the Northwest area of Fort McMurray. All they ask is that you not use motorized vehicles on the trail for obvious safety reasons. The starting point of the trail is a must-see with the Doug Barnes Cabin that is used for multiple community activities.

Gregoire Lake & Campground

 

Summer time hot spot! This is a great lake for all your water sport needs. I have never heard of a bad fishing trip out here. I always have fun on mine. My kids love just going to the public beach and playing. We pack a lunch and have a picnic. There are lots of picnic tables, which is good because it can get pretty busy on hot weekends. The campground is well looked after and can also get fairly busy in the summer, so be sure to reserve your spot.

Rotary Point Lookout

 

This is a beautiful place to unwind for a few moments and look out over the top of the city and river. It’s located at the east end of Silin Forrest road.

Wood Buffalo Spray Park

 

FREE FREE FREE!!!! This is a great place to be on those hot days with the kids. Sun, picnics, spray park…This all speaks for itself!! FUN FUN FUN!!

Giants of Mining Exhibit

North of Fort McMurray on HWY 63

 

This is a great way to learn about the oilsands and how it all began. You get to see all the massive equipment they used on the reclaimed land and can also view the buffalo roaming the land. It’s a must see if you or your guest have never been to Fort McMurray or don’t know much about the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

MacDonald Island Park

1 C. A. Knight Way, 151 C. A. Knight Way, Fort McMurray, AB

 

This place truly has all your recreational needs. My kids are down here almost every day. There are so many organized sports held here. Hockey/golf/swimming/basketball/rock climbing/dancing/soccer/baseball…if you can think of it, they most likely have it. This is the biggest recreational facility in western Canada. It is an absolute must-see facility. I have seen monster truck shows, concerts (Aerosmith, Our lady peace), CFL football games, and pro soccer games here. So many events take place at Mac Island. It’s so much fun!

Community Overview

Gregoire

Located in the south end of town, this area is mixed-use and includes industrial, commercial, and residential areas. Many of Fort McMurray’s hotels are located in this area, and many big companies have their warehouses and offices in Gregoire. With hotels comes restaurants! Some of the best restaurants in Fort McMurray are here, including Prime Social Kitchen and the kid’s favourite place, McDonalds. This state-of-the-art McDonalds has a large indoor play area. This community was relatively unaffected by the Fort McMurray Fire and faces minimal damage.

 

Anzac

Located 48km southeast of downtown, you will find a brand new, state-of-the-art leisure facility (http://www.anzacrec.ca). Opened in March 2014, Anzac has an ice rink, field houses, meeting rooms, and a gym with exercise classes. Anzac has both small and large homes at every price range. Anzac also offers condo style living in the Hamlets downtown area for buyers who don’t want huge yards. During the fire, 12 structures were lost in Anzac.

 

Waterways

Located in the downtown sector, Waterways is the oldest area of town. Well known for its rail days, at one point it was the northernmost point of the rail system. Waterways is also known for cargo being shipped and put onto barges where tug boats then transport it to the more northern towns. Waterways has a great outdoor museum of the old town. This community has always been a desired place to live, with many properties that feature half to full acreage and condominium style living with beautiful baseball fields and easy access to downtown. Unfortunately, the Waterways community was extremely impacted by the fire. Over 90% of the area was destroyed. Issues with flood plain guidelines have caused delays on rebuild and demolition permits.

 

Downtown

Welcome to the heart of Fort McMurray where great restaurants, great amenities, and all the shops one would need are right at your fingertips! The east end of downtown is the newer side of town and features many new apartment buildings and restaurants/shops. In the heart of downtown you will find many single family homes that were built between 1960 and 1985. These are older homes; however, you will find that you will get a huge yard/lot on the property. In the northwest section of downtown is the jewel of Fort McMurray—the MacDonald Island Leisure Centre. This is the biggest leisure center in all of Western Canada (http://www.macdonaldisland.ca/). This place is incredible! It features a huge indoor water park and slides, two ice rinks, multiple field houses, curling, golf, dance, art programs, track, a gym, football, and baseball. You name it, Mac Island has it. It’s a must-see facility. The great part of being downtown is the location, as it’s only a short walk to all amenities. Luckily, the Downtown area was relatively unaffected by the fire and faced no major damage. Only one home was lost.

 

Timberlea

Located in the northwest section of Fort McMurray 10km from downtown, otherwise known as “up on the hill” or “north of the bridge”, this area of town attracts many buyers with families, as they are 5-25 year old homes with nice sized yards and really nice homes in a mature neighbourhood. I chose this area myself, as its great for my kids. It is a very family-friendly area with lots of parks, schools, and young families. North of the bridge also offers many amenities, including downtown, many grocery stores, restaurants, and banks. Timberlea was relatively unaffected by the Fort McMurray wildfires; however, the community of Stonecreek was severely impacted, losing approximately 200 structures. In addition, 13 mobile homes in another Timberlea community were lost.

 

Fire Update - Other Fort McMurray Communities

The Fort McMurray fire burnt 1.5 million acres of land. Authorities are still unsure how the fire started, but it has been confirmed that it is the costliest disaster in Canadian history. Overall, 2,400 structures were damaged in the fire, leading to billions of dollars in insurance claims. Many of the structures that survived have been impacted through related issues (such as smoke and embers), requiring complete remediation to clean homes and ensure the safety of all structures.

Here is an update on the extent to which other communities in Fort McMurray were affected:

Abasand

The community is still inaccessible for residents. Over 50% of the area was destroyed. Luckily, all major infrastructure was undamaged. Owners are still waiting on demolition permits for the homes that were lost.

Beacon Hill

Over 70% of the community was destroyed, yet major infrastructure (such as the arena and schools) did not experience any damage. Though the area is still inaccessible, demolition permits have been processed.

Blackburn Drive

Four homes were lost.

Dikinsfield

Two homes were completely destroyed due to a post-fire gas explosion. Approximately, 40 to 50 other homes experienced moderate to severe damage.

Eagle Ridge

Minimal damage was caused.

Grayling Terrace

Surrounded by areas decimated by the fire, it is a miracle that most of this community survived. Four homes were lost and six were damaged.

Parsons North (Blackburn Drive)

The newly developed school was partially burnt. Fortunately the damage is not severe, and it will be able to be rebuilt easily. The rest of the community faced minimal damage.

Prairie Creek

Minimally damaged, this area was relatively unaffected by the fire.

Saprae Creek

Approximately 35% of homes were destroyed. Demolition is almost complete, and the rebuild process will begin as soon as possible.

Thickwood

Minimally damaged, one home was lost. The golf course clubhouse was completely destroyed, but the course is up and running from temporary structures.

Wood Buffalo

Over 100 homes were destroyed, and many areas were severely damaged or destroyed.

Walnut Crescent

Fifteen homes were lost.