Wood Buffalo Economic Development

Life in RMWB

Life in RMWB

Do well. Live well.

  • Wood Buffalo is as much about indoor recreation as outdoor recreation with facilities that few other cities anywhere near its size can claim.
  • Wood Buffalo offers a big opportunity for businesses that will support and enhance the present recreational infrastructure. A fitness-oriented resident population will warm to everything from acupuncture and laser pain relief to yoga and Pilates classes.
  • Recreational facilities in Wood buffalo are far beyond what anyone would expect to find in a municipality of just over 100,000 people. They include the Archie Simpson Arena, with a NHL size rink in the small community Fort Chipewyan. Summers are well-spent at the Syncrude Timberlea Athletic Park with its focus on baseball, skateboarding and lacrosse. Popular Vista Ridge is a popular winter destination with its alpine skiing and snowboarding. There are several indoor and outdoor ice arenas, an Olympic-size pool and aquatic centre, an indoor leisure centre a multi-purpose athletic park and much, much more. Fort McMurray’s MacDonald Park itself is the largest recreational development of its kind in Canada.
  • Wood Buffalo is a tight collection of communities and we love to get together to share our good fortune and good times. A year-round roster of events includes everything from the 3 Forts Sled Dog Race and the June Bug Children’s Festival to the star-studded Canada Rocks and our family-oriented “Craze” New Year’s celebration. In February/March, the three-week Winterplay festival features an international array of performers and in summer, Interplay puts the focus on family with everything from street performers to a film festival. For business, the opportunities for brand-enhancing participation are huge. There is always something going on and you can be sure it will be big!

All fun, all the time.


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