Wood Buffalo Economic Development

Parks & Recreation

Parks & recreation

Play it your way

We started with the biggest national park in Canada, Wood Buffalo National Park, a natural wonder of over 17,000 square miles of unspoiled wilderness and home to the largest free-roaming herd of Wood Bison in North America. We didn’t stop with the national park, though – we went bigger.

  • The urban centre of Fort McMurray is situated at the confluence of four rivers. Park areas and groomed forest trails throughout the area invite residents to enjoy the natural beauty of the north.
  • With over 130 kilometres of trails in the maintained trail system, 6 outdoor boarded skating rinks, and 18 community skating rinks the area presents recreational opportunities to residents regardless of season.

Outdoor recreation

  • While we are home to several outdoor rinks and campgrounds the municipality has also pursued some innovative recreational ideas such as the “outdoor gym” located along the Birchwood Trails. These pieces of sturdy gym equipment designed for the outdoors are engineered to use body weight for resistance, and allow area residents to enjoy the extensive trail system and get a gymnasium-quality work out at the same time.
  • A jewel by the bank of the Snye River in downtown Fort McMurray, MacDonald Island Park is Canada’s largest community recreational centre, a world-class facility that has become the recreational and social heart and soul of Wood Buffalo. MacDonald Island Park is home to the Suncor Community Leisure Centre, with an aquatic centre, two NHL-sized arenas, an eight-sheet curling rink, 18-hole golf course, a fitness centre and a community art gallery. The facility is also home to the Fort McMurray Public Library.

Suncor Community Leisure Centre

  • Keyano College is home to the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre, a facility dedicated to promoting health, fitness, and sport excellence, as well as being the new home of the Primary Care Network.
  • Several other recreation facilities are available in the region such as the Archie Simpson Arena in Fort Chipewyan, and the Haxton Centre in the urban core.
  • Wood Buffalo is also home to 18-hole golf courses including the Miskanaw Golf Club at MacDonald Island and the Fort McMurray Golf Club (home of the Syncrude Boreal Open), both courses taking advantage of the area’s natural beauty and terrain to create a scenic and challenging golfing experience.


You can find more information on the wide range of recreational resources in Wood Buffalo here!