November 2013

There are 11 blog entries for November 2013.

The Podollan Pub is one of the best places to hang out and enjoy a beer, a meal or a local event. Whether you're here to watch a game or just hang out with friends, this is one of the best adult hangouts in the city.

The pub was opened in 1998to provide a place for locates to enjoy a hockey game, drink, food and so much more. It has become one of the hottest places in the city and it's perfect for a variety of people. Whether you need a place to entertain clients or you just want to catch the next big game, you'll find The Podollan Pub is the perfect spot. The staff is attentive and the drinks are delicious.

The Menu

Full of great choices ranging from appetizers to full entrees, you will find a variety of food options here. The menu includes:

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    Winter DressingIf you're new to the Fort McMurray area and you have yet to experience a winter here, it's necessary to understand what to expect. This area becomes fun, snowy paradise with all types of great winter activities both indoor and outdoor. However, temperatures will dip well below freezing and you need to be prepared.

    Layers

    Anybody that has ever experienced a very cold winter knows dressing in layers is important. You want to start with a layer that is very thin, such as nylon or polyester. Don't start with cotton. The second layer can also be polyester or you can choose fleece. It should be a bit more restrictive and heavier than the first layer. Your final layer should include something wind and water resistant, such as Gore-Tex.

    Loose Clothing is

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    It all starts with an Old Fashioned Christmas event and continues with plenty of great winter fun at Heritage Park. This is one of the most popular places in Fort McMurray during the winter and for good reason. Here's what you can expect at the park this year.

    Old Fashioned Christmas

    As one of the largest and most popular Christmas events of the year, the Old Fashioned Christmas will be held on November 26th from 12pm to 5pm. This event will feature an old time Christmas celebration and provide an opportunity to bring the entire community together.

    With plenty of fun including live entertainment, caroling, outdoor skating, hot beverages around the fire and so much more, this is the perfect event for the entire family. Many activities will be

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    Snow CarsWinter driving is far different than summer driving and now is the time to make sure you're ready for the snow. With snow and ice comes difficult driving conditions, which you need to be prepared for properly. Here are some winter driving tips to make it easier this season.

    Make Sure Your Vehicle is Ready

    It starts with the tires and moves to the brakes, heat, defrost and windshield wipers. You need to check all of these parts of your vehicle as soon as possible. Make sure the tires have plenty of tread left and the brakes are still in good shape. You will also want to make sure the heat and defrost work. If it's been a while since you replaced your windshield wipers, it's a good idea to take care of this, as well.

    Create an Emergency Kit

    An

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    Eagle RidgeEagle Ridge is found just to the south of Timberlea and to the north of Birchwood Trails. This is a newer community with plenty of development underway. The main road though the area is Confederation Way, which provides easy access to the rest of the Wood Buffalo area.

    Most of the homes found in the area are condominiums with some single-family homes and townhouses found here, as well. The area is served by the Timberlea School, which provides a good education for children in the area. Residents can enjoy plenty of amenities from the Eagle Ridge playground to the patios and more.

    Nearby recreation centers provides tennis, water play and fields for soccer, football, baseball and more. A number of walking trails are also found throughout the area and

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    Ice FishingAs the weather gets colder, ice fishing season will be in full swing. This is a very popular time from about December to April in Fort McMurray. Many will flock to the iced over lakes and ponds, drill their holes and enjoy dropping a line with the potential of catching a very cold fish.

    Before heading out for your ice fishing adventure, it's important to check the local regulations. You may need to build a temporary shed before you start fishing.

    Ice fishing is very popular because of the lower food production for fish. This creates an increased interest in the bat used and often yields a large number of perch and whitefish. Walleye, trout and pike are also possibilities during the ice fishing season.

    Tips for Successful Ice Fishing

    Safety

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    Shopping MallThe second floor of the most popular shopping destination in Wood Buffalo recently saw a new addition. HMV opened a store here and is ready to serve the Fort McMurray residents.

    Many may think a store carrying DVDs isn't necessary, but plenty of people still buy DVDs, CDs and more. This store fulfills a need in the community and provides an easy way to get the top movies as soon as they are released.

    Of course, the store carries more than just movies. With plenty of CDs, TV shows on DVD, books, collectibles, t-shirts and more, there's plenty to choose from at HMV. Before the opening of this store, the only place to find movies on DVD in the area was Wal-Mart. The selection at HMV is far better.

    The company stated that they have been targeting the

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    ThickwoodAs one of the best places for families in the Wood Buffalo and Fort McMurray area, Thickwood is a very popular neighbourhood. This is a family-oriented community that is well established and one of the largest in the area. It was the largest for many years, but now is considered the second largest in Fort McMurray.

    The Thickwood community features a number of housing options and is a growing community perfect for new residents. This mature community provides tree-lined streets, large green space areas and a number of amenities.

    This location is very desirable with many top amenities found within 15 minutes including:

    • YMCA - 5 minutes
    • Fort McMurray Golf Club - 10 minutes
    • Syncrude Sports and Wellness Center - 15 minutes
    • Miskawnaw Golf
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    Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cest_la_viva/4107124489/One of the best events of the winter season is the Legacy Dodge Santa Claus Parade and it will be held this year on the night of November 23rd. On this Saturday, the parade will take place and provide plenty of holiday spirit for those involved and in attendance.

    This year's theme is "Lights of Christmas," and entries are still being accepted for the parade. If you're new to the area, you may already be experiencing the shock of the winter. The parade helps provides something magical throughout the area and helps to keep Christmas alive in the heart of residents.

    As the nights become longer and the days shorter, events like this help to keep your spirit up. This parade is known as one of the best in the Wood Buffalo area and will light up the

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    Found in the fast-growing area of Fort McMurray, Prairie Creek is a neighbourhood located close to many of the top amenities. A short drive will find you at the MacDonald Island Recreation Center, Syncrude Sport and Wellness Center, Vista Ridge or Miskawnaw Golf Club. All four of these attractions are within 15 minutes of the neighourood.

    Those moving to the area for work can easily commute to the top employers in the area, as well. The neighourhood is a little over an hour from the Oil Sands projects and provides a good mixture of home options. Quick access to the entire Wood Buffalo area is provided by highway 881 and highway 63.

    With plenty of single-family homes, mobile homes and multi-unit buildings, you can find a place to stay while shopping

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