January 2014

There are 13 blog entries for January 2014.

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/auravox/432677076/The PGA tour is getting ready to go into some of the best events of the first few months of the year. This usually makes many golfers start to feel that itch.

After spending months stuck inside without the opportunity to hit the links, you might be ready to swing a club again. However, you don't have to wait until the weather changes and the courses open.

MacDonald Island Park Golf Simulators

Imagine playing some of the top courses across the globe without having to travel. The indoor golf simulators at MacDonald Island allow you to play a number of great courses. Some of these courses are private, while others are semi-private. You can even enjoy clinics for ladies, seniors and juniors.

Features of the Golf Simulators include:

  • Closest
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Fort McMurray is home to many non-profit organizations providing volunteer opportunities and help to those within the community. Getting involved with one of the organizations is a great way to support the community. Here are some of the non-profit organizations found throughout the area.

Fort McMurray Centre of Hope

Found in the downtown area, the Centre of Hope serves the homeless population of the municipality. It's a daytime facility for those looking to move forward in their lives. They offer many programs from intake programs to housing first programs and more.

Northern Lights Health Foundation

Established in 1985, the Northern Lights Health Foundation provides support for the Alberta Health Services in Wood Buffalo. This foundation

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WorkoutMacDonald Island is full of great attractions to help you get in shape. Whether you prefer to workout on your own, a class or some type of sport, you can find it at MacDonald Island. Here are some of the choices found here.

As the largest community recreational facility in the entire country, you can enjoy all types of interesting activities here. This facility features the K-Rock Climbing Wall and so much more. You can play volleyball, basketball, badminton or a number of other sporting activities at MacDonald Island. Enjoy sports drop in activities or join a league to get your exercise.

The Fitness Centre

Exercise is a very important part of life. With the right workout routine, you can gain energy, lose weight and stay in shape. Whether you're

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The MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery has opened the Here and There Exhibit for the public. It opened on January 23rd and will be available until March 1st.

The Exhibit

This exhibit features paintings from two artists: Shauna Kelly and Kritsana Naowakhun. It's a traveling exhibit and has recently made its way to the Fort McMurray area.

Both of the artists use landscapes in their work with plenty of water, land and cityscapes. A focus of connecting the landscapes with nostalgia is a feature found throughout.

If you enjoy art bursting with colour, Shauna Kelly and Kritsana Naowakhun provide just what you're after. This will be one of the top art exhibits making it to the area in 2014.

Other Exhibits at the Gallery

Along with the

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In February, the Syncrude WinterPlay festival will take over the Wood Buffalo area. This is one of the most popular events held here all year long. With plenty of fun for adults and kids, its one event everybody should experience.

Events

Throughout the ten-day festival, many different events will be held including:

  • Lover's Fireworks Opening Ceremony
  • Sno-Pitch Tournament
  • Family Ski & Tube Day
  • Cross Country Skiing Family Day
  • winterGYMBOREE
  • Shootout on the Snye
  • winterPLAYGROUND
  • Ice Sculpture & Snow Carving
  • Snowdown on the Snye
  • IceMazing
  • Family Film Day
  • winterCABARET
  • And Much More!

Many acts will also be taking the stage, but names have yet to be released. Last year featured some of the top local,

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Downtown Fort McMurrayDowntown Fort McMurray is better known as the Lower Townsite. In 1995, Fort McMurray merged with Wood Buffalo and they are now known as a Regional Municipality. The population is 104,000 and the neighbourhood is found south of MacDonald Island.

Homes in this part of the area have an average price of $1.05 million with the lowest home prices around $330,000. The downtown area is very busy and Franklin Avenue is the main road running through the city. Larger stores and plenty of restaurants are found throughout the downtown Fort McMurray area.

Historic Centre of the Community

The Lower Townsite area is known as the place for history. It's found near the Clearwater River Valley and provides a public library, court house, RCMP detachment and the

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Vista Ridge is an All Seasons Park and provides plenty of fun with eight trails, 60 skiable acres, a tube park and plenty of amenities. The terrain here for skiing is split mainly between easy and difficult, but a portion does fall into the very difficult category. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, you can enjoy this winter paradise.

A Few Stats About Vista Ridge

  • Elevations - Summit 375m, Base 250m, Vertical Drop 125m
  • Skiable Terrain - 45% Easy, 40% Difficult and 15% Very Difficult
  • Snowmaking - 100%
  • Longest Run - 2,500 feet
  • Lodge - Seats 500
  • Bar- Seats 100

Five lifts are provided including:

  • 2 Quad Chairs by Leitnar-Poma
  • 1 Beginner Wonder Carpet
  • 1 Snow Tubing Magic Carpet
  • 1 Beginner Kaser Ski Carpet

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Wood Buffalo is home to many different communities. This area the largest Regional Municipality in Alberta with many communities. Here's an introduction to some of the larger and more popular Wood Buffalo communities.

Fort McMurray

Found in the forest valley near the Clearwater and Athabasca Rivers, Fort McMurray is the largest community in Wood Buffalo. This was originally a Hudson's Bay Company trading post in 1870. This part of the municipality is most known for the oil sands industry and provides a home for nearly 77,000 residents.

Fort Chipewyan

Found in the northwest part of the region this is one of the most isolated communities. Most travel here by plane or boat in the summer and take the winter road the rest of the year. It was also a

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MacDonald Island Park is one of the most popular attractions in the Wood Buffalo area. Many events are held here throughout the year, along with programs and drop-in activities. Here are some of the top upcoming events coming to the area.

KAOS Family Skate - Until March 2nd

From 2:30pm to 4:30pm the KAOS free family skate is held at the Suncor Community Leisure Center. This event happens regularly until March 2nd.

Blue Rodeo - January 16th

Kicking off the 2014 concert season, Blue Rodeo will perform at the Nexen Field House. This promises to be one of the best shows in the entire area throughout January.

FC Edmonton Youth Soccer Club Clinics - February 7th to 9th

The Fort McMurray Youth Minor Soccer Association and FC Edmonton

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Many different activities provide great winter fun in the Fort McMurray area. Whether you enjoy skiing, snowboarding or something a little bit different. Here are a few activities locals enjoy that you might not have thought about.

Snowshoeing

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nonanet/80363345/A leisure activity over a thousand years old, this activity has become more sophisticated than it used to be. It's actually considered a winter sport now and provides a way to get outside and enjoy nature. Whether you prefer the early wood-framed snowshoes or you like the newer aluminum-framed models, you can have all types of fun snowshoeing.

Hike trails, walk through the back country or even compete in a race. You will find all types of great wilderness to discover throughout the Wood Buffalo and Fort

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