January 2015

There are 11 blog entries for January 2015.

Aerial view of Fort McMurray - Image Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fort_mcmurray_aerial.jpg

Wood Buffalo of Canada is a growing city that continues to attract people to joining the area and calling it home. There are many things to enjoy in Wood Buffalo and one activity that many find enjoyable are the Wood Buffalo Tours.

They are one of the most popular experiences to enjoy in the city because you can take part in touring your own town in a unique way. Whether you want to try a helicopter ride, an aerial tour or even a wilderness tour, here is a look at the top ways to experience Wood Buffalo.

Wood Buffalo Wilderness Tours, Ltd.

Experience the true beauty of Wood Buffalo by taking a wilderness tour through great Northern Alberta. Wood Buffalo Wilderness Tours, Ltd. believe in sharing their family heritage with their customers.

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If you're coming to Fort McMurray for business, you need to choose the right place to stay. Of course, it's important to be close to all the things you need from restaurants to attractions and more. Here's a look at the top two spots for business travelers to stay in the Fort McMurray area.

Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre - 530 MacKenzie Boulevard

With 188 rooms, dining on site, a swimming pool and plenty of other amenities, the Sawridge Inn is the best place for business travelers to stay. There's a good chance you will need to attend a meeting at the conference centre, while in the city and you can always enjoy the lounge and restaurant right on the property.

The Sawridge Inn provides the best location, as well. It's close to many of the

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If you're moving to the Fort McMurray area or you just had a baby, you may be interested in childcare services within the area. There are a number of good choices for your childcare needs. Here's a look at some of the places offering childcare in the Fort McMurray area.

Children First: Eagle Ridge Nest - 285 Sandpiper Road

Children First opened in 2008 by a group of community members. This day care agency helps parents with affordable and high-quality child care. The location is very convenient to many of the area businesses and Children First is fully licensed and accredited to care for children ranging from six months to six years.

Perfect Nanny Solutions - 128 Laboucane Crescent

This family-based business is locally owned and provides

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Healthy Food - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/free-stock/6827885818

It can be difficult to eat healthy with all the things taking up our time. Often, we just grab some greasy meal from somewhere promising it will be ready fast. This isn't a great way to eat and not really good for our bodies.

Freshii is aiming to change this and provide a health-casual place to dine. You won't have to worry about waiting forever if you have a limited lunch break, either. This new restaurant provides a health conscious menu in the fast-food category.

We are all busy, but our health shouldn't suffer because of our schedule. At Freshii, it's possible to get an energizing, heathy mean without taking your entire lunch break to eat it.

Part of the reason many of us choose something unhealthy is because of how easy it is to grab it

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The women of Wood Buffalo have been invited to enjoy the second annual World Hijab Day on February 1st from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. This event will be held at the Peter Pond Shopping Centre.

Last year was the inaugural event, which helps to encourage women to try on hijab to raise awareness and break down the stigmas associated with the headwear. With so many myths out there, this day helps to clear up some of those myths.

Those in charge of the World Hijab Day are hoping to spread awareness and show that it's not oppression. They stay that nobody forces them to wear the headdress and it's completely their decision to do it.

Last year's event was well attended, but this year expects to be bigger and better. There will be a special presentation at

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Hockey Shootout - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mafue/4568627908

The Shootout on the Snye is one of the most Canadian things to happen throughout the Wood Buffalo area each year. This is a hockey shootout held on a frozen river. It's a timeless local tradition and includes teams of four to six players read to battle for bragging rights.

There are six different age divisions and each division plays a one or two pool round-robin format. This means that every team will get to play three or four games depending on the division size.

Games will be held on a total of 11 different rinks with one feature rink. Each game is 30 minutes long and includes a five-minute halftime break. Teams will play in a four-on-four format.

After the round-robin format a tournament will be as the winners advance to the playoffs.

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The Suncor Community Leisure Centre - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/suncorenergy/7631319264

The Suncor Community Leisure Centre at MacDonald Island Park is an area known to host many events throughout the year. This Fort McMurray facility will be hosting the first ever Syncrude Elite 10 on March 19 through March 22. This event is new to the Grand Slam of Curling series, which began during the 2001-2002 season.

The Syncrude Elite 10 is made up of 10 different men’s teams. They will compete for the tournament title. This event was put together by the top teams in the CHL league, as they presented a new way of playing to make this event truly unique. This has provided a lot of anticipation for team members and viewers, as no other event of its kind exists. The 2014-2015 season will be the debut for the Syncrude Elite 10 event.

Teams are

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MacDonald Island Park is a great place to go when you have the winter blues. Everyone starts to get a little bit of cabin fever during the winter time, as it is too cold to go outside. However, there are some great programs during the winter months at MacDonald Island Park that your whole family can get involved in. This is a great chance to get out of the house, and enjoy some much needed family time.

  • Ancient Adventures (Children) – Children will learn about the roots of art. Subjects covered include cave art, ancient artifacts, pottery and fossils.
  • Anzac - Creative Community Art Workshops (All Ages) – This is a program the whole family can get involved in. Each month presents a new subject, skill set and resources.
  • Art Around the World
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Winter

Wintertime in Fort McMurray is an absolute favourite time of year. There is so much to do during the winter season in this area like skiing or snowshoeing. The trail systems in this area are some of the best making it a top choice for many to come and enjoy.

You’ll see ice fishing all over the region, snowmobiling through the beautiful scenery, ice rinks for hockey and skating plus the Aurora Borealis. Here is a look at what you’ll see residents of Fort McMurray doing during the winter months that make this time of year a favourite.

Northern Lights

One of the best things to enjoy in the winter is the night-time northern skies in Fort McMurray. The dynamic display of lights that appears during the winter makes the sky light up and looks as if

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Restaurant - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/twicepix/524969586

If you’re headed to YMM, there are quite a few very popular restaurants you can enjoy. You’ll find the usual fast food joints, as well as a few sit down eateries. Here are four restaurants you can enjoy while traveling through YMM.

Subway

You will find Subway right before you go through security. They are open all day which is great for those who are watching what they eat. If you want to eat fresh while traveling, Subway gives you that option. They offer the freshest ingredients and you can get your sub made just the way you like.

Earls Kitchen & Bar

This restaurant is located after security and is open between the hours of 4:30am and 12:00am. If you want to sit down and have a nice meal this is where you want to go. All of their food is

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