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Calling all sports fans! Wood Buffalo offers a wide range of sports experiences, from a leisurely run in the trails to game of racquetball at MacDonald Island. If you love to cheer on the home team, take in an Oil Barons game or watch the Huskies, Keyano College’s local team, take to the court.

MacDonald Island Park
Hockey fans love the ice surfaces at MacDonald Island Park If you’re in the mood of a quick pick-up game of shinny, Canada’s largest recreation centre features four ice surfaces including an NHL-sized hockey arena. Rather throw some rocks? The centre also boasts eight sheets of curling ice.  Two multipurpose fieldhouses offer the perfect place for a game of soccer, basketball or racquetball.

Syncrude Sports & Wellnes Centre

Syncrude Sports & Wellness Centre is home to a large variety of local amateur sports teams as well as Keyano College’s Huskies. If you’re looking for some family sports fun, check out the YMCA at Westwood High School which features a climbing wall, a pool, outdoor fields and ball diamonds.

Rough & tumble
Like your sports rough and tumble? Come watch the Fort McMurray Knights the local rugby team, mix it up at the Westwood Rugby Field. Rugby games, which feature both mens and womensteams, are more than just sports events – they’re community gatherings, complete with a barbeque and a beer garden!

The opportunities for amateur sport in Wood Buffalo abound, whether your game is soccer, lacrosse, hockey, skating, curling, basketball or volleyball. Visit one of Fort McMurray’s two recreation centres at MacDonald Island Park or the Syncrude Sports and Wellness Centre, or check out the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s website and find out how you can get in the game!


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  • The best times to view the aurora are around midnight, but they can often be seen anytime from 9pm to 3am.
  • Aurora viewing is affected by a variety of factors, such as cloud cover, moonlight, and urban light pollution.
  • Aurora is often seen within the urban area of Fort McMurray but the light pollution can make it difficult to see the aurora, so head a few minutes out of town for better viewing.
  • Be patient, wear warm clothes and bring something warm to drink.
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