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Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta -
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Located in the Boreal Forest of northern Alberta, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is a wonder all on its own. Known widely for its natural beauty and abundance of resources as the major commercial hub of the Canadian oilsands. It boasts a young, diverse community of people with culture and history enriched by strong Indigenous roots.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo was established in 1995, through the amalgamation of the City of Fort McMurray and a district encompassing nine smaller communities: Anzac, Conklin, Draper, Fort Chipewyan, Fort Fitzgerald, Fort MacKay, Gregoire Lake Estates, Janvier, and Saprae Creek Estates.

In area, the Region is Canada’s second-largest municipality. At almost 70,000 square kilometers it stretches to the eastern borders of Saskatchewan and up north to the borders of the Northwest Territories. Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo remains the larger urban area of the Region with 75,612 residents nestled in the picturesque river valley where the Athabasca and Clearwater rivers meet.

Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo has been surging for more than 145 years. Originally established as one of Canada’s most successful fur trading posts by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1870, it has transformed over the years from an international supplier of salt to the current home of one of the world’s largest industrial operations and the focal point of oilsands operations.

With the world’s largest national park as its backyard there are endless opportunities to enjoy nature in every season. Canoe through the trade routes of early trappers and settlers, explore the unique sand dunes, hike, snowshoe, or ski over 130 kilometers of scenic trails, camp in stunning provincial parks or marvel at the majestic Aurora Borealis that dance in the skies.

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