Sports & Recreation

There’s plenty to do in Fort Mac, no matter the season. The amazing recreation opportunities in our city is one reason we love YMM! If you’re looking for an active, engaging city for your new home, contact us today!

Summer Activities

Local Parks, Walking Trails & Biking Trails

Take some time to enjoy Fort McMurray’s parks and trails. There are 475 hectares of serene parks and an extensive, 135-kilometre trail system to explore – running, walking or biking.

  • Borealis Park, Downtown
  • Thickwood Park, Thickwood
  • Sitskaw Park, Downtown
  • Jubilee Plaza, Downtown
  • Snye Point Park, Downtown
  • Burch Wood Trails, Center of Thickwood-Dickansfield-Timberlea
  • Wood Buffalo Park, Wood Buffalo
  • Syncrude Athletic Park, Timberlea
  • Vista Ridge All Seasons Park, Saprae Creek

Spray Parks

All spray parks are on a timer and will not start to spray water until 10 a.m. Spray parks are not monitored, so use caution when playing in the parks. The beautiful green space surrounding many of the parks makes for the perfect place to have a picnic!

  • Syncrude Athletic Park (Dr. P. Wong), Timberlea
  • Lakewood Park, Timberlea
  • Wood Buffalo Park, Wood Buffalo
  • Grayling Tarrance Park, Grayling Tarrance
  • Beacon Hill Spray Park, Beacon Hill
  • Borealis Spray Park, Downtown
  • J. Howard Pew Spray Park, Waterways

Picnic Areas

These areas offer beautiful parks and picnic tables for use. There are some BBQ pits provide at select sites, for onsite cooking.

  • Lions Park, Downtown
  • Snye Park, Downtown, BBQ pits provided
  • J. Howard Pew Park, Waterways

Boat Launch

Our boat launches are at you own risk. Boat launches lead either onto the Athabasca River or Gregoire Lake.

  • Snye Park, Downtown
  • Raphael Cree Boat Launch (north side), Waterways
  • Tom Weber Boat Launch (south side), Waterways
  • Gregoire Park, Gregoire
  • Anzac day use park, Anzac

ATV Trails

There and many local trails with staging areas for exploring our beautiful forested areas within Wood Buffalo. Most neighbourhoods have ATV access to some of the trails.

Vista Ridge

In the summer months our Vista Ridge opens an aerial adventure park and mini-putt. This is a fun place to spend an afternoon testing your balance. See who can get a hole-in-one!

Skateboard Park

Our skate parks are outdoors and are at your own risk. They are not monitored at any time.

  • Simons & Lucas Park, Abasand
  • Casselman Lush Memorial Skate Park (Borealis Park), Downtown
  • Syncrude Athletic Park, Timberlea

Golf Course

Our beautifully manicured golf courses are set away from the busy city life and offer something for every skill level.

  • Fort McMurray Golf Club, Wood Buffalo
  • Miskanaw Golf Club, MacDonald Island Park, Downtown
  • Rotary Links Golf, Sapare Creek

Winter Activities

Outdoor Skating Rinks

These rinks are maintained by the RMWB but they are not continually monitored. The rinks are shared by the community and use at your own risk.

  • Syncrude Athletic, Timberlea
  • Timberlea & St Anne School Sites, Timberlea
  • Waterways Community Park, Waterways
  • Greely Road School, Gregoire
  • Stone Creek, Timberlea
  • St. Gabriel School / Hinge Bay, Thickwood
  • Father Beauregard & Centre Boreal School Sites, Abasand
  • Vista Ridge, Saprae Creek
  • Janvier Boarded Rink, Janvier

Safe Sledding & Tobogganing

  • Dr. Clark School, Downtown
  • Ross Haven Drive & Rowan Street, Thickwood
  • St. Gabriel School, Thickwood
  • Syncrude Athletic Park, Timberlea
  • Harpe Heights (Harpe Way & Cartier Road), Timberlea
  • Ecole McTavish High School, Timberlea

Snowmobile Trails

There are many local trails with access in most of Fort McMurray’s neighbourhoods.

Winter Play

Winter Play is an annual three-day family-friendly festival featuring some of the best local entertainment, arts, food, sports and activities. There are activities such as shoot-out on the Snye, 4 on 4 hockey, dog sledding, ice sculptures, and a talent show. Embrace the magic of winter with your neighbours, friends and family!

Vista Ridge

Vista Ridge is Fort McMurray’s own ski hill and tube park. Here you will find runs for every skill level, a terrain park, and a tube park. There are 8 runs in total with 125m vertical drop, the longest run being 2500m. They also offer rental equipment and a main lodge with bar and dinning options. For people looking for winter fun that are not into skiing or snowboarding, the tube park has five lanes with 100 vertical feet by 1300 feet long runs. This is an excellent place for the whole family to enjoy together!

All Seasons Activities

There are many activities that can be done all year long no matter the season. There are many recreational centers throughout Fort McMurray and surrounding areas. They have recreational programs that run all years for every different age group and skill level.

  • MacDonald Island Park, Downtown (north end)
  • Suncore Community Leisure Centre
  • Syncrude Sport and Wellness Center, Downtown (south end)
  • Westwood Family YMCA, Thickwood
  • Casman Center, Thickwood

Off Leash Dog Parks

This is a complete fenced in area for our furry friends to run around and play with others dogs enjoying the park. Within the parks you can find small sections of fenced area for dogs that need a little structure, or for training younger dogs.

  • Beacon Hill Drive- Beacon Hill
  • Gregoire Park, Gregoire
  • St. Gabriel School Site, Thickwood
  • Beside Tom Weber Boat Launch, Waterways


Child & Youth Recreation Programs

Many of our local recreation centres offer programs throughout the year. If your child is looking for a new sport, or to continue in a favorite, you can probably find a team!

  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Dance
  • Figure skating
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Rock Climbing
  • SPCA Book Buddies (Read With An Animal)

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