Fort McMurray Travel Guide

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Fort McMurray Overview

Fort McMurray is located about 500 km north of Edmonton, Alberta at the end of Highway 63. Most people in the world have not heard of it, but I can guarantee that if you drive a car in North America, you've used gasoline made from oil extracted from the oil sands.

The city currently has a population of about 40,000 people. This number rises everyday as more and more people come here seeking their piece of the multi-billion dollar oil sands industry. Salaries are high, but so is the cost of living.

The area around Fort McMurray is estimated to hold more oil than any other deposit in the world. There are currently three operating companies - Syncrude, Suncor, and Albian Sands (Shell), with a fourth - CNRL - planning to be in operation late 2008 or early 2009. There are also many smaller companies.

Come to Fort McMurray and see the largest mining equipment in the world mine the largest oil deposit in the world. A truly spectacular sight.

Fort McMurray is the city surrounding the world famous tarsands/oilsands. While the population is 40,000, the number of transient workers increase that number to above 100,000 which puts remarkable stress on the service and infrastructure of the city. Local government has been working diligently to resolve the issue, but like any boom town Fort McMurray is not able to keep pace with the ever growing oilsands industry.

Fort McMurray is also the community where you get to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) more nights of the year than anywhere else in the world.