The Region

Rivers and Forest

The Region

Lakes and Islands

The Region

Urban and Nature

The Region

Water and Land

It’s not just our Big Spirit, everything about Wood Buffalo is big!  In fact, we're one of the biggest geographical municipalities in Canada – a whopping 68,454 square kilometres!  Created in 1995, the Wood Buffalo is best known for its large oil reserves, its vast boreal forest, its long historic rivers, and or course, its namesake creature, the wood buffalo - North America’s biggest terrestrial animal!

Nestled in a forest valley where the Athabasca and Clearwater rivers meet is Wood Buffalo’s largest urban centre, the community of Fort McMurray.  Originally established as a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post in 1870, today Fort McMurray draws attention from around the world as the residential and commercial focal point of Canada’s oilsands industry.

In addition to Fort McMurray, Wood Buffalo comprises nine small rural communities - Anzac, Conklin, Draper, Fort Fitzgerald, Fort McKay, Gregoire Lake Estates, Janvier, Mariana Lake and Saprae Creek Estates – as well as Alberta’s oldest settled community, Fort Chipewyan, established in 1778!

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Big Solutions

There’s a lot happening in Wood Buffalo. In fact, if you’re not careful, you can easily miss something.  Find out about the many solutions that are in place or underway to make Wood Buffalo a better place to live.  You might be surprised at what you’ll learn once you discover what’s being done!


The oilsands were not the first thing to attract people to Wood Buffalo.  The history of our region begins with the land itself, and the generations of Aboriginal peoples who used it for hunting, trapping, and the fur trade.  Much of that traditional way of life remains in the culture of our first nations. Learn more about how our region was shaped into what it is today.

Photo Gallery

It's often said that "a picture is worth a thousand words".  Our residential communities are nestled in picturesque forests with rolling hills and flowing rivers. The natural beauty of the region is complimented by the residents who live, work and play here. Discover for yourself how the Big Spirit of Wood Buffalo is captured for the world to see.

Tips For New Residents

Moving to a new community can be a challenging process, especially if you do not know anyone when you arrive. Read our tips for new residents and learn where to go and how to access the resources you need. Whether its rental advice or you're looking for ways to meet new friends, you can find it here.