Rivers and Forest
Lakes and Islands
Urban and Nature
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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