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2023 13U National Western ChampionshipsAug 17-20   Fort McMurray, Alberta

About the Host City

Welcome to Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo! Fort McMurray is a vibrant city of 75,000 people that lies at the heart of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in Northeastern Alberta. With gratitude, we acknowledge that this land is Treaty 8 Territory, the traditional lands of the Cree, Dene, and the unceded territory of the Métis people.  

Our region is home to six First Nations communities, five Métis local councils, one Métis community association, and people from across Canada and over 60 countries around the world. Fort McMurray is one of ten communities located within our region, which is world-renowned as the epicentre of Canada’s energy industry.  

Fort McMurray is located in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB). The RMWB is a collection of several communities, of which Fort McMurray is the urban centre. Fort McMurray offers a wide range of services, including hotels, restaurants, retail stores and more. The majority of the retail and restaurant opportunities are located in the downtown core where you will find:

  • Peter Pond Shopping Mall (location of Sport Chek)

  • Tim Hortons

  • McDonald’s

  • Wendy’s

  • A&W

  • Canadian Tire

  • Wal-Mart

  • Boston Pizza

  • Earls

  • Mr. Mike’s

  • Montana’s

  • The Keg

A variety of independent restaurants and retailers

Fort McMurray also hosts tourist attractions, including the Oil Sands Discovery Centre where you can learn about the history of the oil sands in the region. Visitors can also check out Fort McMurray’s Heritage Shipyard and Heritage Park