Updated: October 1, 2023
Is there anything better than fall in Fort McMurray? The leaves changing colours, the weather is a little cooler, but it’s still an amazing time to enjoy yourself outside before the snow arrives.
Here are our top things to do in Fort McMurray with your kids this fall.
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Long time residents hold the Birchwood Trails very close to heart and was one of the major battle grounds of the fire in 2016.
There are 130km that make up Birchwood trails and they are maintained for use during the summer and fall months for running, walking and bringing your strollers.
Going for a walk in the trails is a great opportunity to talk to your kids about the different types of trees and plants that grow in the region and get some fresh air. Some of the types of trees that grow in the region include White spruce, trembling aspen, balsam poplar and white birch.
The RMWB has a map of all the trails in the system.
Need a place for an impromptu photoshoot? Head to Birchwood Trails while the leaves are yellow and orange.
Fort McMurray Marathon & Kids Run
If you’re really into running, check out the Fort McMurray Marathon Sunday, September 24, 2023.
If a full marathon seems a little hardcore, there are 3K, 5, 10K, and a half marathon races also. Register online by September 1st to avoid late registration fees.
Vista Ridge Aerial Adventure Park & Mini-Putt Course
Only open until October 1 – get out quick before this outdoor attraction in Fort McMurray is closed for the season! The Vista Ridge Aerial Adventure Park and Mini-Putt Course opened this past spring and was even seen on Amazing Race Canada!
The aerial park is for kids ages 7+ and costs between $19-32 depending on the course. Please see their website for detailed instructions:
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10am-4pm (hours may vary, please check with the office 780-743-8651)
Heritage Village & Shipyard
Who remembers coming to Heritage Park as a kid? 🙋🏻 I do. It’s not longer Heritage Park because it has so much more to offer than it did in the 90’s, and also… there’s a Heritage Shipyard now!
Heritage Village was closed for 4 years due to the flood, but is open and ready to educate the next generation on Fort McMurray’s history from trappers cabins to Hills Drugs and Wop May.
Fall special events to watch for include Oktober Fest and the Harvest Festival.
Adults – $11.50; Senior Ages 65+, Youth 4-18 – $9.00; Children 3 & under – FREE
- Heritage Village: Monday to Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm
- Gift Shop: Monday to Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm
- Shipyard: Monday to Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Visit an Indoor Play Space
I get it – the weather is unpredictable at this time of year, and you don’t always way to be outside. We’re lucky to have a number of options to get out of the house and play indoors:
- PlayOn Space
- Awesome Khaos
- MacDonald Island Sentinel Storage Indoor Playground & Clubhouse and the Pepsi Climbing Wall
- Avenue Cafe
Looking for even more ideas? Perhaps some of the Fort McMurray fall events tickle your fancy:
- Alberta Culture Days: Sept 1 – 30th
- Area 63 Motorsport events run most weekends in September and the first weekend in October
- Fall Trade Show & Artisan Market
Find even more things to do on the event calendar maintained by MacDonald Island. Fall is an amazing time to get out and enjoy the amazing outdoors in Fort McMurray with your kids, and hello, the mosquitoes might even be gone soon!
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