Fort McMurray Forest Fire and Travelling in Alberta

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Travel Alberta’s thoughts and support remain with all of those affected by the recent forest fires in Fort McMurray and area. A voluntary, phased re-entry for the safe return of Fort McMurray residents began June 1, and should be complete by the end of June.

The impacted areas are located in Alberta’s northeastern region, approximately 400 km north of Edmonton and about 700 km north of Calgary. Based on initial assessments, approximately 10 per cent of the infrastructure in the Fort McMurray area has been lost, although crews have managed to secure the city itself and remain active in northern Alberta.

Many of Fort McMurray’s tourism operators have been affected. The Government of Alberta and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo are in the process of assessing the impact on the area and are prepared to work with tourism operators on the next steps as required.

The rest of Alberta has not been impacted by the Fort McMurray forest fire. Alberta’s mountain resort areas in the Canadian Rockies, unique sites in the Canadian Badlands and its vibrant urban and rural communities throughout the rest of the province remain open and accessible. Alberta’s international airports in Edmonton and Calgary are also unaffected.

Alberta is a strong, caring and resilient province. We have rallied together to support Fort McMurray in this time of crisis—a testament to the kindness and hospitality of Albertans. Travel Alberta is extremely thankful for the support from individuals, businesses and travellers from around the world who stand with our fellow Albertans and tourism industry partners through this difficult time.

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