Mostly, it’s the oil sands that has tongues a wagging, but there are cleaner dunes north of Fort McMurray that deserve their own bit of attention.
Getting there, you pass through a contradictory landscape. Here are the infamous Syncrude tailings ponds just off the highway, stretching almost out of view. There is the Suncor mine, large enough to shock any first-time viewer. In between and beyond are trees and rivers that stretch interminably off into a flat, development-free horizon.