Tuesday, November 3, 2009


A short 70km drive up the highway from Janvier lands you in the community of Anzac. The town owes its name to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps of World War One repute whose engineers surveyed the area during the Great War for the construction of a railway up to Waterways (Fort McMurray). The community is very much a part of the oil patch and is expected to see considerable growth due to the nearby Long Lake Project. Today the community is part of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Lisa and I drove through the community shortly after we arrived in the area and I was there last month for a days for Professional Development activities. The photos below are a mix from my August and September trips.

Anzac Community School

This is the new middle school and high school under construction right across the road from the current school. From what I've been told, this new grade 5-12 school will be ready for the start of the 2010-11 school year.

Some new apartment buildings under construction near the schools. Evidence of Big Oil was everywhere. Between the apartments and the new school I've never seen such a flurry of construction activity in a place with a population of perhaps 600-700.

A view of the distant hills to the northwest taken from the junction of Highway 881 and the access road to Anzac.

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