Saturday, January 30, 2010

Defending The Fort

It's unfortunate that Fort McMurray has been stereotyped simply as a place to go to make some quick cash and then head back to whatever corner of Canada you're from. It's hard to watch the news or read a paper these days without hearing about Fort McMurray without hearing the words "oil sands" thrown in there somewhere. The two seem synonymous, yet for the people that live here or within the municipality, "The Mac" is simply home or a great place to spend a day.





Sure, due to an accident of history and geography, we have this here.....











and of course a lot of this as well.....



But Fort Mac isn't some one-dimensional monolith. Look a little closer and you see much more.....





































Did I mention how much we love "The Mac"?

1 comment:

dogsled_stacie said...

I loved that place even though it was pretty busy and crazy (the party/bar scene) and the oil sands an eyesore. There is certainly more than the oil sands but it's hard to ignore when they take over the landscape in certain areas.

But you're right, there is so much more. What I DID love was the locals, hanging out down at the Athabasca River, walking the local trails, driving up part of the winter road to Ft. Chip in the summer (not an easy thing to do!), getting stuck on a side road overnight past Ft. McKay while doing some off-roading and just the amazing beauty surrounding Ft. Mac! I made some great friends up(down?) there and had some good times. It's still got that small town feel to it (or did back in '98!). It reminds me of the Yukon so much! Thanks for the pics.