I spent a little time playing around with Google Earth today and thought I'd post a few images from our little corner of the world. Here then is Fort McMurray. The large river for anyone not familiar with the city is the Athabasca. The river feeding into it is the Clearwater which flows in from the east from Saskatchewan and joins the Athabasca just to the north of Fort McMurray at a place known as MacDonald Island. "Mac Island" is home to the rather impressive rec. centre I've mentioned a few times in the past.
Anyhow, as you can tell, Fort Mac is chopped up into several well-defined areas, determined by the crazy geography of the place. According to my map from the municipality, on the east side of the Athabasca you have Prairie Creek, Gregoire, Beacon Hill, Waterways (the oldest and historical part of the city), Abasand Heights, and Lower Townsite (or downtown area). Across the river you have Thickwood Heights (where we live), Dickinsfield and Timberlea, the newest (and rapidly expanding) area of town.
Here is a closer view of our stomping grounds of Thickwood.
And here we have our immediate neighborhood. Westview Public School is the bottom-most of the 3 large buildings at the top of the picture and is where Tamara and Nicholas started school earlier this week.