Free outside actions to take pleasure in this vacation season


Outdoor vacation fun can be found throughout Fort McMurray and throughout the region!

City parks staff are busy making sure the winter outdoor recreation areas are ready for the holiday season and throughout the winter to be enjoyed. Many outdoor ice rinks are already open, as is Timberlea Sliding Hill. The skating rink at Lions Park is scheduled to open before Christmas.

Outdoor ice rinks

Abasand, Waterways, Stone Creek and Syncrude Athletic Park ice rinks are now open with more expected in the coming weeks.

Nets will be available on all outdoor rinks for casual hockey and pick-up games. City outdoor ice rinks cannot be booked or scheduled and organized games are not allowed. Please play it safe, respect all skill levels and follow all safety guidelines and rules.

Please do not use outdoor ice rinks when they are closed. This poses a safety hazard and can damage the ice, causing delays in opening the rink. Outdoor ice rinks are closed for about one to three hours daily due to flooding and regular maintenance.

Find the locations and check the status of the outdoor ice rinks using the parks and facilities map.

Lions Park Skating Trail

Lace up your skates and enjoy the popular downtown skate track at Lions Park. This skating track is free, suitable for all ages and is the perfect outing to get you in the festive spirit as you skate at leisure and enjoy the festive light show.

The rink is expected to open before Christmas, check the parks map for updates and operating times.

Kiyām Municipal Park

Take a tour of the new downtown park and gather with family and friends around the community tree. The colorful lights and festive decorations are spectacular at night!

Borealis ice pond

The skating pond at Borealis Park will be open again this year for recreational skating, weather permitting, seven days a week until 11pm. The pond is expected to open in January.

The skating pond is free, suitable for all ages and guaranteed to cure the winter blues with festive lighting and decorations. Hockey sticks and pucks are not allowed on the pond.

If ice skating isn’t your thing, bring family or friends for a stroll around the pond.

Timberlea sliding hill

Grab your sleds and slide into the night at Timberlea Community Park, as the lights now come on from 4pm to 9pm seven days a week. The Sliding Hill is a fun and easy way to enjoy winter day or night and is suitable for all ages.

Groomed winter trails

Stay active this winter by exploring the Birchwood Trails or enjoying one of the many manicured trails in the neighborhood. Certain trails are groomed for you to enjoy non-motorized activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, biking, dog walking and trail running.

If you go cross-country skiing, please stay on groomed trails and away from other trails in the area.

For everyone’s enjoyment and safety, please remember to dispose of all rubbish properly or take it home with you.

For more information on outdoor recreation, including a map of all available facilities, visit

For more information or questions, please contact Pulse at 780-743-7000, toll-free 1-800-973-9663, or online at