Getting to Fort McMurray

Visitors travelling from anywhere in the world can get to Fort McMurray by air or by driving.

Airlines

Direct flights to Fort McMurray are available from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Denver.

Pre- and post-tour accommodation

On your way to Fort McMurray, and/or on your way home, we recommend a stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in West Edmonton.

Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton

The Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton is located in Edmonton’s West-side, in the centre of Edmonton’s West End business district. Surrounded by a variety of dining and shopping experiences, the hotel is just minutes away from North America’s largest mall, the West Edmonton Mall – boasting an incredible 800 stores and service providers!

Guests can begin their day with a delicious breakfast served in the Great North American Grill® restaurant. Complimentary high-speed Internet access in every room and a 24-hour business center make it easy to stay in touch with family and friends, and on top of business. A fully equipped complimentary fitness center and pool help guests maintain their fitness routine while away from home.

What to pack

We suggest dressing in layers for the aurora borealis viewings and other outdoor activities. For comfort, consider packing:

  • A ski suit
  • Toque, to cover your ears
  • Lined mittens or gloves
  • Warm snow boots
  • Thermal underwear
  • Small backpack or day pack to carry your camera
  • Extra layers of clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight
  • Swimsuit (our hotels have hot tubs and pools)
  • Camera – You’ll want to capture the amazing beauty of the aurora borealis and the great outdoors, so be sure to bring your camera. In advance, do some research on photographing and focusing in the dark – the challenge of shooting the aurora borealis. You may want to bring a tripod as well.

Our weather

The cold season in Fort McMurray lasts from mid-November to the beginning of March. The average daily high temperature is below -4°C. The coldest day of the year has historically been February 7, with an average low of -21°C and a high of -9°C.