Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Winter Solstice and Winter Fun!

Winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It occurs every year on December 21 or 22, also marking the first day of winter. 

Winter solstice will take place in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 3:44 am. This marks the precise time when earth is the most inclined away from the sun. 

Since we still have a few months of winter left, let's embrace it!  Visit the following links for activities to get you active and warm in the sub zero temperatures.

Ptarmigan Nordic Ski Club 

The Ptarmigan Nordic Ski Club is the official cross country ski club in Fort McMurray. Based out of the Doug Barnes Cabin, next to the ever popular Birchwood Trails, the ski club offers programming for various age groups and levels of experience. Visit for more information. 

Vista Ridge Ski Hill

The Vista Ridge Ski Hill offers various trails and various activities for families to enjoy. Whether it’s going skiing/snowboarding/skating, relaxing in the chalet, or taking a fun run in the tube park, this place has options for everyone! Visit for more information on their hours of operation.

Nominate your Neighbour Winter Lights Displays and Decorations 

If wintery sports aren’t your thing, enjoy the holiday season with your friends and family by visiting the festively decorated homes throughout the Wood Buffalo neighbourhoods. The Wood Buffalo Communities in Bloom committee has revealed their annual self-guided tour of recognized homes in the annual Nominate your Neighbour program. The map highlights the best of the best holiday lit homes selected by the residents of Wood Buffalo. To view the map, visit

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