Much of what makes our region so beautiful comes from the different cultures represented here. According to the 2012 Municipal Census, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and Oceania are all well represented by people who now call Fort McMurray home.
When out and about in the community you might hear languages other than English... French, Hindi, Chinese and Spanish are the other top primary languages spoken in our community. And the sights? Just take a look at this photographic celebration of some of the many cultural treasures Wood Buffalo residents can sample at festivals, galleries, and recitals throughout the year.
DSC_1900.jpg Fort McMurray resident Akshaya Lakshmi performs East Indian dance at the South Asian Arts and Music Fest at MacDonald Island.
DSC_4731.jpg Artist Frederick McDonald with one of his canvases in Fort McKay.
DSC_6389.jpg Fort McMurray Avrora Ukrainian Dancers member Darby Melnyk at the Ukrainian New Year Malanka party at the Sawridge Inn in Fort McMurray.
GH3_1926.jpg Young dancers at a Canada Day celebration in Fort McMurray.
GH3_1966.jpg Dancers from the Fort McMurray Chinese-Canadian Cultural Society perform at Canada Day festivities.
GHS_7198.jpg Dancing duo at the annual Métis Festival at Fort McMurray Métis Local 1935
DSC_6151.jpg Some of the Fort McMurray Avrora Ukrainian Dancers performing at the Malanka (New Year) celebration.
GH3_1948.jpg Akshaya Lakshmi dancing solo at Canada Day festivities in Fort McMurray.
GH3_9854.jpg Dancer at the opening ceremonies of Treaty Days in Fort McKay.
GH7_4870.jpg Elder in traditional costume shares festive greeting with two young attendees at the Chinese New Year banquet at the Sawridge Inn in Fort McMurray.
GH7_4928.jpg Dancers from the Fort McMurray Chinese-Canadian Cultural Society perform at the Chinese New Year celebration.
GHS_0047.jpg Artist Shawn McClure at his soapstone carving workshop, Dene Celtic Art, in Fort McKay.
GHS_2345.jpg African food vendors at a Canada Day celebration in Fort McMurray.
GHS_2400.jpg Emma Carter of the Fort McMurray Highland Dancers.
GHS_6782.jpg A talented solo dancer jigging at the Métis Festival hosted by Fort McMurray Metis Local 1935.
GHS_6903.jpg, GHS_7027.jpg Musical performances at the Métis Festival in Fort McMurray.