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Letter From The Editor

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One of the best parts of living in Fort McMurray is also living within the greater Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. I absolutely love our rural hamlets and the diversity and beauty they add to our region. This issue of YMM celebrates our rural communities and specifically puts a focus on the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan.

Available by plane in the warmer months, and by plane and winter road in the colder months, Fort Chipewyan is home to approximately 1,000 people. It’s an incredibly stunning place where the geography and landscapes provide awe-evoking memories. The community is also rich in historical value and you get a sense of being a part of a different, charming and wonderful, world. I think for me, due to it’s similar identity as the community I grew up in back in Newfoundland, it feels like home every time I’m there. The people however, are it’s stars. They are incredibly friendly and welcoming to everyone who visits.

I hope that this issue of YMM will encourage you to visit and explore the parts of our backyard that are just down the highway, or a quick plane ride away. Adventure awaits, and I promise you won’t regret it.


Krista Balsom



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