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Winter Fun in YMM

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Winter in Fort McMurray can be described as nothing less than spectacular. Located in some of the most beautiful surroundings and filled with a diverse and spectacular group of residents, our community boasts so much fun in the winter that it’s hard to begrudge the cold! Here are just a few of the highlights coming our way:

Multicultural EXPO – 2015 – February 15M

The world will be meeting in Wood Buffalo for the Multicultural EXPO-2015, where different cultures will gather to share their gourmet dishes and retail therapy opportunities. Happening from 12 to 6 p.m. at ONE Recreation (1 C.A. Knight Way).

What can you expect to find? Crafts, food, clothing and dancing from many of the different cultures represented in our community. Families of all ages and ethnicities will be on hand to share their cultures, reminding us of why Wood Buffalo is such a vibrant place to call home!

WinterPlay 2015

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is gearing up for the annual WinterPLAY festival, happening February 27 through March 1!

The festival will kick off with the launch of the WinterPLAYGROUND at Jubilee Plaza (near the corner of Franklin Avenue and Hardin Street) on Friday at 4:30 p.m. You won’t want to miss the opening night bonfire and entertainment at Jubilee Plaza!

Hockey lovers won’t want to miss the Shootout on the Snye. This four-on-four hockey tournament will be played on a total of 13 rinks – 12 tournament rinks, and one feature rink. The games will be 30 minutes in length and have a five-minute halftime break.

There’s always lots of fun for the family at WinterPLAYGROUND at Jubilee Plaza. Happening on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be ice sculptures, ice castles, open skating and other family entertainment!

What else is happening at WinterPLAY?

WinterREELS, organized by the Fort McMurray Filmmakers Association, is a 72-hour (three-day) Film Challenge followed by a screening event. Teams have that time to complete a short film with a run-time no greater than seven minutes, and with a few additional challenges. At the conclusion of the 72 hours, each film will be judged by an impartial panel to determine winners in several categories. All films will be screened in a theatre setting as part of the main event, where the filmmakers will have the opportunity to present their projects to the audience. The event will have an ‘80s theme and include a film screening of the classic ‘80s movie “Revenge of the Nerds.” The $20 registration fee is a donation to the YMMFMCA. The Film Challenge kick-off is February 19, and the film screening event happens on February 28 at 7 p.m.

Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre will be hosting a concert series during WinterPLAY, with Big Sugar performing on Friday, Trent McClellan on Saturday, and Pear on Sunday March 1. The Stampeders will also be performing at Anzac Recreation Centre on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, Ptarmigan Nordic Ski Club will be hosting Family Fun Day with activities for youth. Bring your cross-country ski equipment or let them supply it for you…all you have to do is dress for the weather and be ready to ski! Happening at 11 a.m. at Doug Barnes Cabin/Birchwood Trails.

Feel like spending some time indoors on Sunday? Pop by Syncrude Aquatic Centre between 3 and 9 p.m. for the Penguin Dash – a toonie swim including water carousel, lazy river, splash park, inflatables and more!

The McMurray Sno-Drifters will be at Snye Park on Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. for an afternoon Sno n’ Shine. This group of local snowmobiling enthusiasts will be on hand to display their machines and answer questions at Snye Park.

To wrap up the festival, Shootout on the Snye winners and the Sno n’ Shine winners will be recognized. There will also be skating demonstrations and a Mascot Skate all happening on Sunday at 6 p.m.

WinterPLAY 2015 will go out with a bang with fireworks at Snye Park at 7 p.m. on Sunday. The festival weekend will be closed with a bonfire, entertainment and fireworks following the awards ceremonies and recognition of event contributors.

The 2015 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships – March 29 – April 4

The 2015 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships are expected to bring more than 40 national ringette teams, 900 athletes, and coaches, families and supporters to the Wood Buffalo region. With more than 200 games scheduled over 10 days, the Championships will be played on ice surfaces from Anzac to Fort McKay, including all ice arenas in Fort McMurray.

Our region is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Canada’s ringette community to our backyard and to showcase state-of-the-art facilities! These 10 days are going to be filled with ringette fun!