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MacDonald Island Park

1 MacDonald Drive, 780-791-0070

PHOTO: Dawn Booth

MacDonald Island is a legendary place situated on the banks of the junction of the Clearwater River and the Athabasca. It’s rich history dates back in 1872 when John James MacDonald arrived in Fort McMurray to work for the Hudson Bay Company. He was the first known settler to claim residence on the island and stayed there with his family from 1880 to 1910. 

Today, the island is home to Canada’s largest recreational complex – the Suncor Community Leisure Centre, which is 450,000 square feet and has had millions of visitors since opening in 2010. It also features the Miskanaw Golf Club and Shell Place.

With endless opportunities available to explore on the island, it's likely the only area in the community that offers peace and play in one place. You can be indoors swimming in an Olympic-sized pool or across the parking lot, listening to award-winning bands play inside the SMS Equipment Stadium. And for a quiet atmosphere, you can golf on the Miskanaw or take a walk on the TOTAL Aboriginal Interpretive Trail.


Dawn Booth is a local journalist and business owner of the communication service, Media Booth. Residing in Fort McMurray since 2007, Booth has been actively working in the Wood Buffalo region as a media and marketing expert. From her arrival to the city, until November 2010, she worked as the Special Features Editor at the Fort McMurray Today. In April 2011, she co-launched snapd Wood Buffalo and managed the publication for three years, until June 2014. In March 2014, she created Media Booth and is currently working with a wide-variety of clients in the business and nonprofit sectors throughout Alberta. Her passion for volunteering in the community has given her two civic awards from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. She has also received the title for the Fort McMurray Connect's Top 40 Under 40 and is one of Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta's 2014-2015 Women of Inspiration. A happy wife and loving mother to two young boys and a baby girl, Booth can be found easily at