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Celebrate the north this weekend: WinterPLAY and Alberta Winter Games

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Residents have two ways to embrace the magic of winter with WinterPLAY and the 2018 Alberta Winter Games. Get involved from Feb. 16 – 19 as thousands of visitors come to Wood Buffalo and make history in our region.

The annual WinterPLAY Festival will be running from Friday to Sunday at Snye Point Park for a celebration of Wood Buffalo’s northern spirit including Shootout on the Snye, family-friendly activities and live entertainment.

Running the same weekend, residents can cheer on local athletes as they compete against the top athletes from across province at the 2018 Alberta Winter Games. Wood Buffalo will welcome over 2,800 athletes and coaches as they compete at 21 events in 19 different sports.

Help kick off the weekend by watching the Torch Relay at 2 p.m. on Friday. Support local athletes as they carry the Winter Games Torch through downtown Fort McMurray.

Residents are advised that the Torch Relay involves a 'rolling closure' along Franklin Ave. - meaning that as the runners proceed north on Franklin Ave. from Poplar Crescent Park, each intersection along the route will be blocked off to vehicle traffic for approximately 5-10 minutes. 

Transit users are advised that some downtown bus routes will be affected from approximately 1 – 3 p.m. to allow for the Torch Relay. Signage will be posted at affected transit stops with specific information regarding alternative stops.


Later Friday evening, residents can also join in two Opening Ceremony events:

  • WinterPLAY: Snye Point Park, 5:30 p.m.
  • 2018 Alberta Winter Game: Shell Place, starting at 7 p.m.

Park-and-Ride shuttle service is available downtown to get you to WinterPLAY and to the Alberta Winter Games at MacDonald Island Park. Park-and-Ride location information is posted at

For more information on WinterPLAY and to download the event schedule, please go to For more information about the Alberta Winter Games, visit