One of the best things about Fort McMurray and the surrounding Wood Buffalo region is how much opportunity there is here for those of us who love the great outdoors and want to get back to living a quieter, country life.
Around Fort McMurray there are some fantastic country residential communities, like Saprae Creek to the south, that allow you and your family to "get away from it all" without getting too far away.
Peace & Quiet
Fort McMurray is expanding quickly, which is great for the community as a whole, but with a growing population and new subdivisions also comes traffic, noise, and other distractions that aren't for everyone. By choosing to live in a country residential subdivision or purchase an acreage property, you'll also be choosing to peace and quiet over hustle and bustle. The only constant noise around your country home will be the sounds of birds, the rustling of wind through the trees, and your own kids playing in the back yard.
Close To Nature
For those who love the great outdoors, there is no better place to live than an acreage or small country residential community like Saprae Creek. Surround yourself in the majestic boreal forest of Northern Alberta and all the plant and animal life that lives here. The scenery can be breathtaking, and you can enjoy it every day, right out your windows, from the comfort of your own home. Enjoy amazing twilight skies and sunsets, see the stars and the majestic Northern Lights dance without the glow of the city lights, and share the land with wild creatures big and small.
Close-Knit Community & Family Friendly
In the city we often live very close to our neighbours, yet rarely get to know them well. In rural communities like Saprae Creek, it's common to know many of the people and families within your community, even though your homes are farther apart! There is a strong focus on family in rural Wood Buffalo, and you get to know your neighbours by name. People in rural areas often consider each other as extended family and look out for each other, working together to build strong, vibrant communities. Many of these areas of Neighbourhood Watch and Block Parent programs in place, creating a safe, family-friendly environment.
Stay Close to Fort McMurray
By choosing to live in a rural community like Saprae Creek, you get all the benefits of country living without having to be miles away. Located along Highway 69, Saprae Creek homes are only 10 minutes away from Downtown Fort McMurray and all its many amenities and services, from healthcare clinics and hospitals to schools and grocery stores. Some country communities like Saprae Creek also often offer recreational facilities, maintained parks, and sports fields right within the community itself, and often hold special events like family BBQs and Canada Day celebrations.
Outdoor Adventure Awaits
Living in the country means outdoor adventure is just outside your door. If you love ATVing, camping, snowmobiling, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, or any other kind of outdoor activity you can dream of. Those who live in country homes south of Fort McMurray -- including the Saprae Creek area -- are close to the extremely popular Vista Ridge ski resort, with a range of skiing, snowboarding and even tubing runs to suit every ability level from beginner to advanced. Rural communities near Fort McMurray provide plenty of motorized and non-motorized trail options that are used throughout all four seasons, and are often lovingly maintained by community volunteers.
Build Your Dream Home
If you've been dreaming of building your own home, a country residential lot of land is and ideal place to make your dreams into reality. You'll have plenty of space to build on, and with a 1 or 2 acre lot (or even more!) you won't have to sacrifice a front or back yard, either. Rural communities often have fewer restrictions for home size and style, and you can let your creative juices really flow on a blank canvas of land surrounded by Wood Buffalo's boreal forest and spectacular landscape.