Fort McMurray has a lot of good places to hike, such as Mount Norquay. Many locals as well as tourists enjoy hiking the mountains near Fort McMurray, especially in the colder months for more of a challenge and some beautiful scenery. Trails like Old Entrance Trailrides are often visited by people spending time in Fort McMurray, especially when the weather begins to warm up a bit and the chance of rain subsides. Hiking in the area is often enjoyed most when the weather begins warming up and the chance for rain is low. Considering this, it would be recommended to fly to Fort McMurray during June, July, and August to take advantage of the warmer weather and go for a hike. During the warmer months, hikers around the Fort McMurray area find that parks like Dinosaur Provincial Park are the best for taking long walks with their families and/or pets. Those looking for this type of experience are likely best suited to fly to Fort McMurray in June, July, or August.
Skiing is most popular in Fort McMurray during the month of January, due to the perfect conditions of colder temperatures combined with a higher chance of snow. These conditions make Sunshine Village a very popular destination for both tourists and locals. If you are planning a ski trip to multiple mountains, Lake Louise Mountain Resort is a recommended attraction in the Fort McMurray area.
Those flying to Fort McMurray could potentially find better pricing at Fort MacKay Albian Aerodrome Airport (35 mi from Fort McMurray city center) or Fort MacKay Horizon Airport (46 mi from Fort McMurray city center) depending on the month and departure airport.
Currently, Canada travel restrictions include travel to Fort McMurray. Canada has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals. Travelers who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents or people registered under the Indian Act may only enter Canada for essential purposes. Entrance will be denied to people traveling for tourism, sightseeing, recreation, entertainment, social visits or religious functions. Canadian citizens, permanent residents, their immediate family, diplomats, airline crews, and travelers arriving from the United States who are traveling for non-discretionary or non-optional purposes may still enter Canada. Only Toronto Pearson (YYZ), Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau (YUL), Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) are operating international flights. Domestic flights, as well as flights from the United States, some destinations such as Mexico and the Caribbean, and from St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, are currently not affected by this measure. Seasonal agricultural workers, fish/seafood workers, caregivers, temporary foreign workers, international students with valid study permits or approvals for study permits valid from at least March 18, 2020, and permanent resident applicants who received approval before March 18, 2020 who had not yet traveled to Canada, may still enter the country. Other people with special dispensation to enter Canada include French citizens who reside in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, people registered under the Indian Act, visa-exempt refugees and their immediate families, and those with special authorisation from the Canadian government. All travelers on flights to Canada must have a face covering. Travelers who exhibit symptoms will be prohibited from boarding planes that are destined for Canada. If they exhibit symptoms on arrival they will be referred to the Canadian Public Health Agency. Travelers who have been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to medical reasons related to COVID-19 may not enter the country. Travelers must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival at their final destination in Canada. Travelers who disembarked from a cruise ship with a known COVID-19 outbreak like the ‘Diamond Princess’ will be required to remain in quarantine for 14 days at a location determined by the Chief Public Health Officer. North Macedonian passports which expired on March 18, 2020 or later will be considered valid for entry to Canada through July 31, 2020. Visitors transiting through Canada who are not otherwise exempted (for example, by having a valid Canadian visa or a permanent resident card) must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization. See the Transport Canada website for more information. If you are planning to travel to Fort McMurray at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.
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