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Pierre

Iv been on vacation for a month while I had my family visiting. We toured Alberta and Montana and collected over a 1000 photos and video. Things are slowly getting back to normal here though. I missed everybody and the chats in the community.

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Guest Barbara

Welcome back. Glad you had a good holiday.

We are enjoying Calgary.

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Harry

Pierre,

now you have to get some pictures sorted out so you can post them via links rather than attachments. I love the Alberta/Montana part of the world...so I demand some pictures ;)

Welcome back! You were missed.

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Pierre

Harry I am a bit lazy with the links to photos... I know... it's just easier to attach them and they are more permanent than my homepage.

We went to some of the places around that have been mentioned in Sacanada, and it was most interesting indeed. Calgary is a favourite stopover for us. But we also managed to get to Drumheller and Head smashed in as well as fort McCloud and Waterton. This is apart from the highlights in the rockies.

We got some free camping in the rockies campsites due to the park workers strike.

The photos will be coming along as time allows.

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Pierre

Here is somewhat of a view of the town so you can see the lay of the land.

The area in front is the downtown area with the residential area of Thickwood Heights further back in the photo.

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Speedy

n Foto van hoe ons Dorpie lyk hier op Noord in Fort McMurray

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cross

Pierre,

It looks like all the cars in Fort Mac are dirty? Don't you guys have car washes, or is it too cold.

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Pierre

Cross, yes it's true. Im not sure where you saw it though :rolleyes:

We have plenty of car washes.

I notice that when I drive around Edmonton the cars appear a lot cleaner.

Out here it seems people dont care so much how the vehicle looks as long as it keeps going from A to B and back.

I keep my cars clean and parked in the garage. But in mid winter nobody washes cars. I tried a few times but the water (hot water of course) just forms puddles of ice that remain on the ground till spring. It does not run off. One of my first experiences here was a dirty snow laden vehicle. I washed my car in an underground garage with bucket and rags, just to get the worst off so I could see properly all round. When I reversed out later I felt the car going over heaps of ice where the water ran down the drainage channels behind the wheels. Those little heaps of ice stayed there for months. People tend to just wipe the head lights and rear stops and indicators with wiper/washer fluid (glycol mixture).

Some car washes close in mid winter.

A friend, fellow SA, took his car for a wash and drove off directly afterwards. When he tried to get out of the car the door would not open. It was frozen solid. The water left on the door seals had frozen. The lesson learnt was that if you do have your car washed either self or by others, make sure the doors are opened and the rubber seals wiped dry, befor edriving out of the heated encosure.

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Francois

I've been looking at info on Fort McMurray for a while now. It seems perfect! Man I'd love to land an IT position up there...

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Pierre

Francois, I know at least one SA person (now Canadian) in the IT dept here. I'll send his contact to you for further follow up.

In the case of Suncor the IT world has gone corporate and many functions are now run from the head office in Calgary. And the crowd involved keeps growing. Other oil companies are probably the same.

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Pierre

Are the geese are telling us something. Sept 16 ... mmm

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johankok

Geese know when to leave, but the human folk stay put :D

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Pierre

Here is another of nature's signs of the times...

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Pierre

and here a few more...

The Poplars are the ones turning yellow. The green are Spruce trees.

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Cathy K

These pictures are beautiful, Pierre.

Has anyone in Fort McMurray read the article about your town in the latest Chatelaine? It seems a bit degratory towards a town with so much pioneer spirit. :rolleyes: It sounds like Sasolburg in the 1950's. :D

Cathy K.

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Pierre

I have not read Chatelaine. I assume other people read it since it is on the market for sale here.

Fort McMurray is not the best spot on the planet for everyone. Neither is Canada for that matter. In a previous posting Scenes from a Boomtown I stated that all is not moonshine and roses.

Cathy if you have the article from Chatelaine, you could post it here so people get a balanced view.

One would hope it comes from someone who has been here and preferably lives here.

I can comment on it if I know what the article has to say.

We have crime here - it usually happens in the early hours of the morning.

We had a crime on January 18th, 2006 . It was the crime of the week.

The Fort McMurray CRIME STOPPERS Association is seeking the public's assistance in solving the following crime:In the early morning hours of January 18th, 2006 unknown persons broke into numerous vehicles at The McMurray Inn on Saunderson Avenue, Fort McMurray, Alberta. Stolen items include a cell phone, a laptop computer, a Garmin GPS and numerous CD's. The value of the missing articles exceeds $5000.

Another crime of the week was: In the early morning hours of March 31st, 2006 unknown persons stole a prebuilt, 10x12 ft wooden shed from Rona Home Center on MacAlpine Cresent, Fort McMurray, Alberta. The value of the shed does not exceed $5000.

I couldnt find any others for 2006.

There were some crimes in 2005 as well.

Drug abuse and trafficing is also a known problem among the younger generation. They have money and want to see the northern lights indoors.

If you commit a 'big crime' here, there is nowhere to run - criminals know that.

I was not in Sasolburg in 1950'5 but I heard of all the evils at the time among construction workers from allover. FMM has prostitution, I mean escorts, etc. and what else goes along with a trancient society. All three of them have a tough job keeping up with business.

But then I also visit other places in Alberta and get news that are much worse than here.

I would like to know what people compare FMM with when they make derogatory remarks.

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Pierre

New terminology I came accross:

STUMBLING SEASON — Stumbling out of summer, you can’t stop the fall into winter as the last gasp of colour surrounding the city is an indicator that the cold weather is just around the corner.

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Breytie

Fort Chipewyan is north of Ft McMurray. Some 60 km north of the city, the paved (all weather) road stops, then becoming a "winter road". Bridges are constructed of ice, and require cool enough conditions to be solid enough. There is also a section traveling over the lake (frozen).

See detail description from the municipality below:

Travelers on the Fort Chipewyan winter road are being asked to obey a five km/h speed limit and a maximum load of one vehicle on ice bridges.

“We have quite a few large transport trucks (on the road),” said Supervisor Ernest Thacker “To ensure safety on the ice bridges we’ve reduced the speed. On an ice bridge, the slower you go the safer you are.”

Drivers are asked to drive with extra caution and pay attention to the following warnings:

The maximum weight limit on the road is 45,000 kg;

Road and sign maintenance will be ongoing; watch for heavy equipment and work crews;

Watch for large transport vehicles on road;

Exercise extreme caution while driving and passing.

No regular services, including patrols, gas or phone coverage, are available on the winter road. Travelers must be prepared for emergency situations.

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Breytie

WELCOME TO PARADISE - Extracted from a recent publication about Fort McMurray

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has more to offer than members may realize.

Fort McMurray is the heart of Alberta’s oil sands, and its reputation is one of big, awe-inspiring machines churning across the horizon to create wealth. But there are other aspects of this iconic resource town you may never have heard about.

When you think of Fort McMurray, your mind automatically sparks up images of oil and tar sands. Perhaps you think of the big oil companies operating there and how you’d like to see some of that larger-than-life action firsthand.

But maybe you should show up for another reason: the great outdoors.

That’s right. Fort McMurray, no matter what the time of the year, offers a rich fresh-air experience — one that goes beyond bitumen and bank accounts.

The area really has only two seasons, winter and summer. The transition is so abrupt that spring and fall are virtually non-existent. Fleeting though spring may be, its arrival opens the floodgates to outdoor adventure and fun.

Many of the families flock to the golf courses for a high-quality game at a reasonable price. They’ll often be treated to sightings of bear, deer, fox or beaver during their game.

Lay of the Land

No wonder there’s plenty of wildlife — because there are plenty of habitats. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo covers about 70,000 square kilometres, home to many lakes, rivers, ravines, hiking trails and campgrounds. The area offers moose and deer hunting in the fall, and lots of opportunity for those who love fishing, too.

The city is located at the confluence of four rivers. There are more than 40 lakes nearby. Some are fly-in only, while others are accessible by surface travel. In addition to summer fishing, ice fishing is a favourite activity in the colder months.

The Peace-Athabasca Delta is located in the southern part of Wood Buffalo National Park, a World Heritage Site. The delta is a paradise for bird watchers. Accessible only by water from Fort Chipewyan, this undisturbed bird sanctuary offers, in the spring and fall, more than 200 species.

Another outdoor adventure in northern Alberta is a visit to the Athabasca Dunes. Located in the Maybelle River Wildland Park, this ecological reserve features many tall and huge sand dunes and high kames.

Access to the edge of the park is via winter road from Fort McMurray to Fort Chipewyan. Even though getting there can be tricky, those who make the effort are rewarded with a bounty of wildlife and vegetation few other sites can match.

Fort McMurray itself is in the auroral band. This means residents are privileged to watch the dance of aurora borealis on most clear evenings during the equinox from September to March. These famous northern lights appear in many forms and colours.

This mystery of nature is a wonder to behold. On a not-so-cold moonlit evening, a simple walk on a snow-covered city trail can be a spiritual experience. The same trail offers nature’s gift of chirping birds on those winter days that are sunny and cosy.

In addition to its oil wealth, its high-tech machines, its advanced engineering and its geological marvels, the Fort McMurray area is a place of immense natural beauty.

You must experience it to appreciate it. Those who haven’t made the trek north to Fort McMurray should definitely make it a priority.

It’s a decision you will not regret.

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Bob Fitzsimmons
Pierre, wys bietjie fotos van die dorp self. Die mense het meer net fotos van die natuur afgeneem. Die natuur is baie mooi. by een van die fotos het 'n persoon geskryf dat die somers maar kort is, so hoeveel korter as Edmonton se somers, sal jy se? Ek kyk elke dag die weer voorspelling vir Alberta en ek kan nou nie onthou of ek regtig 'n vreeslike verskil gesien het nie. Ek weet soms het julle meer -40's as Edmonton, maar daar was ook laas jaar tye wat julle warmer as Edmonton was. As as jy nou so oor die duim kan skat, wat sal jy se?

Hoe bly jy ook in Fort McMurray? Ek weet jy het eendag gese dat jy nogal sal geniet om af te skuif Calgary toe om nader aan die berge te kom. ek weet die suide is nogal mooi. Ek het nogal van Medicine Hat gehou toe ons daar deur is die vakansie. Ons het tot die red Rock Coulees gaan bekyk en een aand geslaap in die Cypress Hills resort Inn aan die Saskatchewan kant. Laasgenoemde is definitief 'n plek om weer te besoek, jammer dis sit omtrent 700km van Edmonton af, anders was ek daar 2 of 3 keer 'n jaar. Die prys is ook baie billik, 2-slaapkamer cabin met kombuis vir $85 (alle belastings ingesluit).

I was interested in seeing an Africanns (?) posting. I enjoyed the struggle to read/translate it. I think I got about 60% based on my small knowledge of Dutch, Swedish, and German.

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Dedré
I was interested in seeing an Africanns (?) posting.
Bob, you are very close! Its "Afrikaans".

"A" pronounced like the "au" sound in "laughter",

"fri" is pronounced the same in Afrikaans as in English...

and the last bit "kaans"

"k" like kick... the k & ck is pronounced the same way - short.

The "aans" is almost like a long pronunciation of laughter e.g. l"auauaug"hter.

So if you put it all together it is something like:

"Au"-fri-"ck"-"auau"-ns

The part in bold is where the emphasis of the accent falls.

You say: AfriKAANS not AFRIkaans.

It's quite fun trying it out. I know when I sit with French I laugh at myself all the time trying to conform to the standard. Quite fun learning new languages.

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Pierre

Bob, I think many South Africans would be interested in your opinions about life in Fort McMurray.

Some people that come here in summer are rather surprised at the warm weather we get. Some of those that arrive in January say "what was I thinking" ... but later find out it is not so bad.

So if you wouldnt mind, share some views for the benefit of those who have not been here and some who are on their way here.

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