Community Profile

Community Profile

The hamlet of Fort McKay is located 58 km north of Fort McMurray on the west bank of the Athabasca River and is situated amongst many oil sands operational sites. Fort McKay can be accessed from Highway 63 or an airstrip located in Mildred Lake, three km south. Fort McKay was established in 1820 by the Hudson Bay Company as a trading post but was not known as Fort McKay until it was named after Dr. Williams McKay in 1917. While the oil sands industry is the primary employers in Fort McKay, forestry, hunting and trapping remain to be part of the local economy.

According to the 2010 census, there are 44 people living in Fort McKay, but the census did not account for transient oil sands workers or residents living on the nearby native reserve. Many local residents are active members of the Fort McKay First Nation which is part of the Athabasca Tribal Council.


Predominant Language: English, Cree, Dené

Nearest Town/City: Fort McMurray

Services: Fort McKay School, Fort McKay First Nation Office, Amphitheatre, community arena, Father Begin Community Hall, playgrounds and parks, baseball diamond, Fort McKay Recreational and Cultural Society, Fort McKay Youth Centre, Wellness Centre, Health Centre, afterschool activities such as supper program, home economics, outdoor activities and Fort McKay Group of Companies.

Recreation: Fishing, hunting, trapping, baseball, snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling and quadding.

Attractions: Fort McKay North Wind Dancers, Fort McKay Treaty Day, Athabasca oil sands and Fort McKay Winter Carnival.

Banking: Fort McMurray: Alberta Treasury Branch, TD Bank, Royal Bank, CIBC, Bank of Montreal, Scotia Bank, Servus Credit Union, Meridian Credit Union

Media: Red River Current, 94.5 FM CFWE Radio and 99.3 FM CBC Radio One.