Did you know that Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo used to be home to a Canadian Coast Guard base, a shipyard, and a regular Northern Alberta Railways passenger rail service?
Come and learn why Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo is known as the "gateway to the north” and discover the region’s decades long history as a transportation hub, an essential link on the cargo routes north via the Athabasca River and onto the Arctic.
Located along the picturesque Clearwater River and set across 4.4 acres is the original location of what was once called the Prairie Shipyards. The Fort McMurray Heritage Shipyard celebrates and preserves this essential part of our past with historical vessels, two train cars, a collection of artifacts and the Jack “Torchy” Peden Centre and Gift Shop housed in the old Waterways railway station building. Save some time to enjoy the pirate ship playground after your visit!
Shaw Spotlight: Fort McMurray Heritage Shipyard Discovery
Jack "Torchy" Peden helped start the Fort McMurray Heritage Shipyard, a place where local history is kept alive. He believes it's more important than ever to remember where we came from. While out on the river, Torchy and the team discovered something special revealed by the seasonally low water levels. Video produced by local filmmaker Matt Lorenz.