Our Community


Located in northeast Alberta at the confluence of the Athabasca and Clearwater Rivers, Fort McMurray (or “Fort Mac” to locals) is an urban service area within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. 

Formerly a city, Fort McMurray is a diverse, multicultural community that is well known for its resilience. In May 2016, a major wildfire caused mandatory evacuation of the community and several surrounding cities, destroying one-fifth of resident homes. 

Fort McMurray’s current population is nearly 70,000 residents. To keep pace with residential development growth, the Alberta government has been transferring crown land to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. 


The unique and vibrant community is surrounded by scenic boreal forest, playing an important role in the development of the national petroleum industry. Fort McMurray also has successful pipeline, forestry and tourism sectors and attracts job seekers from all over the world. 

As a gateway to the northwestern Canadian wilderness, the city features an international airport, provincial and municipal bus systems and rail transit. Highway 63 connects Fort McMurray to Edmonton, the capital of Alberta, which is located 435 kilometres southwest. The Alberta-Saskatchewan border is only 60 kilometres away. 


Other than during periods with warm Chinook winds, Fort McMurray’s winters are typically long and severe – with the average daily high temperature below-4°C. Warm, short summers occur during May – September and have an average daily temperature above 17 °C. The area’s average annual precipitation is 456 millimetres and average annual snowfall is 156 centimetres.

On clear evenings from October to March, the outskirts of Fort McMurray are a great place to enjoy the Northern Lights, a mesmerizing natural light display.


With its picturesque landscape scenery, it’s no wonder that the area’s most popular activities include camping, fishing and hiking. Canada’s largest recreation complex is located in Fort McMurray at MacDonald Island Park and features four skating rinks, an eight-sheet curling rink, an indoor climbing wall, library and other recreational facilities. 

Other popular attractions include the Oil Sands Discovery Centre, an educational facility that showcases the history, science and technology of the oil sands and Fort McMurray Heritage Village, a collection of historical buildings that provide a glimpse into Fort McMurray’s past.

Kathy Bowers




With 38 years in Fort McMurray, I call Fort McMurray my home. Moving from Ontario with my family in 1981 to where we once thought the roads were paved with gold. There was a one to 20 ratio with woman to men. So as a teenager, I did not have a lot of freedom. I kept myself busy by playing a lot of sports, while holding down 3 jobs. It wasn’t soon after I graduated, I landed a job at Syncrude. Every Fort Mac kid’s dream was to get a job at Syncrude. After getting a taste of job security, before I knew it I was married and buying a house (oh wait, it was the other way around)he he. After my first child was 8mths old, I had a hard time working and leaving my child with someone else and missing out on all his first, I decided to call it quits. I started my own cleaning company and found I loved working for myself. After 10 years, I sold the company and dabbled in social work and marketing for a local restaurant. When I was asked to tour potential employees for a few of the oils companies, I soon found myself assisting with company housing. I also managed 7 apartment buildings for a distant owner. Before I knew it, I was licensed and then took it once step further and purchased my own brokerage. I may have also done that backyards but more of a reason to speed up the process to obtain the brokers license. Since that day, almost 12 years ago, I have since added condo management and a expanded wealth of property management knowledge. As I continue to grow with a spectacular team of individuals, I also continue to learn and grow. Key is surrounding yourself with qualified people and although I made some poor choices in the beginning, I gained the confidence to know who was qualified to be with me on this crazy ride of property management. What’s in the future? More growth and like minded people who enjoy working for a business that is so versatile. I like to call it “One Stop Shopping”.

Both my children were born and raised in Fort McMurray. I now get to experience the joy of being a grandmother to two beautiful busy boys. I can be having the most horrible day and they bring those two precious boys around and soon I forget all my stress. They even have their own office at “The Bowers Group” There are also two little critters that will greet you at the front doors of the office. If you come in to the office in a bad mood, your mood will change after meeting Charlie and Macie. Come out to visit us and check out all the services we have to offer.

Our Community

Locally owned and operated "The Bowers Group" has been Involved in supporting several community non-profit events. Always willing to help in anyway we can to support the community.

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