On the sparkling eastern shore of Willow Lake, just minutes from Gregoire Lake Provincial Park, sits the hamlet of Anzac. Named after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps that surveyed the area during the First World War, the community is located 45 kilometres southeast of Fort McMurray and offers a slower pace of living in a peaceful setting. Home to about 700 residents, Anzac is a great place for a BBQ or a day by the water at the Anzac Day Use area.
Anzac is also a popular outdoor recreation destination as the community has access to snowmobile trail systems that weave their way through the boreal forest. These trails are meticulously groomed and maintained by the McMurray Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Association, and are a great way to see some of the most beautiful, unspoiled wilderness within driving distance of Fort McMurray. The snowmobile trail system extends to the top of nearby Stony Mountain and is a favourite of hikers year-round. It’s not unusual to spot hikers along the trail enjoying a winter campfire complete with marshmallow roasts. Gregoire Lake is a favoured destination for ice fishers, you’ll see small fishing shacks dot the ice surface in winter as avid anglers stay cosy as they wait to reel in the big one.
Learn more about Anzac: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
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