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Old 01-11-2014, 04:32 PM   #1
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Question Fort McMurray to Peach River, Alberta

Seeking some assistance/input/guidance/advice/etc routing between Fort McMurray to Peace River. This is a small leg of a 10k+ road trip around N.America. For some dark reason thought checking out first hand the oil sands would be a worth while, eye opening destination

The challenge is Im making a stop at Peace River to see old friends. The main hwys between Fort Mc & Peace Riv entails a lot of back tracking. Asking input from inmates with any first-hand knowledge of the trail system, dirt road conditions, etc, that would shorten the distance and make for a more interesting route. Thanks!
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:50 PM   #2
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Unfortunately there is really only one way in and one way out, and that's highway 63. You'd have to back-track almost all the way to Edmonton. Don't travel the 63 Thursday afternoons, or Sunday afternoon - evening, or after dark - EVER.
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:28 PM   #3
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don't bother heading up that way you can't see anything from the highway beside the plants the mines make sure of it
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don't bother heading up that way you can't see anything from the highway beside the plants the mines make sure of it
Figure as much. Corporations must protect their message. I accept the challenge.
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Unfortunately there is really only one way in and one way out, and that's highway 63. You'd have to back-track almost all the way to Edmonton. Don't travel the 63 Thursday afternoons, or Sunday afternoon - evening, or after dark - EVER.
I assume you live up there. How accessible are the roads that lead to the pits? Do corporate overlords have gates and guards at each road leading off Hwy 63?
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I assume you live up there. How accessible are the roads that lead to the pits? Do corporate overlords have gates and guards at each road leading off Hwy 63?
You can see some of the plant sites from the highway; you can see the settling ponds, some of the pits and heavy haulers, but it's pretty boring stuff. You definitely can't get on a plant site without an access badge, but again, there's not alot to see. If you've seen an oil refinery, you've pretty much seen this. I think Suncor is still offering a tour, but I could be wrong. The size of the equipment, and Syncrudes' buffalo herd, is really the only amazing thing you're gonna see. IMO, not worth taking your life in your hands on that dangerous - assed highway. If you do come, I can show you around if you like.
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You can see some of the plant sites from the highway; you can see the settling ponds, some of the pits and heavy haulers, but it's pretty boring stuff. You definitely can't get on a plant site without an access badge, but again, there's not alot to see. If you've seen an oil refinery, you've pretty much seen this. I think Suncor is still offering a tour, but I could be wrong. The size of the equipment, and Syncrudes' buffalo herd, is really the only amazing thing you're gonna see. IMO, not worth taking your life in your hands on that dangerous - assed highway. If you do come, I can show you around if you like.
Appreciate the offer. Still early-stages trip planning. May take you up on it. Cheers.
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