Fort McMurray, once named McMurray, is an urban service area in the Regional Municipality (R.M.) of Wood Buffalo in Alberta, Canada. Formerly a city, it became an urban service area when it amalgamated with Improvement District No. 143 on April 1st, 1995, to create the Municipality of Wood Buffalo (renamed the R.M. of Wood Buffalo on August 14th, 1996). Despite its current official designation of urban service area, many locals, politicians and the media still refer to Fort McMurray as a city. Fort McMurray was known as McMurray between 1947 and 1962.
Fort McMurray is a major centre in Canada's petroleum industry due to its location near the Athabasca Oil Sands. Fort McMurray is also the location of the Peter Lougheed Nuclear Generating Station which is expected to be completed in September 2015.