Best Places 2022

Welcome to our third ever Best of YMM – Best Places 2022!

When Moe Farhat secured the former Gold’s Gym spot on the lower floor of a downtown apartment building, rumours immediately started to fly. Moe tried to keep it a secret as long as he could, but it soon proved fruitless – everyone and their cat knew Fort McMurray was getting it’s first bowling alley since the aging McMurray Bowl closed its doors in Gregoire more than a decade prior.

This wouldn’t be your run-of-the-mill bowling alley though. The Alley uses some of the most cutting-edge technology in the game today. Add in the ever-popular arcade, and the recently opened Laser Tag next door and it’s no wonder residents have flocked to The Alley in droves.

This year, Fort McMurray voted The Alley as Best Entertainment Centre for the second straight year. It also picked up a brand-new category, Best Date Night, by edging out local restaurants The Keg and Surekha’s On the Snye. Local realtor Paige Cyr from loves hitting the arcade on date night with her husband Corey, especially to challenge him to their favourite game Mario Kart. Local musician Kevin White agrees, but Arts Council Wood Buffalo’s Akshaya Lakshmi prefers a more physical challenge on date night with the basketball hoops! Perhaps even more impressive for only being two years into the game, The Alley was voted Best Pizza narrowly preventing long time community staple Hu’s Pizza from getting back-to-back wins (although Hu is looking to fight harder next year).

best barber shop

thickwood barber shop

700 Signal Rd, 780-750-9939

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Fade 99 Barbershop
  • Millenium Barber Shop
  • MVP Modern Barbers
  • Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop
  • YMM Barber Shop

best hair salon

Spoiled Rotten Beauty Boutique

122 Millennium Dr, 780-714-5070

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Head Case Artistry
  • Orange Lily Hair & Body Studio
  • Razor’s Edge Hair Studio
  • The Beauty Cellar
  • The Hair Loft

best spa

achieve wellness spa

112 Riverstone Ridge #206, 780-750-3391

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Allure Medi Spa
  • Be-You-tiful Skin Care
  • FOY Medi Spa
  • Higher Health Acupuncture & Massage Therapy Clinic
  • Layers Wellness & Spa

best entertainment centre

the alley

15-8528 Manning Avenue, 780-972-9900

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Boston Pizza
  • Earls Kitchen + Bar
  • Mr Mikes Steakhouse Casual
  • Surekha’s On The Snye
  • The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

best fitness centre

macdonald island park

1 MacDonald Drive, 780-791-0070

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • 9Round Fitness
  • CrossFit Crude
  • Exhale Yoga & Barre
  • Gym Nation
  • Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre

best flower shop


4-412 Thickwood Boulevard Bay, 780-791-4262

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Caribou Flowers Plants and Gifts
  • flora.boreal
  • Save On Foods
  • Sobeys
  • The Personal Florist

best coffee shop

avenue eatery & cafe

8102 Fraser Ave Bay 5, 587-276-1270

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Firebag Coffee Company
  • Mitchell’s Cafe
  • Second Cup
  • Starbucks
  • Tim Hortons

best patio

fort mcmurray golf club bear & Buffalo

1 Real Martin Dr, 780-743-5577

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Earls Kitchen + Bar
  • East Village Pub & Eatery
  • Mr Mikes SteakhouseCausal
  • Surekha’s On The Snye
  • The Banquet

best grocery store

sobey’s Thickwood

210 Thickwood Blvd, 780-743-9339

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Independant
  • Real Canadian Superstore
  • Save on Foods Downtown
  • Save on Foods Stonecreek
  • Save on Foods Thickwood

best jewellery store

prestige jewellers

1124-9713 Hardin St, 780-790-9750

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Absolutely She
  • Canadian Jewellers
  • Michael Hill
  • Paris Jewellers
  • Peoples Jewellers
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