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Wood Buffalo, Alberta

Full nameRegional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Official nameRegional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Settlement typeSpecialized municipality
RegionNorthern Alberta
Census divisionNo. 16
- Specialized municipalityApril 1, 1995
Name changeAugust 14, 1996
Municipal seatFort McMurray
Governing body 
CAOGlen Laubenstein
Total Area24450.4 sq mi (63342.89 km2)
Total Population51924 (2006)
Other information
Time zoneMST (UTC-7)

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The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is a specialized municipality located in northeastern Alberta. Formed as a result of the amalgamation of the City of Fort McMurray and Improvement District No. 143 on April 1, 1995, it is the second largest municipality in Alberta by area. Underlying its 63343 km2 (24456.9 sqmi) of wilderness lie vast oil sand deposits, also known as the Athabasca Oil Sands, helping to make the region one of the fastest growing industrial areas in Canada.

Until the Alberta electoral boundary re-distribution of 2004, the municipality was divided between the provincial electoral districts of Fort McMurray (the community itself) and Athabasca-Wabasca (the surrounding area). The re-distribution amalgamated the municipality into a single electoral district covering the entire municipality. As a result, the new Wood Buffalo electoral district became the most populous such district in Alberta.

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