Fort McMurray Highlights: Tim Hortons

The Local Quartet of Timmies

Fort McMurray residents love their Double Doubles, so much so that it’s a rarity to walk into a local Tim Hortons’ and not stand in line to order.

According to the coffee franchise giant, the first Tim Hortons’ opened in Hamilton, Ontario in 1964. In the beginning, it only offered two products on its menu – coffee and donuts.

It has since evolved into a variety of drinks with a majority of simplistic barista brews, unlike their Starbucks competitor and their complex ‘Triple, Venti, Soy, No Foam Latte’ orders. (Although, specialty beverages like the Iced Cappuccino and Chocolate Chill keep things fancy).

With a wide range of weekly work schedules, locals are on-the-go around the clock. When Tim’s was first introduced to the community, the restaurant struggled to keep up with the demands, which resulted in a constant, backed-up line.

All of the Tim Hortons in Fort McMurray– with the exception of the airport location – are owned by Martie Murphy from Prince Edward Island. Murphy is wife to Danny Murphy, who is a charter member of the Tim Hortons millionaires and took over P.E.I.’s first two outlets at the age of 24 years in 1980.

She was last quoted in localized news stating to CBC News, “it’s always been hard to find staff, but it’s become even more difficult,” after the 2016 wildfire when her stores had limited staff to operate for returning residents. None of the stores were damaged by the fire, but a temporary Tim’s was able to stay open to serve firefights and first-responders who stayed in the city.

As staff demand is a regular need, new locations keep opening up and there are now four stores available throughout the city. The first of the local restaurants came downtown at 9701 Hardin Street. Open 24 hours, this outlet provides both drive-thru and walk-in options.

The downtown location is merged with a Wendy’s Restaurant. It was Murphy’s husband who created the merge in 1992 in P.E.I. As owner of all Tim Hortons and Wendy’s on the Island, he decided to put both brands in the same building and the idea took off.

Located at 105 Thickwood Boulevard, the second 24-hour store is nestled at the top of the hill in Thickwood. In 2015, this location made national headlines as being “one of the most Canadian things ever” when Fort McMurray RCMP warned Tim Hortons’ customers not to block traffic on Thickwood Boulevard.

Due to the restaurant’s placement on one of the city’s busiest streets, motorists have been known to stop on the road when the drive-thru is packed. Violators are fined $172 and two demerit points.

The third Tim’s to open is a walk-in only at 375 Loutit Road in Timberlea. Operating from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m., it’s just as popular as the others and the line-up circles the entire inside of the restaurant during prime times. (The line for customers making a Tim Horton’s Mobile App order is often shorter.)

And lastly (but sure not to be the last one) is the most recent opening of Fort McMurray International Airport Tim Hortons’ location owned by Kristina Dube. The outlet launched inside the airport’s food court on October 1, 2015. Customers are able to make purchases, whether they are traveling or not because it’s located before security check-in.

This is an ideal location for those living in the Prairie Creek and working in the industrial area of Gregoire. Customers are also not required to pay for parking by utilizing the airport’s Dine & Dash program, which grants guests free parking.

As Canada’s number one fast food restaurant, eight out of every 10 cups of coffee sold in Canada are from Timmies. And just like everywhere else in the nation, local residents ‘always got time for Tim Hortons’.

This Wednesday, June 6 is Camp Day at Tim Hortons. It’s an annual fundraising initiative for the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, where every penny from its coffee sales goes towards helping kids from a low-income family go to camp.

Whichever location you choose to buy your coffee from, make sure you drop by to buy a coffee and make a donation and use the hashtag #CampDay and mention @TimHortons on Twitter and Instagram.

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Around Town: Fort McMurray News (Week of June 1)

It’s time for another edition of our weekly column from the A-Team. Here is some important news for this week.

The McMurray Métis bought a nine-acre plot of land in order to build a cultural center:

McMurray Métis Buy Land From Province, Plans To Build Cultural Centre

On Friday, Minister of Infrastructure Sandra Jansen was in Fort McMurray to sign the papers, making the sale, worth $809,670, official.

“You don’t have the sense of ownership on a piece of leased land that you do on a piece of land you can call your own,” she said.

Since 1992, the McMurray Métis has been leasing their land from the provincial government, however, all the buildings in the area were destroyed in the Horse River Wildfire. The original ask of around three acres quickly grew to nine. Via

The land will also be used by the local Metis, specifically for housing and offices for their industry partners.


In other news, the Council approved a new Emergency Management Bylaw this week, according to Laura Beamish of Fort McMurray Today:

Council passes Emergency Management Bylaw

The bylaw includes provincial recommendations the municipality was given based on assessments after the May 2016 wildfires.

“It really is that catalyst to get us moving forward in taking charge of our future and allowing a framework for us to have a very robust, all encompassing governance that will enable our emergency management organization to really capture those things that are needed,” said RMWB Fire Chief Jody Butz.

“This bylaw puts emphasis on planning mitigation, prevention and recovery,” he said. “It keeps the conversation around emergency management relevant.” h/t

They bylaw also establishes an Emergency Advisory Committee, and sets roles for region leaders.

Lastly, the Federal Government has announced support to small businesses in the area to help them recover from the 2016 wildfire:

Feds provide over $485K to support small businesses

On Monday, Minister of Innovation Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, Navdeep Bains, announced they would be providing approximately $485,000 to two programs in the RMWB.

“These investments will help local businesses access the tools and resources they need to recover and grow as they meet the evolving needs of the region. We are pleased to collaborate with our community partners to help local businesses expand knowledge, develop skills, and access the capital they need to prosper,” said Mayor Don Scott.

Business Link has been able to provide advice to over 250 entrepreneurs and develop partnerships to deliver educational events in the region. read more at

The program has thus far provided more than $1 million to small businesses over the years.

That’s all for this weeks’ roundup. Check back on The A-Team blog for more news and updates on Fort McMurray.

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Sellers: Getting Ready For A Home Inspection

Home sellers tend to underestimate the importance of home inspections. Some think home inspections are only for home buyers, but that doesn’t mean sellers can rest easy. A home inspection allows home sellers to be sure that the buyer is at ease with their purchase. That said, preparation is key to ensure that your home inspection is a success…

The first tip is an obvious one, but the most important; keeping your house neat:

Clean Your House First

A little preparation can go a long way, and might even help you sell your home for more money. Just remember that the more work you do, the fewer work buyers have to do, which means you can usually list your price for a little higher.

Maybe this is an obvious step, but you’d be surprised at how many times we’ve seen cluttered homes on inspection day. Clean homes say that you care about your home and keep it well maintained. Inspectors might have preconceived ideas about the rest of your home just because it’s messy. Via

Home buyers will be coming in and out of your house, so you`ll want to ensure that they have a good time. This eases up the whole purchase process, getting you closer to the sale.

Next is to provide full disclosure regarding repairs. A new post from Quickbooks Intuit shares why it is ideal to let both home inspector and buyer know beforehand about any repairs and maintenance needed:

Providing Full Disclosure Regarding Repairs

Most properties aren’t perfect, and that’s understandable. Buyers understand that there may be some issues. What’s important is that you’re upfront about any repairs the home needs.

If the home has any appliances that aren’t working properly, leaks, or other concerns, it’s wise to let the buyers know right away. Home inspectors are good at what they do, and the odds of them missing something are low. By disclosing everything in advance, it shows the buyers you’re trustworthy and helps you avoid any unpleasant surprises.

It also helps the inspector to know what repairs and maintenance have already been performed. The easiest way to keep track of this and to verify it to the inspector is to hang on to any documents on home repairs. h/t

There’s no need to hide from home inspectors, as the better ones will find faults anyway. However, leaving it to the home inspector, whether yours’ or the sellers’, will make you look dishonest, which will negatively affect your reputation during the home selling process.

Don’t cover up any repairs or maintenance needed in your house!

Lastly, is finding a place you can stay while your home buyer inspects your house. A recent post from Paul Rush Forth discusses why it is a good thing to not be present during the home inspection:

Have a Place to Go During the Inspection

A home inspection is where buyers learn about any major issues your home has, as well as another chance for buyers to picture themselves living there.

But it’s hard to focus on the house when the current owner is hanging around.

They’ll feel like a guest in a place they want to call home. This makes them less likely to engage with the home and the inspection.

Home buyers need to be able to ask blunt questions about the condition of your home. read more at

It might be tempting to stay in the house, but it would be most likely do more harm than good. Not being present in the inspection process is a good way of letting the home buyers feel the sense of ownership of your house, which could be a huge factor in their decision.

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