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How to Choose Tires for Your Truck – The Ultimate Guide

Choosing the right tires for your truck is essential for safety, performance, and fuel efficiency. Whether you’re driving on highways, tackling rough terrains, or facing extreme weather, the right tires make all the difference. In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to choose tires for your truck, considering aspects such as tire types, load ratings, and tread patterns to ensure you find the perfect fit for your driving needs.

Key Notes To Remember

  • Selecting truck tires requires evaluating factors such as tire type, size, and load capacity, which directly influence vehicle safety and performance.
  • Key tire features like width and tread pattern significantly affect handling and fuel efficiency, with wider tires offering better traction but potentially reducing fuel economy.
  • Tire maintenance, including proper inflation and rotation, is essential for extending tire life and maintaining vehicle safety.
  • Consideration of driving habits, vehicle load, and budget is crucial for achieving optimal tire performance and longevity.

Understanding Truck Tire Types

Selecting the right tires for your truck is a crucial task, much like choosing the right pair of shoes for a long hike. Different types of tires, including all-season, summer, and winter tires, can significantly affect tire performance based on specific driving conditions. Each tire type has different characteristics that define its performance on various terrains.

Consider all-season tires, which are the jack-of-all-trades in the tire world. They’re a versatile option suitable for various road conditions such as dry, wet, and light snow. On the other hand, winter tires are the snow experts, designed with special tread patterns and rubber compounds to maintain flexibility and ensure safety in snowy and icy conditions.

Now, let’s delve deeper into the tire types. Considering we're in Alberta, we won't talk about summer tires as most of the time, they aren't the greatest choice with our weather conditions.

All Season Tires

All-season tires are the Swiss Army knife in your tire arsenal, merging the attributes of both summer and winter tires and providing a versatile option for truck owners. These tires offer:

  • Safety and balanced performance in diverse weather conditions
  • Versatility, especially in urban settings
  • Allows some drivers to skip the need for seasonal tire changes

Think of all-season tires as your reliable year-round tire, capable of handling a variety of weather conditions with ease. They offer a balanced combination of quiet ride and good tread life. But they’re not intended for deep snow or icy conditions - that’s where winter tires come in.

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Winter Tires

Winter tires come to the rescue when the temperature drops below freezing. They use a specialized rubber compound that stays flexible in sub-zero temperatures, ensuring better grip on icy and snowy roads. These dedicated winter tires are designed to effectively channel away snow and slush, securing improved traction.

The three-peak mountain with a snowflake symbol on the tires indicates that they meet or exceed industry-established snow traction performance requirements. In regions with harsh winters, like the ones we get in Fort McMurray, these tires can significantly reduce braking distances on snowy or icy surfaces, which directly lowers the risk of accidents. They’re not just a safety feature, they’re a winter necessity.

Decoding Tire Size and Load Rating

Choosing the right tire is not only about the type but also about the size and load rating. Much like choosing the right size of clothing, you need to select the right size and load rating for your tires to ensure optimal performance and safety.

Tire size consists of width, sidewall height ratio, and rim size. Each plays a vital role in how your truck handles. The load rating, on the other hand, indicates the maximum load the tire can handle. It’s like the weight limit on an elevator; you don’t want to overload it! Let’s look into these aspects in more detail.

Tire Width and Wheel Diameter

Tire width and wheel diameter are two essential elements that affect your truck’s driving characteristics. Larger truck wheels not only enhance stopping power and stability, but also provide optimum braking distance, which is crucial for handling bigger vehicles and achieving optimum braking performance.

On the flip side, wider tires can offer improved traction, which can benefit handling; however, too much width may adversely affect truck handling on challenging roads. To achieve optimal performance, it's important to find a balance balance between the two.

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Load Rating

Load rating ensures the tire can handle the weight of the truck and its cargo, contributing to safety and performance. Using tires with incorrect load ratings can increase the risk of tire failure and subsequent accidents.

Load range, marked by a letter, indicates the maximum weight a tire can withstand at a specific air pressure, commonly ranging from B to F in light trucks. Choosing a tire with the appropriate load rating is essential for those who frequently carry big loads, to ensure maximum safety and vehicle performance.

The Impact of Tread on Performance

The tread of a tire is similar to the sole of a shoe. It directly contacts the ground (or road), influencing traction, durability, noise reduction, and handling.

Different tread patterns are designed for specific driving conditions, much like how different shoe soles are designed for different terrains.

Tread patterns are designed in the form of grooves and ridges to provide grip and stability on wet, snowy, or muddy road conditions and reduce noise and vibrations during the ride. Let’s take a closer look at some specific types of treads.

Highway Terrain Tires

Highway terrain tires, also called high performance tires, are like your comfortable everyday sneakers. They are designed primarily for paved roads, offering consistent performance for trucks on highways.

Symmetrical tire tread patterns are common on these tires, enhancing stability and providing a quieter, more comfortable, and smooth ride. Also, they are typically more fuel-efficient due to harder compounds that minimize rolling resistance.

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All Terrain Tires

All-terrain tires are the hiking boots of the tire world. They offer a balanced performance with deeper tread depths and larger voids to handle bad weather and off-road conditions, while still maintaining the ability to drive on paved roads. They have a mixed rib-lug tread pattern that combines features of both rib and lug shapes, allowing for versatility on different surfaces. But all terrain tires do come with some trade-offs, such as increased road noise and potentially faster tread wear compared to all-season tires.

Mud Terrain Tires

Mud Terrain tires are the heavy-duty work boots of the tire world. They’re specifically made for off-road usage with a focus on providing high traction in rough terrain.

The aggressive lug-shaped tread patterns on these light truck tires facilitate excellent grip during acceleration and braking, heavily contributing to their performance in muddy and uneven off-road conditions. But remember, with great power comes great responsibility – always ensure your truck tires’ load index can handle the combined weight of your truck and any additional off-road gear.

Speed Ratings: What They Mean for Your Truck

Speed ratings might seem like a side note in the tire world, but they’re more like the footnotes that add an important layer of information. They indicate how fast tires can safely go for an extended period and also reflect their overall performance potential. With a higher speed rating, tires are designed to better manage heat at faster speeds, reflecting a higher threshold for speed and performance. They also influence how well a tire performs in terms of:

  • Heat dissipation
  • Cornering capabilities
  • Braking capabilities
  • Steering capabilities

However, remember that the actual driving speed should always be adjusted based on tire inflation, weather conditions, and road conditions.

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Fuel Economy and Your Tires

Choosing the right tires can contribute to better gas mileage of your pickup truck. Rolling resistance is a key factor in a vehicle’s fuel consumption, accounting for 20% to 30% of fuel usage.

Advanced tires like Bridgestone Ecopia are designed to minimize rolling resistance, potentially reducing fuel consumption by up to two gallons every month compared to conventional tires. When considering new tires, size also matters; larger tires can negatively affect fuel economy due to increased weight and rolling resistance, whereas smaller tires may improve efficiency, especially in urban driving conditions.

Choosing Tires Based on Driving Style and Conditions

Choosing the right tires is not just about the vehicle, but also about the driver. Your driving style and the conditions you frequently drive in should heavily influence your tire choice. For instance, rib-lug tread patterns cater to heavy-loaded vehicles, providing better braking for trucks across various road conditions.

For city driving scenarios, where comfort and wet traction are prioritized, tires like the Firestone Destination A/T are recommended for their fantastic wet traction and availability in multiple sidewall styles. On the other hand, off-road trucks require durable all-terrain tires, which offer enhanced grip on rough terrain and on the road, alongside added toughness from DuPont Kevlar construction.

Maximizing Durability and Tread Life

Proper tire maintenance is essential to maximizing durability and tread life. Maintaining the correct tire pressure is very important for vehicle safety, minimizing tire wear, and extending tire life.

Regular tire rotation is crucial for extending the lifespan of tires, particularly for vehicles with front-wheel or rear-wheel drive configurations. On the flip side, improper wheel alignment and uneven weight distribution across the tire’s footprint can lead to irregular wear and shorten tread life.

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Customizing Your Truck with the Right Tires

Customizing your truck with the right tires can enhance the look and performance of your truck. Taking measurements between the tire edge and suspension components/body panels with wheels straight and at full lock helps to determine the maximum tire size for proper clearance.

Selecting tires that complement the truck’s suspension setup is essential to prevent rubbing issues and maintain the vehicle’s aesthetics. Plus, choosing larger wheel diameters can give a truck a more commanding presence and an aggressive aesthetic.

The Best Tires for Your Budget

Just as shopping smart can help you get the best bang for your buck, knowing how to shop for tires can help you find the best tires for your budget. Buyers should conduct thorough research to understand their tire needs, which includes considering longevity since tires that last longer may be more valuable despite higher upfront costs.

Also, don’t overlook seasonal sales. Purchasing tires around April and October can lead to cost savings, as these are periods when companies often offer installation deals. And always remember to compare quotes from different dealers to ensure you’re getting the best deal.

Contact Summit GM for Expert Tire Advice

Choosing the right tires can feel like navigating a maze, but you’re not alone in this journey. Summit GM has a knowledgeable team ready to provide personalized assistance to guide customers in selecting the right tires for their trucks.

We encourage you to contact Summit GM’s team for expert advice when choosing tires, and will ensure that you receive recommendations tailored to your specific needs. We are committed to educating our customers to help them make the best choice.

The 2024 Silverado HD ZR2’s 35-inch tires.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the 3% rule for tires?

The 3% rule for tires states that all 4 tires on the car should be within 3% overall diameter of each other, ensuring safe operation for the drivetrain.

How do I know what tires I can fit on my truck?

Check the information inside your car's door jamb or in your owner's manual to find out the tires you can fit on your truck. Understanding tire sizing will also help you ensure the replacement tires match your vehicle's requirements.

What is the best type of tire for a truck?

For the best overall performance on and off the road, all-terrain tires are the most popular choice for trucks. They offer decent highway driving characteristics along with a confident grip when driving off pavement.

What's the difference between all-season and winter tires?

The main difference between all-season and winter tires is that all-season tires are suitable for a wide range of road conditions, while winter tires are specifically designed for cold and snowy weather. It's important to consider these factors when choosing the right tires for your vehicle.

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What are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

More and more manufacturers have been implementing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in their vehicles and for good reason. If you have an iPhone, or an Android device, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can make your drive far more enjoyable.

Both of these technologies allow you to integrate your phone into your vehicles infotainment system. It is not just about connecting the audio and speaking via Bluetooth - these car stars are the best way to have more of your phone’s features available while you’re driving.

Now, let’s take a closer look at Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and see what makes them tick.

What is Apple CarPlay?

Apple CarPlay is the version of this technology that works with Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. Vehicles that enable Apple CarPlay integration have the ability to display the content from your mobile device, transforming your vehicle’s infotainment system into a mobile powerhouse that gives you the settings, applications and features you have on your smart phone.

In order to get these features, you need to connect your iPhone. In most cases this is done by plugging your phone into the USB port of your vehicle using a Lightning cable. In some cases you will need to enable the feature both on the phone and the infotainment system when you are prompted to do so. In newer vehicle models, you might also have the option of connecting your device wirelessly. This gives the same functionality, but is a little easier and more convenient. As soon as a connection is established, your infotainment systems screen will mimic a simplified version of your iPhones screen. Aside from the screen change, the infotainment buttons also change their functionality to support the functions on your phone. For example, the buttons used for voice control will work through Siri when your iPhone is connected.

Speaking of Siri – she’s never sounded better. With Apple CarPlay she can read your messages through the car’s very own audio system. CarPlay can also respond to a message, or send a new one using voice-to-text. The microphone used for these commands is the one in your infotainment system and not the one in your phone. This means that your phone can be in your pocket while you’re sending your messages.

Another advantage is Apple CarPlay’s navigation system integration. The ones used on our phones are installed, updated and configured more easily and more often. Even if your car doesn’t have satnav, Apple CarPlay lets you use the one in your phone.

If you have a data plan on your phone, you will be able to listen to podcasts, get streaming content or play music apps, and the list of apps adapted for Apple CarPlay is growing rapidly.

What is Android Auto?

Android Auto does the same as Apple CarPlay but is compatible with Android devices. It gives you the functionality and the apps from your phone, and streams them directly to your vehicle’s infotainment system. It enables you to use the features on your phone in the safest way possible, keeping your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Much like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto changes your infotainment interface to mimic the one on your Android phone. Icons are larger for simple operation, and menus are far easier to read at a glance.

Android Auto has the advantage when it comes to navigation. The system it provides is powered by Google Maps which, aside from familiar functionality and heavy traffic rerouting capabilities, also carries over your saved destinations and Points Of Interest (POIs).

Using your phone’s data plan, you can listen to your favourite music or podcasts, surf the internet and use your phone and messaging apps.

Just like with Apple CarPlay, you can use voice commands to control everything, and reply to messages using voice-to-text functionality. Even if your car doesn’t have voice recognition technology, you can use the one from your phone.

Basically, the only thing you can’t use is your phone’s screen, as it is locked when your phone and Android Auto are connected.

The Future of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Both of these systems are here to stay. Both Apple and Google are working on making them even better and the latest advancements are already dealing with any issues that pop up.One issue is that if your vehicle’s infotainment system is used to control driving modes or climate control, you’ll have to exit Android Auto to control them. Google already works with some manufacturers to integrate this functionality to improve the user interface, and more partners are coming on-board every day.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are the future of Infotainment control, navigation and fun in your vehicle. At Summit GM we have tons of Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles featuring this great feature. If you want to learn more about Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, come on down to our Fort McMurray car dealership at our new location at 530 MacKenzie Blvd,give us a call at (780) 743-2871, or book a test drive online today.

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Chevrolet Silverado Trim Levels Explained

In attempts to make things easier both for car manufacturers and customers like you, trim levels were recently introduced as equipment packages. This is why knowing the trim level of the vehicle you are buying is very important. If the vehicle of your dreams is a Chevrolet Silverado, you are in the right place, since we this article will explain all the various trim levels the Silverado has to offer.

If you are looking for a pick-up truck nowadays, you can do a lot better than simply finding a workhorse of a vehicle. Trucks have been evolving from rugged and capable to rugged, capable and comfortable. However, the level of comfort and safety perks your vehicle includes somewhat depends on the trim level of the vehicle. As you are climbing up the trim ladder, price also increases, so having clear information about trim levels will let you to decide with confidence how to get all you want and save some money in the process.

The Silverado comes as Regular Cab, Double Cab and Crew Cab. Bed sizes vary and you can choose between 174 cm, 198 cm and 244 cm models. This alone makes the Chevrolet Silverado truly versatile, but the various trim levels allow you to really make the vehicle your own.

Chevrolet Silverado Work Truck

“Work Truck” is not just a name. It actually shows that the Silverado in this trim level is aimed at workers. It offers ruggedness and practicality, rather than styling details and elegance. It comes with all-season tires wrapped around 17” wheels, CornerStep rear bumper, cloth or vinyl upholstery and floor covers, lamps in the cargo area, locking tailgate, 4.2” entertainment screen and a 3.5” screen for the Driver Information Center.

The engine available in this model is a 4.3 l V6 paired with an automatic gearbox with 6 speeds.

Chevrolet Silverado LS

On the outside, the Silverado LS adds chrome details such as grille surrounded bumpers and stainless steel wheels.

The LS also improves comfort and connectivity with MyLink interface on a 7” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Along the same line, you get remote keyless entry, Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth connectivity for your phone and audio devices.

Chevrolet Silverado LT

The LT comes with all that the LS has, but adds EZ lift and lower tailgate that helps with opening and closing. On the inside, the LT introduces leather seats, cruise control and more controls on the steering wheel, as well as an 8” touchscreen. The exterior gets body coloured side moldings, door handles and mirror caps.

Chevrolet Silverado LT Z71

The LT Z71 trim level improves both the looks and practicality of your vehicle. It comes with practical improvements such as hill descent control, protection for the transfer case, trailering package, locking rear differential and off-road suspension pack as well as styling perks such as 18” wheels, headlamp and grille surrounds of the same colour as the body, chrome details on the lower bumper and black recovery hooks.

Chevrolet Silverado LTZ

The most notable improvement that comes with LTZ trim level is a respectable 5.3 l V8. It is paired with an 8-speed automatic and the combo makes the already capable truck a real monster that effortlessly conquers asphalt and off-road surfaces. Speaking of asphalt, 18” machined aluminum wheels make it more stable during sharper turns. In terms of off-road perks and heavy duty practicality, the LTZ introduces locking rear differential, trailer hitch and tow hooks for the front.

Heated, leather, 10-way adjustable seats are also a step up both in terms of comfort and interior elegance. The LTZ also adds LED tail lamps and projector headlamps, dual zone climate control, rearview camera and a remote starter.

Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Z71

The additions that come with the Z71 version of the LTZ include the already mentioned Z71 appearance pack, off-road suspension, hill descent control, transfer case protection and trailoring package.

Chevrolet Silverado High Country

This is the flagship trim level and it is focused on luxury and comfort with additions such as Bose sound system, leather and heated steering wheel, park assist, satellite navigation and a wireless device charger. The interior also comes with plush perforated leather seats that are both heated and ventilated, and with 12 different ways you can adjust their position you are sure to be comfy. The High Country can be distinguished from the rest of the pack from the outside as well, with features such as 20” wheels, cargo tie-downs, chrome side steps, polished exhaust tips and bumpers whose colour matches the body panels.

If all of this sounds a bit awesome, why not come check out all the trim levels available in a new Chevrolet Silverado available at our Fort McMurray car dealership at 530 MacKenzie Blvd. You can also give us a call at (780) 743-2871, or book a test drive online.

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Take a Ride in a GMC Terrain

In 2018 GMC gave us an all new Terrain, far better to drive than before, far more elegantly designed packed with more tech and up-to-date solutions, and noticeably more efficient engines.

Design of the GMC Terrain

The latest GMC Terrain has some pretty interesting parts. The smallest wheels measure 17” in diameter and the largest ones 19”, but even the latter do not look too big. The grille is the most eye-catching feature of the front fascia. It is massive, well shaped and flanked by unusual headlights.

Side view reveals a smart design solution that makes the windows look like a continuous line and give the feeling of airiness even before you enter the car. The rear includes a shark fin antenna, stylish roof spoiler, as well as cleverly incorporated exhaust tips and taillights that continue the front’s theme.

Interior of the GMC Terrain

The interior is beautiful. Good materials and confident design create a very pleasant cabin with a great mixture of materials, look, functionality and spaciousness. Normally-sized adults should have no issues with room for head, feet, knees and shoulders. Finding a good driving position is easy with all the settings available.

Infotainment screen is well positioned, perfectly angled and easy to use, with one of the best interfaces available on the market. Two tone interior adds to the premium feel.

All controls are easy to reach, including the unusual gearbox button controls located in the central stack. Just like with the vast majority of GMC vehicles, the Terrain’s fit and finish are impeccable. The cabin feels solidly put together, well-designed and functional.

There are plenty of small storage places such as trays, cubbies, pockets and bins. The passenger can put their phone in a space just above the glovebox, which is as cleverly incorporated into the design as it is functional. Another great feature is that the front passenger seat folds flat.

There are six USB ports and the car comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Moreover, one of the USB ports is the latest USB-C.

Engines and Drive of the GMC Terrain

The Terrain has three engine options. All of them are turbocharged and provide top figures from comfortably low revs. The two gasoline versions are paired with 9-speed automatics, while the diesel is mated to a 6-speed auto.

The entry level option is a 1.5 l four-pot turbo with 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque. The full torque comes in at just 2000 rpm which means that noise levels are kept to the minimum and that the fuel efficiency is remarkable. It is also sufficiently powerful, not really designed to provide sports driving, but relaxed and effortless cruising.

If you want more push, the 2.0 turbo petrol gives 252 hp and 260 lb-ft, which is noticeably faster and more responsive. The 1.5 is not lacking in any way, but capabilities of the 2.0 go beyond the necessary and provide some fun.

The 1.6 l turbo diesel has 137 hp and 240 lb-ft and is designed to give you the best fuel efficiency without sacrificing the low-revs push. On the highway it will consume about 6 l per 100 km.

The new engines also have an easier job, as the car is about 180 kg lighter than the previous version. This also translates to more composed steering and better agility.

The Terrain can be either FWD or AWD, but in any of the forms it will feel more comfortable on the road where it will handle cornering and cruise with ease.

Trim Levels for the GMC Terrain

In total there are three trim levels, SLE, SLT and Denali.

The SLE comes with FWD, although AWD is optional, with traction select system, 1.5 l turbo with variable valve tech and stop-start system. You can also opt for the 2.0 l petrol on the SLE. Other perks include StabiliTrak with traction control, hill start and hill descent controls, stain resistant premium cloth seats, 8-way power and 2-way power lumbar driver seat, 4-way adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, 60/40 split rear seats, flat-folding passenger seat, 3.5” driver information center, keyless entry and start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Teen Driver function, tire pressure monitoring, active noise cancellation, automatic dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming mirrors, remote start, 7” infotainment system with the previously mentioned features, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera with dynamic grid lines and vehicle theft deterrent system.

The SLE Diesel adds the 1.6 l turbo diesel, six-speed automatic and power programmable liftgate.

The SLT comes standard with the 2.0 turbo and AWD, dual exhaust tips, perforated leather seats, 6-way power and 2-way lumbar front passenger seat, 2-position memory for the driver seat and mirrors, 4.2” driver information screen, heated, leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel, accent lighting for the interior, household style power outlet, universal home remote with garage door opener, 8” screen, chrome surrounds and accents for the grille, projector-type fog lamps, power, programmable and hands-free liftgate and silver roof rails.

The SLT Diesel differs only in the engine, gearbox and powertrain accompanying features.

The Denali sits at the very top with all of the above plus perforated leather-appointed seating with unique Denali piping and embroidered Denali logo on front-seat head restraints, heated front and rear and ventilated front seats, premium floor mats reserved for the Denali trim, wireless charging, special infotainment with navigation for the 8” touchscreen, SiriusXM Traffic, Bose premium sound system, Denali grille, chrome mirror caps, bright roof rails, rear cross traffic alert, rear park assist, safety alert seat, lane change alert with side blind zone alert and optional surround vision.

Aside from all this there are seven option packages that can be included on these trim levels and also a number of individual perks you can add to each model.

The GMC Terrain rolls down the road like a true marvel of automotive engineering. At Summit GM, we’re here to answer any questions you may have. Come into our Fort McMurray car dealership at 530 MacKenzie Blvd, give us a call at (780) 743-2871, or book a test drive online now and experience everything the GMC Terrain has to offer.

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Explore the GMC Yukon

The GMC Yukon, like a few of its main competitors, aims to satisfy a very distinctive market. It can seat up to nine and still have some room for cargo; it can tow a mountain and it gives loads of comfort and tech perks for a large family with an adventurous spirit.

The 2018 generation of the Yukon is probably the last one of the model that first appeared in 2015. This means it has been upgraded over the years and brought to its best form in the 2018 version. These additions have made the model far more up to date and have added the latest tech and comfort features to make the 2018 GMC Yukon feel completely fresh.

The 2019 model is going to be all new, but let’s see what the 2018 Yukon with all its additions offers.

Design of the GMC Yukon

Design-wise, the GMC Yukon is pretty similar to most full-size SUVs. This is a very specific niche where spaciousness, ruggedness and practicality are more important than quirky design solutions and the Yukon fits the picture perfectly.

It is boxy, with sharp edges that take up as much space as possible to ensure maximum interior space and no surprising parts sticking out while parking in tight spaces. The most prominent part of the front is the huge grille flanked by squared headlights. The lower section has fog lights in the bumper and nothing else.

The side is equally boxy with large doors and massive window surfaces for improved visibility and more sunlight, and the rear has thin pillars to further increase visibility.

This much practicality can make a design uninspiring and bland, but the truth is that the Yukon is a vehicle that looks reassuringly confident, with an imposing road presence and elegance.

Interior of the GMC Yukon

With up to 9 seats, the Yukon is first and foremost a people carrier. That automatically requires features such as comfort, tech, safety, charging ports, multi-zone climate, interior versatility, spaciousness and enough power to push the huge body with all the amenities.

Again, the Yukon delivers. The cabin is spacious, bathed in high-quality materials and exceptionally quiet when driving. It is also very easy to enter all seats. Doors open wide and the versatile interior setup allows easy access.

When it comes to the design, the GMC Yukon is very modern and practical. Again, GMC engineers did not try to conceal the vehicles size, but used it the best way possible. The Yukon feels solid wherever you look, and it is very easy to use and drive. Engineers managed to put all controls very close to the steering wheel, so despite its size, the Yukon is easy to control.

Understandably, the infotainment touchscreen includes loads of options including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is up to date, with a modern design and interface, and lag-free operation.

The seats are massive, comfortable and supportive. The first and second rows give ample room even for taller adults, while the third row is most accommodating to children or adults on short trips.

The standard Yukon gives 2682, 1464 and 433 litres of cargo space behind the first, second and third rows, respectively, while the Yukon XL increases this to 3447, 2172 and 1113 litres.

Of course, the Denali version ups the quality and comfort by a notch. It packs the best available materials and dedicated features reserved for the top of the range model. More about that in our section on trim levels.

Engines and Drive of the GMC Yukon

There are two engines available for the GMC Yukon – a 5.3 l EcoTec3 V8 which produces 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and a 6.2 l EcoTec3 V8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of twisting force. The first engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic, while the 6.2 comes with the latest 10-speed automatic.

The 10-speed comes with an option to include 2-speed transfer case, which will be welcomed by the people who venture off road occasionally.

Even the smaller engine on the Yukon is pretty respectable when it comes to the power it provides. Maximum weight of the trailer you can tow with this engine is 2948 kg, so it is not very likely that even the entry level power plant will be lacking in this respect. The more powerful 6.2 increases this figure further to 3674 kg.

The thing that people need to get used to is the slow throttle pedal calibration. The Yukon is made like that deliberately so that you can control the power delivery with more precision. This is very good while towing, or trying to park in tight spaces. It is also a great feature for novice drivers who don’t feel confident with dosing the throttle.

However, when you press the pedal, the Yukon flies. The huge body with all the weight-adding amenities reaches 100 in about 7 seconds with the smaller engine.

The Yukon is very comfortable, both on the highway and on bumpy local roads. However, this does not mean that suspension is too soft and that cornering causes boat-like behavior. Advanced suspension tuning allows remarkable control for a vehicle of this size.

Add to this very successful noise insulation and there aren’t many better options for long trips. Even after a day-long drive, the Yukon is relaxing, rather than tiresome.

Trim Levels for the GMC Yukon

There are three trim levels for the GMC Yukon – SLE, SLT and Denali. There are also two body styles, the addition being the longer XL version.

The base trim comes as standard with loads of features usually reserved for high-end models.

The SLE comes with active aero grille shutters, ABS and brakes with Duralife rotors, optional engine block heater, heavy-duty automatic locking rear differential, StabiliTrak with traction control, trailer sway control and hill start assist, premium suspension and optional air-based rear level control, standard trailering equipment, optional 9-seat interior with front 40/20/40 bench, second and third rows 60/40 splitting, front and rear park assist, 4.2” colour driver information centre, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Teen Driver function, tow/haul mode selector, tire pressure monitoring, tri-zone automatic climate, total of 5 110V household power outlets and 12V outlets, remote start and keyless entry, optional universal home remote, 8” touchscreen with advanced features such as 3-month trial for SiriusXM, 5 USB ports, Siri Eyes Free function and more. This base trim level has even more, including Bose 9-speaker sound system, 5-year basic OnStar plan, assist steps, deep-tinted solar-ray glass, rearview camera, vehicle theft deterrent system, optional forward collision alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, low speed forward automatic braking, safety alert seat and much, much more.

The SLT adds front heated and ventilated seats covered in leather. The second row seats are heated and power released and the third row is also power folded. Adaptive cruise control and sunroof come as optional in this trim, while power-adjustable pedals are standard, as are push button start, heated steering wheel, universal home remote, power tilt and telescoping steering column.

More optional features on the SLT include rear-seat entertainment system and 9.2” screen for the third row. They are a welcome help for large families on long trips.

More features standard on the SLT include hands free lift gate, forward collision alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, low speed forward automatic braking, rear cross traffic alert, safety alert seat, lane change alert and side blind zone alert.

The Denali introduces the more powerful engine and 10-speed gearbox, but also ups the game with styling, comfort and tech perks. Just some of the standard features on the Denali are dedicated infotainment touchscreen with navigation, Bose Centerpoint surround sound system, HID projector-beam headlamps with automatic exterior lamp control, LED signature lighting and flash-to-pass, 170-amp alternator, 2-speed transfer case, integrated trailer brake control, Magnetic Ride Control, head-up display, 8” diagonal customizable driver display, active noise cancellation, wireless charging and more.

If you are interested in a lower trim level, but you would like some of the higher trim features, you can upgrade the vehicle of your choice with one of 9 optional packages and make your GMC Yukon truly unique.

To learn more about the GMC Yukon, come into our Fort McMurray car dealership at 530 MacKenzie Blvd, or give us a call at (780) 743-2871. We’re happy to answer all of your questions. Want to skip right to the fun part? Book a test drive online and see why Summit GM is one of Fort McMurrays top car dealerships.

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See the Buick Envision for Yourself

The latest version of the Buick Envision continues the evolution of the popular compact crossover SUV with more power from the engine, new nine-speed gearbox, a bit of styling modernization and more tech perks to make it one of the most tempting options in its class.

Design of the Buick Envision

The Envision has an elevated rear section which is not very common in its class. A lowered roof usually gives small SUVs a more aggressive look, but also limited headroom for the rear passengers and reduced boot height. The Envision opted for the more practical option with the elevated rear section, which is by no means unattractive.

Bulging front wheel arches continue with a crease along the front and rear doors that creates a streamlined look, while the angled line that stretches from the front doors, through both door handles and all the way to the tail lights work with the roof line to give the rear a narrower look that has a hint of a coupe SUV look, but keeps the practicality of the elevated rear.

The front of the vehicle is a bit more conservative, which is something many will welcome. The elegant grille hosts the badge and is hugged by large headlights. The lower front section has a simple, minimalistic bumper with well placed fog lights.

Interior of the Buick Envision

Interior design of the Buick Envision is very upmarket. Large wood surfaces, good materials, unique infotainment section design, flowing lines and large central console that continues upwards towards the dashboard all combine to create a very elegant feel. Everything is at hand and easy to use, there are plenty of storage spaces, and even some old-fashioned dials for easier operation.

One of the simplest examples of the thought invested in this interior design is the shape and placement of air vents. They are cleverly incorporated into the design, complementing other dashboard elements and not looking like an afterthought, which is common in many models in this class and price range. This general idea of mutually complementary features continues all over the cabin and makes the Envision a really nice place to be in.

The liftgate opens to reveal a nice square loading space with a very simple and practical layout. There are no protruding design elements to hamper practicality and the seats split 60/40 and fold to give a large and almost completely flat floor.

Seats are comfortable both in the front and back and lack of transmission tunnel gives far more legroom to the middle rear passenger. Rear bench seats can also slide and recline for more comfort and practicality.

There is more than enough space for small items around the cabin, with door pockets, bottle and cup holders in the front and back and numerous bins and pockets.

The interior of the Buick Envision is really nice and practical.

Engines and Drive of the Buick Envision

The Envision is powered by one of these two engines: a 2.5 l naturally aspirated with variable valve timing and 2.0 turbo with variable valve timing.

Even though the 2.0 is smaller the turbo makes it noticeably faster than the 2.5.

The 2.5 has 197 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque while the 2.0 turbo has 252 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, despite the added power, the 2.0 consumes just a bit more fuel than the 2.5.

However, despite the obvious advantages of the more modern turbo unit, even the 2.0 has enough power for most everyday tasks. However, the 2.0 packs the real punch, as it pushes the body with ease in all circumstances. It never feels stressed and always seems it has more to give. With the 2.5 the Envision is sufficiently competent. With the 2.0 turbo, it is a joy to drive.

Long trips in the Envision are a breeze. Suspension is reasonably comfortable and standard road bumps will not be a problem. Moreover, sound insulation of the cabin is amazing and even at motorway speeds noise levels are controlled. Add to this ample cabin space, comfortable seats, and plenty of equipment and the Envision is a great choice for longer travels.

Trim Levels for the Buick Envision

The Buick Envision has four trim levels to choose from – Preferred, Essence, Premium and Premium II.

The Preferred is the entry level model and it comes with features such as AWD, 2.5 l engine with a 6-speed automatic, electronic parking brake, driver shift controls, mechanical jack, front recovery hooks, StabiliTrak, automatic delay and on/off headlamps, LED DRLs, LED tail lights, 10 airbags, 4.2” driver information screen, 8” touchscreen, 8-way power front seats, active noise cancellation, rear air vents, cruise control, four cup holders, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows, one-touch folding rear seats, four power outlets, rear park assist, rearview camera, Teen Driver system, universal home remote, deep tinted glass, laminated windshield and front windows, projector beam headlamps, hands-free power liftagte, keyless entry and start, heated front seats, rearview camera, rear park assist, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 18” wheels, xenon headlights, fog lights, heated mirrors, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, four USB ports, OnStar, rearview camera, SiriusXM and more.

Optional features for the Preferred include 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and panoramic sunroof, which are optional on all trim levels.

The Essence adds seat memory, heated steering wheel, 18” polished aluminum wheels, chrome roof side rails, heated rear seats, leather seats, heated steering wheel, lane change alert, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert and tri-zone climate control.

Optional for the Essence are navigation and perforated leather seats in several colour options.

The Premium has all of the above and adds the wonderful 2.0 turbo with a 9-speed automatic, Bose premium audio system, dual outlet exhaust, electronic rear locking differential with twin clutch, improved front suspension, 19” wheels, Bi-LED headlamps, rain sensors, 110V power outlet, 8” driver information centre, following distance indicator, forward collision alert, front and rear park assist, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and safety alert seat.

The Premium II completes the offer with heated and cooled front seats, IntelliBeam, automatic parking assist, HUD and wireless charging.

Optional features for the Premium II are forward automatic braking and surround vision. You can also opt for up to 7 equipment packages that include numerous other features.

If the Buick Envision sounds enticing to you, drop on by Summit GM in Fort McMurray at 530 MacKenzie Blvd. You can also give us a call at (780) 743-2871. Either way, our vehicle specialists will be happy answer all your questions. If you’re really eager to get behind the wheel, you can also book a test drive online now.

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The Best GM Vehicles for Canadian Winters

As we all know, Canadian winters can be harsh, so choosing a vehicle that will help you deal with those conditions is essential. Power on all four wheels is helpful as are good winter tires, but there are also some other requirements to make our list of best GM vehicles for Canadian winters.

For example, as much as a heavy body is a downside when you are stuck, it is an advantage in not getting stuck in the first place. Heavy bodies improve traction and break through snow easier.

Ground clearance is very important as well, so this list will not be populated with some vehicles whose AWD makes them capable in snowy conditions, but short ground clearance puts heavy snows above our comfortable level. With this in mind, trucks and SUVs will obviously play a major role in our list. They offer AWD/4x4, but they are also more rugged, have more space between the body and the road and, in most recent times, many of them are packed with luxury, so you can actually enjoy your winter ride.

GMC Terrain

Speaking of improved luxury, one of the best examples of this advancement is the latest GMC Terrain. The design is far more modern and that grille really takes the spotlight.

On the inside, things are even better – bathed in great materials, spacious and very functional. There is enough space for adults in the rear, loads of storage space and a great infotainment system.

The GMC Terrain has three engines available – 1.5 gas with 170 hp, 2.0 gas with 252 hp and a 1.6 diesel with 137 hp. All of them are turbocharged and give torque remarkably low in the rev range, which is great for winter driving.

Of course, if you are buying the Terrain to deal with winter conditions, the AWD version is a must.

Cadillac Escalade

This massive Luxury SUV is just what it should be. Every new generation added more luxury and modernized the theme of the vehicle. It is so good that it has been around for quite a while and seems destined to stay.

No explanations should be necessary when it comes to the luxury and space available inside the Escalade, so we’ll point out the 6.2 l V8 with 420 hp paired with a 10-speed automatic. AWD is an optional feature and definitely one that you should tick. Steering is much better in this generation and that is very important while navigating the huge body on slippery terrain.

Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon

These two full-size SUVs come with massive interior space bathed in luxury and packed with features. The Tahoe and the Yukon are very similar models, with the same basis and engines and just some minor differences. They are imposing, boxy and practical body-on-frame SUVs and they don’t try to be anything else.

The plush interior with all of its comfort, tech and safety features is driven by a 5.3 V8 EcoTec3, or a 6.2 V8 EcoTec3. They cut through heavy snow with ease, but they are not meant to do any extreme off-roading. However, if you need to tow something the Tahoe and Yukon are up for it with 3,900 kg of towing capacity.

Chevrolet Suburban

When you say something is a full-size SUV like the Tahoe from the previous entry, you expect it to be the biggest. But the full-size has a big brother in the form of the Suburban. The current one is an outgoing model, which means that it has been refined over its production run so every new model year brings improvements.

The Suburban is quiet, refined and comfortable on the inside and it has loads of space for up to 9 people, depending on the trim level. Even the third row has good space and leaves enough room for luggage. In spite of being replaced in 2020 by a whole new model, the interior is very modern and comfortable, packed with tech, great materials and loads of practicality.

Basically, it is a bigger Tahoe and if you need loads of space and capability, it is one of the best options on the market. And heaps of snow? If the Suburban can’t break through, it’s not very likely that anything else can.

Buick Enclave

The Enclave is also a great example of modernization and how versatile these new vehicles are. It replaced several vehicles from the previous lineup and brought a stunning new design with sweeping lines that emphasize elegance rarely found in vehicles of this size.

The interior hosts seven seats, active noise cancellation, sleek design and plenty of storage spaces. Access to the third row is improved, so getting in while in your bulky winter jacket is a lot easier. Moreover, loads of trim levels and optional features give you the chance to tailor your Enclave to suit all your winter driving needs.

The engine in the Enclave is a 3.6 V6 with 310 hp. It also has a FWD and AWD option. Of course, you should go for the AWD, which not only pushes all four wheels through the snow, but also features an Intelligent AWD system with active twin-clutch rear differential.

Chevrolet Equinox

For those of you not in need of tanker-size space, but still looking for a bit more flexibility, the Equinox is a great choice. It is a prime example of the engine downsizing trend that brought us smaller, but more powerful and efficient engines.

The powering options for the Chevrolet Equinox include a 1.5 turbo with 170 hp, 2.0 turbo with 252 hp and a 1.6 diesel with 137 hp. Even the least powerful diesel is definitely good enough for winter conditions, and its top torque available from just 2,000 revs means that it will pull with ease, and without any needs for high revs that result in wheel spin on slippery roads or inclines.

Modernization is not only evident under the hood but also on the interior and exterior designs for the Equinox, as well as in its long list of features. If you want something of this size for the snowy months, the latest Equinox is a great choice.

Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra

Just like the Tahoe and Yukon, the Sierra and Silverado are very similar. They both offer up to 5 combinations of bed and cabin sizes, so versatility of choice should not be a problem. They are also powered by the same engines, including a choice between a 4.3 V6 with 285 hp, 5.3 V8 with 355 hp or 6.2 V8 with 420 hp. Carrying heavy cargo in snow should not be a problem for either of these vehicles.

The main differences lie in the interior, but they are not huge either. Most of the features are the same, but higher trim levels for the Sierra are plusher and the Denali clearly stands out in terms of luxury.

So, when it comes to beating snow, either the Silverado or the Sierra will do a great job. If you want the top level of luxury while sailing through blizzards, the Sierra Denali is the way to go.

If any of these vehicles sound like they could make your winter feel a little warmer (and safer) come in and visit our Fort McMurray car dealership at 530 MacKenzie Blvd. You can also give us a call at (780) 743-2871 and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions. If you want to get straight into the drivers seat of any of these great vehicles, you can also book a test drive online now.

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A Part of Your Community

Summit GM has been a part of the Fort McMurray community for over three years now. During that time, we’ve sold thousands of vehicles to people all over Northern Alberta. We’re known for our GM vehicles, but being a part of the community is so much more than that.

We often find ourselves in a unique position to help those in need, promote community spirit and contribute to Fort McMurray’s culture. It’s quite an honor to be able to make the city a better place, so we’re always on the lookout for ways to give back to a community that has already given us so much.

Thank you to everyone who supports us! Here’s just a few of the community building events we’re a part of:

Wood Buffalo Food Bank

Summit GM teamed up with the Wood Buffalo Food Bank, and lucky Summit customers participated in the Grocery Grab – an annual event where each participant has 60 seconds to dash through the aisles of the local Save On Food supermarket grabbing as much free merchandise as possible. Employees, media and local personalities also ran the event, with everything collected going to the Wood Buffalo Food Bank. The loot, ripe with baby diapers, formula and dairy, certainly helped families in need over the holiday season.

Festival of Trees

Speaking of the holiday season, in November Summit GM also participated in Fort McMurray’s Festival of Trees. Organized by the Northern Lights Health Foundation, this annual festival brings together over 300 volunteers and over 8,500 guests. The three-day event includes numerous celebrations and social events, gift shops, tree viewing and local entertainment.

Melanie Antoine, Chair of the Health Foundation’s Board of Directors, says, “Every year this event is spectacular and filled with seasonal elements for every age to enjoy. As a sponsor, donor, and Board member the weekend fills me with pride in the generosity of the people of the region and I am delighted to share the results of the fundraising with everyone.”

Summit GM was proud to purchase an assortment of decorated trees, raising funds for the local health foundation. In total, the festival raised $640,000. Over the past 29 years, Festival of Trees has raised over $8.5 million to support health care in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Summer Sounds Music Festival

Summit GM sponsored Summer Sounds - Fort McMurray’s newest hometown music festival celebrating music of many genres. Each year, music-loving festival goers indulge in up-and-coming and established artists. This single day festival is a concert experience everyone can enjoy, and an all-ages venue for friends and family to come together and enjoy the sounds of Summer.

Scholastic Causes

We support the community by handing out multiple scholarships in the field of mechanics, helping students get a head start in their academic lives and in the workplace. Childhood nutrition is also important, and we made sure the students at Father Beauregard school were well fed by providing fruit cups that fuelled their journey towards knowledge. This was done in partnership with Fort McMurray’s Nutritious Lunch Program.

Sporting Events

Sport is often a cornerstone of community pride, and we work hard to get involved in the lives of promising athletes – from rugby to some of the strongest people on the planet.

In 2018 we were a proud sponsor of the Fort McMurray Rugby Festival. We also sponsored a number of golf tournaments, raising money for charities across Canada. This includes the Toolbox Open – an interactive golf tournament for contractors and businesses who have been working hard to rebuild our community.

We also sponsored the city’s Strongman Competition and Classic Car Show, with money raised going to the Fort McMurray Food Bank Association. The event featured Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson ‘The Mountain’ from Game of Thrones, and was a wild success – bringing the community together with strength.

Get Involved

As Trevor Christensen, General Manager of Summit GM, puts it “We’re here to serve the people of Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo. Anything Summit GM can do to improve the lives of everyone here, whether by sponsoring events or giving to charitable causes, is important – and we are very proud of all the people who come together to make this a great place to live and raise a family. We are excited to support such a great community, and the people here make that all possible.”

We’re always looking for new and exciting ways to continue to support our neighbours. Do you have a cause you’d like Summit GM to help put in the spotlight? Reach out to us directly, and let us know what you’re up to!

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Top Tips for the Offroad Adventurer

If you’re thinking of getting off road as the weather gets warmer, that’s great! Off roading can be a ton of fun, even if you’re new to the sport. Whether new or old, here are some tips to keep you adventure safe and fun:

Maintain Your Vehicle

Carefully preparing for your offroad adventure will make every experience a great one. Do a walk-around of your vehicle and perform an inspection that will identify any potential problems. Check your fluids, offroading puts a lot of strain on your engine and coolant is important, so follow your vehicle manufacturers guidelines.

Top up your windshield fluid so you’re no left blind on the trail. Also make sure your wiper blades are in good condition. Check your oil and top it up, then look for any signs of leaks, broken hoses, spills or oil spots in your engine.

Upgrade Your Truck

Upgrading parts of your vehicle will allow you to do more and push it to higher extremes in the outdoors. If you do much early morning or late evening trekking, you might want to consider getting a lightbar that will illuminate your surroundings better.

If you’re serious about off roading, you’ll want to upgrade your tires. Mudd tires, all-terrain and hybrid options are all available depending on what you want to do. Moving to 33” or larger tireswill let you push harder, and may open you up to the rush of rock crawling or traversing more adventurous trails. In any case, high performing tires will make a world of difference on your next adventure.

You make also want to lift your truck to allow more ground clearance on tough terrain, or invest in skid plates or body armour that protect critical components from impact.

Use the Buddy System

Try to drive with a buddy in an accompanying vehicle. You’ll have someone to help out if you get stuck or if there’s an emergency, and it’s much safer. You can assist each other if you have a winch, tow strap or hi-jack.

A co-pilot in your own vehicle is also helpful, as this person can help navigate, spot your line, and talk you through difficult situations.

Find Your Line

Your line is an imaginary line that covers your wheels, where they need to go, and what your vehicle clearance needs to be. A good co-pilot can get out and help be your eye’s on the ground. Hand signals are a great way of communicate important information about the position of your vehicle. Remember, when something’s not working, it can pay off to backup and try something new.

Be Flexible

On the trail, things happen. Equipment breaks, the weather shifts, trails close, and plans change. It pays to have a backup plan, or be open to changing your plan when circumstances change.

Never do something you’re uncomfortable doing, or put yourself in unnecessary risk. If you’re having a hard time on a section of trail, think things over again and consider if you should continue. You might be able to try a different route or turn around. It’s better to be flexible, and observe your limitations than make a mistake that will ruin the day.

Be Safe

Remember the rules of the road… or, off road as the case may be. Always yield to traffic driving uphill. They have the right-of-way, and if they need to stop, they might no be able to get going again. If you’re on a single track road, try and find a safe spot to allow opposing traffic to pass safely.

If you’re pulled over - to take photos, relieve yourself, or do something else - make sure you find an area that is safe and won’t create an obstruction to traffic or be a safety concern for other vehicles or passengers.

Be sure to use your parking brake when you stop. On steep terrain, relying on your vehicles automatic transmission or first gear might not cut it.

Remember, stay on marked trails, give wild animals space and respect their habitat, and get permission from private landowners before entering their property. Always obey posted signs and closures. And as always, be safe and have fun!

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Summit Community Partners

Summit GM is giving away $1000 per week for 52 weeks, to the Fort McMurray community, as part of our Summit GM Gives Back program.

We’ve loved being part of the community for the last several years, and want to go a step further. Applications are open, and we would love to hear from you.

But for now, here are the four Wood Buffalo organizations that will be receiving $1,000 each for the month of May:

Autism Society
Of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

The Autism Society RMWB began as a support group created by parents of children with ASD. Since then, the group has established Kids First Camp – a specialized program to meet the unique needs of children in RMWB through a summer camp many kids would otherwise not be able to attend.

In 2014, the group partnered with the Autism Society of Alberta to provide community events for children and families. Continuing to develop, a Board was formed in 2016 and the group opened an office and began plans to form a Society.

In 2017, the group received their certificate of incorporation through the Government of Alberta and became a registered charity.

Habitat for Humanity
Wood Buffalo

Habitat for Humanity offer affordable housing to those in need. Through reduced reliance on Social Services, as well as better educational and employment outcomes, Habitat homeowners are happier, healthier and more financially secure.

Families who partner with Habitat purchase their home through an affordable mortgage and complete at least 500 volunteer hours with Habitat.

The group also partners with Indigenous communities in Wood Buffalo to improve the living conditions of Indigenous communities on and off reserve, to introduce sustainable housing.

Local Hero Foundation

The Local Hero Foundation began in 1991, when Pheonix Heli-Flight began providing ad-hoc helicopter medevac service to the Wood Buffalo region.  Since then, thousands of patients have received care for motor vehicle collisions, workplace accidents, medical emergencies and more.Prior to 2013, medevac operations were limited to daylight hours and specific weather conditions, however as the population and level of activity in Wood Buffalo increased, a higher level of service was needed.

Since 2013, the Local HERO (Helicopter Emergency Response Organization) Foundation has had the goal of providing 24/7 dedicated medevac helicopter coverage for the region. In 2014, the foundation acquired a new EC135 T2+ helicopter equipped with night vision capability, and has flown 350 medevac missions in the last five years.

Westview Public School
Breakfast Program

The Breakfast Program at Westview public school in Fort McMurray, has been providing nutritious breakfasts to students for the past five years. The service is free for all, and gives students the energy to start their day right and learn throughout the day.

Teachers have noticed improved learning outcomes, as well as social benefits for children who take part in the program. Many children would otherwise not have a nutritious meal to start the day, and the program provides cold cereal, milk, juice, and fruit to fuel student’s eager young minds, as well as special menu’s such as pancakes.

Westview Public School relies on community sponsors to make this all possible, and we are proud to support them and our other partners, and contribute to the future of Fort McMurray's children.

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Fishing Around Wood Buffalo

Many people dream of catching “the big one”, and there is no place better to do that than the lakes and rivers around Wood Buffalo. Whether you dream of walleye, pike, or Norther Alberta laker, Northern Alberta hosts some of the best fishing in the world.

Some rivers and lakes are accessible to drive into on a short daytrip (especially if you have a truck or 4x4 SUV), and most are just off the highway. Some areas host secluded and rustic lodges you can camp in. In Alberta’s wild north, you’ll find top fishing spots for pike, walleye, perch, lake trout and Arctic grayling.

Some areas are also accessible by air, and renting a float plane or helicopter to accommodate a journey among friends can be a great way to start an adventure and make some memories. Highway’s 63 and 881 also provide access to amazing fishing locations in the Conklin area.

If you’re from out of town, Fort McMurray attracts fishermen from all over the world, and many local guides can make all the arrangements you need while outfitting you with the latest gear. You’ll be treated to secluded and exhilarating world-class fishing at water bodies surrounding the community.

A few popular spots are Gregoire Lake, Engstrom Lake, Grist Lake, Poplar Creek, Winefred Lake, Athabasca River, Clearwater River and Christina Lake. Try out any of these great fishing spots, and we guarantee you’ll be hooked on Northern Alberta fishing.

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