Forest Capital of Canada 2024

Mackenzie Region has been chosen as the Forest Capital of Canada for 2024! This is the first time it's been awarded in western Canada since 2013!

If you live, work or play in the

Mackenzie Region...

Tell us about it for a chance to win 1 of 3 prizes of

$500 in free groceries

What Can People Expect?

Our Mission Statement

Embracing the Title

"We will be showcasing our stories, our history and our spirit. This designation is now part of our legacy, and we're developing strategies to capture our culture and celebrate it." - Melanie Plantinga, FCC2024 Co-Chair.

Empowering Communities

The FCC2024 Board is made up of experienced and engaged people from across the region. They will be partnering with communities, non-profits, businesses and organizations to build on scheduled events and to help develop new events throughout the year.

Collaborative Strength

We will celebrate across the region, with events and legacy projects with seed funding coming from partners like Mackenzie County, Town of High Level, Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) and a successful FRIAA/FRIP funding partnership with Tolko, West Fraser, La Crete Sawmills, Boucher Bros. Lumber, Mercer and supported by Crestview Lumber and Evergreen Mills.

Celebrate and Engage

“We are confident our region will work together throughout the year and take every opportunity to celebrate and showcase our forest and our connection to it,” said Wardley. “Watch our socials and get ready to like, share and engage!” -Lisa Wardley, Board Co-Chair

Latest News & Events

Recent Happenings

Raye's Signs owners holding FCC 2024 Welcome Sign.

Coming Soon

Welcome Highway Signs

Check out these "welcome" and "thank you for visiting" signs on the highway in the near future. Thank you Raye's Signs!

A group of Forest Capital of Canada 2024 Members

Winter Fun

9th Annual Frostival

FCC embraced the theme "In The Forest," during the 9th Annual Frostival. Once again the Town of High Level partnered with Ice on Whyte. Master Carvers Cliff and Andrew created some amazing sculptures.

The Forest Capital of Canada was very proud to be involved! Some of the volunteers wore dual-hats and served shaved ice and cotton candy, handed out FCC2024 buttons and stickers, and chatted up why our region is so spectacular! Axe throwing by Axe Monkeys, from Edmonton, had line ups to "toss the axe" which was a sure sign of success!

A group of Forest Capital of Canada 2024 Members

The Acceptance

Forest Capital of Canada Designation

Lisa Wardley (FCC2024 Board Co-Chair and Councillor of Mackenzie County) and Josh Knelsen (Mackenzie County Reeve) attended the CIF-IFC conference to accept FCC Designation.

A group of Forest Capital of Canada 2024 Members

The Celebration

Kickoff Parties Across The Region

Kickoff events held in January included fireworks, live music, food, drink, skating, skiing, games, prizes and toasty bonfires. What's next? Don't worry, we'll get to the axe throwing.


Just Happened

Picture of a man in an ad for The Alberta Trapper's Association.
Alberta Trapper’s Association – Mini Rendezvous
Forest Capital of Canada will be providing lunch and mini golf at The Alberta Trapper's Association Mini Rendezvous! This is a free event to experience Alberta's trapping culture with a line up of events including trapper snow shoe race, bean buster competition, and more!
June 1 @ 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Community & Cultural Complex, Fort Vermillion, AB
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