Communities Offer Services to Ft Mac Evacuees

Albertans have responded with love and generosity during this time, with homes and businesses offering whatever they can to evacuees. While the City of Edmonton has organized the largest efforts, there is a lot of outpouring from communities across the province and Canada. Beyond Red Cross, there are also other trusted organizations and businesses which have pledged to help. They include those which can care specifically to special demographics: from children with autism, to pets, and to veterans. Local religious institutions also have come together to do what they can.

All offers have ended

Devonian Gardens (Devon)Free admission until Thanksgiving

Provincial Archives Free admission all the time (no ID required)

Rutherford HouseFree admission until Labour Day

Ukrainian Village – Free admission until Labour Day (25 min East of Edmonton)

All provincially-owned museums and historic sitesFree admission until Labour Day

Yegventures Ultimate List of free museums in the city – Free admission all the time (no ID required)

Sikh Temples – Sikh Temples offer free vegetarian food 24/7 as part of their culture of hospitality (no ID required). Click for Gurdwara Millwoods (2606 Mill Woods Road East | 780-450-3844), Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha (4504 Mill Woods Rd South | 780-993-0898), and Gurdwara Guru Nanak (14211 133 Ave | 780-935-2786).

Revenue Canada – If you are expecting a tax return, call Revenue Canada (1-800-959-8281) to have it resent to a new address.

Large scale efforts

The City of Edmonton – The City has taken in about 750 people at the Reception Centre at Northlands. There is free ETS service from the airport to Century Park and to Northlands for evacuees arriving at the airport. The City is asking people NOT to head there with donations or volunteer. All fire departments are collecting donations for essentials as well.

The City of Edmonton has set up a huge resource page here.

The City of Calgary also has a page for resources here.

Religious Non-Profits

Catholic – The Archdiocese of Edmonton has instructed all the Catholic churches to make an emergency relief offering for the next two weeks, and the Parish of Corpus Christi sent several loads of with water, food bars, and blankets to the Emergency Response Centre.

Muslim – Muslims gathered together in front of the Alberta Legislature to pray for rain. At the Al Rashid Mosque, they are gathering supplies to bring to evacuees.

Sikh – The Sikh Temples are offering accommodation and food 24/7. Click for Gurdwara Millwoods (2606 Mill Woods Road East | 780-450-3844), Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha (4504 Mill Woods Rd South | 780-993-0898), and Gurdwara Guru Nanak (14211 133 Ave | 780-935-2786).

Hindu – Three Hindu temples are offering food, accommodation, and transport as long as they have resources available.

Free Items & Services from Businesses

These are offers for those displaced who have Fort McMurray or Wood Buffalo ID. This list only shows free items/services, not those offering discounts. From various sources.

Note: These businesses and organizations can withdraw these offers if they are no longer able to meet demand. You may wish to call ahead.

Below are offers which have ended

Attractions and Entertainment

Ended: West Edmonton Mall: Free admission to attractions May 5th.

Ended: The Comic Strip (WEM) – Free comedy evening until May 8

Ended: Rock Jungle Fitness (10247 – 184 St | 780-454-7625) – Free rock climbing

Ended: Telus World of Science – Free admission until May 11.

Ended: Elk Island National Park – Free admission until June 15 (25 min East of Edmonton)

Ended: Muttart Conservatory – Free admission

Ended: John Janzen Nature Centre – Free admission

Ended: Valley Zoo – Free admission

Ended: NorthWestFest (Garneau Theatre 8712 109 St/Landmark Cinemas 10200 102 Ave) – free admission to any NorthWestFest screening


Ended: Hide N Seek Indoor Playground (10830 170 St | 780-482-7244) – free admission until May 31

Ended: Tien Lung Taekwon-Do (780-669-6666) – Free after school care in daily dragon program, including school pick-up.

Ended: Once Upon A Child (Sherwood Park | 780-417-0022) – free change of clothing

Ended: Allstars Indoor Playland (9510 12 Ave SW | 80-757-0055) – free admission until May 8

Ended: Laser City – Free birthday party package for ages 6+ for up to 11 players for those who couldn’t celebrate. Email to book between May 12-15th.

Office, Work, & Productivity

Ended: Telus: Free texts, calls, and data overage to evacuees. Also applies to payphones.

Ended: Edmonton Chamber – Free office space at WTC, Energy Square, and Epcor Tower

Ended: Mosaic Centre (2003 91 St SW | 780-701-5370) – free work space, coffee, and Wi-Fi

Ended: Monarch Consulting – waived processing fee to extend foreign work permits expiring in May. E-mail

Ended: Qualico Commercial (780-424-7474) – office space in Epcor Tower

Ended: Savvia (11825 149 St | 780-761-0123) – free work space and Wi-Fi

Ended: Cooper & Company Law Firm (Edmonton location) – offering free services and advising

Vehicles & Transport

Ended: Alberta Registries – Will replace ID (birth certificates, ID, driver’s license, registration, health care card) free of charge

Ended: Fountain Tire Yellowhead (8559 Yellowhead Tr | 780-474-8201) – Fixing flat tires for free.

Ended: Go RV (Nisku | 780-986-0444) – accommodations for RVs and boats

Ended: Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha (4504 Mill Woods Rd South | 780-993-0898) – parking for RVs, trailers, vehicles

Ended: Maple Bridge International (780-885-6582) – Free transportation for 7/15/25 seat bussing. Until May 31

Ended: North Pointe Community Church (14025 167 Ave | 780-452-5566) – Free RV, trailer, vehicle parking

Ended: Rebel Heart Trucking (780-496-7604) – Free water fills on trailers

Ended: Revolution Motors (5820 82 Ave | 780-761-1800) free tire repairs and air filter checks

Ended: Empire Collision South (9000 60 Ave | 780-469-4418) – free bay wash May 9 5-9pm

Ended: TappCar (780-222-5555) – free taxi rides from Northlands to local hotels


Ended: Dr. Sandeep Dhaliwal (780-435-5515 | – free emergency dental

Ended: Mint Health + Drugs (10611 101 St | 780-575-1030) – free existing emergency medication prescriptions

Ended: Second Specs (2348, 8882 170 St | 780-643-2350) – free single vision glasses

Ended: Cognac Eye Studio (10347 82 Ave) – free single vision glasses

Ended: The Eyewear Place (Londonderry Mall | 780-475-4888) – free eye exams until May 21

Ended: Innovations Physical Therapy (all locations) – free physiotherapy

Ended: Sleep F/X (St. Albert & Leduc) — loaned equipment for those with sleep apnea

Ended: Dynamic Physiotherapy and Wellness (Spruce Grove | 780-962-0724) – free chiropractic service

Ended:  Sturgeon Valley Athletic Club (St. Albert | 780-460-9999) – free unlimited access to our gym, classes and supervised playcare until further notice. Call or visit website.

Accommodation (outside non-profits & shelters)

Ended: Mainstreet Rentals – Free 3 month rent to evacuees.

Ended: Airbnb – Free places to stay.

Ended: Boardwalk Rentals – Boardwalk residents in Fort Mac can call Boardwalk to have $1500 cash for May rent refunded so they can look for a place to stay

Ended: Northlands Expo Centre – City of Edmonton evacuation centre. Pets allowed

Restaurant Chains (Edmonton locations unless noted)

Ended: Chianti Cafe & Restaurant (all locations) – free soup/salad, pasta entrée, and drink

Ended: Chop Steakhouse & Bar (all locations) – free entree and drink

Ended: Fuss Cupcakes (all locations) – free coffee and cupcakes

Ended: Mary Brown’s Famous Chicken & Taters (all Canadian locations) – free two piece chicken and taters meal

Ended: O2’s Taphouse & Grill (all locations) – free meal

Ended: Papa John’s Pizza (all locations | Ended in Spruce Grove) – Two large two-topping pizzas

Ended: Sandwich and Sons (all locations) – free sandwich

Ended: Taiwan Bubble Tea (all locations) – free special bubble tea. Until May 31

Ended: The Pint (all locations) – free food

Ended: Tropika & Cafe de Tropika (all locations) – free dishes from designated menu. Until May 31

Ended: Boston Pizza (all locations) – free personal pizza and drink

Ended: Delux Burger (all locations) – free burger & drink until May 8

Ended: Earls (all locations) – free sandwich and drink

Ended: Moxies (all locations): free entree & drink

Ended: Booster Juice (all locations north of Leduc) – free food item & smoothie until May 13

Local Eateries & Pubs

Ended: Block 1912 (10361 82 Ave | 780-433-6575) – free gelato and coffee

Ended: Barcode KTV & Lounge (10939 101 St | 780-429-6789) – free snacks. Until May 31

Ended: Moksha Indian Restaurant (9266 34 Ave | 780-468-9500) – free meal

Ended: Naks Bistro and Catering (10451 172 St | 780-489-1915) – free bag lunches

Ended: Old Spaghetti Factory (downtown) – Kids eat free

Ended: On The Rocks (11740 Jasper Ave | 780-482-4767) – free meal and drink

Ended: Onepot Simmer (10727 104 Ave | 587-521-7788) – free meal. Until May 31

Ended: Pinkberry (WEM) – free frozen yogurt

Ended: Select (10018 106 St | 780-428-1629) – free mac & cheese

Ended: Taste of Northern China (3440 – 99 St) – free meal

Ended: Teapsy Cafe (9959 82 Ave | 780-757-7557) – free drink & snacks. Until May 31

Ended: The Druid (11606 Jasper Ave | 780-454-9928) – free meal and drink

Ended: Uncle Ed’s Restaurant (4824 118 Ave | 780-471-1010) – free lunch

Ended: Wheat Garden (10703 103 St | 780-757-8166) – free noodle bowl or rice dish. Until May 31

Ended: Central Social Hall (10909 Jasper Ave) – free meal until May 8

Ended: Love Pizza (10196 109 St | 587-520-9734) – free pizza & pop until May 8

Ended: O’Byrne’s Irish Pub (10616 82 Ave | 780-414-6766) – free meal and pint of beer

Ended: Quiznos (5366 Windermere Blvd | 780-433-5730) – free lunch from 11-2pm until May 18

Special Dietary needs

Ended: Bhartiya Cultural Society of Alberta (9507 39 Ave | 780-953-6139) – free vegetarian meals

Ended: Celebrate Gluten Free Bakery & Café (15213 Stony Plain Rd | 780-758-8030) – free breakfast or sandwich

Ended: GF Diner (10015 82 Ave | 780-757-8570) – free gluten- and dairy-free Pancake Breakfasts all day

Ended: Kinnikinnick Fresh (10940 120 St | 780-424-2900) – Up to $50 worth of gluten free food

Ended: Naan-O-Licious (10331 82 Ave | 780-705-5570) free biryani. Call ahead to order

Ended: Padmanadi Vegetarian Restaurant (10740 101 St | 780-428-8899) – free lunch and dinner

Ended: Remedy Cafe (All locations) – Free wraps

Animal Services

Ended: Butterfly Wings N Wishes (43 Grand Meadow Crescent | 780-462-1839) – free food/boarding for reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates

Ended: Capital City Animal Hospital (11104 102 Ave | 780-433-9505) – free care, examinations, and boarding

Ended: Champion Pet Foods (11403 186 St) – free cat & dog food

Ended: Cozy Kitty (4610 97 St | 780-243-2679) — free cat services

Ended: Crestwood Veterinary Centre (9640 149 St | 780-444-7550) – boarding for displaced pets as space permits, as well as health checks

Ended: DogSpaw (12215 William Short Rd | 780-471-2275) – free boarding

Ended: Edmonton Humane Society (13620 163 St | 780-471-1774) – accepting displaced animals without owners

Ended: G&E Pharmacy (7326 82 Ave | 780-469-7667) – free cat & dog food

Ended: Teen Time of Edmonton (13013 156 St | 780-954-2433) – board for livestock

Ended: Tiffurny’s Pet Boutique (8105 104 St | 780-907-7387) – free pet food

Ended: Tudor Glen Veterinary Hospital (St. Albert | 780-458-6051) – free check-ups

Showers, Beauty, & Fitness

Ended: Anytime Fitness Old Strathcona – free gym use

Ended: Be Fit Edmonton – free workout pass

Ended: City of Edmonton Rec Centres – Free use of rec centre facilities

Ended: Fast Trax Run & Ski Shop (7326 101 Ave | 780-469-9292) – free pair of old model running shoes

Ended: Integration Pilates (10565 114 St | 780-421-9853) – free classes. Website will have more info.  Book with or website until June 30

Ended: GoodLife Fitness (all locations) – free showers, towels, toiletries, electrical outlet use

Ended: World Health Club (all locations) – free workout and shower

Ended: YMCA (all locations in Edmonton) – Free drop-in use & showers

Ended: PURE Yoga Studio (9701 90 St | 780-998-7929) – free yoga classes

Ended: Est-elle Academy of Hair Design – free shampoo, blow out, scalp massage

Ended: The Beauty Parlour – free shampoo, blow out. Mention this when booking. 780-429-4242 or

Ended: Bollywood Beats (5645 Riverbend Rd | 780-953-7302) — free Bollywood activity session for moms and children on Mother’s Day 1-3 pm


Ended: Kingsway Emergency Response Depot (old Target location) – Free supplies & donations for evacuee pickup only.

Ended: Two Buds Floral – Free Mothers’ Day flowers at pop-up market on Saturday May 7 at 11315 106 Ave

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Fire update (May 6 noon):

A specially equipped helicopter passing over southeast Edmonton half an hour ago. As of May 4 (10 sq km), the coverage of the #ymmfire surpassed the Great Chicago Fire (9 sq km).  By the end of Saturday, officials say the fire will pass 202 sq km, bigger than 27 countries.

Across the province, there are currently 49 wildfires burning, with 7 ‘out of control’. A fire ban has been declared in the City of Edmonton as one of the top 3 El Nino years recorded has made Alberta extremely dry.

13 thoughts on “Communities Offer Services to Ft Mac Evacuees

  • Cooper & Company Law Firm (from Fort Mac) offering free services and advising at their Edmonton location.

    Also moxie has advised today that they are not offering free food anymore.

  • Earls is no longer offering any offers for the Fort McMurray evacuees as of Friday

  • Papa John’s Spruce Grove is no longer offering two large pizzas may be considering a different offer

  • We are working to organize a Day of Relief in Edmonton Hawrelak Park July 1/16. Music , BBQ and activities for kids. Displaced residents and emergency responders would eat free and the food would be on a donation basis. We are contacting Red Cross, United Way, City council, parks and rec, all the regulatory bodies to make this happen with legitimacy. There has been a letter to Premier Notley to declare Canada Day 2016 a special day for Canadian to celebrate our heroes and efforts by all to the wildfires. If you could assist us with direction to bring this to fruition it would be greatly appreciated.

  • boston pizza in west ed is not offering free pizza and drink anymore, when i asked the employees, they said they’re offering 50% off the meal

  • Sturgeon Valley Athletic Club in St. Albert is providing free unlimited access to our gym, classes and supervised Playcare to all displaced Fort McMurray residents until further notice. Call 780-460-9999 for details or check out

  • O’Byrne’s Irish Pub is no longer offering a free meal and pint.

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