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.
Offers still valid
Devonian Gardens (Devon) – Free admission until Thanksgiving
Provincial Archives – Free admission all the time (no ID required)
Rutherford House – Free admission until Labour Day
Ukrainian Village – Free admission until Labour Day (25 min East of Edmonton)
All provincially-owned museums and historic sites – Free 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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com) – 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: 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.