Your McMurray Magazine announces The Best of YMM – Readers’ Choice Winners

Posted by: Emma Carter

Your McMurray Magazine has announced the winners of this year’s Best of YMM – Readers’ Choice awards.

Presented by Casman Group of Companies and the Tourism team at Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Economic Development & Tourism, the process from nominations to voting brought in more than 7,000 responses.

“Now, more than ever, celebrating the businesses and organizations in our region that are providing exemplary goods, services, and experiences is such a joy,” said Krista Balsom, president of Balsom Communications. “Our region is full of resiliency and excellence, and that’s something we love to shine a light on.”

In the coming weeks, with COVID-19 protocols in place, recipients will receive their awards which they can proudly display.

“The constant COVID restrictions have turned the people of our industry sectors into community chameleons. The intent to bring back the Best of YMM was to champion all who work tirelessly for the betterment of our livelihoods,” said Dawn Booth, editor-in-chief of Your McMurray Magazine. “We want to thank our readers and residents for taking the time to cheer on their favourites. As we approach more setbacks, let’s keep the hype going. I know we will all continue to support where we can.”

After nominating, voting, and tallying, here is Your McMurray Magazine’s official list of the Best of YMM – Readers’ Choice:

 Best Breakfast – Cora

Best Coffee – Firebag Coffee Company

Best Donair – PK’s Corner Pizza

Best Dessert – Mitchell’s Cafe

Best Pizza – Hu’s Pizza & Donairs

Best Pub Food – East Village Pub & Eatery

Best Steak – The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

Best Take-Out Menu – Boston Pizza

Best Vegan/Vegetarian – DEDICATE Healthy Kitchen & Meal Prep

Best Bus & Cab Driver – Diversified Transportation

Best Beauty Care & Salon Specialist – Jenni Pottle of Spoiled Rotten Beauty Boutique

Best Community Cheerleader – Blake Crossley of Buddy the Elf

Best Grocery Store Staff – Save-On-Foods in Thickwood

Best Health Care Provider – Intensive Care Unit – Northern Lights Regional Health Centre

Best in Education, Best Online Entertainer, Best Online Party, Best Social Media Personality – Dan Tulk

Best in Delivery Service – Bulldog Delivery

Best in Retail Service – Chocolates & Candlelight

Best Pet Care Provider – Wood Buffalo Small Animal Hospital

Best Photographer – Emily Locke of Emily Gale Photography

Best Bakery, Best Dessert, and Best Bowl – Mitchell’s Cafe

Best Barber Shop – Thickwood Barber Shop

Best Beauty/Hair Salon – Spoiled Rotten Beauty Boutique

Best Car Care & Dealership – NorthStar Ford Lincoln SVT

Best Entertainment Place – The Alley YMM

Best Fitness Centre/Recreation Facility – MacDonald Island Park

Best Flower Shop – The Flower Studio

Best Park & Playground – Syncrude Athletic Park

Best Real Estate Agency – Coldwell Banker Fort McMurray

Best Restaurant Patio – Surekha’s on the Snye

Best At-Home Initiative – Fort McMurray Birthday Parties on Wheels by Amanda Chubbs

Best Local Online Concert – Country 93.3 Virtual Concert Fort McMurray

Best Online Program & Service – Exhale Yoga & Barre’s Virtual Classes

Best Social Distancing Event – Wood Buffalo Ribfest at the Casman Centre

Best Virtual Conference – Arts Council Wood Buffalo’s AGM 2020

Best Community Event – New Year’s Eve Fireworks at MacDonald Island

To read more about this year’s Best of YMM – Readers’ Choice, visit