The stereotypical Fort Mac story goes something like this: young man from Ontario or Newfoundland heads west, makes 0,000 a year and blows it all on toys (trucks, quads), blow (which exits the system faster than weed, making it prudent in the face of on-site drug testing) and women. But more are there to pay off debts and save for the future.The city is somewhat diverse, and since there’s not much going on, individuals from different backgrounds seem to actually associate with one another.Fort Mc Murray, where—in response to the most recent census figures—Carleton University economics professor Frances Woolley suggests that women seeking men consider moving.A place whose hungry young men are the stuff of legend, where a woman can make 0,000 a year and still get married, or just laid by someone well-built and gainfully employed.“He said, ‘It’s funny, because you’re like the man in our relationship, and I’m like the woman.
We account for 59.5 percent of university graduates in Canada, outnumbering men significantly in fields like the humanities, health, law and education.But for many Canadians, it’s the only place to make a living wage.The municipality’s 116,407 residents are 57-percent male.(In Toronto, it’s 39.) Katrina, 27, a dance-school administrator with long dreadlocks, says the selection of “gorgeous guys” threw her off at first.She’d been through the wringer with men in Vancouver, then met a commitment-minded guy in Fort Mac—but she’s not ready to settle down.There are lots of young families, and people who grew up there have the confidence you get being from somewhere everyone moves to. From my preliminary interviews, the men in Fort Mac sounded a bit like the women in Toronto: they put up with bullshit, they lower their standards, they bury themselves in work.“The dating scene is horrible out here,” says Jamie, a 27-year-old from Newmarket, Ont., who has worked in the oil patch for six years. They want to know what you’re making, and if you’re not making enough, they’re cheating on you with some other guy who is.” “A phenomenon I see here that I don’t see anywhere else is the volume of guys eating nice dinners by themselves,” says Liz, a 26-year-old yoga instructor from Ottawa.Theresa, 47, who runs the blog Mc Murray Musings, had been hit on near the dairy case of Safeway the morning I called her.“It’s not an unusual thing to have happen,” she says, and frequently the men are younger—the average age in town, across the board, is 32.In low moments, it can seem like women seeking men face a choice between self-actualization and contentment; by staying in the city, we’ve opted to pursue our own dreams rather than find someone to share them with.Therein lies the appeal of somewhere like Fort Mc Murray, the notorious oil-boom town with the highest percentage of men per capita in Canada.