2016 was quite the year with a variety of different things happening all throughout our province. From good to bad, there were many different news stories that caught our attention and quickly became popular. We here at Red Deer Kinsmen are going to break down the top 2016 headlines that made their way through Alberta.

 Fort McMurray Wildfire

The ferocious fire that devastated Fort McMurray is being called the top news story of 2016. Thankfully, the province came together in an amazing display of compassion as firefighters fought the flames and people from other cities, such as Edmonton, offered their homes, food, clothes, and more to help those from Fort McMurray. Although this was a tragedy, we’re happy that there were so many helping hands lent out.

Tragically Hip Farewell Tour

The popular band played out their farewell tour at Rexall Place in 2016 due to the lead singer, Gord Downie, having terminal cancer. Many came to dance, laugh, and cry as they said goodbye to an iconic Canadian band and its frontrunner.

Real-Life Canadian Love Story

Edmonton’s Royal Alexandra hospital filmed a beautiful video in 2016 that was inspired by a real couple. The elderly couple who had fallen ill only one day apart had their beds pushed together so that they could be together. After nearly seven decades together, they died together as well.

NHL Dream Trip

A nine-year-old Alberta boy headed to the 2016 Entry Draft after winning a contest and showcasing that despite his disability, he was dedicated to working hard at the sport of hockey.

Left Over Calgary Rescues Calgary Stampede Food

In 2016, a non-profit Calgary group called LeftOver Calgary saved more than a ton of leftovers from the Calgary Stampede before it made its way over to a landfill, and sent it to people in need. Everything from pancake mix to fresh vegetables was given to local agencies--that’s more than 2,800 pounds of food!