Wood Buffalo National Park

February 1st, 2023 — The Winter Road through Wood Buffalo National Park is OPEN as of 10am. Repairs have been made to the Quatre Fourches River crossing.

Crossings along the winter road remain very steep – 4x4 or AWD only at this time, and the weight limit is 10,000kg.


As part of Canada's system of national parks and national historic sites, Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada is our country's largest national park and one of the largest in the world. It was established in 1922 to protect the last remaining herds of bison in northern Canada. Today, it protects an outstanding and representative example of Canada's Northern Boreal Plains.


Discover the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve

The sky gets plenty dark in the North through fall, winter and spring until, that is, the Milky Way spills across the sky like a starry river. If you’re lucky, the Northern Lights will light up the night sky.

Cultural History

Cultural History, The Metis of Wood Buffalo National Park

Wildfire updates

Fire Status Map, Smoke forecasts, Closures and restrictions, Contacts

Stewardship and management

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Activities and experiences

Camping, Cabin Rentals, Hiking, Paddling, Special Events, Picnicking, Stargazing and northern lights, Guided Experiences, Snowshoeing, Wildlife Viewing,...

Plan your visit

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Cultural History

Cultural History, The Metis of Wood Buffalo National Park

Safety and guidelines

Bison on roads, AdventureSmart, Backcountry Travel, Bear Safety, Water safety, Winter Safety, Important bulletins

Contact us

Fort Smith main office: visitor centre
Phone: 867-872-7960
24 h hotline: 867-872-7962

Fort Chipewyan satellite office:
Phone: 780-697-3662
Fax: 780-697-3560

Email: woodbuffaloinfo-infowoodbuffalo@pc.gc.ca 

Hours of operation

Wood Buffalo National Park Visitor Centre Hours

Monday - Friday,
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed over lunch hour
(12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)


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