Wood Buffalo National Park
Spanning the Alberta-Northwest Territories border, the largest national park in Canada protects a large swath of the Northern Boreal Plains ecosystem, the largest herds of wood bison in the world, vital whooping crane habitat, extraordinary examples of karst and caves, and the Peace-Athabasca Delta. This is the traditional territory of the Dene, Cree, and Métis and is home to many spectacular species, including whooping cranes, bison, wolves, and more.
Swim in the lake, picnic at Pine Lake beach, stay at the campground or in a rental cabin, and rent a canoe or paddleboard.
Get up-to-date information on the winter road and other road conditions.
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.
Visiting Wood Buffalo National Park
Things to do, places to visit, trails, experiences and red chairs.
How to get here, weather, accessibility, gift shop and fees.
Important bulletins, backcountry travel, AdventureSmart and winter safety.
Frontcountry camping, group camp, backcountry camping and rental cabins.
Find current road conditions in the park.
Information about getting to Wood Buffalo.
About Wood Buffalo National Park
Plants, animals, waterways, wildfire management, research and conservation projects.
Cultural history, natural heritage and history.
Action Plan, ongoing work and Indigenous and stakeholder engagement.
Jobs, management plans, permits and contact information.
Fort Smith main office: visitor centre
24 h hotline: 867-872-7962
Fort Chipewyan satellite office:
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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