Wood Buffalo National Park

Winter road through Wood Buffalo National Park now open

Issued: December 16, 2022

FORT SMITH, NT / FORT CHIPEWYAN, AB, December 16, 2022 — The Fort Smith to Fort Chipewyan Winter Road through Wood Buffalo National Park is now open for the season. Please note that there is a weight limit of 5,000 kg and the speed limit on the ice bridges is 15km/h.

Travelling on the winter road requires extra caution and preparation. When traveling on the winter road, always watch for heavy equipment, ensure that you have proper safety equipment with you and let someone know your approximate time of arrival. High-clearance 4x4 vehicles are recommended, as is checking the weather forecast before you leave.

For up-to-date information throughout the season, please call the toll-free Information Hotline at 1-867-872-7962, or visit the road conditions webpage here: https://parks.canada.ca/pn-np/nt/woodbuffalo/visit/roads

Ice roads from Fort Chipewyan to Fort McMurray are not maintained by Parks Canada, and are maintained by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. For ice road updates, visit: https://www.rmwb.ca/en/roads-and-construction/winter-roads.aspx

Safe travels!


Sierra Stinson
Partnering, Engagement & Communications Officer Wood Buffalo National Park
Parks Canada
(867) 872-0170

Rhona Kindopp
Wood Buffalo National Park
Parks Canada
(867) 872-0980

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