Wood Buffalo National Park

Winter road through WBNP open

Issued: February 08, 2023

FORT SMITH, NT / FORT CHIPEWYAN, AB, February 8, 2023 — The winter road through Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP) from Fort Smith to Fort Chipewyan is now open with a 10,000kg weight limit.

It is strongly advised that only 4x4 or AWD vehicles use the winter road at this time, as crossings remain very steep. Motorists are encouraged check the status of the road on the WBNP website before departing.

Colder temperatures overnight have helped to ease the overflow issue at the Peace River, and crews were able to flood/freeze the crossing again to make it passable. The ice thickness on the river is reported to be more than a metre, and crews will continue to monitor and repair crossings.

Travelling on the winter road requires extra caution and preparation. When travelling 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.

For up-to-date information throughout the season, please call the 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 maintained by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and updates for that section can be found here: https://www.rmwb.ca/en/roads-and-construction/winter-roads.aspx


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

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