Road Conditions

Wood Buffalo National Park

Multiple wildfires are actively burning throughout Wood Buffalo National Park. Now is not the time to visit.
There are several area and road closures in place, due to fire operations, active wildfires and unsafe conditions in burned-over areas. Get more information on fires in the park here and related closures here.

Travel is not recommended along the Pine Lake Road. Significant downfall from windy conditions is impacting the road. Fire remains active along portions of the road. Hay Camp Road is closed. There is a NO STOPPING area on Pine Lake Road from Salt River Bridge (Park boundary) to the junction with Parsons Lake Road.   

Travellers should pay attention to the weather forecast and current conditions and be prepared for unexpected challenges. Ensure you bring proper safety equipment and seasonal gear with you, and let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return. AdventureSmart makes filling out a trip plan easy here.

Stay safe on the roads. Here’s what to know before you go: Visitor Safety

Travel Notices

Pine Lake Road from Kettle Point Access Road to Peace Point is CLOSED due to reduced visibility and conditions from an active wildfire in the area. The closure is effective May 29, 2023 until further notice.


Wood Buffalo National Park Winter Road Information Hotline: 1-867-872-7962

The WBNP road network status is as follows: (Open/Closed status and map is a guideline only. Motorists should consult Wood Buffalo National Park or the NWT Highways page for the most up to date conditions.)
Road Name
Surface type
Winter Road (Moose Island to Fort Chipewyan) Snow/ice crossings CLOSED
Highway 5 to Fort Smith Paved OPEN
Pine Lake Road All weather gravel OPEN
Moose Island Road All weather gravel OPEN
Hay Camp Road Dirt-AWD or 4x4 recommended. No trailers. CLOSED
Salt Plains Access Road All weather gravel. Trailers not recommended.  CLOSED
Parson's Lake Road Dirt- AWD or 4x4 recommended. No trailers. CLOSED

Map of Current Road Conditions


Other Seasonal Roads

The winter road from Fort Chipewyan to Fort McMurray, Alberta is maintained by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Get updates here.

Get further information about road conditions within the park by calling the Wood Buffalo National Park Visitor Centre at 1-867-872-7960 or emailing

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