Road Conditions

Wood Buffalo National Park

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

March 10, 2023 — The winter road through Wood Buffalo National Park from Fort Smith to Fort Chipewyan is now open with a 15,000 kg weight limit. It is strongly advised that only 4x4 or AWD vehicles use the winter road at this time, as crossings remain very steep.

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 OPEN
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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