How to get here

Wood Buffalo National Park

Following a recommendation by Parks Canada due to forecasted fire behaviour and potential impacts to Highway 5, the town of Fort Smith has issued an evacuation ORDER for the safety of the public. Now is not the time to visit Wood Buffalo National Park. All visitor services are CLOSED. Find more details here.


Multiple wildfires are actively burning throughout Wood Buffalo National Park. Pine Lake Road is closed from the park boundary at Salt River bridge to Peace Point, the Salt Plains Access Rd and Day-Use Area is closed, Mile 99 Fire Base is under an area closure, backcountry camping is prohibited throughout the park, and a recreational fire ban is in place. Get more information on fires in the park here and related closures here.

Get here by road

You can get here by road year-round.

From Yellowknife

Travel south on Highway 3 for 338 km. Turn left onto Highway 1, and go 103 km to Enterprise. Turn left onto Highway 2 and go 25 km. Turn right onto Highway 5 and go 264 km to Fort Smith.

From Edmonton and High Level

Head north towards High Level, AB. From High Level, take Highway 35 to the Alberta-Northwest Territories border. Continue on the Mackenzie Highway/Highway 1 for 83 km to Enterprise. Turn right onto Highway 2 N and go 25 km. Turn right onto Highway 5 and travel 264 km through the park to Fort Smith.

Winter road from Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan

When weather permits, a winter road connects Fort Smith with Fort Chipewyan and Fort McMurray, AB.

Fly here

You can fly into Fort Smith, NT and Fort Chipewyan, AB via direct flights from Edmonton, AB and Yellowknife, NT. Contact Northwestern Air Lease for details.

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