Wood Buffalo National Park
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.
Spanning the Alberta-Northwest Territories border, the largest national park in Canada protects a large swath of the Northern Boreal Plains ecosystem, the largest herds of wood bison in the world, vital whooping crane habitat, extraordinary examples of karst and caves, and the Peace-Athabasca Delta. This is the traditional territory of the Dene, Cree, and Métis and is home to many spectacular species, including whooping cranes, bison, wolves, and more.
Explore the park this winter
Winter activities include snowshoeing, backcountry cross-country skiing and more.
Get up-to-date information on the winter road and other road conditions.
Head to Pine Lake
Swim in the lake, picnic at Pine Lake beach, stay at the campground or in a rental cabin, and rent a canoe or paddleboard.
Visiting Wood Buffalo National Park
Activities and experiences
Things to do, places to visit, trails, experiences and red chairs.
Plan your visit
How to get here, weather, accessibility, gift shop and fees.
Safety and guidelines
Important bulletins, backcountry travel, AdventureSmart and winter safety.
Camping and cabins
Frontcountry camping, group camp, backcountry camping and rental cabins.
Find current road conditions in the park.
How to get here
Information about getting to Wood Buffalo.
About Wood Buffalo National Park
Science and conservation
Plants, animals, waterways, wildfire management, research and conservation projects.
Culture and history
Cultural history, natural heritage and history.
Wood Buffalo National Park Action Plan
Action Plan, ongoing work and Indigenous and stakeholder engagement.
Stewardship and management
Jobs, management plans, permits and contact information.
Fort Smith main office: visitor centre
24 h hotline: 867-872-7962
Fort Chipewyan satellite office:
Hours of operation
Wood Buffalo National Park Visitor Centre Hours
Monday - Friday,
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed over lunch hour
(12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)
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