Wood Buffalo National Park

Wood Buffalo National Park

Bigger than Switzerland, this is Canada’s largest park – and maybe its most intriguing. Founded to protect the Western Hemisphere’s mos hefty land animal, the rare wood bison, the park bestrides the NWT/Alberta border, taking in sweeping piney plains, salt flats, and the massive Peace-Athabasca freshwater delta. On hikes, drives, paddling trips or flightseeing tours you’ll spot wolves, black bears, the world’s last surviving whooping cranes, and of course bison. Best of all, the park is road-accessible year round from friendly Fort Smith. 

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Parks Canada / National Parks & Historic Sites

Four National Parks are located in the Northwest Territories: Aulavik, Nahanni National Park Reverve, Tuktut Nogait and Wood Buffalo National Park. Read more

Taiga Tour Company

We offer a wide range of tour packages for the adventure enthusiast and invite you to join us for a personalized experience in and around Wood Buffalo National Park. Tour packages range from 3-10 days. Read more

Your Planner (The Bucket List Tour)

Nine Days Eights Nights - All Inclusive Luxury Coach Tour. Main tour stops include Hay River, Wood Buffalo National Park, Nahanni National Park Reserve and the City of Yellowknife.  Read more

Queen Elizabeth Territorial Park

Located just outside Fort Smith, this large, lushly wooded campground features 17 powered campsites, showers and washrooms, a kitchen shelter, firewood, a playground, and a walking trail leading to great... Read more

Salt River Elders Village

Visiting Wood Buffalo National Park? We offer four log cabins out by the Salt River, for rent by the night or the week. Read more

Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre

In the heart of Fort Smith, this must-see museum showcases the area’s First Nations, Métis and Euro-Canadian heritage. It boasts a collection of some 10,000 items, including local man Frank Conibear’s famous trap,... Read more

Little Buffalo River Falls Territorial Park

This picturesque spot features six non-powered campsites. The area was devastated by a forest fire in 1981; nearly 40 years later it is now an ideal spot to observe how nature replenishes the land. Relax by the... Read more

Queen Elizabeth Territorial Park

Located just outside Fort Smith, this large, lushly wooded campground features 17 powered campsites, showers and washrooms, a kitchen shelter, firewood, a playground, and a walking trail leading to great... Read more

Salt Plains

What in the world? Just west of Fort Smith in Wood Buffalo National Park lies a shimmering, pearly desert, stretching to the far horizon. A quick hike downhill will bring you to the bizarre... Read more

Pine Lake Beach

The finest beach and campground in Wood Buffalo National Park, Pine Lake features soothing sand and shallow, warm, aquamarine waters, ideal for swimming or paddling when you're tired of gawking at the... Read more

Slave River Rapids

For most of its length the broad Slave River plods over the boreal plains, sliding listlessly toward Great Slave Lake. But at the point where it hits the Northwest Territories border, it is suddenly stirred by the... Read more

PARKS DAY

3rd Saturday in July

An opportunity to participate in one of hundreds of unique and fun events taking place at National Parks and sites from coast to coast to coast. Events take place in several NWT communities. Contact local... Read more

THEBACHA & WOOD BUFFALO DARK SKY FESTIVAL

August 17-20

Thebacha and Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society invites you to come check out the amazing night sky. Read more