Wood Buffalo National Park

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The roads in Wood Buffalo National Park are all-weathered gravel. As distances are long, ensure that you have enough gas for your planned route before leaving. Hazards such as loose gravel, ruts, potholes and dust may be encountered. Some sections of road may become muddy and slippery when wet. Observe posted speed limits and keep a sharp lookout for wildlife such as bison. If you encounter bison on the road, stop and wait for them to move. Do not attempt to push through them with your vehicle. Always drive with your headlights on to alert oncoming traffic. Special precautions are required for safe travel on the winter road.

Explore the wild splendor of the northern boreal plains, where whooping cranes call and bison roam free. Visitor reception centres in Fort Smith and Fort Chipewyan. Open year round.

Contact Name: 
Richard Zaidan
Primary Phone Number:
(867) 872-7956
Fax Number:
(867) 872-3910
Address: 
Box 750
Ft. Smith, NT

Wood Buffalo National Park is Canada's largest park. It is also the world's largest Dark Sky Preserve. The park was established in 1922 to protect the free-roaming bison herds of the area. Today, the park supports and protects many unique natural and cultural resources, from diverse ecosystems and rare species to the traditional activities of Aboriginal residents. As a remote wilderness park and World Heritage Site, Wood Buffalo National Park attracts Canadian and international visitors who wish to experience and learn about the unique cultures, landscapes and wildlife of the boreal north.

Campgrounds and Cabins
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Pine Lake Campground: located 60km from Fort Smith on Pine Lake road, the Pine Lake Campground features peaceful sites with fire pits, tent pads and picnic tables. The area is also equipped with potable water, firewood, sewage dump, outhouses, and a playground. Hook-ups are not available. The self-registration camping fee is $15.70/ night per campsite. The campground is open from May long weekend through to September long weekend. Two sites are wheelchair accessible. Kettle Point Group Camp: located 60km from Fort Smith on Pine Lake road, Kettle Point Group Camp features a log shelter, tenting area, fire circle, firewood, picnic tables, outhouses and playground. The site is wheelchair accessible. Reservations are required, with a minimum group size of eight people. The group camp has a $39.20 non-refundable reservation fee plus a fee of $4.90/person/night.
Hiking & Backpacking
Wood Buffalo National Park's trail system offers a choice of hiking experiences from short, relaxing strolls to energetic day hikes or vigorous overnight adventures. Stop in at the Visitor Reception Centre in Fort Smith for more information.
Visitor Centre
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The park and its visitor reception centre are open year-round with all-weather road access via Fort Smith. Some park interpretive programs are available. Please check our website for visitor reception centre hours.