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Wood Buffalo National Park

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.

Wood Buffalo National Park



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.

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.


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