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Wood Buffalo National Park

Canada’s National Parks Agency is pleased to present Canada’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site and oldest northern park.  

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Wood Buffalo National Park

This short video showcases Canada’s largest UNESCO world heritage site and national park as well as its oldest northern national park. This has been created from a collection of spectacular images for your viewing enjoyment by the folks who know the place.

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Learning to walk is the first step toward surviving in the wild. Experience rare video footage of a newborn 20-minute-old wood bison calf taking its first steps. Scenes like this occur yearly during the spring calving season in Wood Buffalo National Park, adding to the wild population of this threatened species.

 

Dark Sky Preserve

The World’s Largest Dark Sky Preserve - Wood Buffalo National Park was designated a Canadian Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC).

The Canadian Dark Sky Preserve (DSP) program is a major conservation initiative of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) with the objective of increasing public awareness of the beauty of the night sky, the ecological relevance for nocturnal wildlife and the health benefits for mankind by conserving dark skies. Dark Sky Preserves are regions with exceptionally dark skies accessible to the general public.

The RASC states on their web release: “Wood Buffalo NP straddles the Alberta - Northwest Territories boundary and is the largest National Park in Canada, and with an area of 44,807 km2, it is larger than all dark sky sites in the world combined.”


Experience Wood Buffalo

Grosbeak Lake is part of the park’s extensive band of salt plains which cover an area of 370 km2.

Unique in Canada, they are formed by water that has percolated through underground salt deposits left by an ancient sea around 390 million years ago. Often compared to a “moonscape”, this unique salt flat is strewn with salt-corroded boulders of all shapes and sizes.



Wood Buffalo, a family experience

Accessed from a side road off Highway 5, the Salt Plains Day Use Area features a pleasant viewpoint overlooking the spectacular Salt Plains.

Look for wildlife on the plains with the high-powered telescope, and read the interpretive signs to learn about the natural history of the area. Picnic tables and fire grates are available for your use and enjoyment.

Tread lightly as you explore this fascinating landscape. Your footprints will mingle with those of animals - bears, wolves, moose, bison, foxes, and sandhill cranes among others.