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Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada

Hours of Operation

Fort Smith Visitor Reception Centre
Parks Canada Visitor Reception Centre, Fort Smith, NT
© Parks Canada / WBNP / N. Humenuk-Bourke

Wood Buffalo National Park is open year-round. All-weather road access to Fort Smith and Peace Point is maintained year-round. There are no entry or gate fees for vehicle access to the park.

The peak visitor season in the park is from the June 1st to the end of August. The Pine Lake Campground and Kettle Point Group Camp are open seven days a week during this time. Both facilities close after Labour Day. Reservations are required for the Kettle Point Group Camp.

There are two Visitor Reception Centres in Wood Buffalo National Park. The Fort Smith Visitor Reception Centre is located at park headquarters at 149 McDougal Road in Fort Smith. It is open seven days a week as of June 1, 2013 until August 30, 2013.  Hours of operation for the Fort Smith Visitor Reception Centre during the summer season are 9:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.. The rest of the year it is open from Monday to Friday and closed on weekends. Hours of operation during this period are  9:00 a.m. - 12 noon, and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m..

Fort Chipewyan Visitor Reception Centre
Parks Canada Visitor Reception Centre, Fort Chipewyan, AB
© Parks Canada / WBNP / N. Humenuk-Bourke

The Fort Chipewyan Visitor Reception Centre is located at the Fort Chipewyan Sub-Office on MacKenzie Avenue. It is open from Monday to Friday year-round, and intermittent weekends during the summer months (phone ahead). Hours of operation for the Fort Chipewyan Visitor Reception Centre are 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon, and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.