Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada

Hiking

Experience on foot the magnificent boreal wilderness of Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada's largest national park and a World Heritage Site. The park's trail system offers a choice of hiking experiences from short, relaxing strolls to energetic day hikes or vigorous overnight adventures.

Hiker
Lane Lake Trail
© Parks Canada / S.Gellatly / P-2

Please remember that your safety is your personal responsibility. Make sure that you are well-prepared for your chosen activity and route.

Before You Depart...

  • Visit the Visitor Reception Centre in Fort Smith or Fort Chipewyan for trail updates and the latest in public safety information . Staff will let you know of any reported bear sightings, as well as if there are any fire bans or other restrictions in effect.
  • If you are planning to overnight in the backcountry, registration is mandatory. A park use permit and fire permit will be issued at the Visitor Reception Centre. Do not forget to check in upon your return. Cost recovery may be enforced in the event of an unnecessary search and rescue.
  • If you are going on a day hike, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
  • If you plan to venture off the trail, make sure you have a compass and detailed topographic map (and know how to use them).

Frontcountry trails

Backcountry trails