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Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada

Local Community Services

Fort Smith, Northwest Territories

This small but dynamic subarctic community, population 2500, is the gateway to Wood Buffalo National Park. The following services are available within the community:

Fort Smith, Northwest Territories
Aerial view of Fort Smith, Northwest Territories
© Parks Canada & Big River Tourism Association / WBNP M-1
  • Hospital, medical clinic, and dentist
  • RCMP
  • Accommodations (hotel, campground, and bed & breakfasts)
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Grocery stores
  • Small department and specialty stores
  • Garage and gas stations
  • Vehicle rentals
  • Canoe and watercraft rentals
  • Air charters and commercial airline flights
  • Bank
  • Laundromat
  • Visitor information centre
  • Post office
  • Public library
  • Community college
  • Tourist attractions
  • Museum
For more information on Fort Smith, contact:
Town of Fort Smith
Box 147
Fort Smith, NWT
Canada
X0E 0P0
Telephone: 867-872-8400
E-mail: welcome@fortsmith.ca
Website: http://www.fortsmith.ca

Fort Chipewyan, Alberta

This small, isolated community of 1200, located on the north shore of Lake Athabasca, is the Gateway to the Peace-Athabasca Delta in the southern end of the park. There is no all-weather road access to Fort Chipewyan and the availability of services is more limited. Access to Wood Buffalo National Park from Fort Chipewyan is by water only. Please note that watercraft or canoe rentals are not available locally. The following services are available in the community:

Fort Chipewyan, Alberta
Aerial view of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta
© Parks Canada / D.Hodgins / WBNP M-2
  • Nursing station
  • RCMP
  • Accommodations (hotel, bed & breakfast, camping)
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Grocery stores
  • Drygoods (limited)
  • Gas station (no garage or mechanics)
  • Vehicle rental
  • Air charters and commercial airline flights
  • Bank (limited service)
  • Laundromat
  • Post office
  • Museum