Limited camping services resume at Wood Buffalo National Park

Issued: June 23, 2020

Fort Smith, NWT., June 22, 2020 – Starting June 22, 2020, Wood Buffalo National Park will begin to offer limited camping services.

Visitors will have access to the following services and facilities:

  • Pine Lake Campground will be resuming operations on Monday June 22nd, 2020. Pine Lake campground operates on a self-registration basis.
  • Backcountry camping will be resuming operations on Monday, June 29th. Visitors can obtain backcountry camping permits through the Wood Buffalo office over the phone on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and between the hours of 9-12 and 1-4pm. Please call 867-872-7960.
  • All day-use areas, hiking trails, boat and canoe launches and beaches in Wood Buffalo National Park

Campers need to be prepared to follow physical distancing measures and local health and safety protocols. Campers should bring a clean-trip kit for their camping party that includes personal items such as facemasks, gloves, sanitizer and toilet paper.

Some visitor services and facilities will remain suspended/closed until further notice, such as personal interpretive programs, special events, picnic shelters, playgrounds, public access to visitor centres in Fort Smith and Fort Chipewyan and Kettle Point Group Campground. Cabin rentals and reservations will not be resuming until further notice. Roads into Hay Camp and the Parson’s Road remain closed until further notice.

The camping experience at Wood Buffalo National Park will be different than previous years.

Events, group and interpretation activities remain suspended until further notice.

Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the Wood Buffalo National Park website before they travel to find out what is open, what they can expect, and how to prepare for their visit.

Visitors must follow local and provincial or territorial travel restrictions, including requirements for self-isolation. It is not possible to self-isolate at Parks Canada campgrounds. Visitors must complete any provincial or territorial requirements for self-isolation before arriving to camp at Wood Buffalo National Park.

The health and safety of visitors and employees is of utmost importance to the Government of Canada. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and continues to make every effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visitors should follow the advice of public health experts, including necessary hygiene practices and physical distancing of two metres from others. Parks Canada is asking Canadians to be cautious and conservative when they visit Wood Buffalo National Park and to respect any closures that are in place. Anyone participating in recreational activities should be extra cautious to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on search and rescue teams and on the health care system. Detailed information on Parks Canada places and the measures the Agency is taking to limit the spread of COVID-19 can be found on the Parks Canada website: Please check regularly for updates.

For more information, please call:

Melissa Zimmer
Visitor Experience Manager

Tim Gauthier
External Relations Manager