Watch for bison on roads in Wood Buffalo National Park

Issued: April 01, 2020

Driving Alert:

Watch for bison on roads in Wood Buffalo National Park

Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, April 1, 2020 – Bison are active on and along the roads in Wood Buffalo National Park. Visitors are reminded to exercise caution when driving in low light, in snowy or icy road conditions or at night within the park.

The following tips will enable visitors to safely enjoy bison encounters:

  • Drive slowly and bison will move out of the way.
  • Adjust your speed according to the road conditions.
  • Do not honk, become impatient or drive aggressively. Attacks on vehicles are rare but can happen.
  • Stop and view bison from a distance only if safe to do so. Stay in your vehicle at all times.
  • Please report any injured or dead animals to the Parks Canada Duty Officer at 1-867-872-0404.

Help us protect visitors, travellers and the wildlife that make the park their home. Drive safely as you enjoy the wintertime beauty of Wood Buffalo National Park.


    Tim Gauthier
    External Relations Manager
    Southwest NWT Field Unit
    Parks Canada
    (867) 872-0107