Wood Buffalo National Park Traditional Use and Highway Information

Issued: March 31, 2020

Information Bulletin

Parks Canada COVID-19 Response:
All public facilities and backcountry in Wood Buffalo National Park
closed to visitation
Highway 5 remains open to through traffic

FORT SMITH, NT, March 24, 2020 – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Parks Canada today announced stronger measures to limit public gatherings and reduce the risk of transmission. On the Parks Canada website, the following information update was posted this morning:

“Parks Canada is temporarily suspending all motor vehicle access by visitors at all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, until further notice. All visitor services remain suspended and all visitor facilities remain closed.

This means that all parking lots, vehicle services, trails, washrooms, day use facilities, showers, visitor centres, and all camping facilities, including oTENTiks, yurts and backcountry camping, are closed until further notice.

Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.

Parks Canada will limit its activities to basic critical operations.”

Visit the link here:


In Wood Buffalo National Park:

For more information, please call:


Tim Gauthier
Manager, External Relations
SWNWT Field Unit
Parks Canada
(867) 872-0107

Cam Zimmer
Wood Buffalo National Park
Parks Canada
(867) 872-0775