Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

As of June 1st, Wood Buffalo National Park began a gradual reopening of some outdoor areas, facilities and services. Please check our website regularly for the current status of this location and others.

Important information about your visit to Wood Buffalo National Park

Fort Smith NT, May 2020 – Starting June 1 2020, limited visitor services will be restored in Wood Buffalo National Park. Visitors will be able to access the following services and facilities;

    What's open (updated September 1, 2020)

    • The visitor centre in Fort Smith with hours of:
      • Wed-Friday:  open 9am - 12pm
      • Saturday and Sunday:  Closed

    • The visitor centre in Fort Chipewyan is open
      • Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30 until further notice

    • The entirety of Highway 5 and the road through to Peace Point, Alberta, Peace Point to Moose Island and the Salt Plains access Road
    • All official hiking trails
    • All boat launches and shorelines for day-use activities
    • Day use area areas including some washrooms, picnic tables and trailhead parking areas
    • Pine Lake Campground (until September 30)
    • All overnight backcountry use
    • Playground facilities at Pine Lake and Angus Day Use Area
    • Kettle Point Group Camp is open (until October 15). To book, call 867-872-7960 or go into the Visitor Centre when it’s open to reserve your spot.
    What's closed (updated August 11, 2020)

    The following facilities remain closed until further notice:

    • All shelter buildings in day-use areas
    • Pine Lake Rental Cabins (closed until further notice)
    • Parson's Lake Road and Hay Camp Road
    • All events planned are cancelled until further notice

    Camping during COVID-19
    • Self-registration camping resumed at Pine Lake campground on June 22, 2020 (until September 30).
    • Washroom facilities at Pine Lake campground are open and available for use. Campers should bring along a clean-trip kit that includes items such as facemasks, gloves, sanitizer and toilet paper.
    • Backcountry camping resumed as of June 29, 2020. Please call the Wood Buffalo National Park office at 867-872-7960 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to obtain permits or email pc.woodbuffaloinfo-infowoodbuffalo.pc@canada.ca for more information.
    • Pine Lake Rental Cabins remain closed until further notice.
    • Kettle Point Group Camp is open (until October 15). To book, call 867-872-7960 or go into the Visitor Centre when it’s open to reserve your spot.
    Your safety when visiting

    We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at Wood Buffalo National Park. An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by the members of the public.

    The NWT Chief Public Health Officer has prohibited ALL travel into the NWT by non-residents to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Though the majority of the park is situated in Alberta, summer road access is through the NWT only. Please consult the GNWT’s COVID-19 information pages for more details. NWT Residents should consult GNWT prior to leaving the NWT to visit the park. A mandatory self-isolation period may be required upon return to the NWT.

    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.

    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.

    Bear sightings are not uncommon. For your safety, please secure all attractants, practice leave no trace values and pack in/pack out your garbage. Wildlife may be become habituated if they are able to access human food.

    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: parkscanada.gc.ca/woodbuffalo. Please check regularly for updates.

    Stay informed

    Parks Canada is working with our provincial and territorial counterparts, local municipalities and communities to keep visitors and residents informed and safe.

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