COVID-19 and your visit to Wood Buffalo National Park
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 2020, 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, February 2021 – Starting June 1 2020, limited visitor services were restored in Wood Buffalo National Park. Visitors will be able to access the following services and facilities;
- The entirety of Highway 5 and the road through to Peace Point, Alberta, Peace Point to Moose Island
- All official hiking trails
- Salt River Day use area parking lot and Grosbeak Lake Trailhead parking lot
- All overnight backcountry use
- Angus Sinkhole Day Use Area
- WBNP Visitor Centre in Fort Smith
- All shelter buildings and washrooms in day-use areas
- The WBNP winter road from Moose Island to Fort Chipewyan
- Pine Lake Rental Cabins (closed until further notice)
- Parson's Lake Road and Hay Camp Road
- All events planned are cancelled until further notice
- It is expected that the Pine Lake Campground, Kettle Point Group Camp and the Pine Lake rental cabins will open on the May long weekend in 2021. Please continue to check our website for further updates.
- Washroom facilities at the camping facilities will be 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 is available. Please call the Wood Buffalo National Park office at 867-872-7960 between 1pm and 4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays to obtain permits or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What's open (updated February, 2021)
What's closed (updated February, 2021)
The following facilities remain closed until further notice:
Camping during COVID-19
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.
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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