Wood Buffalo National Park

Effective May 12, 2023: Recreational fire ban in all areas of Wood Buffalo National Park.
Get fire information and updates here.

Travelers should be aware of an active wildfire near Hay River, NT. Smoke could affect visibility on roadways. The direction and amount of smoke depends on weather and wind conditions.

Check GNWT Highways for road conditions and updates and NWT Fire for wildfire updates.


Spanning the Alberta-Northwest Territories border, the largest national park in Canada protects a large swath of the Northern Boreal Plains ecosystem, the largest herds of wood bison in the world, vital whooping crane habitat, extraordinary examples of karst and caves, and the Peace-Athabasca Delta. This is the traditional territory of the Dene, Cree, and Métis and is home to many spectacular species, including whooping cranes, bison, wolves, and more.

Head to Pine Lake

Swim in the lake, picnic at Pine Lake beach, stay at the campground or in a rental cabin, and  rent a canoe or paddleboard.

Fire information and updates

Get up-to-date information on the current fire danger status and wildfire situation. 

Take a hike!

Visit Grosbeak Lake – a must-see site with a winding trail through an otherworldly boulder field speckled white with salt.  

Visiting Wood Buffalo National Park

Activities and experiences

Things to do, places to visit, trails, experiences and red chairs.

Plan your visit

How to get here, weather, accessibility, gift shop and fees.

Safety and guidelines

Important bulletins, backcountry travel, AdventureSmart and winter safety.

Camping and cabins

Frontcountry camping, group camp, backcountry camping and rental cabins.

Road conditions

Find current road conditions in the park.

How to get here

Information about getting to Wood Buffalo.

About Wood Buffalo National Park

Science and conservation

Plants, animals, waterways, wildfire management, research and conservation projects.

Culture and history

Cultural history, natural heritage and history.

Wood Buffalo National Park Action Plan

Action Plan, ongoing work and Indigenous and stakeholder engagement.

Stewardship and management

Jobs, management plans, permits and contact information.

Contact us

Fort Smith main office: visitor centre
Phone: 867-872-7960
24 h hotline: 867-872-7962

Fort Chipewyan satellite office:
Phone: 780-697-3662
Fax: 780-697-3560

Email: woodbuffaloinfo-infowoodbuffalo@pc.gc.ca 

Hours of operation

Wood Buffalo National Park Visitor Centre Hours

Monday - Friday,
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed over lunch hour
(12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)


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