Load up the picnic essentials and head into Wood Buffalo National Park to share a meal against iconic landscapes. Enjoy the quiet, serene sounds of nature and the beauty of the boreal forest at several great picnic spots in the park.

Bring your own drinking water. No potable water is available in the park.

Top picnic spots

Pine Lake Day Use Area

Spend the day at the beach! Before you go, rent canoes or standup paddleboards from the Fort Smith Visitor Centre.

  • Unsupervised beach
  • Picnic shelter with wood stove
  • Playground
  • Picnic tables
  • Firepits and firewood provided
  • Changerooms and toilets

Salt Plains Day Use Area

This is the most spectacular picnic setting in the park. Make some coffee outside and watch the sunrise over the Salt Plains. Hike 750 m down to the plains and enjoy a moment in the Red Chairs.

  • Picnic tables
  • Fire pits and firewood provided
  • Toilets

Salt River Day Use Area

Scenic views of the Salt River, nearby hiking trails, and the community fire pit makes this the perfect spot for a group or family gathering.

  • Picnic shelter with wood stove
  • Fire pits and firewood provided
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets

Angus Day Use Area

Located halfway between the communities of Hay River and Fort Smith, this is a great place to take a break. Look into the Angus Sinkhole, play on the swing and slide, or just relax in the quiet before you continue on your trip.

  • Playground
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire pits, no firewood provided
  • Toilets