Current Road Conditions in Wood Buffalo National Park

July 6, 2022 -- Hay Camp Road in Wood Buffalo National Park is currently closed due to substantial washouts and impassable areas. The gate at the park boundary is locked until further notice. Parks Canada specialists will be assessing the road, and other roads within the park, in order to develop a plan to improve road conditions for the longer term.

Wood Buffalo National Park is a 44,741 sq. km road-accessible wilderness. The park is open year round for visitors. Our road network includes major highways, all weather gravel roads, seasonal ice roads and rough, 4x4 dirt roads. Park users should be prepared for changing weather conditions on park roads and come prepared for extra time on the land in the event that they are stuck or that roads should close. For roads where AWD or 4x4 access is recommended, visitors should consider bringing extra supplies and a chainsaw. All vehicles should always have a spare tire with an operable jack.


Winter or summer, visitors are always responsible for their own safety and need to come prepared. The Government of the Northwest Territories has a number of excellent winter driving tips and considerations to help you get started. Visit:


Remember that Wood Buffalo spans the NWT and Alberta border. You need to consult different sources depending if your destination is in the NWT or Alberta. Driving distances are long between each community: services are limited, and no cell service is available. Fuel is only available in Hay River, Fort Smith and Fort Chipewyan.

For travellers using:


Ice roads are seasonally maintained by Parks Canada, as natural conditions allow, from Moose Island through to Fort Chipewyan, AB. Conditions can change quickly with warming and cooling weather events, which can affect the maximum allowable weight. Roads are recommended for high clearance 4x4 vehicles only. Parks Canada provides daily updates on this road using a free phone line. For information updates on the status of this road, call: 867-872-7962

Ice roads from Fort Chipewyan to Fort McMurray are not maintained by Parks Canada, and are maintained by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. For ice road updates, visit:

The WBNP road network status is as follows: (Open/Closed status and map is a guideline only. Motorists should consult Wood Buffalo National Park or the NWT Highways page for the most up to date conditions.)
Road Name
Surface type
Highway 5 to Fort Smith Paved OPEN
Salt Plains Access Road All weather gravel. Trailers not recommended.  OPEN
Pine Lake Road All weather gravel OPEN
Parson's Lake Road Dirt- AWD or 4x4 recommended. No trailers. CLOSED
Hay Camp Road Dirt-AWD or 4x4 recommended. No trailers. CLOSED
Moose Island Road All weather gravel OPEN
Winter Road (Moose Island to Fort Chipewyan) Snow/ice crossings CLOSED



Information about park road conditions can be had by calling the Park Information Centre at: 867-872-7960 or emailing: