Plan your visit
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.
Wood Buffalo National Park straddles the Northwest Territories - Alberta border. Park headquarters are in Fort Smith, NT.
Plan a safe and enjoyable visit: Parks Canada’s COVID-19 guidelines
How to get here
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All-weather road access is available year-round via the MacKenzie Highway. The MacKenzie Highway links to Highway 5 near Hay River, NT, providing access to the park and Fort Smith. Like many highways in the NT, Highway 5 is mostly hard-packed gravel. There is no all-weather road access to Fort Chipewyan.
Depending on conditions, a winter road may be open for approximately three months during the winter. This road connects Fort Smith with Fort Chipewyan and Fort McMurray in Alberta. Because of the large distances and potentially dangerous conditions, special precautions are needed for safe travel on the winter road.
Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply.
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