Road Conditions

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.

Travellers should pay attention to the weather forecast and current conditions and be prepared for unexpected challenges. Ensure you bring proper safety equipment and seasonal gear with you, and let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return. AdventureSmart makes filling out a trip plan easy here.

Stay safe on the roads. Here’s what to know before you go: Visitor Safety

Travel Notices

Pine Lake Road from Kettle Point Access Road to Peace Point is CLOSED due to reduced visibility and conditions from an active wildfire in the area. The closure is effective May 29, 2023 until further notice.


Wood Buffalo National Park Winter Road Information Hotline: 1-867-872-7962

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
Winter Road (Moose Island to Fort Chipewyan) Snow/ice crossings CLOSED
Highway 5 to Fort Smith Paved OPEN
Pine Lake Road All weather gravel PARTIALLY CLOSED
Moose Island Road All weather gravel OPEN
Hay Camp Road Dirt-AWD or 4x4 recommended. No trailers. OPEN
Salt Plains Access Road All weather gravel. Trailers not recommended.  OPEN
Parson's Lake Road Dirt- AWD or 4x4 recommended. No trailers. CLOSED

Map of Current Road Conditions


Other Seasonal Roads

The winter road from Fort Chipewyan to Fort McMurray, Alberta is maintained by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Get updates here.

Get further information about road conditions within the park by calling the Wood Buffalo National Park Visitor Centre at 1-867-872-7960 or emailing

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