As part of Canada's system of national parks and national historic sites, Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada is our country's largest national park and one of the largest in the world. It was established in 1922 to protect the last remaining herds of bison in northern Canada. Today, it protects an outstanding and representative example of Canada's Northern Boreal Plains.

Featured things to do

Explore the Peace Athabasca Delta

The Peace, Athabasca and Birch Rivers merge with Lake Athabasca in the Peace-Athabasca Delta, a habitat that lures millions of birds, hundreds of bison, dozens of avian and mammalian species and you on a single day or weekly paddle.

Spend the night, or a week or two in the park

Wood Buffalo National Park is five times the size of Yellowstone, that’s a lot of room for camping. Find adventure in the backcountry or stay in a cabin within walking distance of your car.

Réserve de ciel étoilé
Discover the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve

The sky gets plenty dark in the North through fall, winter and spring until, that is, the Milky Way spills across the sky like a starry river. If you’re lucky, the Northern Lights will light up the night sky.

Getting here

Box 750
Fort Smith NT X0E 0P0

Hours of operation

Open all year-round
Visitor services are available 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. Closed statutory holidays. 


Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.

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


fire duty officer

 Get current updates on wildfires with the Wood Buffalo National Parks Fire Status map. 

To report a fire within the park boundary, please call the Fire Duty Officer`s cell at (867) 621-0136.

Discover Parks Canada in 2018!

Parks Canada invites families to explore Canada’s most amazing destinations. Youth admission will be free starting January 2018. Save 20% on Family/Group passes until December 31, 2017.

Order your 2018 Discovery Pass

Sites nearby

  • Nahanni National Park Reserve

    Remote granite pinnacles lure top alpinists, wilderness river tripping opportunities attract paddlers, interpreters share cultural and natural history with river trippers, campers and day flight visitors.   

  • Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve

    One of Canada’s newest and most remote national parks, Naats’ihch’oh offers white water paddling and off-the-grid hiking in the Northwest Territories for experienced adventurers.