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Why don't more people visit this park?

This is a massive park with lots of interesting features. Driving in from Hay River, we enjoyed... read more

Reviewed September 16, 2018
Allen T
Great Roadtrip Destination with Kids

I drove from Seattle through Alberta to Wood Buffalo park. The forest was great, and the Dark Sky... read more

Reviewed April 23, 2018
Shoreline, Washington
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149 McDougal Rd, Fort Smith, Northwest Territories X0E 0P0, Canada
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

This is a massive park with lots of interesting features. Driving in from Hay River, we enjoyed stopping at the various pull-outs to read the interpretive signs about the Karst geology, wetlands, and other features. The 11 km drive to the Salt Plains should be...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed April 23, 2018

I drove from Seattle through Alberta to Wood Buffalo park. The forest was great, and the Dark Sky Festival in early August was the perfect way to see this park with kids. I travelled with a 6 and an 8 year old, and they did...More

Date of experience: August 2017
6  Thank jonathanthoms
Reviewed September 25, 2016

My wife and I rode down on Frontier Bus van from Yellowknife. Just before stopping in New Providence we spotted 2 adult male Wood Bison. After a night at Hay River, where we saw a splendid Northern Light display, we drove on to Fort Smith....More

Date of experience: September 2016
3  Thank Gene R J
Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

Due to several unpredictable wild fires,access to the park was limited and animals were scarce. We hiked down the short path to the Salt Plain,which was amazing. We collected organic salt and inspected sign left behind by animals.

Date of experience: August 2015
4  Thank 607FamilyofFour
Reviewed August 16, 2015

We went to the Northwest Territory for the summer and Wood Buffalo National Park is a "must see" place if you get to Fort Smith, NT. Everything is far away as far as the sights to see, but they are worth the drive to the...More

Date of experience: June 2015
5  Thank Yooper5
Reviewed June 12, 2015

WBNP is a long ways from the larger towns in Alberta, but worth it to visit. Come prepared as you will be "out in the boonies" with extra food and beverages. We arrived before the bugs, in late May so had a great experience.

Date of experience: May 2015
3  Thank Don H
Reviewed April 7, 2014

Went here in August of 2013. If you don't live up in the NWT it takes "a while" to get here but I enjoyed the solitude of the area once I got here. One of the last remaining free roaming herds of Wood Bison along...More

Date of experience: August 2013
11  Thank Skeets37
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Where else can you drive down the road and have to stop for wild wood buffalo, watch a pack of wolves cross the road or swim in pristine turquoise water? I love where I live,

Date of experience: July 2013
11  Thank brendab1958
Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

The Park office is in Fort Smith where the staff can tell you of camping and hiking trails and other sites to visit. They also have some great movies of the park. While traveling in the park you may see wood bison, bear, wolves, sandhill...More

Date of experience: September 2012
10  Thank CherieNWT
Reviewed February 16, 2011

So natural, so wild, so few people... so big.. so beautiful.. saw bears, bob cats, wood buffalo, a wolf pack, beavers, storks and more... you could drive all day and see no people...

Date of experience: August 2010
15  Thank mediamentor
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August 12, 2016|
Response from b0hdannad |
Wondering if you received an answer to your questions as we are heading out in 3 weeks and have the same queries. Thanks