Experience the wonders of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Canada’s largest national park and now the World's Largest Dark Sky Preserve. Wood Buffalo National Park straddles Northern Alberta and the southern part of the Northwest Territories.
Wood Buffalo National Park was created in 1922 to protect northern Canada’s last free roaming herds of bison. It’s now home to the largest self-regulating wood bison herd in the world and the nesting habitat for the endangered whooping crane. The Peace-Athabasca Delta, the largest inland freshwater delta in North America, lies in the heart of the park. The continent’s four major migration flyways intersect here. There are more than 227 types of birds in the park. In 1982, the whooping crane nesting area and the delta were named RAMSAR sites for being “wetlands of international significance.” The park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site the following year.
Hiking trails range from easy walks to moderate hikes. They include a 500-metre switchback trail from the Salt Plains Viewpoint to the Salt Plains and the 750-metre Karstland Loop past sinkholes. For a longer hike, try the 9-kilometre South Loop that meanders along a saline creek to Grosbeak Lake. The 7.5-kilometre North Loop climbs gently to the top of an escarpment and includes sinkholes, a scenic view of Salt Pan Lake and geological formations. Pine Lake campground has rustic campsites in the middle of the boreal forest.
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