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Wood Buffalo National Park

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Introduction

If absolutely pristine landscape is what you're looking for, this park won't disappoint you. Shared by the Northwest Territories and Alberta, Wood Buffalo is Canada's largest national park and among the largest in the world.

Don't expect dramatic scenery—the topography is subtle and limited to low hills and marshlands. Do expect spectacular wildlife. The park was originally created to protect a herd of rare wood bison, and thousands of plains buffalo also roam there. It's an important breeding ground for wild whooping cranes and also has moose, lynx, wolves, black bears and eagles. Hiking trails and canoe routes provide access to some parts of the park, but facilities are minimal: Camping is the primary form of accommodation. The park reception centers are located in Fort Smith and Fort Chipewyan, Alberta. The majority of licensed guides operating in the park are based in Fort Smith, which is also home to the Northern Life Museum. The museum depicts the history of the Dene tribes and early pioneers. Wood Buffalo National Park is 290 mi/465 km south of Yellowknife.

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