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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada

[an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive] Wood Buffalo National Park is the home of the largest population of wild bison in North America. It is located on the plains in the north-central region of Canada, in the provinces of Northwest Territories and Alberta.

Wood Buffalo National Park was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 7th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Florence, Italy, on 5-9 December, 1983.


Wood Buffalo National Park
Wood Buffalo National Park
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The Wood Buffalo National Park was created in 1922. Covering an area of 44,807 square kilometers, it is the largest national park in Canada. The elevation of the park ranges from 183 meters (600 feet) to 945 meters (3,100 feet) in the Caribou Mountains.

Within Wood Buffalo National Park is the Peace-Athabasca Delta, the largest freshwater river delta in the world. It is created by the Peace, Athbasca and Slave Rivers. The area also features a number of karst sinkholes.


Salt plains at Wood Buffalo National Park
Salt plains at Wood Buffalo National Park
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Among the wildlife in Wood Buffalo National Park include moose, black bear, wolf, lynx, brown bear, snowshoe hare, sandhill crane, ruffed grouse, garter snake, and of course, Wood Buffalo. It is also the only natural nesting habitat of the whooping crane in Canada.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 59 21 30 W 112 17 36
Inscription Year: 1983
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, IX, X

Location Map


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Visiting Wood Buffalo National Park

The nearest town to Wood Buffalo National Park is Fort Smith. You can fly to Fort Smith from Edmonton. There are five flights per week. You can also drive there on the MacKenzie Highway, which links to Highway 5 near Hay River.

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