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Wood Buffalo National Park Offers Some Amazing Alberta Camping Destinations!
Located in northern Alberta and southern Northwest Territories, Wood Buffalo National Park is Canada’s largest national park and one of the largest in the world. It covers more than 17,300 square miles and boasts many different ecosystems, a wide variety of wildlife and many beautiful landscapes. It was established in 1922 with the intent of protecting the world’s largest free roaming herd of Wood Bison. Currently the Wood Bison population is believed to be around 5,000 and this is the only known nesting site for the whooping crane. Northern Boreal Plains make up the majority of the park, and found within the plains are salt flats, lakes, marshes and bogs, boreal forests, plains and more. Wood Buffalo National Park is a beautiful and rich park that makes for a wonderful Alberta camping destination!
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Summer in the park is very short, although days are long. Temperatures tend to range between 50 and 85 degrees. Summer tends to be warm and dry, but sometimes summer is cold and wet. Fall brings with it cool, windy and dry weather and rich fall colors. Insects are not an issue anymore, like they are in summer. Intermittent snow tends to start in October, although winter doesn’t fully set in until early November. Winter weather remains moderate through December, with January and February tend to be the coldest months. Spring warmth breaks through the snow generally by the end of April or beginning of May. A daily entrance fee is not required to enter the park, although activities like fishing do require a permit. A fishing permit is $9.80 per day or $34.30 for the year.
Wood Buffalo National Park has plenty to offer every visitor, from hiking and canoeing to camping and fishing. Hikers can enjoy short, easy strolls along lake shores or more strenuous day long hikes. As the biggest park in Canada, there are nearly endless trails for you to explore. Lakes and rivers offer many opportunities to explore the park’s aquatic side. You can bring your own kayak or canoe or you can rent one while in the park. Winter activities include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The best months for winter snow activities is March and April. The Aurora Borealis is best seen on a clear winter night. With so much to see and do, this is an amazing Alberta camping destination with something to offer everyone!
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