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Wood Buffalo Highway Route, Northwest Territory, Canada
Hwy #5 in the Wood Buffalo Region of the N.W.T.
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Wood Buffalo Highway Route (Hwy #5)
Northwest Territory, Canada

Wood Buffalo Highway Communities : Fort Smith

Wood Buffalo Highway Route (Hwy #5)

The Wood Buffalo Highway (Hwy #5) explores the southern east corner of the Northwest Territory, Canada near the 60th Parallel and the NWT/Alberta Border. The highway begins from the junction of Hwy #6 and the Wood Buffalo Highway. Highway #6 leads to Fort Resolution and Hwy #5 leads to Fort Smith and the Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada.

To access the Wood Buffalo Highway visitors must first travel along the Slave Lake Route (Hwy #2) which begins on the Waterfall Highway (Hwy #1) near the service community of Enterprise, NWT.

The Slave Lake Highway Route travels northeast from the community of Enterprise to Hay River and then continues to Fort Resolution on Highway #6. At the junction of Hwy #6 and Hwy #5, before Fort Resolution, turn south towards Fort Smith, NWT. The total distance of the highway route from Enterprise to Fort Smith measures 300 kilometres (185 miles).

It is very wise to travel with a good spare tire, emergency supplies and a full tank of gas when traveling in the NWT. The Wood Buffalo Highway is a hard packed gravel highway with pot holes and rib rattlers. Drive the speed limit with your headlights and seatbelts on. Always be aware of wildlife when driving, especially large buffalo, on the highway.

From the community of Enterprise, N.W.T. the Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada is 129 kilometres away (81 miles). The Highway explores the northern section of the park. It is an opportunity to view the largest herd of free roaming buffalo in the world.

At kilometre 247 (mile 155) is the first real day use area/rest stop on the Wood Buffalo Highway called the Little Buffalo River Falls Day Use Area. Relax and enjoy a picnic, short hike on the interpretive trails leading to a small waterfall.

At kilometre 263 (mile 164) is a gravel road exit. The road leads to a viewpoint overlooking one of the unique features of the Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada - the Salt Plains. There are picnic tables, a lookout and binoculars.

The Queen Elizabeth Territorial Park is located at kilometre 293 (mile 182) on the Wood Buffalo Highway. It is a campground and day use park with views of the Slave River Rapids.

Fort Smith, Northwest Territory is located just ahead at kilometre 300. Fort Smith is the end of the road during the summer months. Only during the winter months does the road continue via an ice road. The ice road connects to Fort McMurray, Alberta.

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Wood Buffalo Highway Communities : Fort Smith

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