We have arrived at Wood Buffalo National Park, which straddles Alberta and the North West Territories. It is the largest park in Canada (and second largest globally). What is special about this UNESCO World Heritage site?
- Wood Buffalo Park contains the only natural nesting habitat for the endangered whooping crane
- It is home to the world’s largest beaver dam, – discovered in the park using satellite imagery – it is more that twice the length of the manmade Hoover dam
- It is the world’s largest dark-sky preserve
- You can swim in a huge Karst sink hole or hike on the salt plains
- Has a trail system that offers short, relaxing strolls, day hikes and more challenging overnight adventures.
It is home to an amazing array of wildlife – bears, wolves, moose, lynx, marten, wolverines, foxes, beavers, snowshoe hares, sandhill cranes, hawks, eagles and owls and red-sided garter snakes and, of course, it is named after the largest free-roaming wild bison herd in the world.
For maps and information on the hiking trails go to: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/nt/woodbuffalo/activ/randonnee-hiking.