Introducing Wood Buffalo National Park
Straddling the Alberta–NWT border, Canada's biggest national park isn't spectacular, but it is weird. In this Switzerland-sized boreal flatland are salt-springs that encrust the landscape, rivers that disappear underground and balls of mating snakes.
The park was established in 1922 to protect wood buffalo – a large, dark, distinctly Northern subspecies of bison. About 5500 of them now inhabit the region and you'll likely see them grazing along roadsides or wallowing in the dust.
Also protected here are whooping cranes – the last wild migratory flock on Earth. These giant birds nearly disappeared, but are rebounding thanks to international safeguards. They, along with millions of ducks and geese, avail themselves of park wetlands, including the enormous Peace-Athabasca Delta. Moose, caribou, bears, lynx and wolves are also residents, along with countless mosquitoes and horseflies. Come prepared for battle.