Northwest Territories

Bringing firewood into the Northwest Territories from other Canadian provinces, or the US, threatens the health of the vast boreal forest. Many visitors to the Northwest Territories come from areas regulated for invasive forest pests such as the European spongy moth, Dutch elm disease, European larch canker, and emerald ash borer. These and other pests spread to new areas when people move untreated firewood from one place to another. As a result, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) prohibits the transport of firewood out of a regulated area without a permit. The CFIA urges residents and visitors to follow the “don’t move firewood” rules to prevent the spread of pests into, within and across its provinces (for more details, visit our Canada page):

  • Buy local and certified heat-treated firewood (ideally within 80km)
  • Do not bring outside firewood into Canada’s national parks
  • Do not remove firewood out of any campground
  • Tell others about the dangers of moving firewood long distances

Note: Open fires are not allowed at most national and provincial park campgrounds in Northwest Territories, and they may put fire restrictions when wildfire risk is high. Visit their website or inquire the campground staff for the most current information.

Bringing firewood from Canada into the USA is prohibited unless the firewood is labeled and certified heat-treated. Read about these requirements on the USDA and CBP firewood information sheet.

Bringing firewood from the USA into Canada is prohibited unless the firewood is labeled and certified heat-treated. Canada also encourages visitors to use local firewood.

This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 6 August 2021.

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