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WASAGAMING, MANITOBA, July 26, 2008 -- Mr. Inky Mark, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan–River-Marquette, today took part in a special event marking the 75th anniversary of the grand opening of Riding Mountain National Park of Canada.

“Riding Mountain National Park is where many friends and families meet to discover and enjoy the wealth and beauty of Manitoba wilderness,” said Mr. Mark. “Going to Riding Mountain is a tradition that has been passed down through families with sometimes as many as three generations of cottagers and campers enjoying the park together.”

Established in 1929 as Manitoba’s first national park, Riding Mountain was officially opened on July 26, 1933. Protecting a 3,000 km˛ area including southern boreal plains and portions of the Manitoba Escarpment, this natural mosaic is home to an impressive diversity of wildlife and cultural features.

Since its inauguration, the park has been one of the core attractions for tourism in the region receiving 250,000 visitors annually. Riding Mountain offers visitors a wide range of memorable experiences such as hiking, camping, skiing, bird watching, wildlife viewing, interpretive programs, water activities, First Nations culture and attractions in the town site of Wasagaming.

“Riding Mountain National Park’s success is due not only to the dedication of community members, First Nations, and Parks Canada staff. It also has to thank the foresight of local residents who recognized more than seventy-five years ago the beauty captured in this area and the need to preserve it for the benefit of all Canadians,” added Mr. Mark.

Riding Mountain National Park of Canada is part of a system of national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas that is recognized as one of the finest and most extensive in the world. Parks Canada works to ensure Canada's cultural and natural heritage are presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future.

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Patricia Kell
Acting Superintendent
Riding Mountain National Park of Canada