Top 10 winter activities in Riding Mountain National Park
Skate under the stars, snowshoe beneath the northern lights, cruise the trails on a fat bike, ice fish on Clear Lake or glide through the forest on your cross-country skis.
At night, snuggle by the fire in your Parks Canada oTENTik and enjoy a meal with friends in a cozy winterized kitchen shelter.
It's time to explore the home of winter, Riding Mountain National Park.
1) Rent a Parks Canada oTENTik
That’s right, you can rent one of five Parks Canada oTENTiks this winter in Riding Mountain National Park. They will be ready to face the cold weather with electric heat, interior lighting, wood stove, USB outlets, and exterior and interior outlets. OTENTiks are the perfect mix of cabin meets tent, making them the perfect option for winter camping, or is it called glamping?
2) Explore the Park on snowshoes
Bring your own or rent a pair from Friends of Riding Mountain National Park. For short adventures, snowshoe around the Wasagaming Campground or Ominik Marsh. If you’re more adventurous, drive-up to the North side of the Park and explore Kippan’s Mill or Bead Lake.
3) Winter Adventure Weekend February 9 – 11, 2018
Play boot hockey, build quinzhees, eat chili, ski trails, make s’mores, cross country ski, enjoy a southern barbeque, or participate in our own version of the Winter Olympics. Activities are always changing, so make sure you visit Riding Mountain National Park or Friends of Riding Mountain for more information.
4) Fish on the lake
Kick back and relax with good friends while you fish for pike or walleye. You can pick-up your National Park Fishing Permit and Fishing Regulations Summary at the Administration Office. We hope you brought your Heritage Hot Chocolate to keep warm.
5) National Park safari
Take yourself on your own National Park safari this winter in Riding Mountain National Park. Drive down to the bison enclosure where 40 bison roam the fescue grasslands. You can stretch your legs at the look-out and get a fantastic view of the bison and Riding Mountain’s frozen landscape. Maybe you will get lucky on the drive back and see a moose, fox, lynx, or elk.
6) Build a quinzhee
You can build a quinzhee almost anywhere in Riding Mountain National Park, but the best place is the Aspen day-use area. It seems the locals have chosen Aspen as the best spot to build quinzhees for others to enjoy, maybe it’s because Aspen provides the best view for a sunset.
7) Ski the Park
Riding Mountain provides cross country ski trails for all levels of ability. You can explore the beautiful Wasagaming campground or the Broadleaf trail 6km loop. If you’re looking for more of a challenge try Cairns Cabin, a 14.4km ski trail to a rustic cabin that offers basic amenities including a wood stove, sleeping loft, table, benches, and outhouse. Remember to reserve Cairns Cabin this winter: reservation.pc.gc.ca or 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783).
8) Skate under the lights
Skate under festive lights and the snow covered trees behind the Parks Canada Visitor Centre. After, start a fire inside the Visitor Centre picnic shelter and roast some hot dogs before you head home.
9) Northern Lights
Did you know the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are most visible January to March? This winter watch this amazing natural phenomenon reflect off the ice of Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park.
10) Test out a fat bike
For the 2018 winter season, fat bikes are now available to rent in Riding Mountain National Park. Bike around the townsite of Wasagaming or on nearby trails. If you have your own, head to Burls and Bittersweet for a new type of cycling adventure.
What’s your favourite winter activity in Riding Mountain National Park? Did we miss anything? Share your stories and photos with us on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #RidingNP.
For further information about any of our activities or accommodations, call 204-848-7275 or email email@example.com.
Before heading outdoors, please review our Winter Visitor Safety tips