2013 Special Events
We welcome your input. If you know of other special events taking place in or around Riding Mountain National Park that will have a regional draw, please call 204-848-7275, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CANADA’S NATIONAL UKRAINIAN FESTIVAL IN DAUPHIN
© Parks Canada / Dauphin Ukrainian Festival
August 2 to 4
You don’t have to be Ukrainian to love perogies and borscht! Dauphin’s rich Ukrainian heritage comes alive to share it with the world every August long weekend at Selo Ukraina as it hosts Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival. It celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2010 and keeps people coming back with its showcase of Ukrainian culture: food, dance, music, ceremonies, arts, crafts, and of course, the people! The Selo Ukrainia site also boasts a Ukrainian Heritage Village, Memorial Park, and the Ukrainian Musicians Hall of Fame. Dauphin’s own Canada’s National Riding & Dancing Cossacks and Zirka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble are perennial favourites. Visit www.cnuf.ca for more information.
© Parks Canada August 9 to 11
Take part in a variety of events organized by Riding Mountain National Park's townsite businesses and Wasagaming Chamber of Commerce. Street parties, dog shows, sand castle building, beach volleyball tournaments and a parade (see below). There truly is something for everyone.
Visit www.discoverclearlake.com for a complete listing of events.
FRIENDS KIDDIE PARADE
© Parks Canada August 10
Do you enjoy dressing up in a costume? Are you are under the age of 14? If you answered "yes" to both of these questions join Friends in our annual Wasagaming Weekend Kiddie Parade. Our kid friendly parade route will be lined by hundreds of cheering spectators! Prizes, drinks and treats to follow.
RIDING MOUNTAIN TRIATHLON WEEKEND
© Parks Canada August 17 & 18
The Riding Mountain Triathlon is the largest multi-sport event in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. It is without question among the most scenic triathlon courses on the prairies. Starting with the bracing swim in the deep spring-fed lake, onto the rolling bike course through boreal forest and ending with a rewarding run along the lake shore path one is challenged yet rewarded throughout. If the RMTri is famous for one thing it is the enthusiastic support of the local community. Regardless if you’re a seasoned elite or a first time Kids of Steel, the Clear Lake community comes out in full force to make sure your time at "their park" is one to remember. Visit www.rmtri.com for more details.
SUPPER-IN-THE-FIELD IN RIDING MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
© Parks Canada August 17
The Parkland’s premiere outdoor culinary event since 2004. This feast is prepared and served by local chefs and cooks eager to share their passion for quality locally grown and organic products including a selection of organic wines and Manitoba beer. Menu and more details on www.parklandtourism.com Tickets available from 1-888-528-6484.
HARVEST SUN MUSIC FESTIVAL IN KELWOOD
August 16 to 18
The Harvest Sun Music Festival offers two days of world class entertainment in a unique and beautiful setting. Located east of Riding Mountain National Park in Kelwood at the base of the Manitoba Escarpment, the Harvest Sun Music Festival offers wonderful entertainment for all ages. Treat yourself to delicious locally grown food, and fill your bags or coolers at the Saturday morning “At the Farm Gate” Farmers Market hosted by the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve. Be sure to bring a tent and stay for the weekend in the festival’s community campground. Visit www.theharvestsun.com for more info.
© Parks Canada / Nadia Kuhl
TAMARACK GOLF TOURNAMENT
© Parks Canada August 17 to 24
Clear Lake Golf Course will host the 79th Annual Tamarack Golf Tournament. Over 400 golfers from ages 6 to 86 play annually in this family tournament. Follow family and friends this week as they play their matches. For further info please visit our web site www.tamarackgolftournament.ca.
BOO IN THE PARK
© Parks Canada August 24
Halloween is so much fun we have to celebrate it twice a year! Wasagaming will be overrun with princesses and superheroes, ghosts and goblins and the streets will be festooned with spiderwebs and pumpkins. Wear your costume and trick-or-treat at local businesses that will feature spooky games, a haunted house and some really elaborate decorations!
Visit www.discoverclearlake.com for more details.
FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT
Riding Mountain National Park is proud to present a free concert to celebrate 80 years of Riding Mountain National Park 80's style!
The event will take place in Wasagaming @ 7 p.m.
JUNIOR NATURALIST PROGRAM
© Parks Canada June to August
An education program geared toward children between the ages of 5 and 12. Half-day programs include workshops, hikes and experiments relating to the natural and cultural heritage of Riding Mountain National Park. Parents can register their children at the Nature Shop in the Visitor Centre - advance registration is encouraged as space is limited. Programs run Monday to Friday (10 a.m. to noon & 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.). For more information, visit www.friendsofridingmountain.ca, or call 1-204-848-4037.
YOUNG EXPLORERS PROGRAM
© Parks Canada June to September
An education program geared toward children between the ages of 7 and 14. Programs include hikes and experiments relating to the natural world of Riding Mountain National Park. Parents can register their children at either the Nature Shop in the Visitor Centre or at the Friends Learning Centre at 154 Columbine - advance registration is encouraged as space is limited. Programs run Tuesday evenings (7 to 9 p.m.) and Saturday morning (10 a.m to noon) from the Learning Centre. For more information, visit www.friendsofridingmountain.ca, or call 1-204-848-4037.
LI’L CRITTER CAMP
© Parks Canada July to August
Friends of RMNP is excited to announce a new Li'l Critter Camp program for children ages 5 and up! Offered Monday to Friday during July and August, Li'l Critter Camp will take place at the Friends Learning Centre, at 154 Columbine, from 4 to 5 p.m. Featuring arts & crafts, games and sports activities, Li'l Critter Camp is a great way to end the afternoon. For more information, visit www.friendsofridingmountain.ca, or call 1-204-848-4037.
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* Indicates an event hosted by Parks Canada