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Riding Mountain National Park

2014 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 rmnp.info@pc.gc.ca.

June

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GPS ADVENTURE QUEST

GPS Adventure Quest © Parks Canada
June 7th & 8th

Take part in the 7th Annual Caching Riding Mountain GPS Adventure Quest and discover the people, places and heritage of the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve and its core area, Riding Mountain National Park. Travel through the 15,000 square kilometers of the Biosphere Reserve locating over 50 caches that have been placed by communities, individuals and businesses for this specific event. For more information visit: www.cachingridingmountain.ca.


GREY OWL GOLF TOURNAMENT

Grey Owl Golf Tournament
© Parks Canada
June 13th to 15th

Golfers will tee up at the picturesque and challenging layout at the Clear Lake Golf Course for the 53nd Annual Grey Owl Golf Tournament, one of the largest and longest-running golf tournaments of its kind in North America. The tournament was started in 1961 when the sports editor for the Brandon Sun and the owner of Idylwylde Bungalows decided that Manitoba's golf calendar needed an early season event. Since then the Grey Owl has gained the reputation as one of the premiere events in the province. For more information, visit www.thegreyowl.ca


LEARN-TO-CAMP

Camping © Parks Canada
June 14th -15th, July 26th -27th

Parks Canada is hosting Learn-to-Camp weekends for New Canadians in RMNP this summer in collaboration with Mountain Equipment Co-op, Parkland Immigration, Westman Wilderness Club, Scouts Canada, l’Amicale and l’Accueil francophone. The program’s aim is to provide an opportunity to try a “typically Canadian” first-time camping experience for young families and new Canadians while learning about camping basics. Events scheduled in June, July and August will feature workshops that will focus on camping-related skills, such as how to set up a tent and cook in the great outdoors. Participants will also have the opportunity to enjoy inspiring interpretive programs and activities.


NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY

National Aboriginal Day © Parks Canada
June 21st

Join thousands of Canadians across the country as we celebrate National Aboriginal Day.

Bannock Making
Cultural Teachings
Traditional Craft Making
Afternoon Powwow & Dancers

Locations near the Visitor Centre and Bandstand area in Wasagaming

10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Please call 848-7275 for details

Riding Mountain National Aboriginal Day Celebration Committee:
Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation
Friends of Riding Mountain National Park
& Parks Canada

DAUPHIN’S COUNTRYFEST

Dauphin's Countryfest
© Parks Canada / Dauphin's Countryfest Inc.
June 26th to June 29th

Canada’s longest running country music festival. This award-winning festival becomes home to over 14,000 people per day every July long weekend. Celebrating over 20 years, Countryfest never disappoints with its huge headliners. For more information visit www.countryfest.ca.



JUNIOR NATURALIST PROGRAM

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

Explorers
© 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.



July

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CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS

July 1st

Celebrate this country’s 147th birthday in national park style with a citizenship ceremony, giant cake, live entertainment, kid's activities, and fireworks nearby. Join us as we commemorate everything that is great about our wonderful country. Visitors will enjoy free entry to the park all day long!

Canada Day 2014
© Parks Canada

RIDING MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL

Riding Mountain Film Festival

July 3rd to 8th

The Riding Mountain Film Festival is a five-day event held in Dauphin and Wasagaming that features a variety of films covering a range of topics from environmentalism, adventure, to local cuisine as well as other regionally based films. The festival will also feature a digital media camp where youth learn to make their own films. For more information, visit www.rmnpfilmfest.ca.


CLEAR LAKE CELEBRATION DAY

Clear Lake Celebration Day
© Parks Canada

July 12th

Swim, paddle, sail, wakeboard, fish, hike, sunbathe - however you like to enjoy Clear Lake, this is the day for you! Learn all about Clear Lake as RMNP pulls out all the stops to showcase this jewel of the prairies. And then round out your day with the Great Canadian Water Fight! All events take place on the Main Beach.


PARKS DAY  

July 19th

Riding Mountain National Park continues the Celebrations on Parks Day with a number of activities suitable for all ages. Memories are waiting to be made, so Come Celebrate!

Parks Day 2014
© Parks Canada

LI’L CRITTER CAMP

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.


LEARN-TO-CAMP

Camping © Parks Canada
July 26th -27th

Parks Canada is hosting Learn-to-Camp weekends for New Canadians in RMNP this summer in collaboration with Mountain Equipment Co-op, Parkland Immigration, Westman Wilderness Club, Scouts Canada, l’Amicale and l’Accueil francophone. The program’s aim is to provide an opportunity to try a “typically Canadian” first-time camping experience for young families and new Canadians while learning about camping basics. Events scheduled in June, July and August will feature workshops that will focus on camping-related skills, such as how to set up a tent and cook in the great outdoors. Participants will also have the opportunity to enjoy inspiring interpretive programs and activities.


JUNIOR NATURALIST PROGRAM

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

Explorers
© 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.



August

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CANADA’S NATIONAL UKRAINIAN FESTIVAL IN DAUPHIN

Canada's National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin © Parks Canada / Dauphin Ukrainian Festival
August 1st to 3rd

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.


WASAGAMING WEEKEND

Wasagaming Weekend
© Parks Canada
August 8th to 10th

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

Friends Kiddie Parade © Parks Canada
August 9th

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

Riding Mountain Triathlon
© Parks Canada
August 16th & 17th

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

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 15 to 17

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.


Harvest Sun Music Festival in Kelwood
© Parks Canada / Nadia Kuhl

TAMARACK GOLF TOURNAMENT

Tamarack Golf Tournament
© Parks Canada
August 16th to 23rd

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

Boo in the Park
© Parks Canada
August 23rd

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  

August 23rd

Riding Mountain National Park is proud to present a free outdoor concert featuring CHAD BROWNLEE with Leanne Pearson

The event will take place in Wasagaming @ 7 p.m.

FREE outdoor concert!


JUNIOR NATURALIST PROGRAM


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

Explorers
© 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

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.





September

June | July | August | September | October | November | December


PRISONER OF WAR WAGON TOUR

Prisoner of War Wagon Tour © Parks Canada
September 1

From North Africa to the North Woods – Take a wagon trip back to a unique chapter in Canada’s history. Allow yourself to be transported back in time to a Canadian Prisoner of War (POW) camp in the backcountry of Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP) located in south western Manitoba. Guided by Riding Mountain National Park interpreters and Friends of RMNP staff, you will ride in a horse-drawn wagon and experience a taste of what some young German soldiers who were captured on the battle lines in North Africa saw and felt when they were shipped to Canada’s rugged wilderness to await the end of the Second World War.

Visit www.friendsofridingmountain.ca or call 1-204-848-4037 to reserve your spot on this one of a kind adventure.


RONA MS BIKE TOUR – RIDING MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE

Rona MS Bike Tour © Parks Canada
September 6 & 7

This two-day Bike Tour begins at the Parkland Recreation Complex in Dauphin. 350 cyclists journey 70 km south to Danceland in Clear Lake on day one and return to Dauphin on day two. Overnight, participants along with our many incredible volunteers, friends and family enjoy an evening of great food, entertainment and so much more. Secure your spot today and register at www.mssociety.ca/msbiketours or phone 204-622-2940 for additional information.


PARKLAND HUMANE SOCIETY WALK / RUN AROUND THE MOON

Parkland Humane Society Walk / Run Around The Moon
© Parks Canada
September 15

Join other supporters of the Parkland Humane Society to raise funds for their animal shelter and programs by walking around Moon Lake. For more information, visit www.parklandhumanesociety.com.


SONICS & SOJOURNS FESTIVAL

Sonics and Sojourns Festival © Parks Canada
September 20 to 22

A fall festival of Learning and Music in Onanole and Wasagaming featuring At The Farm Gate, a market for local producers and crafters to showcase the bounty of the region. Other activities include concerts and music workshops, interpretive programs and more! Visit www.experienceridingmountain.com for more information.



JUNIOR NATURALIST PROGRAM

Junior Naturalist Program
© Parks Canada
June to September

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

Explorers
© 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

Li'l Critter Camp
© Parks Canada
June to September

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.





October

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November


December


CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

Christmas Bird Count © Parks Canada
December 20th

Have a love for birds? Join Park staff and local birders as we spend the day walking, skiing and snowshoeing our way through the Park counting all of our winter feathered friends.