2013 Visitor Guide
Celebrating 80 Years
Welcome to 3000 km2 of possibilities, where the boreal forest, the aspen parkland, and the fescue prairie greet visitors of all ages and abilities. Our welcoming community and pristine wilderness will help you to reconnect with the best of Manitoba and Canada, and offer you a vast array of opportunities for relaxation, laughter, discovery and fun.
The picturesque town of Wasagaming, which bustles on busy summer days, has been creating indelible family memories for generations. The East Gate Registration Complex National Historic Site reminds us of the early days of Canada’s national parks system, a system which was founded on the ideals of protecting and presenting nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage, to foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure the ecological and commemorative integrity of these places for present and future generations.
Riding Mountain has something to offer everyone. Whether you get a jump on the lively summer season with an early spring hike, or you while away a warm summer holiday in one of the new oTENTiks in the Wasagaming Campground, or you spend time listening for the bugling of elk in the fall, or you take part in one of the hundreds of other activities to be experienced in Riding Mountain, you will find so much to see and do. Depending on your interests, your days will be filled with whatever you are looking for: a sense of discovery or the comfort of the familiar, with adventure or relaxation, with beauty and reverence for nature
Our national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas are an important part of what makes Canada such a great place to live. From coast to coast to coast, you can explore the very essence of Canada through these special places.
Along with all of our partners and neighbours in the Parkland region, let us be your starting point for an inspiring discovery of all that the area has to offer… we’re sure that you will find something to treasure!
Journey into the Visitor Centre in Wasagaming, a remarkable 1930s Federal Heritage Building.
- Information about guided hikes and outdoor adventures
- Nature Shop
- Discovery Room
- Organically managed English Gardens
- Passes, permits, and licenses
Accessibility - The park is accessible to persons with mobility, hearing and visual impairments. The Administration Building, Visitor Centre, campgrounds, day-use areas, and selected trails are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs and all terrain strollers are available at the Visitor Centre. Call 204-848-7275 for more information.
Journey. Laugh. Relax. Learn. Play.
Whatever your mood, no matter your age, our interpretive experiences have something for you! Sign up for your experience today: Morning Hikes, Afternoon Interpreter in Action Stations, Citizen Science and Magical and Mysterious Evening. For more information visit the Visitor Centre or call 204-848-7275. Pre-registration is advised. *Fees may apply.
For more information visit the Visitor Centre or call 204-848-7275.
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July & August - Guided Experiences
Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Riding Mountain First Nation communities at the Keesee Sharing Lodge.
Tour Manitoba’s first aboriginal-run museum, speak with elders, artists, cultural leaders and spiritual teachers. Take part in workshops to learn about traditional drumming, crafts and medicines. Gifted storytellers narrate accounts of life in Washagama Saageygun, the Anishinabe term for “clear water lake”, now commonly called Clear Lake. For more information about programming please email: email@example.com or visit www.keeseekoowenin.com.
For details on each trail, a Trail Guide is available for purchase at the Nature Shop in the Visitor Centre. For updated trail information please go to http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/mb/riding/activ/activ4.aspx
Hike and Smile
Out on the trail or from your vehicle, the incredible diversity of animal species within the park makes it a perfect destination for wildlife watchers.
Always Keep Your Distance
Stay safe. No matter how tame they may seem, ALL park animals are unpredictable and potentially dangerous.
Wondering where to spot wildlife?
- Join a Call of the Wild Car Caravan – Register at the Visitor Centre
- Ask the friendly staff at the Visitor Centre or check the wildlife observation boards located in the lobby of the Visitor Centre or Administration Office for the latest sightings. Record your observations here as well.
Wolf (maiingan), Beaver (amik), Eagle (migizi), Fisher (ojiig), Lynx (bizhiw), Fox (waagosh(ag)), Elk (waabidiy), Cougar (assinibizhiw), White-tailed deer (waawaashkeshi), Pine Marten, Black Bear (makwa)
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