Construction work at the Visitor Centre in Wasagaming

Issued: June 03, 2020

Infrastructure work to upgrade the Visitor Centre building in Riding Mountain National Park will continue throughout the 2020 visitor season – that includes the restoration or upgrading of the building exterior, as well as improvements to interior spaces, exhibits, and visitor areas. This work will ensure the Visitor Centre can continue connecting Canadians to the nature and history of the national park for years to come.

Work on the Visitor Centre roof was delayed due to poor weather conditions in the late winter and early spring. As a result, the necessary work was not completed before the arrival of the Chimney Swifts, who return annually to nest in one of the chimneys. All work on the roof has ceased until they depart. This threatened species is protected from harassment and harm under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) as well as the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act (MBCA). Under the Species at Risk Act, Parks Canada is responsible for the protection and recovery of listed species found in national parks, marine conservation areas and historic sites. Visit our website for more information on Species At Risk in Riding Mountain National Park.

The key objectives of the project include renewing the interpretive exhibits, re-designing the visitor service reception area to enhance customer service and visitor flow, improving accessibility to the building and the grounds, installing new inclusive washroom facilities, updating the audiovisual equipment, improving the building to easily host events, repairing and upgrading the roof, and installing geothermal heating and cooling. The Visitor Centre will remain closed throughout the 2020 season and construction crews will be onsite throughout the spring and into the fall.
Visitor safety is of the utmost importance to Parks Canada. During construction, visitors are asked to respect all on-site signage, and be aware of some minor disturbances, including construction noise and temporary closures of certain areas.

These federal infrastructure investment projects in Parks Canada’s heritage, visitor and waterway infrastructure ensure safe, high quality and meaningful experiences for visitors, enabling Canadians to discover nature and connect with this country’s rich and diverse history.

Please note:

  • Parks Canada is following advice from public health experts and implementing measures to support Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and reduce the risks to Canadians, visitors, Parks Canada team members, and contractors working at our places.
  • Beginning June 1, 2020, Riding Mountain National Park is allowing limited visitor access and basic services to the public. Further information about park accessibility and available activities can be found at https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/mb/riding/visit/covid-19-info.
  • Parks Canada’s construction projects are considered part of the Agency’s critical services to the public. Most scheduled construction activities are proceeding as planned, but are subject to change due to the evolving situation related to COVID-19. Parks Canada will continue to communicate all developments to the public.

Updates on the infrastructure work, and information on what visitors can do in the national park, can be found at pc.gc.ca/riding, Facebook at www.facebook.com/RidingNP, Twitter at @RidingNP, or by calling 204-848-7275.