Limited visitor access and basic services resume at Riding Mountain National Park

Issued: May 27, 2020

Starting June 1, 2020 Riding Mountain National Park will offer limited visitor access and basic services.

Visitors will be able to access as the following services and facilities:

  • day-use trails, including cycling and horse back riding access on designated trails and pathways;
  • day-use areas, including green spaces, picnic areas, and beach areas; 
  • public toilets and other visitor facilities;
  • the townsite of Wasagaming, and;
  • the bison enclosure at Lake Audy

Until June 1, these facilities remain closed and we ask that visitors respect these closures in order to allow park staff to do the necessary work to prepare for opening. However, the businesses in Wasagaming remain open and accessible to the public.

The large parking lot in Wasagaming will be open as will the smaller parking lots along Wasagaming Drive. The parking lot beside the Visitor Centre as well as the parking lot on the corner of Columbine and Ta-Wa-Pit will be under construction throughout June.

All boating, including motorboats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, etc. is prohibited on all park waters until our aquatic invasive species prevention program is fully operational. We are aiming to resume this service by June 12, 2020.

Visiting Riding Mountain National Park will be different than it has been in the past. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the Riding Mountain National Park website before they travel to find out:

  • what is open
  • what they can expect 
  • how to prepare for their visit

The health and safety of visitors and employees is of utmost importance to the Government of Canada. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and continues to make every effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visitors should follow the advice of public health experts, including necessary hygiene practices and physical distancing of two metres from others.  

Parks Canada is asking Canadians to be cautious and conservative in their use of these places, to observe any regional or provincial travel restrictions and to respect any closures that are in place. Anyone participating in recreational activities should be extra cautious to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on search and rescue teams and on the health care system.

All camping facilities remain closed until at least June 21, 2020, while Parks Canada assesses whether and how these services might resume. Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice.

Detailed information on Parks Canada places and the measures the Agency is taking to limit the spread of COVID-19 can be found on the Parks Canada website: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/mb/riding/visit/covid-19-info. Please check regularly for updates.