Visitor Centre Renewal Project

Issued: February 04, 2020

WASAGAMING, MANITOBA, February 4, 2020 - Parks Canada would like to inform the public that construction for the renewal project at the Riding Mountain National Park Visitor Centre in Wasagaming will begin in early February 2020. The site has been closed to the public since fall 2019, as Parks Canada team members made preparations for this work.

The Visitor Centre in Riding Mountain National Park is highly visited and a much loved building in the heart of Wasagaming. This premier park facility has not seen any major changes for over twenty-five years and is in need of revitalization with many elements outdated or in need of repair. Parks Canada received funding through the Federal Infrastructure Investment program to provide upgrades to this Federal Heritage Building in order to continue sharing the rich and varied heritage of our nation and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history.

The site will be most heavily impacted throughout the winter of 2020. As this work is weather dependant, there is a possibility that construction could extend to the spring of 2020. An alternative space will be used to provide visitor services and programming.

An architectural and engineering firm was hired to provide detailed design and construction administration services for the renewal of the Visitor Centre and surrounding landscape. The key objectives of the project include renewing the interpretive exhibits with the following themes: Riding Mountain is Home – to the Anishinabe (Anishinabe Homeland), to forest and parkland ecosystems (Wilderness Home), to park residents (Home Away From Home), to generations of visitors (Historic Home), and Parks Canada protects and manages the ecosystems in the park to maintain and restore ecological integrity (Good Housekeeping).

The project involves re-designing the visitor service reception area to better customer service and visitor flow, accommodate for a Parks Canada merchandise store, improve accessibility to the building and the grounds, install new inclusive washroom facilities, update the audiovisual equipment, improve the building to easily host events, repair and upgrade the roof, and install geothermal heating and cooling.

This work is part of the largest infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada. These investments 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 history all across the country.