See the vast prairie skies blaze apricot and gold and watch a moose take a refreshing dip in cool waters. Thrill to witness the shimmering green lights of the aurora borealis and hike a gorge worn deep from thousands of years of erosion. Find peace in the boreal forest where the aspen parkland and fescue prairie meet.

History

"The Parks are hereby dedicated to the people of Canada for their benefit, education and enjoyment...and shall be maintained and made use of so as to leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of the future generations." National Parks Act, 1930.

Cultural landscape

Riding Mountain, covering 3000 square kilometres (1158 sq. miles) of rolling hills and valleys, stretches westward from a dramatic rise of land known as Manitoba Escarpment. This park includes expanses of boreal (northern) forest, a strip of eastern deciduous forest along the foot of the escarpment, huge meadows of rough fescue grasslands in its west end, and significant tracts of marsh and river-bottom wetland. This area of wilderness surrounded by agriculture is home to wolves, moose, elk, black bear, hundreds of bird species, countless insects and a captive bison herd.