What to know before you visit
Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. These investments represent the largest federal infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada.
Investments in visitor infrastructure – such as trails, visitor centres and campgrounds, as well as highways, parkways and bridges – will ensure the quality and reliability of visitor facilities and continue to allow Canadians to connect with nature.
When visiting or driving through Riding Mountain National Park on Highway 10, you may encounter one or more construction zones while we complete this important work. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience.
Projects Update – Winter 2020
Visitor Centre Renewal
This premier park facility has not seen any major changes for over twenty five years. 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. A design firm was also hired to provide turn-key exhibit services.
The key objectives of the project include the following:
- Renew 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). All are welcome here.
- Renew the visitor service reception area to allow for better customer service and better visitor flow.
- Accommodate for a Parks Canada merchandise store.
- Update audio visual equipment.
- Improve accessibility to the building and the grounds.
- Installing new inclusive washroom facilities.
- Improve the building to easily host events.
- Repair and upgrade roof with insulation.
- Installing geothermal heating and cooling.
Construction will begin in February of 2020. The grand opening of the renewed facility and site is planned for 2020. Watch for updates as the project unfolds on our Facebook page at: Facebook.com/RidingNP/
For more information please visit: Important Bulletins
Highway 10 Rehabilitation and Paving Project: Seal Coating took place on Highway 10 from the park’s south entrance for 25 kilometres northbound. The seal coating is a preservation intended to extend the life of the recently paved surface.
Roadway Microsurfacing was scheduled to take place in September and October in the following areas:
- Highway 10 and TaWaPit Drive to Balsam;
- Highway 10 and Columbine to Wasagaming Drive,
- Highway 10 and Wasagaming to the Mooswa intersection
Due to poor weather conditions the work has been delayed and will be completed in the spring of 2020. This road work is a treatment to prolong the life of the asphalt.
Wasagaming Stormwater Management:
Phase one work was completed on Wasagaming Drive and Boat Cove Road in 2018. This work was done to increase the capacity of the townsite's stormwater system, as well as to ensure that stormwater originating within the townsite is properly filtered to remove pollutants. Phase two is focusing on stormwater retention and reduction within two small parking lots. Construction on the small parking lot beside the Visitor Centre and the parking lot on the corner of Columbine and TaWaPit began after the September long weekend. Due to heavy precipitation this fall, remaining work within the two lots will be completed in the spring of 2020.
Townsite Parking, Street, and Trail Paving Project:
Construction in the main parking lot in Wasagaming was completed in June of 2019. There are 275 delineated parking spots available and visitors can safely head to the beach or townsite on paved sidewalks equipped with way finding signs and a new information node.
Of special interest are three electric vehicle charging stations, two Tesla chargers and one universal charger. For visitors who own electric cars, you can now charge your car in the park!
Paving will be completed in the spring of 2020 in the following areas: the parking lot beside the Visitor Centre, the Ominnik Marsh trailhead, and the emergency access road into the Clear Lake Cabin Area. This road is not designed for day to day use, as such it will be closed with removable bollards.
Conservation of Heritage Buildings:
Three Heritage Buildings in the park received new foundations this summer and fall: the Whirlpool North Warden Residence at the East Gate NHS, the former Doctor’s Residence at 140 TaWaPit, and 154 Columbine. Friends of Riding Mountain National Park are expected to move back into 154 Columbine near the end of November 2019.
Trees were removed last winter around the former Doctor’s Residence and landscaping was completed around the building after the foundation was replaced. FireSmart tree removals were completed around the Anishinabe Sharing Lodge this fall to safeguard the building from fire, tree fall, moss build up on the roof, and small animal access.
The log refinishing work at the East Gate National Historic Site kiosk and the Gatekeepers Cottage will continue in the spring of 2020.
Restoration work at Grey Owl's Cabin took place in the spring of 2019, which involved replacing the concrete foundation pads and rotten bottom logs. Last winter, all four windows were removed and taken into the workshop for repair and re-putty. Visit our website for more information on the restoration work happening at Grey Owl’s Cabin
During the fall and winter of 2018, both the Bandstand and Tennis Clubhouse were re-shingled. In addition, all of the Tennis Clubhouse windows were removed and taken to the Restoration Workshop at Lower Fort Garry for repair, re-puttying and painting.
Highway 19 Rehabilitation Project: This project will help to improve the safety and reliability of road infrastructure, improve ditches and drainage, and to offer safe vehicle access through the East Gate and eastern corridor of the park on Highway 19. As necessary, the road will be re-graded/widened and culverts added or replaced. Work has been ongoing this fall and will wrap up by the end of December.
For up-to-date information on road closure, construction delays and infrastructure work, please visit us at: Important Bulletins