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 – Summer 2019

Here’s what’s happening over this summer with the infrastructure projects:

Wasagaming Stormwater Management: Phase one work has been completed on Wasagaming Drive and Boat Cove Road. This work was done to increase the capacity of the townsite's stormwater system. Phase two will focus on storm water 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 will begin after the September long weekend. This is part of the Wasagaming Stormwater Management Project, which is focusing on stormwater retention and reduction.

Townsite Parking, Street, and Trail Paving Project:

Construction in the main parking lot in Wasagaming is nearing completion. 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 done in the following areas: the small parking lot by 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: 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. 

Trees were removed last winter around the former Doctor’s Residence. Tree removal is designed to safeguard the buildings from fire, tree fall, moss build up on the roof, and small animal access. Watch for new foundation construction at the former Doctor’s Residence at 140 TaWaPit Drive, 154 Columbine Drive and at the Whirlpool Warden's Residence at the East Gate this spring and summer. 

Restoration work at Grey Owl's Cabin took place this spring, 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 

Visitor Centre Renewal: This premier park facility has not seen any major changes for over twenty five years. An architectural and engineering firm has been hired to provide detailed design and construction administration services for the renewal of the Visitor Centre and surrounding landscape. The main objectives of the project include the following:

- Repair and upgrade roof
- Upgrade the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
- New washroom configuration
- Improve the building to easily host events
- Improve accessibility to the building and the grounds

A design firm has been hired to provide turn-key exhibit services for the Visitor Centre to renew the interpretive exhibits, update audio visual equipment, renew the visitor service reception area, and accommodate for a Parks Canada store.

The Visitor Centre is scheduled to be closed on September 3, 2019 to prepare for construction. The grand opening of the renewed facility and site is planned for spring/early summer 2020. Watch for information on the conceptual design this summer at the Visitor Centre.

Highway 10 Rehabilitation and Paving Project: Seal Coating will take place on Highway 10 from the park’s south entrance for 25 kilometres northbound. The work is scheduled to take place from August 8, 2019 to August 13, 2019, weather depending. The chip seal is a preservation seal intended to extend the life of the recently paved surface.

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 began in the fall of 2018 and is scheduled to begin again in the fall of 2019.  

For up-to-date information on road closure, construction delays and infrastructure work, please visit us at: Important Bulletins

Road report and other important information