Wasagaming Townsite – Information update – COVID-19

Parks Canada is planning a phased approach to resume visitor services based on our capacity and the ability to maintain the health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members. Resumption of operations and services will take time and may be incremental in nature. Businesses in Wasagaming remain open and accessible to the public.

Visitors are responsible to follow the advice of public health authorities for physical distancing and hygiene. Parks Canada will implement measures to strengthen sanitization and hygiene of day use areas and of shared visitor facilities at trailheads and parking lots.

As of June 1, 2020, Riding Mountain National Park began a gradual restoration of visitor access and visitor services. Access and services within the park include use of trails, grounds, beaches and other outdoor settings. Visitors will be asked and expected to follow physical distancing and personal hygiene requirements

Overnight camping will partially open to visitors on June 22, 2020. Reservations remain closed at this time with a planned reopening of the system in late June to early July. For specific details about campground use at Riding Mountain National Park, including what sites and facilities will be open for visitor use, please read the information below.

Visit the COVID-19 and your visit to Riding Mountain National Park for updates on park facilities and services

Frequently asked questions

What is open in Riding Mountain National Park?

Being in nature provides important physical and mental health benefits. Going outdoors is a great way to maintain health and wellness even during the pandemic, so long as one follows physical distancing practices. Parks Canada is implementing a gradual opening at Riding Mountain National Park. Access and services include day use of trails, grounds, waterways and other outdoor settings.

The Wasagaming Campground in Riding Mountain National Park will open for overnight camping on June 22, 2020. Reservations for select areas of Wasagaming campground will reopen late June to early July. Group activities and public events remain prohibited until further notice

The following services and facilities in the park are open:

  • Entry Gates open for information and to purchase park passes and fishing licences 
  • Trails – some trails are not accessible due to road closures or maintenance (see Trail Condition report)
  • Day use areas, including outlying campgrounds day use areas (closed to overnight camping): picnic areas, kitchen shelters, beaches, and pit privies.
  • Camping: Starting June 22, 2020, Riding Mountain National Park will begin to offer limited camping services.

    • Wasagaming campground will open to visitors with existing reservations. New reservations for select areas of the campground will reopen June 27, 2020.
    • Backcountry camping resumes June 22. New Reservations can be made as of June 27, 2020.
    • Self-registration camping will resume at the following outlying campgrounds: Moon Lake, Deep Lake and Whirlpool Lake. Day use at Lake Audy remains open; overnight camping will remain closed until further notice.
    • Camp Kippichewin will open on June 22, 2020. Camp Ma-Ma-O-Pee will remain closed for the 2020 season
    • Washroom and shower facilities located in open campgrounds will be available for use

    All oTENTiks, and other roofed accommodations at the Wasagaming Campground remain closed until further notice. The oTENTiks at Moon Lake and Lake Audy will remain closed for the season.

  • Bison enclosure
  • Recreational boating is allowed on park waters with a Parks Canada issued permit:
    • To obtain a seasonal permit, you must complete the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Seasonal Permit Holder Course and undergo a mandatory watercraft inspection.
    • To obtain a temporary permit, you do not need to complete the AIS Seasonal Permit Holder Course, but you must undergo a mandatory watercraft inspection.
    For more detailed information on watercraft permits and inspections, visit: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/mb/riding/visit/moto-boat
  • Shore fishing and fishing from watercrafts is permitted with a valid fishing licence. Riding Mountain National Park fishing licences (differs from a provincial licence) are now available at park entry gates. For more information about where else you can buy a fishing licence, visit: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/mb/riding/visit/pass#5 

    Please note: Before watercrafts are permitted in park waters for fishing or other leisure activity, visitors must undergo a mandatory watercraft inspection. A seasonal permit can be obtained by attending the AIS Seasonal Permit Holder Course. Temporary permits are also available and do not require the orientation session. For more information on watercraft permits and inspections, visit: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/mb/riding/visit/moto-boat
  • Townsite of Wasagaming open:
    • access to businesses remains open
    • green spaces
    • Main beach and pier
    • parking lots
    • washrooms
    • trails
    • kitchen shelters
    • playground
    • The Clear Lake cabin area shower building and kitchen shelters, washrooms will gradually reopen

 
Will there be any abatements for commercial land rent due to the impact on commercial operations caused by COVID-19?

The Government of Canada has announced significant investments to help Canadian businesses weather the economic impacts of this pandemic. Additional details on Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan can be found on the Government of Canada website at www.canada.ca

The Government of Canada, in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments, continues to explore options that will help mitigate the impacts of this pandemic on Canadian businesses.

Furthermore, Parks Canada recognizes that many businesses are facing significant financial and operational challenges due to the of this pandemic on the travel industry and Parks Canada operations. To help businesses Parks Canada has announced it will defer payments on commercial leases and licences of occupation until September 1, 2020. without any interest or administrative charges. Rest assured that we will provide further updates on possible future measures taken by Parks Canada or the Government of Canada, when necessary and as information becomes available.

Are businesses in Wasagaming open?

Many businesses in Wasagaming remain open and accessible to the public.

Do businesses need to renew their business licences if they are closed?

Business licences are required for a business to operate as a valid business in the townsite. Any business that plans to open (including restaurants that may offer take out or delivery services) must renew its business licence prior to opening. If a business is closed, it is not necessary to renew the business licence as long as the business remains closed.

Will an abatements and/or deferral for residential leases be considered?

No final decision has been made at this time. Parks Canada continues to evaluate actions to support residents and commercial businesses within townsites.

Will businesses and residents of the townsite be expected to pay their prorated share of capital improvements for the 2020-21 year or will this be deferred?

Parks Canada continues to evaluate actions to support residents and commercial businesses within townsites. No decision has been made with regards to townsite services, including capital improvement projects, at this time.

I am an event organizer, can I still hold my event in the park?

Parks Canada values the contributions of third party event organizers in national parks. To support Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, Parks Canada has suspended group activities and events at all Parks Canada places across the country until further notice.

Can I still get a building permit, business licence or other paperwork related to my lease?

Townsite staff are monitoring telephone and e-mail messages away from the office. Leaseholders can expect some delays in obtaining permits or other documentation. All efforts are being made to complete these types of transactions in a timely manner.

Please contact the following staff for:

  • Business Licence inquiries: koreen.miko@canada.ca
  • Lease transaction inquiries: jacquie.pereira@canada.ca
  • Development permit inquiries: allison.bardsley@canada.ca

  • Townsite Manager: (204) 848-7243, kevin.bachewich@canada.ca
How do I make a payment for Parks Canada invoices?

  • Via credit card at (204) 848-7275; If no one is available via phone please leave a message and we will get back to you.
  • By mail: Riding Mountain National Park, Box 299, Onanole, MB R0J 1N0

Wasagaming is a picturesque townsite with interesting heritage and architecture, the perfect place to stay when exploring Riding Mountain National Park. Camping, accommodation rentals, recreational and watersports complimented by great dining and shopping are all conveniently located on the shores of Clear Lake and nature’s doorstep.

Please call the Realty Administration staff if you have questions about any of these areas:

  • Residential and Commercial
  • Development and Building Applications
  • Compliance Monitoring
  • Leases and Licences of Occupation
  • Business Licencing Services
  • Guiding and Outfitting Licencing Services
  • Utility Billing
  • Stakeholder Groups

A complete list of Parks Canada Fees can be found in the
Canada Gazette

 

Hours of operation
Temporarily closed
Parks Canada Administration Office
Riding Mountain National Park
135 Wasagaming Drive
Wasagaming, MB

Phone: 204-848-7275
Email: pc.info-riding@canada.ca
Important bulletins (Public Notices) when the situation requiring a notice arises

Development

When is a Permit Required?

  • Constructing, altering or renovating any building, garage or accessory structure such as a shed or a deck
  • Connection to the water/sewer system
  • Demolishing or moving a building
  • Expanding or renovating your store, shop, office or commercial enterprise
  • Changing the use of a lot or building
  • Installing, changing or relocating a sign
  • Changing the landscaping or grading (including tree removal)

Why are permits important?

Obtaining the proper permits for your project ensures that your project complies with Parks Canada’s plans, policies, park guidelines and environmental impacts.

To reach a development officer, please call 204-848-7275 or email Riding Mountain National Park. Meetings are available by appointment only.

When is a Sign Permit Required?

A sign permit is required to install, alter or relocate any sign including wall/window and hanging signs, canopy/awning signs, directory and menu signs and free standing signs.

Guiding Legislation/Regulations links

National Parks Buildings Regulations

National Parks of Canada Cottages Regulations

National Parks Signs Regulations

Wasagaming Community Plan

 

Please contact us for additional information including building guidelines for the cabin and cottage area.

 

Leases

Our Realty office will assist you with all aspects of leases and licences of occupation for cabin, cottage, north shore and commercial areas.

Please contact us when:

  1. Updating your mailing address and/or other contact information.

  2. Selling or buying (commonly called Assignment of Lease). This includes:
    1. All lessees selling to another person or persons, or a corporation.
    2. One or more lessees selling their Tenant in Common share of the lease.
    3. Removing names from a lease, or adding names to the lease.
    4. The sale of shares of a commercial lease.
  3. Circumstances that will affect your lease:
    1. Changing your legal name due to marriage, divorce or other.
    2. A lessee has passed away.
    3. Change the tenancy stated on your lease (between Joint Tenants or Tenants in Common).
    4. Changing directors with signing authority (when the lease is held by a corporation).
    5. The lessee’s control and authority has been given over to a Public Trustee or Guardian.
  4. Power of Attorney giving authority to others to manage your lease or other form of written instruction.
  5. Estate planning – options for your specific lease.
  6. Commercial Lessees are transacting with tenants and need to register a sublease.
  7. Mortgaging your lease and/or discharging an existing mortgage. All mortgages must be registered with Parks Canada.

Please note that assignments and mortgages are NOT registered with the Manitoba Land Titles Office and must be submitted to the Parks Canada office only.

Please contact the Realty office with these or any other questions.

Gazetted Fee’s for Riding Mountain National Park Lease and Licences

REALTY DOCUMENTATION  
Assignment of Lease/Licence of Occupation 98.10
Consent to Financing Agreement 98.10
Renewal of Lease/Licence of Occupation 98.10
Surrender of Lease/Licence of Occupation 98.10
New Lease/Licence of Occupation 98.10
Permit for the Supply of Water 98.10
Amending Agreement 98.10
Letter of Undertaking 98.10
Sublease/Sublicence of Occupation 98.10
Easement 98.10
Right of Way 98.10
Court Order 98.10
Change of Name of Document Holder 24.50
Processing of Death Certificate 14.70
Probate of Will 14.70
Corporate Amalgamation 98.10
Negotiated Agreements, up to and including 20 hours 490.60
Negotiated Agreements, more than 20 hours 981.30
Land Use Permit 98.10
New Site Plan Attached to a Licence of Occupation 98.10
Revision of Site Plan Attached to a Licence of Occupation 98.10
Certified Copy of Document 14.70
Copy of Plan (Whiteprint) 14.70
Photocopies, per page 0.90
Letter or Any Other Non-statutory Instrument 24.50
Research Conducted on Behalf of the Public, per hour (one hour minimum) 24.50
File or Information Search, per hour (one hour minimum) 24.50
Any Other Realty Transaction Certificate or Document 98.10
Permits and Licences

Working in Riding Mountain National Park

National Parks of Canada Businesses Regulations

Business licences

A business licence is required for all businesses, companies, guides and/or outfitters prior to operating in Riding Mountain National Park.

Parks Canada issues the following licences and permits:

  • Business licences
  • Guiding/Outfitters licences
  • Special events permits

** Each contractor and sub-contractor requires their own business licence to work in the park. **

New Business Proposal: If you are proposing a new business in Riding Mountain or changing the scope of an existing business please contact us.

Changes to your business licence

Please contact us for any of the following business changes:

  • Transfer to another owner (a new business licence application must be completed by the new owner)
  • Change to business name or contact information
  • Change of address or work site location
  • Change to nature of the business
  • Addition to the existing business

Business Licence Renewals

Business licence renewals will be processed on or after April 1st of each year. Parks Canada will send a renewal letter and invoice late in March with instructions on how to renew your licence.

Most common business licence fees in Riding Mountain National Park

Non-Resident Contractor 98.10
Trades – each tradesperson 7.80
Clothing Store 98.10
General Merchandising 235.50
Tour Business, Bus Service 44.10
Visitor Accommodation 98.10
Other Business Licence 58.80