For Your Safety

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Public safety is one of our primary concerns but you are responsible for your own safety. We hope the following tips will help make your holiday safe and enjoyable.

For general information on how to stay safe when enjoying the outdoors visit

  • Use caution when lighting and maintaining campfires. Ensure the fire grate is always closed and never leave your fire unattended.  
  • Respect all posted speed limits . They are necessary for your safety and the safety of the wildlife.
  • Store food in food storage containers now located at all primitive campsites throughout the Park. If you are tenting near your vehicle, store your food in a cooler and put it in the trunk of your car.
  • Use fish-scaling tables where available. This confines the scent, which may attract bears, and fish remains to one area away from your campsite.
  • Put garbage away . Use the bear-proof garbage containers located in Wasagaming and all of the camping and picnic areas. If in the backcountry, burn or carry out your garbage and leave the site clean for someone else's use and enjoyment.
  • Do not feed or approach bears, bison or other wildlife . You are in Bear Country brochures are available at most Park facilities.
  • Buddy up and let someone know when and where you are going into the backcountry and when you expect to return. If at all possible, do not go into the backcountry by yourself.
  • Bison are wild animals and can be dangerous, so please do not get out of your vehicle unless you are at the Bison Exhibit.
  • During all seasons, especially winter, park visitors are responsible for their own safety and must be self-sufficient in dealing with any emergency that may occur. Cell phone service is unreliable in the backcountry of RMNP

Winter visitor safety

In order to make the most of your outing and avoid any unpleasant incidents, here are a few guidelines to follow.

Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a serious illness, however, it's easy to prevent and treat when caught early.

Bear smart in the park
Bear smart in the park

Resource Conservation staff at Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP) would like to remind the public of the possibility of meeting bears in the park. 

Poison ivy

This plant is usually found along roadsides or trails. Each leaf has three pointed leaflets.

Swimmer's itch

"Swimmers Itch" or "water rash" is the name given to a temporary skin irritation acquired by swimmers.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Photographing Wildlife

Too often we search for that perfect picture instead of letting the perfect picture come to us.

Related links

Ten tips to respect wildlife and stay safe!

In case of emergency:

Dial 911. Cell coverage is limited in Riding Mountain National Park

Administration Building: 204-848-7275

Parks Canada Dispatch: 1-877-852-3100

Local RCMP: 204-848-2442