All Parks Canada facilities are temporarily closed, all visitor services and all motor vehicle access by visitors are suspended until further notice.

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority.

We are following the advice of public health experts and taking steps to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of Parks Canada spaces.

Effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Parks Canada is temporarily suspending all visitor services and motor vehicle access by visitors until further notice. We will limit activities to basic critical operations.

Parks Canada will re-evaluate the temporary closure on an ongoing basis and keep you updated as more information becomes available. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for updates.

The latest information you need to know about your visit to Riding Mountain National Park

Parks Canada is asking Canadians to stay home. Anyone considering a visit to Riding Mountain National Park should cancel their plans as vehicle access for the purposes of visitor use will be suspended until further notice.

  • Highways 10 and 19 through Riding Mountain National Park remain open to through traffic only.
  • Residents of Wasagaming will still be permitted vehicular access, but those with recreational properties within the park are strongly encouraged to stay home.
  • All visitor services are suspended until further notice. This includes the South Entry Gate, the Administration Building, the Visitor Centre, all washroom facilities, playground, trails, day use areas, campgrounds, and access to public spaces.

For general inquiries, please call (204) 848-7275 or 1-888-773-8888.


Following is some information specific to Riding Mountain National Park:

Is Riding Mountain National Park open?

Effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and until further notice, Parks Canada is temporarily suspending all motor vehicle access by visitors to Riding Mountain National Park. Highways 10 and 19 will remain open and through traffic is permitted on these corridors.

We are following the advice of public health experts and taking steps to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of Parks Canada spaces. The situation is changing almost daily. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

Will the highways and major roads that run through the park remain open?

Highways 10 and 19 will remain open and through traffic is permitted on these corridors. However, Riding Mountain National Park is asking all visitors to follow the advice of public health experts and stay home. Parks Canada strongly recommends essential travel only.

What facilities are closed in Riding Mountain National Park?

  • Park Entrance Gate Kiosks
  • All washroom facilities including outhouses at day-use areas
  • Playgrounds, trails, and access to general public park facilities will remain closed to visitors
  • The Administration Building and Visitor Centre
  • In park roads
  • Camping facilities, including backcountry camping, are closed until April 30, 2020
  • For more information, please call (204) 848-7275 or 1-888-773-8888
What is still open in Riding Mountain National Park?

While Parks Canada continues to deliver critical functions, the capacity for these services is limited.

  • Highway management and snow removal
  • Fire response
  • Law Enforcement
  • Water and waste treatment
What emergency services are active?

  • The RCMP, Parks Canada Law Enforcement, Fire Department and Ambulance Services are all active. Please dial 911 in a life threatening emergency.
  • For safety, wildlife, or wildfire incidents call Parks Canada dispatch 1-877-852-3100
Will people be refunded for canceled reservations or activities?

Visitors who made reservations with Parks Canada for camping, accommodation or activities that take place prior to April 30, 2020, will receive a full refund. Parks Canada has stopped taking new reservations until April 30, 2020.

Can I get a refund for my park pass since visitor services are closed?

The sales of all annual passes has been temporarily suspended until further notice. Please check regularly for updates www.parkscanada.gc.ca/covid-19.

For current pass holders, Parks Canada will automatically extend the end date of Discovery Passes for the full duration of the suspension period. That means that for each month or part of a month that visitor services are not offered due to Parks Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, a full month will be added to the end date of the annual pass.

Are businesses in Wasagaming open?

Local services are limited at this time. Our business community has been responding to this situation in a responsible way. Individual businesses are making their own decisions regarding opening. 

Parks Canada is strongly encouraging residents to follow government direction and stay home. We must all do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and all users of Parks Canada spaces.

Will cabin, cottage and business owners have access to their properties on April 1, 2020?

Parks Canada is strongly encouraging residents to follow government direction and stay home where possible. While there may be a barricade you can access your cabin/cottage or business.

Parks Canada is asking that visitors support the Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. Please stay home and cancel any non-essential travel.

Where can I get updates on closures?

Please visit pc.gc.ca frequently for information and updates.

Why are there closures to visitor services in Riding Mountain National Park?

Parks Canada’s top priority is the health and safety of visitors and employees. The park is doing its part to contain COVID-19 and reduce the risks to employees and visitors. We look forward to resuming normal operations, but for now we must all work together to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Parks Canada’s measures reflect the government-wide approach of limiting non-essential travel, promoting social distancing and having employees in non-critical positions work from home.

Why don’t you just increase cleaning for prevention instead of closing the Park?

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members is of the utmost importance. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and implementing these measures to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of the COVID-19 and reduce risks to employees and visitors.

Canadians are asked to stay home and support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Anyone considering a visit to a Parks Canada location, including those in urban areas, should cancel their plans.

Does Parks Canada advise against visiting? What about the health benefits of nature and reduced chance of virus transmission in outdoor spaces?

At this time, Parks Canada is asking Canadians to stay home. Anyone considering a visit to a Parks Canada location should cancel their plans as vehicle access for the purposes of visitor use will be suspended until further notice.

Parks Canada’s top priority is the health and safety of visitors and employees. The park is doing its part to contain COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors and employees. We look forward to resuming normal operations, but for now we must all work together to limit the spread of COVID-19.

When does Parks Canada plan to reassess the closure?

Parks Canada is monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely and is working with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the federal government lead on the virus, and other partners to respond to COVID-19 and mitigate risks to employees and visitors. The Agency will be monitoring the situation and will communicate regularly.

Parks Canada will be monitoring the situation and will communicate regularly.

A complete list of Parks Canada closures and the parameters of the closures is available on the Parks Canada website. Please visit pc.gc.ca and Parks Canada’s social media channels for information and updates on the status of all Parks Canada places.


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