Frequently Asked Questions
Following is some information specific to Riding Mountain National Park:
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: picnic areas, kitchen shelters, beaches, and pit privies. Day use is permitted at: Moon Lake, Lake Audy, Whirlpool Lake, and Deep Lake.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- kitchen shelters
- The Clear Lake cabin area shower building and kitchen shelters, washrooms will gradually reopen
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.
Will trails in Riding Mountain National Park be open?
Most of the trails in RMNP will be open to the public on June 1, 2020. Certain trails will not be accessible due to temporary road closures or trail maintenance, please see the trail condition report for more information.
Those who choose to access trails must obey all signage and closures. They must follow the advice of public health experts on things like hand hygiene and physical distancing. They must also be conservative in their choices to avoid injury and minimize any need for emergency response. They must leave no trace and remove their garbage.
Is recreational boating allowed?
Yes. As of June 12, 2020 boating is allowed on park waters. Visitors who wish to bring watercrafts into park waters for the season must first complete the virtual AIS Seasonal Permit Holder Course. Upon completion of the course, mandatory inspections of watercrafts can then be booked with one of our inspectors by calling (204) 396-4579.
Please note: Temporary permits are also available and do not require the orientation session.
Mandatory inspections are required for motorboats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and all other watercraft entering park waters. This includes Clear Lake, South Lake, and all outlying lakes (Deep Lake, Moon Lake, Whirlpool Lake, Lake Katherine & Grayling Lake) as well as all streams and rivers. The service is free of charge and watercrafts passing inspection will receive a permit from Parks Canada. For more information on the AIS program and permits, including temporary permits, visit: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/mb/riding/visit/moto-boat
Is recreational fishing allowed?
Yes. Shore fishing and fishing from watercrafts is permitted in park waters with a valid fishing license for Riding Mountain National Park (differs from a provincial fishing licence). For more information about where to 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. Seasonal permits are available upon completion of the virtual aquatic invasive species orientation session. Short-term 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
What about activities like camping and events?
Wasagaming Campground will open for overnight camping starting on June 22, 2020. Reservations for select areas of Wasagaming campground will reopen late June to early July. New reservations will not be available for areas of the campground currently booked to near-capacity until September 6, 2020. We will be operating at normal capacity but will be holding a few campsites aside in order to allow Parks Canada staff to maintain recommended hygiene measures and ensure physical distancing is followed by visitors and staff within the campground.
All backcountry campgrounds closed for overnight use until June 22 where 10 of the 15 backcountry sites will be available for the season; day use is permitted.
All oTENTiks, and other roofed accommodations remain closed until July 15, 2020, while Parks Canada assesses whether and how these services might resume. All large events are suspended until further notice.
Will Parks Canada be taking any precautions at your places such as additional cleaning in washrooms?
The health and safety of visitors, employees, and all Canadians is of the utmost importance and Parks Canada will be following the advice of public health authorities and implementing measures for cleaning, hygiene, and physical distancing at all places open for visitation. Only those places where measures can be implemented to minimize healthy and safety risks will be open to the public. Regular, thorough cleaning will be completed daily using cleaning products approved by Health Canada. In order to maintain physical distancing, washrooms will be closed to visitors while being cleaned.
What safety measures should visitors take when they visit a Parks Canada place at this time?
Parks Canada is asking visitors to respect two-meter physical distancing and enhanced hygiene requirements at Parks Canada places as we re-open.
To ensure physical distancing is possible, visitors are asked to avoid busy areas. Explore less busy parks and sites in your region or visit at times that are less popular.
Those who choose to visit Parks Canada places must obey all signage and closures. Parks Canada is asking visitors to be conservative in their choices to avoid injury and minimize any need for emergency response.
Visitors should leave no trace and dispose of it by using appropriate garbage containers or take their waste home.
Will you be putting limits on the number of people/vehicles that can visit Parks Canada places?
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members is of the utmost importance to the Agency. Parks Canada will continue to monitor the situation and put in place appropriate measures to help Canadians follow the advice of public health experts and to practice physical distancing and hygiene measures, limit public gatherings, as well as respect travel restrictions and closures.
Will people be refunded for cancelled reservations or activities?
All existing reservations for dates between now and June 21, 2020, will be cancelled and refunded in full. You do not need to cancel your reservation. Your refund will happen automatically.
If you have a reservation after June 21, 2020, you do not need to cancel this reservation. You are encouraged to check back closer to your arrival regarding cancellations.
Please visit pc.gc.ca frequently for information and updates.
Will people who have had reservations cancelled this year get priority booking for next year?
To support Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to Canadians, visitors and employees, any reservations that are cancelled due to COVID-19 related closures will be automatically and fully refunded.
Parks Canada continues to monitor the situation and will provide information on reservations for 2021 in due course. Unfortunately, any cancelled reservations in 2020 will not give the reservation holder priority for reservations in 2021.
Will Parks Canada be refunding people with passes since they won’t be able to use their passes for potentially a number of months?
For current pass holders, Parks Canada will automatically extend the end date of Annual Park specific passes and Parks Canada Discovery Passes by an additional four months. This extension accounts for Parks Canada’s suspension of visitor services within the park in our efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Do I need a park pass to enter the park?
Yes, a valid park pass is required to enter all national parks. For further information on park passes, including fees and where to purchase, visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/mb/riding/visit/pass
Where can I get updates on closures?
Please visit Parks Canada frequently for information and updates.
For the most up to date information, visit: