Located approximately 100 km north of Brandon, Riding Mountain National Park is an island of wilderness surrounded by a sea of farmland, boasting 3000 km2 of rugged nature just waiting to be explored.
Riding Mountain is unique in the way that it’s 1 of only 5 national parks that has a resort townsite. Although small in size, the picturesque town of Wasagaming is big in charm and character. Located along the shores of Clear Lake, Wasagaming, which bustles on busy summer days, is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, beach, golf course, boat rentals and tours to name a few. The original Parks Canada Visitor Centre remains, built in the Rustic Design tradition of the 1930’s, reminding us of the early days of Canada’s national parks system. This aesthetic can also be seen in the East Gate Registration Complex National Historic Site, which was designated a historic site in July 1995 to commemorate its historical and architectural significance in Canada's national parks.
Wildlife is abundant in Riding Mountain, and by simply driving through the park you are likely to spot a variety of species. Black bear, elk, moose, and lynx all call the park home, as well as approximately 30 plains bison that live in an enclosure by Lake Audy.
Camping is the best way to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the park, and Riding Mountain has an array of camping options that are sure to fit the needs of campers of all comfort and experience levels. Wasagaming Campground features over 500 serviced and unserviced sites and is a short walk from Wasagaming. Riding Mountain also has introduced the Parks Canada oTENTik to the Wasagaming Campground - the ultimate camping experience with all the comforts of home. The oTENTik is a spacious wood and canvas framed structure exclusive to Parks Canada that sleeps 6 on 2 queen size and 1 double size sleeping platforms with mattresses. The outdoor lodgings come complete with a table and seating for 6 people, deck, picnic table, propane barbecue, fire pit and wood stove. All that’s needed on this hassle-free holiday are sleeping bags, food and cooking utensils. The oTENTik is a simple and affordable camping solution. In addition to the oTENTiks in Wasagaming Campground, there is a yurt for rent that accommodates five people.
The park has 4 other unserviced front country campgrounds suitable for RVs and tents on Lake Audy, Moon Lake, Whirlpool Lake, and Deep Lake. Groups can enjoy 1 of 3 group camping options that are ideal for non-profit groups, family reunions, birthdays, weddings or any special event. Finally, for those seeking a challenging yet rewarding experience, Riding Mountain has 19 backcountry campsites located around the park on maintained trails.
Becoming one with nature is easy in Riding Mountain and with over 400 kilometers of trails, there is always something new to discover. The Gorge Creek is a visitor favourite, featuring a natural transition from white spruce forest to hardwood-lined streams and awe-inspiring vistas at the edge of the Manitoba Escarpment.
An extensive trail system offers scenic routes for hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and birding.
Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation or inspiration, Riding Mountain has something to offer everyone. One visit and you’ll quickly realize why it’s considered the jewel of the province. Start planning your visit today!