From big to small: the amazing wildlife of Riding Mountain National Park

Posted July 07, 2016 | Author Travel Manitoba

With 3,000km² of protected boreal forest it’s nearly impossible to not spot wildlife. Riding Mountain National Park is home to 2,500 moose, 1,800 elk, and 1,000 bears. Not to mention it’s also a birders paradise with 230 species of birds from Golden-winged Warblers, Gray Jays, to the Common Loon. With such a diversity of birds, Riding Mountain has become a symphony of songs, luckily these songs have all been collected by Parks Canada staff.

If you’re looking for something even smaller, Riding Mountain National Park is home to some of the most colourful of species. During the summer butterflies such as Monarchs, Silvery Blues, and yellow Tiger Swallowtails flutter around the Park adding a little extra colour to our diverse ecosystem.

For the ultimate wildlife experience join Riding Mountain National Park staff on a true Canadian safari. From the comfort of your vehicle drive through the Lake Audy bison enclosure where 40 bison roam the fescue grasslands. You can stretch your legs at the look-out and get a breathtaking view of these majestic animals. Maybe you will get lucky and see two bulls battle for a mate. Join Riding Mountain National Park interpreters in the fall for a different twist on the summer safari. Autumn in the Park is the best time to see or hear elk. Tune in to the Parks Canada radio and hear stories about the Park and wildlife in the fall. At your final stop interpreters call out to the elk. Listen closely as the elk bugle back. In Riding Mountain National Park opportunities to view wildlife happen all year. Enjoy the Park during the winter seven days a week. Groomed trails for snowshoeing and skiing show fresh animal tracks and provide the perfect setting for birding. Don’t forget to visit the bison enclosure just one more time as it is open all year.

For more information about wildlife in Riding Mountain National (204) 848 7275@RidingNP

Article sponsored by Riding Mountain National Park

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