Riding Mountain National Park
Parkland : Riding Mountain National Park
Much of the park's public infrastructure was created during the 1930s by labourers participating in Canada's great depression relief programs. Illustration of this early construction survives to this day in the park. During World War II the park was home to a Prisoner of War camp which has since been dismantled. In 1986, Riding Mountain National Park and its surrounding municipalities were designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.
Until 1996, Riding Mountain was the only national park located in the province of Manitoba.
Flora and fauna
Riding Mountain is a vibrant wilderness oasis, set high above a sea of prairie agricultural lands. Located in the centre of North America, the Boreal Forest, Aspen Woodland, Prairie and Eastern Hardwood Biomes come together. These Biomes, occur on a hilly, 'Pot-and Kettle' glacial moraine with fertile soils and an abundance of wetlands, streams and lakes. This biogeophysical phenomenon creates a mosaic of flourishing ecosystems with an incredible diversity of plant and animal species.
Moose, elk, deer, beaver, River otter, porcupine, Grey wolf, lynx, cougar, Common Loon, White Pelican, Great Grey Owl and Canada Goose are just a few of the animal and bird inhabitants of Riding Mountain National Park. The park boasts one of the largest populations of Black bears in North America. There is also a wild bison range located near Lake Audy, where you can view the Prairie Bison on native fescue grasslands.
Riding Mountain National Park is also well known for its wildflowers and wide range of unique vegetation, most of which is not seen anywhere else in the prairie regions of Canada.
Provincial highway 10 bisects the eastern half of the national Park. Brandon is located approximately 100 km to the south, Dauphin approximately 30 km to the north. During the winter months, it is not uncommon for Highway 10 to be closed during poor weather. Check local road conditions via Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation  or listen to a local radio station.
Greyhound Bus Line  provides daily bus service to Brandon (onwards to Winnipeg) and to Dauphin.
The 2009 Entrance fees for Riding Mountain National Park  are:
The park has a number of hiking trails, including:
Guided wildlife viewing and photography tour packages
With the large number of family cabins in the clear lake area and the tradition of young people working in Wasagaming for the summer, there are a number of places to drink. There are security guards and RCMP officers that patrol the townsite area at night, so drinking in public areas of the townsite is not recommended.
Known by locals as The Southgate, there are parties at the bar every night during the summer. Located a in Onanole, 10 minute drive from Wasagaming, there is a shuttle that runs at night during July and August from Wasagaming ($5 each way.) Catch the shuttle on the main strip of Wasagaming drive in town, or look for the crowd gathering in the corner of the big gravel town parking lot around 10-11:30 pm. On weekends there is often a $5 cover charge.
If you prefer to stay in Wasagaming area at night, The Wigwam has a good lounge. No cover charge and the occasional karaoke night make it a good time, usually the 18-30 crowd will start their night there before heading to the Southgate.
Riding Mountain National Park is a safe area to visit, however, common sense is required. Key safety concerns in the park include:
Be careful when doing outdoor activities during the winter time as temperature can reach as low as -40°C so check local television/radio when going out.
All-inclusive Black Bear Watching and Wildlife Viewing Packages