“welcome to 3,000 km2 of possiblity”
Welcome to 3000 km2 of possibilities, where the boreal forest, the aspen parkland, and the fescue prairie greet visitors of all ages and abilities. Our welcoming community and pristine wilderness will help you to reconnect with the best of Manitoba and Canada, and offer you a vast array of opportunities for relaxation, laughter, discovery, and fun. Riding Mountain National Park is a national park in Manitoba, Canada. The park sits atop the Manitoba Escarpment. Consisting of a protected area 2,969 km2 (1,146 sq mi), the forested parkland stands in sharp contrast to the surrounding prairie farmland. The park is home to wolves, moose, elk, black bears, hundreds of bird species, countless insects and a captive bison herd. It is most easily reached by Highway 10 which passes through the park. The south entrance is at the townsite of Wasagaming, which is the only commercial centre within the park boundaries. The park was first protected in 1929 and had much of its public infrastructure created during the 1930s by labourers participating in Canada's great depression relief programs. Much of this early construction survives to this day. During World War II it was home to a prisoner of war camp which has since been dismantled. In 1986, Riding Mountain was designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. Riding Mountain National Park is easily accessible by car and bus from centres to the north and south. Highway 10 connects Brandon, 95 km to the south, with Wasagaming and continues to Dauphin, 13 km beyond the north border of the Park. From the east, Highway 19 enters the park through the scenic escarpment region. The nearest commercial airports are at Dauphin and Brandon, and the nearest International Airport is located in Winnipeg. An airport for small planes is located at Erickson, just south of the park. To enter Riding Mountain National Park by motor vehicle, a permit is required and can be purchased at the park gates when entering the park. Moose, elk, deer, beaver, porcupine, loon, grey wolf, cougar, 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 enclosure located near Lake Audy.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.
Always felt like home here, so many good memories!
Not a place we’d choose any other time of year. Campsite was okay but no sooner were we set up in the most remote site in the unserviced bay, a small RV pulled in just around the bay. That was okay, they were quiet; but then a horde pulled up with a passel of kids of ages toddler to teenagers from the US. Too busy, too noisy and too close. They were quiet enough after dark but the whole time they were awake they were loud.
Wasagaming was as pretty as we remembered but a little busy for us. We strolled to the harbour and out to the marina in the evening and Den took some great photos before we went back to our site. The following day we took a little drive up to the Wishing Well, then out to the Lake Audy Bison enclosure where we actually saw a lot of bison.
Big bison, Small bison and plenty of bison poop. On the way out we stopped at the bison interpretive centre, which, strangely enough, is in an area the bison can move through freely and looked at the life-cycle pavilion.
Because we had a one day permit for the park, we then drove to Whirlpool lake campground, which is a lovely unserviced area that would make a great canoe set off point, with some PERFECT hammock friendly sites.
It’s too bad the day passes are only for a calendar day. We pulled in at 3:00pm on Tuesday and had to leave by 1:00 Wednesday. Not even 24 hours. I wouldn’t call the day pass any kind of value.
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