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Riding Mountain National ParkRiding Mountain

Located approximately 100km north of Brandon, Riding Mountain National Park is a pocket of wilderness, which contains 3,000km-squared of rugged nature just waiting to be explored.

Riding Mountain National Park is one of only five national parks that has a resort town site. Although small in size, the picturesque town of Wasagaming is big in charm and character. Wasagaming is located along the shore of Clear Lake, a town which bustles on busy summer days, is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, boat rentals and a beach to name a few. Music, picnics, and special events are always taking place. The original Parks Canada Visitor Centre remains, built in the Rustic Design tradition of the 1930s, reminding us of the early days of Canada’s national parks system. The aesthetic can also be seen in the East Gate Registration Complex National Historic Site on the eastern side of the park. 

Wildlife is abundant in Riding Mountain National Park, and by simply driving through the park you are likely to spot a variety of species from black bear, elk, moose, fox, and lynx all call the park home. Only a short drive away from Wasagaming you can go on your own Canadian safari to Lake Audy where approximately 30 bison live in an enclosure. 

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 anyone’s needs. Wasagaming Campground features over 400 serviced and unserviced sites and is a short walk from town. Riding Mountain National Park has also 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 up to six people. The outdoor lodgings come complete with a table and seating for six people, deck, picnic table, barbecue, fire pit, and wood stove for those cold nights. All that’s needed on this hassle-free holiday are sleeping bags, food, and cooking utensils. In addition to the oTENTiks in Wasagaming Campground, there is a yurt for rent that accommodates five people. 

The park has four other unserviced front country campgrounds suitable for RVs and tents on Lake Audy, Moon Lake, Whirlpool Lake, and Deep Lake. Groups can enjoy one of three group camping options that are ideal for family reunions, birthdays, weddings, or any special event. 

Finally, for those seeking a challenging yet rewarding experience, Riding Mountain National Park has 19 backcountry campsites located around the park on maintained trails. Becoming one with nature is easy in Riding Mountain National Park and with over 400 km of trails there is always something new to discover. The trail system offers scenic routes for hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and birding. 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. 

Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or inspiration, Riding Mountain National Park has something to offer everyone. One visit and you’ll quickly realize why it’s considered the jewel of the province.

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Rivers Provincial Park

Made up of 38 hectares of mixed grass prairie, this park is situated by Lake Wahtopanah. The lake, a reservoir created by damming the Little Saskatchewan River, was named after the native word “watopapinah” meaning “canoe people”. The community of Rivers was named after Sir Charles River Wilson, Chairman of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Board of Directors. The park is home to a popular beach and provides ample fishing for pike, walleye and perch.

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Spruce Woods Provincial Park

This park offers a unique sand dune environment where endangered wildlife species such as Western Hognose Snake and Northern Prairie Skinks can be found. Interpretive and hiking trails lead across rolling hills, mixed grass prairie, through white spruce and deciduous forest and to the eerie spring fed ponds of the Devil’s Punchbowl. The park features camping facilities, unsupervised beach, horseback riding trails, interpretive programs and special events throughout the summer. For winter enthusiasts, the park has an extensive system of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobile trails as well as an outdoor skating oval, rink and toboggan hill. Interpretive events are held throughout the winter as well.

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Turtle Mountain Provincial Park

A large block of deciduous forest and more than 200 lakes and wetlands straddle the international boundary in Southwest Manitoba. This is in fact the first part of Manitoba to dry after the glaciers receded. Rising 245 metres above the prairie, this rolling terrain is popular amongst avid mountain bike enthusiasts. Its abundant wildlife includes; white-tailed deer, moose, waterfowl, songbirds and its namesake Western Painted Turtles. The park offers a wealth of recreational activities from skiing, skating, tobogganing and snowmobiling in the winter. Hiking, cycling and canoeing in the summer.

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William Lake Provincial Park

William Lake Provincial Park is located to the east of Turtle Mountain Provincial Park. A challenging yet rewarding hike up the Turtle’s Back Trail provides you with a spectacular panoramic view of Southwest Manitoba. It passes through Turtle Mountain Community Pasture, which offers you a glimpse at where livestock roam and graze. The lake is well-liked by windsurfing enthusiasts because of its round shape, clear water and gas-motor restrictions. It is stocked with Brown Trout making it a favourite for anglers. There is also a swimming and beach area.

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