2017 Riding Mountain National Park Announcement Grand total investment*: $5.9M

Backgrounder

Riding Mountain National Park      

With 3,000 square kilometres of protected lands, Riding Mountain National Park is Manitoba’s oldest national park. Its forests and grasslands are home to wolves, moose, elk, black bears, hundreds of bird species, and a bison herd that can be visited at Lake Audy. The park and its townsite of Wasagaming, with its resort-like amenities, provide a popular destination for more than 300,000 visitors each year. Riding Mountain National Park is also part of the traditional territory of the Anishinabe people with seven First Nation communities in the region.

In 1986, Riding Mountain National Park, along with surrounding municipalities, was designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve. It is a major tourism destination and recreational resource for the Province of Manitoba.           

           

List of projects:        

Project name: Riding Mountain National Park - Conservation of Heritage Buildings

Estimated total: $2.7M

Project description: Twelve Federal Heritage Buildings, registered under the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office will be improved as part of this project. Work will focus on stabilizing such things as foundations, logs, stone masonry, roofs and other key building exterior components. Additionally, drainage, moisture control and ventilation will be addressed in these buildings, where required.

     

Project name: Riding Mountain National Park - Visitor Centre Renewal

Estimated total: $3.2M

Project description: This project will renew Riding Mountain National Park's Visitor Centre offering new exhibits that will tell the full cultural and natural history of the park. Improvements will be made to the layout of the Visitor Reception Area, to ensure it meets both accessibility and ergonomic standards, and to have the park Gift Shop moved into the main lobby area. Additionally, new technologies will be incorporated into the multi-purpose theatre which will accommodate live performances, interpretive programs and small group bookings.

 

* Please note that the sum of individual project values may not equal the grand total indicated at the top of this document due to standard rounding errors.

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