Discover Riding Mountain National Park this visitor season!

News release

June 25, 2019                                Wasagaming, MB                            Parks Canada Agency

Whether you’re looking for adventure, fun science activities for the whole family, a chance to explore history, or a break from the everyday, Parks Canada has 450 000 km² of protected areas with countless unique experiences to suit your needs.

Riding Mountain National Park offers daily interpretive programming throughout the summer, such as Paddle Clear Lake, campfire evenings for families and adults with topics ranging from bear safety to Indigenous culture, and the ever popular townsite tour for adults, Wasagaming on Edge. This summer we are also offering two Heritage Camping Experiences where participants will have the opportunity to be immersed in Anishinabe culture while riding on horseback, learning to raise a tipi, and falling asleep under the ancient starry sky.

Staying the night? We’ve got you covered! Beginning at the end of June, Riding Mountain National Park will be offering new oTENTiks at Lake Audy and Moon Lake. Visitors can make their reservation by calling 204-848-7275.

A number of special events will also be held throughout the season to allow visitors to discover nature and connect with history.

Parks Canada is committed to a system of national heritage places that recognizes and honours the contributions of Indigenous peoples, their histories and cultures, as well as the special relationships Indigenous peoples have with traditional lands and waters. In the spirit of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, on July 1, Riding Mountain National Park is hosting Indigenous Voices From Our Homeland. This event will highlight and share resoundingly beautiful, honest, heartfelt, and resilient voices of Indigenous and Anishinabe peoples from our homeland. Visitors are invited to join us for live entertainment from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. hosted by Tracy Bone featuring Indigenous artists iskwē, Leonard Sumner, and a songwriters circle highlighting emerging artists from Treaty 2 territory. Riding Mountain is in the heart of Treaty 2 territory and Parks Canada and the Anishinabe are partners in conserving Riding Mountain’s natural and cultural heritage and sharing the stories of this treasured place.

September will also be a fun filled month in Riding Mountain National Park, starting off with our Dark Sky weekend from August 30 to September 2. Following this, Pride celebration weekend will kick off on September 6 with free programming for all. Visitors are encouraged to come to the family dance party and celebrate diversity!

To make the most of their Parks Canada experience, visitors are encouraged to plan their trip in advance, by visiting the Parks Canada website and signing up for the e-newsletter, to be among the first to find out about new and noteworthy events and activities, special offers, trip planning ideas and much more – all delivered directly to their inboxes! Visitors can also download the Parks Canada’s mobile application, and follow Parks Canada on social media for destination inspiration and to help plan their perfect visit.

Parks Canada places belong to all Canadians. That is why the Government of Canada is pleased to continue to offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for youth aged 17 and under. By encouraging young people to discover nature and connect with history, we can help to inspire the next generation of stewards for these protected places.

In celebration of diversity, Parks Canada continues to offer free admission to new Canadian citizens for one year through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Canoo mobile app. Visiting Parks Canada’s national heritage places is a great way for Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and heritage.

Parks Canada staff at Riding Mountain National Park are excited to welcome new and returning guests to experience everything that the Riding Mountain National Park has to offer.


“Warm weather is finally here. It’s the perfect time to head back outside and reconnect with the places we love. Parks Canada has so many wonderful places where Canadians and visitors to Canada can explore our wilderness and learn about our culture and history. The Government of Canada is pleased to offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for young people, 17 and under. So let’s get outdoors, visit our national parks, historic sites, or marine conservation areas, taking advantage of discovering the places in Canada we love best.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna

Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • The Parks Canada Discovery Pass provides unlimited admission for a full year to Parks Canada places across the country. Canadians are encouraged to order their 2019 Discovery Passes online, or visit Parks Canada or partner retailer locations.

  • The latest Parks Canada app update makes trip planning for Parks Canada locations across the country even easier for first time visitors. Visitors can now find Learn-to Camp content in the app and can obtain information on proper camping equipment, tips, and recipes. Visitors can even plan their entire trip itinerary and create a camping checklist.

  • Canada’s network of protected areas play an important role in helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change by protecting and restoring healthy, resilient ecosystems and contributing to the recovery of species at risk.

  • Visitor safety is important to Parks Canada. Visitors can do their part by getting informed and being prepared by planning an activity and sharing that information with a friend or family before they begin. Learn about the wildlife in the park/site you will be visiting to help us keep wildlife wild by checking out our top ten tips:

  • Enter Parks Canada’s Discover Canada contest for a chance to win an amazing trip to Canada’s North- Yukon! In collaboration with our proud partners: MEC, CIBC Air Canada, and Air North.

  • The possession and consumption of cannabis is now legal and is strictly regulated in Canada. For more information about cannabis in Canada, please visit: 

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Trish Johnston
Public Relations and Communications Officer, Riding Mountain National Park

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency

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