Riding Mountain National Park will host its first Pride Week celebration later this summer.
But instead of a traditional parade, the park will be celebrating all week, September 5-10.
The federal government is spending $5.9 million on upgrades throughout Riding Mountain National Park, including an overhaul of the visitor centre.
The visitor centre in the heart of Wasagaming, Manitoba will be completely renewed with new exhibits, improvements to the layout of the visitor reception area, and will have its park gift shop moved into the main lobby area. The multi-purpose theatre will see new technologies installed to accommodate live performances, interpretive programs and small group bookings.
Work is underway in Riding Mountain National Park to remove trees planted on native grassland some 50 years ago.
Park officials say the work in the Clear Lake area is to help protect homes, cottages and businesses from wildfire.
Free watercraft inspections are continuing this season at Riding Mountain National Park as Parks Canada works to keep aquatic invasive species, like zebra mussels, out of park waters.
RMNP is reminding visitors that all motorized and non-motorized watercraft entering park waters are required to undergo an inspection.
Vandals are said to be responsible for the destruction of a topiary moose in Riding Mountain National Park.
The moose sat in front of the visitor centre in the Clear Lake townsite before it was recently moved to an intersection a couple blocks north.
The park shared the news on its Facebook page, saying the vandalism occurred sometime overnight Wednesday into Thursday.
Visitors to Riding Mountain National Park this summer are in store for vast improvements.
Parks Canada is introducing new visitor experiences, expanded Indigenous interpretive programming and fat bike rentals.
“We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning visitors for what promises to be an exciting year ahead,” said Richard Dupuis, visitor experience manager with RMNP.
Crews in Riding Mountain National Park are removing trees planted on native grassland to prevent the risk of forest fires.
Work in the Clear Lake area began Friday and is part of a long-term project to protect homes, cottages, and businesses from wildfire since 1990.
“The white spruce plantations were originally planted on native grasslands between 1940 and 1960. As these trees were planted very close together, they are considered to be highly flammable, increasing the threat to property and danger for firefighting crews in the event of a wildfire,” Parks Canada said in a release.
The federal government committed $8.8 million in infrastructure funding to Riding Mountain National Park on Wednesday.
The Canada Day funding announcement was made by Dauphin—Swan River—Marquette MP Robert Sopuck, which will cover rehabilitation and renovations at several locations within and adjacent to the Wasagaming townsite.
After nearly a 10-year closure, the historic Wishing Well Bridge in Riding Mountain National Park has reopened.
The bridge provides visitor access to the day use area located near the Clear Lake Golf Course.
The bridge has been fully repaired and paved by Parks Canada staff, including reinforcements to reduce erosion, and redirecting Bogey Creek to improve water flow, reduce stagnant water and remove sediment to enhance and diversify fish habitat.
“The improvements to this historic and picturesque place ensure that it will continue to be enjoyed for years to come, all while guaranteeing the ecological integrity of Bogey Creek and the nearby Clear Lake,” said Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette MP Robert Sopuck.
Measures are being taken in Riding Mountain National Park to prevent the introduction of zebra mussels.
Parks Canada says all watercraft that enter park waters this season will undergo a free mandatory inspection by park staff, which will be conducted at Clear Lake Boat Cove.
Upgrades to the Boat Cove include new boat launches, a new accessible canoe/kayak launch, silt and sand control for launches, and improved traffic flow for launching, as well as expanded parking.