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.
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.
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.
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.
Riding Mountain National Park continues to make the most of winter with a slew of activities running into February.
Winter Adventure Weekend, running February 7-9 in Clear Lake, includes horse-drawn wagon rides, a boot hockey tournament, Clear Lake Winter Olympics, maple syrup rolling, snowshoeing, scavenger hunts, tobogganing and the popular Valentine’s skate at the Elkhorn Resort’s skating rink.
“Hibernation is for bears. We like to face winter with enthusiasm and a sense of adventure,” said George Hartlen, CAO of Friends of RMNP. “Getting outside together’ is our theme this year. There are so many ways to enjoy our longest season, and it adds to the fun when you get out there and take part with friends and family.”
Repairs to infrastructure following the 2011 flood are still underway in Riding Mountain National Park.
Federal funding of $5.7 million has assisted the park to facilitate the repairs, which weren’t just limited to the townsite of Wasagaming.
“It’s important we do everything we can to protect and maintain national parks, like Riding Mountain,” said Dauphin — Swan River — Marquette MP Robert Sopuck.
“The improvements to the damaged infrastructure resulting from the flooding were of vital importance for the safety and enjoyment of our visitors and crucial to the overall health of the delicate ecosystems in the park.”
The first-ever Riding Mountain National Park Film Festival is gearing up for its inaugural year.
Spearheaded by young filmmaker and entrepreneur Steve Langston, the festival will run July 16-20, and explore topics surrounding the environmental movement, adventure and travel, local cuisine and other regionally-based themes that Langston believes will interest Manitoba film lovers.
“Until a year ago, I had never been to a film festival, but quickly discovered that they were incredible places to watch movies that delve into the topics I am passionate about, but that are often hard to find in mainstream movie houses,” Langston said.
A 42-year-old man is presumed drowned in Riding Mountain National Park after his canoe capsized on Sunday.
RCMP received a report Sunday morning that the boat had capsized near the northwest shore on Clear Lake.
Two brothers from the Keeseekoowenin First Nation Community were on board at the time, when their watercraft was taken over by high waves.
A 51-year-old man was able to hang on and was rescued by a nearby fisherman. His younger brother could not be found.
Wasagaming RCMP and other local emergency departments are continuing their search today on both the water and shore, but are now treating the operation as a recovery mission.
UPDATE: The man’s body was located on the northwest shore at about 2:40 p.m.
Manitoba RCMP have set up a dedicated tip line and are seeking the public’s help regarding the murder of Sherri Green.
Green was found deceased in a cabin located in the Old Campground area of Clear Lake on September 17, 2009.
Anyone who had contact with Sherri Green on the days prior to her death or have information regarding her death is urged to call (204) 726-7637 or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Members of the RCMP Major Crime Services, along with members of the Wasagaming and Yellowhead RCMP Detachment continue to investigate.
RCMP handout photo