As camping season nears, Riding Mountain National Park is preparing for an influx of visitors.
The park is offering several new programs for campers this year, including its oTENTik tent, learn-to-camp activities for new Canadians, and the campground host program.
The oTENTik is a spacious wood and canvas framed structure that sleeps six people on two queen size and one double size sleeping platforms. Campers only need to bring sleeping bags, food and cooking utensils. The rental rate is $70 per night for the 10 oTENTiks in the Wasagaming Campground.
The Learn-to-Camp weekends for New Canadians aims to provide an opportunity to try a “typically Canadian” first-time camping experience for young families and new Canadians while learning about camping basics. Events scheduled in June, July and August will feature workshops that will focus on camping related skills such as how to set up a tent, and how to cook in the great outdoors.
Finally, campground hosts are trained volunteers who stay at the outlying campgrounds during summer and are available to answer visitors’ questions, and share information about special events, interpretive programs, and local attractions.