WINNIPEG, Man. — There’s something special about Riding Mountain National Park in the fall. Everything from the fallen leaves and light chill in the air, to the peacefulness of the Wasagaming townsite as businesses and cottages close up for the season.
A trip down Highway 10 to Clear Lake is often met with bouts of spotty cell phone reception in anticipation of sharing such lake-side moments with friends and family.
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.
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.