PARKS CANADA NEWS AND INFORMATION
RMNP campground gets major upgrade: Wasagaming locale features more oTENTiks, renovated facilities, and improved sites
South Mountain Press, May 8, 2015
Visitors to Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP) will notice some significant changes this summer.
In the ever-popular Wasagaming Campground, 20 additional oTENTiks have been added to meet the increasing demand for this style of comfort camping. The perfect combination of a tent and an A-frame cabin, Parks Canada oTENTiks create a spacious spot for visitors to enjoy the beauty of Riding Mountain National Park. Further improvements in Wasagaming Campground include eight renovated washroom buildings and over 200 improved sites, with plans to provide water and electrical service to over 130 existing sites for the 2016 camping season. The campground improvements were made possible by $2.7 million in federal funding announced in December.
HIGHWAY 10 RESURFACING
The federal government also announced $39 million for the resurfacing of Highway 10 through RMNP, with work set to be this spring. This work will improve safety for visitors, enhance tourism for local communities and businesses, and promote wildlife viewing and sightseeing along one of Manitoba’s most scenic highways.
“Our Government is committed to Riding Mountain National Park’s natural and cultural wonders and has devoted energy to protect, present and promote the park and the beautiful Parkland region,” said Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette in a recent press release. “The expected results from all of these efforts is good news for this region and the province of Manitoba. We are looking forward to an exciting 2015 season.”
On the conservation front, Parks Canada is implementing the Deep Lake prescribed burn on approximately 10,000 acres of grassland and aspen parkland in the west end of the park this spring. With the goal of preventing the loss of grasslands through aspen invasion and eliminating unnatural fuel accumulation, this prescribed burn will be part of a partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, one of Canada’s best known and leading conservation organizations.
Riding Mountain National Park’s full complement of visitor services are available starting on the May long weekend. Visitors are encouraged to check the park’s website for upcoming events at www.pc.gc.ca/riding.
Online campground reservation can be made at www.reservations.pc.gc.ca.
Parks Canada has resurfaced all 4 North Shore circles!!
The RMNP Wishing Well Bridge is finally safe for vehicle traffic after ten long years!
It was closed in 2004 when an inspection report determined the bridge beams were rotten.
This Fall 2014, Park staff constructed a new bridge deck, incorporating the existing historic masonry arches, from an engineer approved drawing and today, October 17, 2014 the bridge is open to vehicle traffic.
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