PLAY LIKE LOCALS!
Non-motorized transportation is your ticket to amazing experiences on the many kilometres of trails and spectacular vistas awaiting you in Riding Mountain National Park. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skate-skiing, traction kiting, and sleigh rides will take you to places that are deeply moving and beautiful. Connect with nature and with yourself when you embrace winter and all the rewarding ways you can interact with the season.
Whether your interests are wildlife viewing, active pursuits, contemplation and rejuvenation, or sampling the food, arts and culture of the area, nothing gives you a better foundation than time spent in Riding Mountain National Park. You will soon see how the rich diversity of this amazing place shapes the people who live here as well as those who visit.
Awaken your senses, chart your own course, grab onto life…visit Riding Mountain!
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING:
With 18 cross-country ski trails in the park, all groomed by volunteer trail stewards, there are many kilometres of excellent skiing available. Lights will be left on in the Wasagaming Campground which provides exceptional opportunities for the thrill of night skiing.
Riding Mountain Parkway (Hwy 10) Ski Trails:
Norgate Road (Hwy 19) Ski Trails:
Agassiz Ski Hill Entrance Trails:
Deep Lake Area Ski Trails:
There are 43 kilometres of groomed snowshoe trails, as well as the unlimited possibilities that await you when you set out “off trail,” including the challenge of snowshoeing Mt Agassiz. This is one of the fastest growing winter adventure sports in North America. Riding Mountain’s snow conditions and 6 designated snowshoe trails make it one of the best places to snowshoe in Manitoba:
Arrowhead Trail – 3.4 km
Baydak Lake Trail – 5 km
Bead Lakes Trail – 4 km
Brûlé Trail – 2.1 km (short loop) or 4.2 km (long loop)
Moon Lake Trail – 9.2 km
North Escarpment Trail – 17.6 km
Cairns Cabin and other backcountry campsites are available by reservation (call 204-848-7275).
Cairns Cabin is 14.4 km from the southern trailhead of the Ochre River Trail (parking lot on the Riding Mountain Parkway) and accessible on cross-country skis. It comes equipped with a wood stove, sleeping platforms, outdoor fire-pit and outdoor toilet. Advance reservation required.
Backcountry Campsites are also available by reservation. Each is equipped with a fire-pit, firewood, pit privy, picnic table and a food storage container. Local guides can assist with trip planning and equipment rentals [link to Clusters page].
Random Camping is also available for those who prefer the road less travelled. Campers can choose a place to camp anywhere in the park and are asked to register themselves in and out with the park office.
Ice fishing is permitted on Clear Lake and Lake Audy. A national park fishing license may be purchased at the Administration Office for RMNP or from the Elkhorn Resort, Friends of Riding Mountain Learning Centre in Wasagaming, and the Lake Audy District Station.
Wind, open space and rock-free snow-covered terrain make Clear Lake an ideal location for traction kiting.
The park is surrounded by vibrant rural communities that will be your home base for exploration and discovery…places like Onanole, Wasagaming, Kelwood, McCreary, and Dauphin that offer quality accommodation and dining, expert guide services, as well as a wide array of authentic cultural and recreational experiences including performances, art exhibits, festivals and other special events.
RIDING MOUNTAIN – SEASONS OF MANITOBA:
These are just some of the reasons you will fall in love with winter in Riding Mountain National Park in winter and come back time and time again. All of these communities and activities are located within a one-hour driving radius of Wasagaming/Clear Lake.