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Canada's Riding Mountain National Park invites you to a comfortable camping

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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Riding Mountain National Park offers a huge variety of places to camp. It has everything from basic unserviced sites and oTENTiks (ideal for families) to fully serviced sites, yurts and Micro-Cubes.

riding mountain park camping microcubeNew for 2018 is the Micro-Cube, available from May through October. The Micro-Cube is roughly 10-metre-square and offers an up-close with nature experience by virtue of a panoramic window that makes up one side of the cube. The Micro-Cube is a contemporary design for two adults with a double bed, two chairs, and a table. Visitors need to bring their own cooking equipment and bedding. The cube is not heated and cooking is prohibited inside the accommodation.

OTENTiks provided by Parks Canada can also be found in the Wasagaming campground in Riding Mountain National Park.  OTENTik, designed and made in Canada, is an A-frame shelter that is a cross between a cabin and a roomy prospector tent, with raised floors and sleeping platform for up to 6 people.  Each oTENTik has basic furniture and a battery-powered lamp inside, with a fire pit, propane barbecue and picnic table outside.  Some are winterised with heater and wood stove.

Both the Micro-Cube and oTENTiks are close to all the amenities of Wasagaming townsite and Clear Lake. Nearby are showers and a kitchen shelter, so visitors can bring all the cooking utensils they like, but really only a sleeping bag is needed.

Riding Mountain is rare in the way that it's one of only five national parks that has a resort town. Although small in size, the picturesque town of Wasagaming is big in charm and character. Located along the shores of Clear Lake, Wasagaming townsite is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, beach, golf course, tennis courts, lawn bowling and boat rentals.

Riding Mountain National Park is 3000 km2 of wilderness surrounded by farmland, Wildlife is abundant in Riding Mountain, and by simply driving through the park various species can be seen. Black bear, elk, moose, and lynx all call the park home as well as approximately 30 plains bison that live in an enclosure by Lake Audy.  An extensive trail system offers scenic routes for hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and birding.

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