9 Magical Moments At Riding Mountain NP

9 Magical Moments At Riding Mountain NP

The lesser known Riding Mountain National Park is one of Canada’s secret inland treasures. A few hours drive from Winnipeg, Riding Mountain NP was our first wildlife stop on our ‘100 Day Ultimate Canadian Road Trip.’ Despite being easily accessible it was surprisingly incredible, teeming with Canadian wildlife and full of adventure.

Just to prove it here are 9 incredible moments we caught on camera while spending a long weekend in the park before we further explore Manitoba.

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1. A beaver heading home at sunset

 

On the south-eastern tip of Lake Audy we caught the bobbing head of this beaver swimming towards the dropping sun, he ignored our presence concentrating only upon lugging this branch back home.

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2. Bison taking an afternoon feed

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Baby Bison

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A 45 minute drive north west of Wasagaming is Riding Mountain NP’s bison reserve. Hiding from the midday heat these muscly beasts, that can reach speeds of up to 50km/hr, only appear when its a comfortable temperature to graze and frolic in.

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3. Geese disturbing the peace at first light

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Since Riding Mountain NP is scattered with lakes it is not uncommon to be able to see its picturesque landscape twice over, reflected by the waters stagnant surface. Even more beautiful is watching geese or ducks create the first ripples upon the canvas.

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4. Black bears appearing on the roadside to feed on berries.

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Early in the morning black bears can be found breaching the forest perimeters in search of berries. This provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to view a majestic Canadian animal from the seat of your car.

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5. A ground squirrel on the prowl

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The day through you can catch these rodents bouncing between patches of grass but getting to see one up close is much more difficult. This one we found in the scrublands close to our campsite in Wasagaming, he seemed content to pose for us.

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6. A walk through a pristine Boreal Forest

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Just north of Tanner Lake on Highway 10 is a 1km loop through pristine boreal forest. The texture of the long grasses and conifers is utterly enticing as is the echo of birds and insects that surround you.

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7. Sunset over South Lake

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South Lake is a few kilometers south of Wasagaming and Riding Mountain’s entrance, the red sun sets beyond its shores and its surface reflects every hue and contour of the sky.

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8. A clear view of the prairie lands that surround Riding Mountain

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On a clear day hiking Bald hill or the J.E.T forest trails leads to incredible views over the vast prairies that define typical Manitoban and Saskatchewan landscapes.

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9. Deers feeding with their, well… Bambi 😀

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Deers grazing at dawn and dusk are especially lovable in the summer months as they are accompanied by their young.

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Explore Manitoba further or return to our  ‘Ultimate Canadian Road Trip‘ guide

 

 

 

Written by

Rebecca Mayoll is a ‘just turned 30’ freelance writer and photographer from England. She is the co-founder and author of straightondetour.com, a travel website with the mantra ‘find your own adventure.’ Promoting adventurous destinations, independent travel and giving a humorous insight to the World of travel is what Becky does best.

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