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A new kind of camping
Riding Mountain National Park’s Wasagaming Campground gives you a huge variety of places to camp, depending on what you’re looking for. It has everything from basic unserviced sites and oTENTiks (which are great for families) to fully serviced sites, yurts and micro-cubes. Reservations are highly recommended during peak season and the structured shelters are popular, so book early.
What’s a micro-cube, you ask? It’s like you’re camping in a tiny house. This 10-metre-square option is a pilot project that Parks Canada started in 2016. Available May through October, it gives two adults a totally different way to camp (rainy weekends won’t be a problem) along with killer views – one wall of the structure is a panoramic window.
Activities for every mood
There are a ton of options near the campground to keep everyone busy. Consider renting a SUP or kayak, snorkelling in Clear Lake, or walking the paths along the lake’s shoreline. Feeling competitive? There aren’t many campgrounds that give you the chance to put your putting skills to the test, but this one does. The Adventure Mini Golf course also teaches you the history of the park as you play.
If you’re looking for downtime after a full day, the log cabin theatre plays movies and there are even a few shops to check out (including spots to get ice cream).
Explore the trails
Riding Mountain offers a variety of hiking trails throughout the park. If you’ve got kids along, try the Ominik Marsh trail. It’s an easy 1.9km loop the whole family can enjoy. If you’ve got more time, energy and hiking gear, you can tackle the 17km Grey Owl’s Cabin, an intermediate return hike, or try the more difficult Gorge Creek. This hike is shorter at only 12.8km return, but here you’ll find more elevation gain and slightly more technical terrain.
From bears and beavers to great grey owls, packs of wolves, and herds of bison and much, much more, Riding Mountain has lots of local residents. Be aware and be bear smart when you’re exploring.
Find the red chairs
To get campers checking out more of the park, Riding Mountain set up a scavenger hunt of sorts in as part of Parks Canada’s Red Chair Program. The park placed eight sets of red Muskoka chairs at various scenic places throughout the park. Some chairs are easy to spot, others require more backcountry exploration. You can print a map that lists their locations or have a little GPS fun with the UTM coordinates listed on the site.
Make sure to snap a photo of any you find along your journey, and have a seat to take it in the view.