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Watchable Wildlife Manitoba

Riding Mountain National Park

Photo by Robert R. Taylor


Riding Mountain is one of our spectacular national parks. Its 297,300 hectares of mixed habitats is perched on a dramatic rise of land called the Manitoba Escarpment.

Start your wildlife watching adventure at the park’s visitor centre where you can pick up information on the best wildlife viewing areas, the 400 kilometres of trails, and rent a Marsh Kit to explore Ominnik Marsh. Be sure to visit the bison at Lake Audy where there is an exhibit and viewing platform. In autumn, listen for elk bugling. You can also hear wolves howling and coyotes yipping in the backcountry at night. The park’s diverse habitats make it a popular spot for birders.

Riding Mountain National Park has some of our most diverse wildlife watching opportunities.

Don’t Miss

  • Lake Audy bison enclosure, also a great place for elk bugling in the fall


  • Boreal forest
  • Eastern deciduous forest
  • Rough fescue grasslands
  • Lake
  • Marsh
  • Riverbottom wetland

Site Specialties


Highway 10 in western Manitoba bisects Riding Mountain National Park. You can enter from the south or north end of the park. The park can also be accessed by Highway 19 off Highway 5.

Cautionary Notes

You are in black bear country. See the Parks Canada website for restrictions.


Daily or seasonal passes available at the park gate

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