Riding Mountain National Park is undoubtedly one of the most visited destinations during summer. Like most of you, we just love driving out of the city to enjoy a sunny weekend at Wasagaming and areas surrounding Clear Lake.
Last month, we decided to be a bit more adventurous and drive out to Riding Mountain National Park for a winter escape. The mild -10C temperatures and blue skies made for a great outdoor experience as we walked through an empty townsite, except for the Lake House.
The drive to Riding Mountain National Park is an easy 3-hour drive from Winnipeg. As we drove past the closed park gates, we were met with a scenic winter landscape as we drove through Wasagaming. A blanket of snow has transformed the place. But the atmosphere of adventure is never whited out. It was even more inviting to embark on new ones that we know the park already got us covered for.
We drove to the lake before anything else. The drive itself felt different. It was magical. Driving through the streets with cottages covered in snow felt like we were in a Christmas Village. Though most if not all of the cottages and houses were closed for the season, the spirit of nature and adventure is prevalent with some wildlife sighting and people walking and skiing on trails.
Elkhorn Resort was where were spent the weekend and managed to squeeze in the most relaxing massage at Solstice Spa. The remainder of the evening was spent enjoying the hotel’s amenities like swimming, dipping in the outdoor hot tub and practically taking pictures of all our activities. We skipped the outdoor bonfire and decided to stay in our pajamas and watch movies old school on a DVD player.
On Sunday, we checked out the Lake House which is another destination that is open during the season and that day for the Holiday Market featuring some great local vendors.
A trip to Riding Mountain National Park isn’t complete until you take in the spectacular view from the north side of Clear Lake near the entrance to the Clear Lake Golf Course. It was a picture perfect scene for a family selfie to capture the beauty of our national park.
Other winter activities include groomed trails for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and embark on variety of trails while enjoying the nature and spotting some wildlife.
Our weekend winter escape at Riding Mountain National Park was definitely one for the books. It made us realize that winter is indeed awesome in Manitoba. We are set to book a campsite as they open their booking on January 14, ready to take on more adventure in this place where magic does not stop.
Photos by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal