Allyson Potrebka · Jun 9, 2014

Manitoba Staycation – Riding Mountain National Park

On the final day of May Heidi, my best yogi friend, and I spent the day exploring the back roads of Riding Mountain National Park. The park is located in central Manitoba and filled with boreal forest and rolling hills. There’s not really any mountains but on the prairies we’ll take what we can get.

Over the course of the day we visited Whirlpool Lake, Lake Katherine, Downtown Wasagaming and finally set up our picnic at Frith Beach. The smaller lakes located in the hills are the perfect spot to spend a couple days camping, canoeing and watching for wildlife. If you really want to experience time off the grid these spots are perfect (some areas don’t have cell service).

A short drive from the lakes lead us into Wasagaming, the main town at the south end of the park. We only drove through town and along the lake but I know we will be back there again before summer is over. The town is filled with shopping and restaurants with a beautiful view of Clear Lake.

We eventually made our way to Frith Beach to spend some time soaking up the sun. Of course being yogis we couldn’t help but take a few pictures with Clear Lake as our backdrop. It was still early in the season so we had the area to ourselves except for the small group of hikers that passed by and the odd car driving up to the next beach area.

There were campfire pits and picnic tables set up so we picked the spot with the nicest view and cooked ourselves some dinner over the open fire. After dinner we layed on the dock until the sun disappeared behind the trees. It’s so relaxing to listen to the waves lapping against the shore and to hear the birds and animals all around.

We spent most of the day driving around the back roads of the park since we didn’t have a destination in mind. We just kept driving until we found a spot that looked good to us. Heidi had a backroads map with her and I would definitely suggest you have one too if you’re planning on back roading it. When you’re driving through the bush everything looks the same.

Driving through the park makes me feel so grateful for this beautiful area I live in. I can basically step out my front door and see sights like this. The simple life is what feels right for me but if you just want to get away for a few days I hope you come here. Maybe I’ll see you on a gravel road!

Photo Credit (photos 1 and 3) Heidi Rae

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