Wasagaming (Riding Mountain Nat'l Park) in Clear Lake

Dubbya

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Aug 2, 2011
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Steinbach, MB
Plenty of full-service, water/electrical/electrical only or unserviced (boondock) sites. Many of the full service sites will be back-in or pull-through, depending on which bay you book your site in.

Though many of the sites aren't very private, the CG as a whole appears well treed and the CG has modern restrooms complete with showers. You'd do well to book your site(s) online and well in advance as they book up quickly each year.

Roads within the CG are paved with fresh asphalt and sites are of a reasonable size and fairly level. Fire pits are elevated on posts and smallish. They're less than perfect for cooking on as they're wobbly and crooked. Meh, they're there and usable but not exactly what one might have hoped for if you have a group roasting marshmallows and making s'mores.

Many of the picnic shelters and outbuildings in the CG and throughout the park are in need of repair but they're there and available for public use.

CG security is run by a contract company but problems are few and, though the CG's are busy, they keep the place safe and quiet after 11:00pm. You will notice signs all over the restrooms forbidding things like plugging in crock pots, kettles in the bathrooms or dish washing in the sinks, though I see where it might be necessary due to the group campers and large families who pitching tents.

You'll need to dump gray water at the CG's RV dump but it's easy enough to get to and you'll need to buy firewood which is available across the road from the CG office.

They do seem to have a recurring issue with black bears and post warnings and do trap them. We didn't see any bears at all anywhere in the park but did see a few deer.

There's no shortage of things to do. You won't find a ton of hiking trails in the park but Clear Lake (within walking distance of the CG) is like a scaled-back version of Banff with plenty of shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream shops, candy stores, a small grocery store, boutique shops, the park museum and gardens (the kids love this place), a theater, and for fresh cinnamon buns at the White House Bakery (if you can get near it in the morning).

There's also a public beach and pier to walk along at the marina adjacent to it where you can rent kayaks, paddle boards, peddle boats, canoes, etc.

If you're looking for a night on the town, be sure to make a reservation for dinner at TJ McCoys Restaurant as it's a small place that packs out quickly. The menu is somewhat eclectic, focusing mainly on a small selection of Italian dishes but everything on it is absolutely delicious and the service is quite good.

All in all, we've camped here three times and it's been enjoyable every time. Be sure to shower after swimming at the beach though.

Check out the National Parks website for more information or to make reservations.
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/mb/riding/activ/activ2/activ2_i.aspx?gccf=true
 

jnbarrett

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Mar 30, 2022
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Winnipeg, MB
You won't find a ton of hiking trails in the park but Clear Lake (within walking distance of the CG) is like a scaled-back version of Banff with plenty of shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream shops, candy stores, a small grocery store, boutique shops, the park museum and gardens (the kids love this place), a theater, and for fresh cinnamon buns at the White House Bakery (if you can get near it in the morning).

There are lots of hiking trails in RMNP as well as mountain biking trails.

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/mb/riding/visit/activ4/etat-sentiers-trail-conditions

Also, be sure to check out the historical East Gate and the former Mount Agassiz Ski Area (I was involved in trying to get it revived - sadly they tore everything out and turned it into a day use area). The interpretive centre / park office also sometimes offers "scavenger hunt" kits for kids.

The water quality at Clear Lake has improved significantly due to upgrades to their waste water treatment (it was aged and leaching into the lake in former years creating nasty conditions late summer in the hot months).

In the park (in Wasagaming and short drives from) are a lot of historical sites included Grey Owl's Cabin and the remains of a POW camp where they cut wood (not much left except some foundations and an incenerator).

Happy travels!
 




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