Nature and science
Riding Mountain National Park
Riding Mountain National Park includes expanses of boreal (northern) forest, a strip of eastern deciduous forest along the foot of the escarpment, huge meadows of rough fescue grasslands in its west end, and significant tracts of marsh and river-bottom wetland. This area of wilderness surrounded by agriculture is home to wolves, moose, elk, black bear, hundreds of bird species, countless insects and a captive bison herd.
Human activities conducted on the territory prior to the creation of the park have had a deep impact on the status of its ecosystems.
Discover unique features
Come discover this natural environment for yourself – you’ll see why it was so critical to protect it and why this territory warranted being designated a national park.
The aquatic environments and diversified forest makes the park a habitat for a multitude of animals.
There are three types of forest ecosystems present in Riding Mountain National Park: aspen parkland, boreal forest, and eastern deciduous. The park is a unique area where eastern ecosystems meet western ones and northern ecosystems meet those of the south, and you can see this not only in the vegetation, but also by observing birds and mammals.
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