Safety and guidelines

Riding Mountain National Park

For Your Safety

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Visitor safety is one of our primary concerns but you are responsible for your own safety. We hope the following tips will help make your holiday safe and enjoyable.


For general information on how to stay safe when enjoying the outdoors visit

  • Use caution when lighting and maintaining campfires. Ensure the fire grate is always closed and never leave your fire unattended.  
  • Respect all posted speed limits . They are necessary for your safety and the safety of the wildlife.
  • Store food in food storage containers now located at all primitive campsites throughout the Park. If you are tenting near your vehicle, store your food in a cooler and put it in the trunk of your car.
  • Use fish-scaling tables where available. This confines the scent, which may attract bears, and fish remains to one area away from your campsite.
  • Put garbage away . Use the bear-proof garbage containers located in Wasagaming and all of the camping and picnic areas. If in the backcountry, burn or carry out your garbage and leave the site clean for someone else's use and enjoyment.
  • Do not feed or approach bears, bison or other wildlife. You are in Bear Country brochures are available at most Park facilities.
  • Buddy up and let someone know when and where you are going into the backcountry and when you expect to return. If at all possible, do not go into the backcountry by yourself.
  • Bison are wild animals and can be dangerous, so please do not get out of your vehicle unless you are at the Bison Exhibit.
  • During all seasons, especially winter, park visitors are responsible for their own safety and must be self-sufficient in dealing with any emergency that may occur. Cell phone service is unreliable in the backcountry of RMNP

Your safety is important to us!

You can do your part by being prepared. Plan your activity and share that information with a friend or family before you begin.

To prepare for a safe and enjoyable trip, visit the website for the park, historic site or marine conservation area you plan to visit.

Seasonal safety

Safety topics

Related links

Ten tips to respect wildlife and stay safe!

In case of emergency:

Dial 911. Cell coverage is limited in Riding Mountain National Park

Administration Building: 204-848-7275

Parks Canada Dispatch: 1-877-852-3100

Local RCMP: 204-848-2442


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