Boreal Trail Reconstruction

Due to multiple heavy snowstorms late in the winter of 2022, followed by excessive rain fall events in the late spring; infrastructure along the Boreal Trail in Riding Mountain National Park was severely damaged and requires replacement in order to ensure the health and safety of staff and visitors. Riding Mountain National Park is proposing to replace the existing infrastructure for this accessible trail established in the late 1980's, including two pedestrian bridges over Jackfish Creek, up to 4 smaller foot bridges along the trail, a viewing platform and a boardwalk through the fen. The majority of this infrastructure will be replaced within existing footprints and trail corridor to minimize disturbance. In addition, the trail tread will be repaired following the existing corridor using sustainable trail design principles, but it will be widened slightly in some places to meet Parks Canada's accessible trail design standards. Finally, a new viewing area will be installed at the trailhead close to where the former platform was. The existing rest areas along the trail will also have benches replaced with, exact locations still to be determined as part of the overall design and where necessary to meet accessibility guidelines for required rest areas in order to meet accessible trail standards. Construction on the trail tread repairs and trailhead access will commence sometime this fall and throughout the winter. The entire project is expected to be completed Spring of 2024.


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


Latest update

June 22, 2023 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Parks Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 New project being assessed by Parks Canada - Public comments invited from May 23 to June 22, 2023 - May 23, 2023


Riding Mountain National Park
135 Wasagaming Drive
Onanole, Manitoba R0J 1N0
Telephone: 204-848-7275
Fax: 204-848-2596

  • Location

    • Riding Mountain National Park of Canada (Manitoba)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Recreation and Tourism
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Parks Canada
  • Authorities

    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


Nearby assessments

...within 200 kilometres
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