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Top 6 things to see on your way to Riding Mountain National Park

I love the drive to Riding Mountain National Park. It takes you to some of the most beautiful places in Manitoba and if you know where to stop, you can find some stellar hidden gems.

1. Gladstone, Manitoba | Happy Rock

 Happy Rock has long been Gladstone's nickname. So, when the town decided they wanted to create a statue they held a design contest for the best "Happy Rock" and this guy was chosen.

Happy Rock has long been Gladstone's nickname. So, when the town decided they wanted to create a statue they held a design contest for the best "Happy Rock" and this guy was chosen.

2. Postage Stamp Sign | Hwy 16

 This is one of my favourite things to drive by. It was put up by the historical society in Arden, Manitoba. The town sits on the edge of the "Postage Stamp" boarder, back when Mantitba was a new province.

This is one of my favourite things to drive by. It was put up by the historical society in Arden, Manitoba. The town sits on the edge of the "Postage Stamp" boarder, back when Mantitba was a new province.

3. Arden Crocus

 Arden is self proclaimed "Crocus Capital of Manitoba". These are also our provincal flower. They grow in abundance in Arden because of the high levels of gravel left over from the last ice age.

Arden is self proclaimed "Crocus Capital of Manitoba". These are also our provincal flower. They grow in abundance in Arden because of the high levels of gravel left over from the last ice age.

4. Main Beach sign | Hwy 16

 This sign can be a bit confusing to tourists. It was also put up by the historical society of Arden and marks the main beach of ancient Lake Agassiz. A tribute to when Manitoba was completely underwater. Pretty cool if you ask me.

This sign can be a bit confusing to tourists. It was also put up by the historical society of Arden and marks the main beach of ancient Lake Agassiz. A tribute to when Manitoba was completely underwater. Pretty cool if you ask me.

5. Mountain Road | Hwy 357

 This picture doens't do the drive justice. These large rock ridges sit over the tree line and amaze me every time. The drive is a bit of a detour on the way to the park and well worth the trip. Just follow the signs for "Park Route" when you get to Neepawa and enjoy. 

This picture doens't do the drive justice. These large rock ridges sit over the tree line and amaze me every time. The drive is a bit of a detour on the way to the park and well worth the trip. Just follow the signs for "Park Route" when you get to Neepawa and enjoy. 

6. Big Valley Campground | Big Valley Road off Hwy 357

 This campsite is the perfect place to stop, have lunch, or let the dog out to pee. It's low in the escarpment, with a cold stream running through the small park. It's peaceful, quiet, and a new favourite of mine. It can be a bit hard to find, look for Big Valley Road and signs for the view point. Be careful though, you'll probably miss it your first try.

This campsite is the perfect place to stop, have lunch, or let the dog out to pee. It's low in the escarpment, with a cold stream running through the small park. It's peaceful, quiet, and a new favourite of mine. It can be a bit hard to find, look for Big Valley Road and signs for the view point. Be careful though, you'll probably miss it your first try.

Meghan Kjartanson