Riding Mountain National Park

How Climate Change Will Affect RMNP

RMNP Introduction

RMNP was established in 1929 and is located near Onanole, Alberta. Its coordinates are 50.86°W and 100.08°N. It is small compared to other parks, boasting a size of 2,973 km².


RMNP contains many features that make it a worthwhile visit for people around the world. You can hike in the Manitoba escarpment or visit the Okanesse cemetery. In the park, you can find fescue prairie, prairie occurring in more moist areas. You can also find snake hibernacula, a hole where groups of snakes hibernate.

Climate Change In Riding Mountain National Park

Climate Change - Water Levels

Climate change will have a huge impact on this park in a number of ways. The first being that water levels will lower significantly. The reason for this is because spring rainfall will occur early, while the ground is still frozen. which will lead to less summer flow. Water runoff will increase 16% annually in the park because of this.

Climate Change - Tree Growth Rates and Wildlife

At first, tree growth rates will increase dramatically under the effect of global warming. Some animal species would disappear entirely from the park. Species that live in the understorey would adapt faster than the trees grow causing imbalance in the ecosystem. Exotic plant species would invade warmer areas and native species would die out soon after. Many native creatures that have lived with the cooler temperatures for their entire lives would migrate north to survive or risk staying and getting wiped out.

Climate Change - Effects on Activities throughout RMNP

When global warming starts taking a larger toll on our planet, winter will be one of the biggest things affected. Specifically in RMNP, winter would shorten significantly, lessening the amount of time for winter activities and lowering the overall income. Prices would be higher during the shorter months due to more concentrated precipitation and less time to make money. The summer months would be longer, increasing time for activities, but native fish would be replaced by other fish species that are used to the new climate and can survive with the one of the main invasive species, the zebra mussel.