PoW Interpretive Wagon Tours

Bear with me for a bit of shameless self-promotion!

Friends of Riding Mountain National Park (and myself) are pleased to announce the return of the “From North Africa to the North Woods” Interpretive PoW Wagon Tour!

In Riding Mountain National Park this September Long Weekend? Why not take a tour to PoW Camp! Loaded onto four wagons, visitors become new prisoners heading out to the former site of the Riding Mountain Park Labour Project (also known as the Whitewater Lake PoW Camp) under the strict supervision of the guards. Learn what life was like at the camp as the guards and prisoners (interpretative staff) bring history to life through stories and photographs. Once at the camp, enjoy a traditional German meal, similar to that served to the prisoners at the worksites. After lunch, explore the site of the former camp with the aid of a GPS and myself. This year will also bring some new technology to the tour as I hope to be showing off some of my GIS and 3D modelling research in the field! Through the use of mobile devices, visitors will be able to see the spot they are standing as it appeared over seventy years ago!

Tour date is August 31.

Tickets are $62.00 each or $55.80 for Friends members and are available at the Nature Shop (RMNP Visitor Centre) or by calling (204) 848-4037. Tickets are already selling and they will fill up a few weeks in advance!

For more information, please visit the Friends of Riding Mountain National Park’s website.

This may be one of the last times the tour runs so if you have been holding off on it, now is the time to do it! It is a blast!

Published by Michael O'Hagan

Historian studying German Prisoners of War in Canada during the Second World War

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