Wildlife spotting, unspoiled forests and prairies. That is what comes to mind when I think of Canada’s national parks. Until this visit to Riding Mountain National Park that is. Now I’m adding great comfort food to the list.
At the southern entrance of Riding Mountain National Park is the resort town of Wasagaming. Located on the shores of Clear Lake it has everything you could want or need to make your visit to Manitoba’s oldest National Park spectacular. I’ve shared my top 3 adventures in Riding Mountain, but now I’m happy to share with you some of the best places to eat in Wasagaming. From the best cinnamon buns to the biggest plate of nachos I’ve ever seen. There is some good eating to be found here.
TR McKoys – Got a craving for Italian? TR McKoys is a local favourite. You MUST make a reservation or be prepared to wait for a table. Even though I was a solo dinner one night I was turned away as they were fully booked up for the night. They are well known for their pizzas but for me, it was the Calamari and Penne with Chicken in a cream sauce that won me over. It was such a big portion I took some back to my oTENTik in a doggie bag and enjoyed late in the evening as I watched my campfire burn. A definite must visit when in Wasagaming.
Lakehouse – It is a boutique hotel, restaurant and a coffee shop + ice cream parlour all in one location. Every day I walked into town from the Wasagaming campsite to get my daily Americano fix. Whether it was an ooey gooey grilled sandwich or their bacon cheddar burger every bite I had here was delicious. A small selection of craft beer pairs off the meal perfectly.
Wigwam Dining and Lounge – How often do you get to eat at a restaurant that has been designated a Provincial Heritage Site? I’m guessing not too often. Built-in 1929 the Wigwam is in its 9th decade of operation and has been a hub of the community since it opened in 1929.
I ate at Wigwam a couple of times. The first time I was with friends and we ordered a Nacho platter to share and I had Cheeseburger with poutine. There were six of us and we really had to work hard to finish all the nachos. They do offer half portions which I would recommend if you are only a couple of people. Oh, BTW these nachos are SOOOOO good.
I also popped in one night by myself for a helping of their Chicken Creole Penne. Very hearty and comfort food delish. It pairs really well with local microbrewer Farmery’s Lager.
Whitehouse Bakery and Restaurant – The early bird gets the worm or as they say in Wasagaming the “cinnamon bun” from Whitehouse bakery. OMG, this should be the first place you go every morning. Open from 8 am to 4 pm daily they sell out of cinnamon buns and for good reason.
I stopped by a few mornings to pick up my daily supply of cinnamon buns (perfect for snacking on when hiking the Gorge Creek Trail) and the hearty breakfast combo. A definite favourite place of mine to visit in Wasagaming and one I hope to come back to on my next visit.
Foxtail Cafe – Famous in town for serving up wood-fired pizzas I only had the chance to enjoy breakfast at the Foxtail. Eggs Benedict on one morning and a lighter Rise & Shine with my eggs sunny side up. Both were delicious and they served the best-hasbrown potatoes in town.
Elkhorn Resort – A short drive from the Wasagaming campground is the Elkhorn Resort Spa & Conference Centre. You can stay here if you don’t feel like camping or you can just visit for a big hearty breakfast. The Smoked Beef Brisket Hash was enough to wake me up and get me out of my sleeping bag.
Smothered in hollandaise sauce this was a gut-busting breakfast and one I needed to work off with a good hike in the park.
I promised you some good old fashioned comfort food and Wasagaming delivered. Six places that I hope to revisit soon. I’m dreaming of those fresh cinnamon buns right now actually.