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									M ANITOBA PARKS GUIDE | 2012



    Life’s
Great
     Outdoors
In Manitoba's Provincial Parks




           Explore the new
           Winnipeg Beach Campground
           see page 36
                                 Table of Contents

                                 Connect with the Great Outdoors                     4
                                 Minister’s Message                                  5
                                 Parks Reservation Service/Fees                      6
                                 Manitoba at a Glance                                7
                                 Photo and Story Contest                             8
                                 Keeping Our Environment Green                       9
                                 Leave No Trace Canada                               10
                                 Make a Family Discovery                             12
                                 Hey Kids!                                           12
                                 Tales from the Campfire                      13, 22
Pinawa Dam
                                 Central Region                                      15

                                 Eastern Region                                  23

                                 Back Country Camping & Canoeing                 30

                                 Northern Region                                     31

                                 What’s New                                      36

                                 Western Region                                  37
Grand Beach
                                 Become Healthy by Nature                        42
                                 Geocaching in Provincial Parks                  43
                                 Beach Safety                                    44
                                 Boating Safety                                  45
                                 Comfort Camping                                 46
                                 Be Bear Smart                                   47
                                 Summer Highlights                               50
                                 Winter Adventures                                   51
                                 For More Information                            52




                                 Watch for the Star Attractions Logo
Whiteshell Provincial Park
                                 The Star Logo on street and highway signs directs
Cover:                           you to Manitoba Star Attractions.
Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park   This publication is available in multiple formats
                                 upon request.
Connect with the Great Outdoors

P   arks provide a perfect setting for
    people to participate in a wide variety
of physical activities. Research shows that
                                                 Plus, these children will develop an
                                                 appreciation of nature and an interest
                                                 in protecting the environment that will
staying active can improve heart and lung        grow with them into adulthood.
function, increase flexibility, strengthen
bones and muscles, boost energy, reduce          Connect with each other
the risk of heart disease and enhance
overall health. Studies also show that           Parks are excellent places for families
exercising is even more effective when           to connect with each other and with nature.
performed in natural settings like parks.        Children can play freely on beaches, climb
                                                 trees and look for wildlife. Whether you go
                                                 for a day or camp for a while, families can
Healthy by nature                                share a unique outdoors experience and
There are so many reasons why parks              get active while everyone enjoys a break
are an important part of a healthy lifestyle.    from the usual routine.
They offer a year-round range of activities
for everyone such as fishing, hiking, cycling,   Get together
swimming and cross-country skiing. Parks
are a low-cost alternative to formal gym         Currently, programs are being developed
memberships or structured exercise               to encourage more contact with nature and
programs and still provide plenty                people, especially in parks. All Manitobans
of health benefits.                              can connect with nature by getting outside
                                                 more often with family, friends and neighbours.
                                                 Go on nature hikes, organize scavenger
Play in our parks                                hunts or take weekly walks through the
Children are always curious and the              woods. Everyone will benefit and be
natural environment is a wonderful world         enriched from the increased physical
to explore. Yet today’s children spend less      activity and extra time spent together.
time playing outdoors than previous
generations. Instead, more time is spent          Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park
indoors watching television, playing video
games or using the computer. As a result,
many children are not getting enough
physical activity and don’t know how
to play outside or relate to nature.

Experience nature
It is important for children to play outdoors.
Experts believe that children and young
people who frequently experience the
natural world are generally healthier. Just
looking at plants and trees, for example,
reduces stress. Children who regularly play
outside get along better with others and
are more creative and co-operative.

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                Minister’s Message




W     elcome to Manitoba’s provincial parks. I invite you and
      your family to explore life’s great outdoors and discover
everything Manitoba’s parks have to offer.
 Manitoba parks provide more than just a stunning backdrop
for a weekend getaway. They play an integral role in
protecting Manitoba’s unique natural spaces and diverse
ecosystems for future generations. Our newest parks (Nueltin
Lake, Colvin Lake, Birch Island, Little Limestone Lake and Fisher
Bay) are more remote, but they were established to preserve
the natural features and special habitat they represent. Our
parks and protected areas cover approximately 5.3 million
hectares of land or 10 per cent of Manitoba’s land mass.
Nature is at your doorstep. Whether you are looking for
a wilderness adventure, a sunny day on a sandy beach,
becoming a master angler, or simply walking in the woods,
Manitoba’s parks have everything you need to create
memories that will last a lifetime. Connect with nature
and share your favourite places with family and friends.
Come for a day or stay for a week.
Accommodations range from camping to cottages to lodges
and even yurts. So pick a park, select some activities and
come for a visit. With so many choices, your biggest challenge
might be deciding on where to go. This year, why not try
something different? You may just discover a new
favourite park.




Gord Mackintosh
Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister

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Parks Reservation Service

M      anitoba’s online Parks Reservation
       Service is the easy, convenient way
to make sure you can enjoy your favourite
                                                   for a non-refundable change fee of $3.00.
                                                   However, changes made within three days
                                                   or less of your arrival date that involve a later
campsite this season. The Manitoba-made            arrival, or moving to another campground will
and operated system allows users to                be subject to an additional non-refundable
browse available campsites, photos, and            nightly camping fee plus the change fee.
view park maps and details about each              Name changes for reservation holders
campsite. With real-time, up-to-date               are not allowed.
information, the system improves
connections between campground offices             Rates
and the reservation system and provides a          Camping fees vary depending on the
better way to manage park resources and            availability of surcharged services such
campground inventory.                              as modern washrooms, showers, hookups
Visit us online at manitobaparks.com to            and firewood. Minimum nightly fees apply
make your campsite reservations. Group             in the case of group camping.
use, cabin and yurt reservations can be
made the first Monday in February. Campsite        Per Night
reservations begin the first Monday in April.      Basic Service                $10.50   to $18.90
For telephone assistance, call toll free           Electrical Service           $14.70   to $23.10
1-888-4U2-CAMP (1-888-482-2267) or                 Electrical/Water Service     $17.85   to $24.15
in Winnipeg at 948-3333.                           Full Service                 $19.95   to $26.25
Making reservations for others                     Group                        $31.50   to $201.60*
                                                   Vacation Cabins              $34.41   to $78.44
Now, making online reservations for family
and friends is easier than ever. Simply            Yurts                        $51.52
ensure their name, account number,                 * Rates are based on minimum group size.
address information and number of people           Additional camping units will pay extra.
is handy, because reservations must be in
the name of the person who will be                 Note: Rates are subject to change without notice.
occupying the campsite. Then, just make
one easy payment to secure all your                Vehicle Park Entry Permits
reservations.                                      Park vehicle permits must be displayed year-
                                                   round in provincial parks. Permits are
Cancellations, Changes, and Refunds                available at all campground and district
If your plans change, please let us know.          offices, and most business locations that sell
                                                   fishing and hunting licences.
•	 If	you	cancel	four	or	more	days	in		        	
   advance of your arrival date, you               Annual Permits
   will receive a refund, less the $9.00           Vehicle (other than buses)        $30.00
   non-refundable reservation fee.                 Buses                             $100.00
•	 If	you	cancel	within	three	days	or	less,        3-day Permits
   you will receive a refund, less the $9.00       (valid for three consecutive days)
   non-refundable reservation fee and
   the first night’s camping fee.                  Vehicle (other than buses)        $8.00
                                                   Buses                             $30.00
•	 If	you	cancel	after	your	arrival	date,	
   no refund will be issued.                       1-day Permit
•	 Depending	on	availability,	changes	             Vehicle (other than buses)        $4.00
   to reservations regarding dates and             Buses                             $20.00
   location or facilities may be allowed

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                                      Manitoba at a Glance

M      anitoba is blessed with a wealth of natural environments: boreal forest, granite
       ridges, vast inland seas, networks of interconnected waterways, short grass and tall
grass prairie, aspen parkland, sand hills and escarpments that rise above the surrounding
prairies. Each region boasts a variety of provincial parks. Read on and discover the
adventures that await in your favourite part of our province.




                                                                          Central Region


                                                                          Eastern Region


                                                                          Northern Region


                                                                          Western Region


                                                                          Provincial Parks


                                                                          National Parks

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Enter our Photo and Story Contest
Manitoba’s parks provide a wonderful venue to create
lasting memories. Celebrate Life’s Great outdoors and
share your memeories with us by entering
our Photo and Story Contest!
Calling All Photographers!
Breathtaking places and wide open spaces
challenge the shutterbug in all of us during
our adventures in Manitoba’s parks. Is there
a special place in a provincial park that
caught your eye? Are there activities that
you like to do while visiting Manitoba parks?
Did you catch that perfect wildlife shot?
Does your photo celebrate the great outdoors?
There are 4 categories and you may enter
as many times as you like!
1. Spectacular Scenery
2. Wildlife Wonders
3. Amazing Action
4. Youth Photography
   (under 18 years old)

Calling all Story Tellers!
Are you the centre of attention with
your campfire tales? Are you asked over
and over again to tell “the big story”?
Share your tale with everyone!
Send us your favourite Manitoba provincial park memories in 500 words or less.
We’ll definitely read them all and post our favourites on our website.
Check out the photo and story entries from our previous contests.
Before submitting your entries, please read the contest rules at:
www.manitoba.ca/conservation/parks/photos_story/contest_rules.html




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           Keeping Our Environment Green
Help Protect our Rivers, Lakes and Streams
by Making Smart Choices

V   isitors are always welcome in Manitoba
    parks. Campers and cottagers, in
particular, enjoy extended periods of time
                                                It is up to each of us to take action and
                                                ensure there is clean water for today and
                                                the future. Using environmentally friendly
in our great outdoors. Did you know that        products is one small change that can make
the everyday products you use while staying     a big difference.
at a campsite or cottage impact the very        What can you do to become lake-friendly?
environment we all enjoy?
                                                •	 Buy	lake-friendly	cleaning	and	personal			
Everyday activities, such as bathing and           care products by looking for products
washing clothing or dishes, can harm our           that are EcoLogo™ certified, thereby
lake, rivers and streams because many              preventing harmful chemicals and
cleaners and detergents contain chemicals          phosphorus from entering our lakes,
and phosphates. It is estimated that 8,000         rivers and streams.
tonnes of phosphorus enters Lake Winnipeg
each year.                                      •		Read	the	label.	Use	cosmetic	fertilizers		 	
                                                   and pesticides responsibly or eliminate
Using Green Products Can Help                      their use. These products enter the lakes,
From shampoos and soaps to laundry                 rivers and streams through runoff.
detergents and household cleaning                                                          	
                                                •	 Use	less	water.	Take	advantage	of	water		
products, everything we flush, rinse or pour       saving products to reduce the amount of
down the drain eventually ends up in the           water requiring wastewater treatment.
water.
That affects all of us because all Manitoba     •	 Protect	wetlands	and	natural	shorelines.			
lakes and rivers are connected.                    These areas act as a filter to clean our
                                                   water and can help prevent
The good news is that we can choose to use         shoreline erosion.
environmentally friendly products. Look for
products that have been certified by an         •	 Maintain	and	service	septic	systems		   	
independent third party. Products with the         regularly. Support upgrades to
EcoLogo™, Green Seal™, or U.S. E.P.A. –            wastewater treatment in cities and
Design for the Environment™ logos at your          rural areas to prevent contamination of
local store are good options.                      ground water, our lakes and our rivers.
These products are tested by a neutral third
party to ensure that they are environmentally   For more information, visit:
friendly and contain no harmful chemicals       www.ecologo.org
or phosphorus and are an excellent choice,      www.lakefriendly.ca
no matter where you use them. Beware of
“green washing” because not everything
labelled “green” has the scientific research
to back up its claim.




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Leave No Trace Canada

Take Only Pictures, Leave                    outdoor recreational activities
                                             and sharing the land with all users.
Only Footprints                              Leave No Trace education is critical
                                             when you consider the combined effects

A  pplying the principles of Leave No
   Trace Canada helps minimize the
negative impacts on Manitoba’s parks
                                             of millions of outdoor visitors (Manitoba’s
                                             provincial parks see over 5 million visitors
                                             annually!). For example, one poorly
and natural areas.                           located campsite or campfire may
                                             have little impact, but thousands of
The principles of Leave No Trace Canada
                                             such instances can degrade natural
strive to create a strong positive outdoor
                                             resources and recreation experiences.
ethic that teaches us to minimize our
impacts on the environment while enjoying



     Caribou Lake - Manitario Trail




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                                   Leave No Trace Canada

There are seven principles of Leave No                 discovery for others and prevent lasting
Trace Canada that teach us how to prevent              damage to trees, plants, historical
avoidable negative resources and social                and cultural sites.
impacts, minimize the unavoidable impacts,
and to ultimately preserve the quality of            5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
resources and recreational experiences.1                Campfires can cause lasting impacts
                                                        on the land. Use a lightweight stove for
1. Plan Ahead and Prepare                               cooking and enjoy a candle lantern
	 •	To	help	ensure	the	safety	of	your	group,		          for light. Where fires are permitted,
     add enjoyment of the experience and                use established fire rings or fire pans.
     help minimize your impact on the land.             Always pack out your trash; do not
                                                        burn it in your campfire. It doesn’t
	 •	Know	the	regulations	and	special		       	          always completely burn and may
    concerns of the area you’ll be visiting.            attract unwanted wildlife. In Manitoba’s
	 •	Prepare	for	all	types	of	weather	by		        	      provincial parks, all fires must be lit only
    packing the appropriate clothing                    in approved fire pits between April 1
    and food.                                           and November 15.

	 •	Schedule	your	trip	to	avoid	times	of		 	         6. Respect Wildlife
    high use, and visit in smaller groups –             Observe wildlife from a distance;
    split larger parties into groups of 4 to 6.         do not follow or approach them.
                                                        This maintains the safety of your group,
	 •	Pack	food	in	re-usable	containers.                  and the safety of the wildlife. Never feed
                                                        animals. This can damage their health,
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces                  alter their natural behaviours and
   to prevent soil erosion and vegetation               exposes them to predators and other
   damage. Durable surfaces include                     dangers. If camping with pets, control
   established trails and campsites, rock,              them at all times.
   gravel, dry grasses or snow. Walk single
   file in middle of the trail, even when wet        7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
   or muddy.                                            Everyone enjoys the outdoors in a
                                                        different way, but all outdoor visitors
3. Dispose of Waste Properly                            are sharing a common, finite space.
   Pack it in, pack it out. This reduces water          Mutual consideration helps everyone
   pollution, minimizes spread of disease               enjoy a positive experience. Avoid loud
   and protects local plants and animals.               voices and noises, take breaks and
   Inspect your campsite, trails and rest               camp away from other visitors and
   areas for trash, leftover food and litter            yield to other users on trails.
   before leaving.
                                                     By following these seven principles when
4. Leave What You Find                               enjoying Manitoba’s great outdoors, we
   Take photos or make drawings instead              can ensure that everyone has a positive
   of taking items home. By doing so you             outdoor experience.
   will increase enjoyment and sense of


Adapted from: www.leaveno trace.ca/principles
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Make a Family Discovery

Let an Interpreter be                          For program listings call 204-945-4375
                                               or visit manitobaparks.com, ask park
your Guide                                     staff or watch for event posters in your
                                               favourite park.

A    re you looking for something to make
     your next visit more memorable?
Follow us over the hills, through the woods
                                               Hey Kids
and across sandy beaches to family fun.        Pick up an activity book to become
Whether you are at the cottage, camping        a Nature Detective (ages 3 to 5), Junior
or just out for the day, park interpreters     Naturalist (ages 6 to 9) or Park Explorer
want to make the most of your stay.            (ages 10 to12). Work on the activities
Attend an evening event and travel through     and then return it to us to earn pins
time to meet those who came before us,         and certificates and become an official
without leaving the comfort of a campfire.     Nature Detective, Junior Naturalist or
Take the path less travelled as interpreters   Park Explorer. Booklets are available at
guide you through a new trail or help you      campground offices, interpretive events
rediscover an old one. Interpreters love       and on the website.
questions so bring yours to the programs,
park centres or anywhere along the path.       School Activities
Park interpreters provide guided hikes,        Calling all teachers…are you looking
special events, family activities, campfire    for a way to bring your lessons to life?
programs and amphitheatres in select           Take your students to a provincial park
parks. Interpretive programs are free          for an opportunity to follow in the steps
and open to everyone.                          of history or experience science in action.
                                               School programs are provided free to all
                                               grades. Check out the teacher’s corner
                                               on our website to find out more:
                                               manitobaparks.com

                                               Parks that have Park
                                               Interpreter-led Programs
                                               May Long Weekend to
                                               September Long Weekend
                                               River Road        Hecla/Grindstone
                                               Paint Lake        St. Norbert
                                               St. Malo          Turtle Mountain
                                               Grand Beach

                                               February to Thanksgiving
                                               Spruce Woods
                                               Year Round
                                               Birds Hill
                                               Whiteshell

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                                   Tales from the Campfire

Working Out the Bugs

I f you have forgotten what makes
  life worth living go camping with your
daughter and grand daughter. What an
incredibly beautiful and fun filled time it
was. Emily’s excitement was evident in her
melodious chatter and movements, even
while restrained by her car seat as we
headed out to Nutimik lake for two days.
In contrast, Emily’s mom Noelle, was quiet
and sleepy during the ride, coming to
occasionally just to comment on the                Whiteshell Provincial Park
scenery or her daughter’s enthusiasm.
                                                  her soft dark hair against my cheek, as
The highlight of the trip was on our second
                                                  she gasped and said in surprise “Hey,
night. After a simple supper of smokies
                                                  grandma, it worked!” Earlier that night
cooked over an open fire, we threw the
                                                  Emily had wished on the first star to lose
remaining logs on the shimmering coals.
                                                  her fear of bugs that had been hugley
Within minutes leaping orange flames
                                                  tested since we arrived at our campsite.
illuminated a few feet of softly warm
                                                  “I’m not scared of the bugs”. “That’s great,
and wavering light around the pit. Noelle
                                                  sweetheart” I responded. “I know”, she
and I settled into our chairs in this glowing
                                                  replied wisely. Noelle was pulled back
space, Emily sat on my lap, and we were
                                                  from her distant musings. She looked at
soon lulled into the calm and mystical
                                                  us and chuckled.
spell cast by the fire and songs of birds and
frogs in the surrounding woods. City              I silently thanked the Earth for moments like
tensions were gently eased out of our lives.      this upon it. They exist with or without us to
Then nature’s light show began. Lightening        witness them; to bring a fire light into them.
silhoutted silvery white and mauve clouds         Had it not been for Noelle’s suggestion that
against the dark night sky to our right. Faint    we get out of the city for a couple of days,
rumbles of thunder and an occasional gust         we would have missed it. And if, having
of fresh, moist wind foretold of a storm that     witnessed this event, I was somehow
may soon pass our way. To our left, a full        unmoved by it, Emily’s shared exclamations
moon and stars shone through the intricate        of surprise and appreciation for nature’s
ceiling of latticed branches of the boreal        light show would have snapped me out
forest. Straight above us, was the big            of my complacency to see anew as seen
dipper, framed by a ring of tree tops             by her, the wonders of life here on planet
shimmering green in the fire’s light. Fireflies   Earth. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou.
lit up, informing us of their presence, and       Now I can go on.
the depths of the dark and life filled woods.
                                                  As Submitted by - Christine K.
Emily leaned her head back on my
shoulder, while wowing over all these
different expressions of light. I could feel

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 YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF
 FROM WEST NILE VIRUS
 In Manitoba, West Nile virus (WNV) is      HOW DO I PROTECT
 transmitted to humans primarily by the     MYSELF AGAINST WNV?
 Culex tarsalis mosquito, usually in late   • Reduce the time you spend
 June, July, August and early September.      outside between dusk and dawn.
 This risk varies from year to year based   • Apply an appropriate
 on temperature, precipitation, mosquito      mosquito repellent.
 population and other factors.              • Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting
                                              clothing with long sleeves and
 WHO IS AT RISK?
                                              pant legs.
 In southern Manitoba, anyone can be
 exposed to a WNV-infected mosquito         • Make sure door and window screens
 during the summer months.                    fit tightly and are free of holes.
 Severe illness has occurred in all         For more information, visit our website
 age groups, but more often among           at manitoba.ca/health/wnv.
 older adults or people with chronic        If you have WNV health concerns,
 health conditions or weakened              speak with your doctor or call
 immune systems.                            Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200
                                            (in Winnipeg); toll-free 1-888-315-9257.




HELP PROTECT MANITOBA’S TREES


Do Not Move Firewood
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With your help, we can protect Manitoba’s beautiful trees and forests from harmful
exotic pests like the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Long-horned beetle.

Do not transport firewood into Manitoba. Buy it locally. If you’re visiting
the province and have firewood with you, please dispose of it in the bright
orange bins located along the main highways entering Manitoba. And also,
remember that it is illegal to transport any firewood into or out of Manitoba
across the Canada-U.S. border.

                                 To learn more, please call the Tree Line at 204-945-7866, or the
                                 Manitoba Conservation toll free number at 1-800-214-6497, or
                                 visit: manitoba.ca/conservation/forestry/alerts/alerts.html




                                                                            Do Not Move Firewood Ad
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                                   Central
                                   Region
                                   Along the Way to the
Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park
                                   Prairie Seas

                                   In the heart of the continent, some
                                   of the world’s largest freshwater lakes
                                   create an oasis for lovers of water
                                   and shoreline adventure. Long, sandy
                                   beaches are ranked among the best
                                   in North America. Test the winds and
                                   waters by boat, kayak or sailboard.
                                   Discover marshes and wetlands
                                   teeming with birds, reptiles,
                                   amphibians and other life. Trace
Lundar Beach Provincial Park       the steps of early explorers and
Camp Morton Provincial Park        pay tribute to the Metis, Scottish,
                                   Ukrainian and Icelandic settlers
                                   at the many historic sites and
                                   museums in this area.




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Central Region

Beaudry Provincial Park                         the extensive trail system. Fly-fish for trout
Established 1974                                in Kingfisher Lake or swim and catch some
                                                rays at the beach. Watch for white-tailed
Where else can you find tall grass prairie,
                                                deer and wild turkeys. Camp at the basic,
river-bottom forest and a meandering
                                                electrical or fully serviced campground, just
river all in one area? Just west of Winnipeg,
                                                a 20 minute drive from Winnipeg. In winter,
placid Beaudry Provincial Park seems a
                                                Birds Hill offers an extensive network of
world away. The towering cottonwood,
                                                groomed cross-country ski trails and
basswood and maples shelter plentiful
                                                snowmobile trails. Hiking trails range in
wildlife. Paddle the winding Assiniboine
                                                distance from 1 km (0.6 mi.) to 16 km (9.9
River or explore the woods on a network
                                                mi.). Bike trails range from 1.5 km (0.9 mi.)
of walking and biking trails.
                                                to 14 km (8.6 mi.). Horse trails range in
In winter, four cross-country loop trails,      distance from 1.5 km (0.9 mi.) to 15 km (9.6
with a warming hut, make Beaudry one            mi.) and ski trails range from 4 km (2.4 mi.)
of the best ski locations near Winnipeg.        to 14 km (8.6 mi.).
Ski trails range in distance from 2 km (1.2
                                                Leaving Winnipeg, follow Hwy. #59 north,
mi.) to 5 km (3.1 mi.). Snowmobilers travel
                                                24 km (14.9 mi.) to the west park entrance.
on the frozen Assiniboine River, beside
the towering cottonwoods.
                                                Camp Morton Provincial Park
Leaving Winnipeg, travel west 10 km             Established 1974
(6.2 mi.) on Roblin Boulevard/PR 241.           First developed as a Roman Catholic
                                                children’s summer camp in 1920. Take a
Birds Hill Provincial Park                      leisurely stroll to view the historic buildings,
Established 1964                                monuments and gardens. Explore the
Designated in 1964, Birds Hill Provincial       woodland trails and discover the plants
Park opened to the public on July 15, 1967,     and animals of the Interlake’s mixed boreal
in celebration of Canada’s centennial year.     forest, or follow the limestone-cobbled
                                                shoreline of Lake Winnipeg and encounter
Ever since, when people need a break from       its varied wildlife. Enjoy the spectacular
urban living, Birds Hill is the place to go.    cross-country ski trails in the winter months.
Bike or blade the paved pathway and
scenic loop road. Hike or mountain bike         Find your own piece of lakeside heaven.
                                                Rustic log cabins, yurts, a small
 Camp Morton Provincial Park                    campground and a group use area
                                                give you a choice of accommodations.
                                                Camp Morton Provincial Park lies along
                                                the western shore of Lake Winnipeg,
                                                approximately 7 km (4.5 miles) north of
                                                Gimli. The park can be reached by either
                                                PTH 8 or 9 and PR 222.




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                                                        Central Region

Grand Beach
Provincial Park
Established 1961
Three kilometres of soft sandy beach
backing onto sand dunes make Grand
Beach one of the best beaches in North
America. Discover sheltered marshes and
ponds that protect frogs and tadpoles and
an amazing variety of life to thrill the child
                                                  Hecla /Grindstone Provincial Park
in each of us. A large lagoon provides a
popular spot for waterskiing, boardsailing
and boating. Two interpretive trails and         Hecla/Grindstone
a network of longer hiking and mountain          Provincial Park
biking trails take you into the boreal forest    Established 1969
and up sand ridges that offer wonderful
                                                 Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park was
lake views. The campground offers basic
                                                 designated in 1969 and officially opened
and electrically serviced sites, along with
                                                 as a provincial park on July 26, 1975. As a
a store, interpretive program and nearby
                                                 part of the changes in designation under
summer attractions. Plentiful snow makes
                                                 the new Provincial Parks Act, Hecla and
Grand Beach perfect for winter fun. Cross-
                                                 Grindstone parks were combined to form
country ski trails for all skill levels range
                                                 Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park in 1997.
from 2.6 km (1.6 mi.) to 13.3 km (8.3 mi.),
and snowmobile trails head off in
                                                 This year-round park is ideal for the
all directions.
                                                 outdoors-loving family. Fish off the piers,
Leaving Winnipeg, follow Hwy. #59 north,         view wildlife and waterfowl or discover
80 km (49.7 mi.) to the Grand Beach turnoff.     Hecla Village, a scenic turn-of-the-century
Follow Hwy. #12 west 6 km (3.7 mi.).             fishing community. Play on the beaches or
                                                 walk the limestone-cobbled shores. Explore
 Birds Hill Provincial Park                      60 km (37.3 mi.) of easy to moderate hiking
                                                 trails. A scenic lakeside cycling trail along
                                                 Highway 8 leads from Gull Harbour
                                                 Marina to Hecla Village. The park offers
                                                 basic, electrical and electric/water
                                                 serviced sites, group campsites, family
                                                 vacation cabins, year-round bed and
                                                 breakfast and motel unit accommodations.
                                                 Visit in winter and enjoy a full range of
                                                 family activities including cross-country
                                                 skiing and snowmobiling on groomed
                                                 trails.
                                                 Leaving Winnipeg, follow Hwy. #8, 165 km
                                                 (102.5 mi.) north along the west shore of
                                                 Lake Winnipeg to Gull Harbour.

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Norris Lake Provincial Park                      weave around the park’s perimeter on a
Established 1974                                 12.7 km (7.8 mi.) hike past stunning view
                                                 points.
Norris Lake is located in the scenic Interlake
region. The park offers many activities          Leaving Winnipeg, take Hwy. #3, turn south
including swimming, waterskiing and              on Hwy. #31, left on PR 201 to a dead end,
fishing for northern pike. Families can enjoy    turn right 0.5 km (0.3 mi.), turn left into
lunch at one of many picnic shelters while       the park.
children have fun at the playground.
Golfers can travel to the nearby towns           St. Norbert Provincial Park
of Teulon or Inwood for an afternoon             Established 1976
on the links.
                                                 Discover the rich history of the Red River
For an unforgettable experience, visit           Valley in this park at the junction of the
the Narcisse Wildlife Management Area            La Salle and Red Rivers. This rich land first
near Norris Lake. Watch as thousands of          invited Aboriginal peoples to hunt, fish and
red-sided garter snakes emerge from their        camp, then supported a Métis settlement,
limestone sinkholes and tangle together          which evolved into a French-Canadian
during their spring mating ritual. The snakes    agricultural community by the early 20th
then disperse to the marshes for summer,         century. Park Interpreters offer tours of
returning to their dens in the fall. At this     restored residences, after which you can
unique site you can see more snakes at a         view the scenic grounds, walk the 1 km (0.6
glance than anywhere else in the world.          mi.) loop self-guiding trail or enjoy lunch in
                                                 the picnic site.
The park’s campground offers 15 basic
self registry campsites and three group use      Leaving Winnipeg, take Hwy. #75 south,
sites. Norris Lake is approximately one hour     travel 3 km (1.9 mi.) to the park.
from Winnipeg. Take PTH #7 north 45 km
(28 mi.) to Teulon, then northwest 20 km
(12.4 mi.) on PTH #17.
                                                 Birds Hill Provincial Park
Pembina Valley Provincial Park
Established 2001
The Pembina River cuts through the
Pembina Hills near the Manitoba-North
Dakota border to create a paradise for
nature lovers. Watch for wildlife in a setting
of boulder-filled creeks, lush vegetation,
and towering hills. Snap photos of prairie
wildflowers like asters, lilies, harebells and
meadow blazing stars. Walk a short loop
or spend the day traveling a network of
11 trails. Hike the Pembina Woods Trail
and enjoy the view from Sunset Point, climb
the viewing tower at Panorama Point, or


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                                                Leaving Winnipeg, take Hwy. #75 south,
                                                travel to St. Norbert, turn right at Rue des
                                                Trappistes for approx. 1.5 km (0.9 mi.), left
                                                at Rue des Ruines du Monastere.

                                                Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park
                                                Established 1968
                                                Winnipeg Beach is a terrific place to
                                                celebrate summer and has been since the
                                                1920s when the Moonlight Special train
                                                brought visitors from Winnipeg. Enjoy this
                                                resort town, stroll the boardwalk, picnic
Stephenfield Provincial Park                    among the trees or stretch out on the sand.
                                                Our newest campground (opened in 2011)
Stephenfield Provincial Park                    offers 120 full-serviced campsites.
Established 1971
                                                From Winnipeg, travel north 52 km on Hwy
The scenic farming country where the            8, turn right on PR 225 to Hwy 9. Travel
Red River plain meets the higher Manitoba       north 6 km to the park.
Escarpment provides a delightful backdrop
for this park nestled beside the Boyne River.    Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park
Swim, fish and boat on a reservoir.
Picnic for the afternoon or enjoy a weekend
camping trip. Serviced campsites, yurts and
group camping are available. The Carman
Golf Course is nearby.
Leaving Winnipeg, travel southwest 62 km
(38.5 mi.) on Hwy. #3 to Carman, continue
west on PR 245, 10 km (6.2 mi.), turn right
at the park signs.

Trappist Monastery Provincial Park
Established 2002
The ruins of the Trappist Monastery sit
along the gentle La Salle River making
this an ideal spot for reflection and
relaxation. Learn about the community
of French-Canadian monks who lived
and worked here. Discover the distinctly
French architecture of the ruins. Enjoy
birdwatching or a peaceful walk through
the scenic gardens.



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Fishing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Beach
                                                Parks/Campgrounds
                                               Beaudry Provincial Park	                 	                    	                          	                            	                               	                          •	                	
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                                               Beaver Creek Provincial Park	      10	                        	                          	                            	                               	                          •	                	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  N	                                                                        	                        	             •	          	       •	              	                       	                           	                                  	                      	                  	               	                 •	                  	                          	                        	                          	                                 $14.70
                                               Birds Hill Provincial Park	        257	               174	                               	                  45	                                       	                          •	              M	                                       •*	                             •	                        •	              •	         •	       •	           •	                      •	                        •	                                   •	                      •	                 •	                	                  	              •	                             	                      •	                        •	                $12.60-$19.95
Camp Morton




                                               Camp Morton	                       19	                        	                          	                            	                               	                          •	                N	                                         	                           •	                        •	              •	         •	       •	           •	                      •	                        •	                                      	                      	                  	               	                  	              •		                            	                      •	                        •	                                   $14.70
                Provincial Park




                                               Camp Morton Cabins	                      	                    	                          	                  14	                                       	                          •	              M	                                       •	                                 	                      •	              •	         •	       •	           •	                      •	                        •	                                   •	                        	                  	               	                  	                  	                          	                      •	                        •                  $71.97-78.44
                                               Camp	Morton	Yurts	                       	                6	                             	                            	                               	                          •	              M	                                       •	                                 	                      •	              •	         •	       •	           •	                      •	                        •	                                   •	                        	                  	               	                  	                  	                          	                      •	                        •	                                   $51.52
                                               Grand Beach Provincial Park	       189	               164	                               	                            	                               	                          •	              M	                                       •	                              •	                        •	              •	         •	       •	           •	                      •	                        •	                                      	                    •	                 •	             •	                   •	                  	                      •	                           	                       •	                $14.70-$18.90
Grindstone
                             Provincial Park




                                               Gull Harbour	                      71	                89	                     15	                                     	               •**	                                       •	              M	                                       •	                              •	                        •	              •	         •	       •	           •	                      •	                        •	                                   •	                      •	                 •	             •	                   •	              •	                         •	                         •	                        •	                $14.70-$19.95
 Hecla/




                                               Hecla	Cabins	                            	            19	                                	                            	                               	                          •	              M	                                    	•	                                   	                      •	              •	         •	       •	           •	                      •	                        •	                                   •	                      •	                 •	             •	                   •	                  	                          	                      •	                        •	                 $34.41-65.18
                                               Hnausa Beach Provincial Park          5	              40	                                	                            	                               	                          •	                N	                                         	                           •	                        •	              •	         •	       •	              	                       	                      •	                                      	                      	                  	               	                 •		                 		                     •	                         •	                        •	                $14.70-$18.90
                                               Lake St. George Provincial Park	   28	                        	                          	                            	                               	                            	               	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  N	                                                                        	                      •	              	           	       •	              	                       	                           	                                  	                      	                  	               	                 •		                 	                          	                        	                          	                                 $14.70
                                               Lundar Beach Provincial Park	         7	              26	                                	                            	                               	                          •	              M	                                       •	                              •	                        •	              •	         •	       •	           •	                      •	                        •	                                      	                      		                 	               	                  			                	                      •	                           	                       •	                $18.90-$23.10
                                               Norris Lake Provincial Park	       15	                        	                          	                            	                               	                          •	                N	                                         	                              	                        	             •	          	       •	              	                       	                      •	                                      	                      	                  	               	                 •	              •	                             	                      •	                           	                                 $10.50
                                               Pembina Valley Provincial Park	          	                    	                          	                            	                               	                          •	                	
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                                               St. Norbert Provincial Park	             	                    	                          	                            	                               	                          •	                	
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Stephenfield
           Provincial Park




                                               Stephenfield Provincial Park	      36	                63	                     35	                                     	               •**	                                       •	              M	                                       •	                              •                         •	              •	         •	       •	           •	                         	                      •	                                   •	                        	                  	               	                 •	              •	                         •	                         •	                        •	                $14.70-$19.95
                                               Stephenfield	Yurts	                      	                6	                             	                            	                               	                          •	               M	                                      •	                                 	                      •	              •	         •	        •	           •	                        	                       •	                                  •	                        	                  	               	                 •	                  	                          	                      •	                         •	                                       $51.52
                                               Trappist Monastery
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                                               Provincial Park
                                               Watchorn	Provincial	Park	          25	                22	                                	                            	                               	                          •		               N	                                         	                           •	                        •	              •	         •	       •	              	                       	                           	                                  	                    •	                   	               	                 •	              •	                         •	                           	                       •	                $10.50-$14.70
                                               Winnipeg	Beach	                          	                    	                          	                  120	                                 •	                              •	              M	                                  •*	                                     	                      •	              •	         •	       •	              	                       	                      •	                                   •	                      •	                 •	                	                 •	                  	                          	                      •	                        •	                                   $22.05


                                               Visit other Star Attractions in the Interlake Tourism Region by visiting the following websites                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               **Available on some sites.
                                               interlaketourism.com or travelmanitoba.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Campsites have a picnic table and firepit. Drinking water is available. Maximum stay is 21 nights. Yurts and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             cabins	have	a	maximum	stay	of	14	nights.	Rates and services are subject to change without notice.




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Tales from the Campfire

Call of the Wild

O      ur canoe floats quietly downstream
       somewhere between New Pinawa
and first Pinawa, along the Channel.
The remnant earthen dike of the fore-bay
encircles a vast marsh of swamp weeds,
tall stepping herons, heads barely visible
above the grass, a lone loon announced
only by its hauntingly familiar notes, a
mother deer and two fawns skittishly
prancing up the berm and silence.
Around a slow bend of the lazy river,              Pinawa Dam Provincial Park
suddenly, like some ancient crumbling
Roman ruin, the wall of the Pinawa Hydro          We prepare our own supper around a
Dam reaches across the river. We pull into        regulation park fire-pit and it feels a little
a muddy landing, inches from the top of a         out of place. Our fire is warm and safe
natural water slide. Is it well worn from all     against the gathering chill of approaching
the use it gets from fun-seekers or is this too   winter. A snake startles us as it fleas our
nature slowly eroding the hard granite rock       intrusion into his space. It is only a garter.
into a smooth slide? The water picks up           It won’t hurt. The evening is gentle and
new energy as it courses over the sloping         graceful in this place and the bustle of
shelf, rushes under a walking bridge,             a large city that once relied on this
strangely out of place beside huge                insignificant dam to run its trams and
monoliths, which no longer attest to man’s        brighten its lights is overshadowed
engineering skills but simply rise out of the     and distant.
water like natural formations. New plants
spring up everywhere; a few solo trees            As we pack the canoe on the back of the
erupt from the stone work. Nature is              truck, store the baskets of food and drink
reclaiming its own and resistance seems           into the back seat, a crow sits on a branch
futile. A new beauty surrounds the place          high above us and observes us with cocked
and water washes it clean.                        head. We drive slowly towards the gate
                                                  but not before the black bird calls to us,
Only a few tourists are around and                almost as a glad send off before the
black bears take the opportunity to fatten        remnants of Old Pinawa crumble into
themselves on the plentiful harvest of            the darkness.
acorns, scampering across an open pitch,
almost as if sneaking from bush to bush to        As submitted by — Rudi K.
avoid the tourists. Majestic oaks, planted
early in the last century to surround the
town-site, now serve to beckon bears,
birds and squirrels to a late summer picnic.




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                                           Region
                                           Voyageur
                                           Trails

                                           To many outdoor adventurers the
                                           forested and granite-ridged Canadian
                                           Shield is the very heart of Canada.
                                           Manitoba’s Eastern Region offers easily
                                           accessible, but still pristine Shield
                                           country. Paddle for an hour or a week,
                                           take a short family stroll or tackle an
                                           epic backcountry trek, cool off in the
                                           heat of summer, warm up your winter,
                                           or peer into history through fascinating
                                           ancient rock petroforms. Campsites,
                                           comfortable and roomy yurts, rustic
Amisk Trail - Whiteshell Provincial Park
                                           cabins and luxury lodges give you
                                           a base to enjoy the parks of the
                                           Eastern Region.




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Eastern Region

Atikaki Provincial Park
Established 1983
Atikaki (pronounced ah-tick-ah-kih)
means “country of the caribou” and is
home to an amazing array of plants and
animals. When you’re ready for the classic
wilderness experience, Atikaki is waiting
for you. Let a short flight or canoe take
you to this magnificent wildlife haven.
With over 600 km (372.8 mi.) of
interconnected waterways, stay for days          Tulabi Falls - Nopiming Provincal Park
or weeks. The Bloodvein, a Canadian
Heritage River, is one of the most
                                                Birch Point Provincial Park
magnificent examples of shield country
                                                Established 1961
anywhere. Wonder at the ancient rock
paintings along with their meanings             This small campground is nestled along
unsolved to this day. The Pigeon River          the shores of Lake of the Woods. A boat
dishes out the thrill of whitewater rafting,    launch lets you access superb fishing
chutes and standing waves, all set in a         throughout the year, June is the best time to
pristine northern wilderness. As there are      try your hand at landing a monster walleye.
no designated campgrounds, camp at an           Or have a winter adventure on the ice
existing site, usually marked by a primitive    looking for a northern pike catch of a life
fire ring. Visitors should be familiar with     time. The campground has basic sites in
wilderness travel. For those seeking more       a beautiful setting. Pick a lakefront site for
comfort, full-service lodges and outcamps       a view of the moon rising over the lake as
are available.                                  frogs call in the background. During the
                                                day, take a stroll in the campground
To get to this unspoiled oasis you must         amongst cedar and willow as you look
choose an indirect route by chartered           for wild cucumbers.
aircraft or the overland route through
Wallace Lake Provincial Park on PR 304.         Birch Point Provincial Park is located on
During high water levels, canoeists can         Lake of the Woods. To get here from
travel from Wallace Lake up to the              Winnipeg travel south on PTH 12, turn left
Broadleaf River to Aikens Lake.                 on PR 308, turn east past Moose Lake
                                                Campground until you reach Birch Point
 Crow Duck Falls - Whiteshell Provincial Park   Provincial Park.

                                                Manigotagan River Provincial Park
                                                Established 2004
                                                This park is Manitoba’s 80th provincial
                                                park and was officially designated
                                                December 1, 2004. This mostly
                                                backcountry park is a corridor stretching
                                                45 kilometres (28 miles) from Nopiming

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                                                         Eastern Region
Provincial Park to just outside the
community of Manigotagan. Canoeing
through the park from the northeast the
landscape changes from craggy rock
ridges, jack pine and lichen to lush stands
of poplar, ash and elderberry near the
mouth of the river. Wildlife like black
bear, woodland caribou and timber
wolves abound along the shorelines
and wilderness surround the first-come,
first-serve backcountry sites.
From Winnipeg, follow PTH 59 north to PR
304 to community of Manigotagan (170
km/105.6 mi). Continue along PR 304 east           Whiteshell Provincial Park
towards Bissett (88 km/54.7 mi). Near
Bissett, there is a small access road leading     the campground. A nearby grocery store
to Caribou Landing, the closest canoe             and resort are two further conveniences.
launch to the new park.                           The campground offers basic and
                                                  electrically serviced sites.
Manitoba Eco-Network has developed
an exciting interactive web-based GIS             Wildlife is plentiful in this area, so be on
mapping tool for the Manigotagan River.           the lookout and you will be sure to see
This digital map can be viewed online             many animals. If you are lucky you may
and is a valuable resource for trip planning.     spot the park’s namesake — the
Users can zoom into the map to retrieve           magnificent moose. The park is located
pictures and locations of rapids, portages        160 kilometres (99 miles) southeast of
and campsites. The map also provides              Winnipeg. Travel south on PTH #12
interesting facts about the river, trip           and then turn left onto PR #308.
planning and emergency information.
You can find the map at                           Nopiming Provincial Park
www.mbeconetwork.org/canoemap.                    Established 1976
                                                  Rocks, lakes and trees dominate the
Moose Lake Provincial Park
                                                  landscape in this natural park. Home
Established 1961
                                                  to the southern-most herd of Manitoba’s
Located south of the Whiteshell, Moose            threatened boreal woodland caribou,
Lake Provincial Park is well known as the         Nopiming is an accessible wilderness.
home of a provincially rare stand of white        Get away from it all and experience
pine trees. The park is a great location          nature first hand.
for families. It offers picnic shelters, play
areas, a horseshoe pitch and volleyball           Nopiming offers four main canoe routes
court. A long scenic beach is perfect for         with designated backcountry camping
sandcastle-building or just a leisurely stroll.   areas. Bird River and Manigotagan River
Fishing is also a popular pastime in the          are popular with canoeists. Routes range
park with a boat dock and launch near             from 35 km (21.7 mi.) to 55 km (34.2 mi.).


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Anglers are lured by the northern pike,
walleye, smallmouth bass, then drawn back
by the wilds of Nopiming. Hike the Walking
on Ancient Mountains Trail or visit Tulabi
Falls. Four campgrounds and three private
lodges offer a base of exploration.
Leaving Winnipeg, follow Hwy. #59 north
to Hwy. #317, east to Hwy. #11, north to PR
313, east to PR 314 leading to Bird Lake at
the south end of the park. PR 314 takes you        Meditation Lake - Whiteshell Provincial Park
north through the park.
                                                  you a different view of the dam from across
Pinawa Dam Provincial Park                        the channel. A favourite spot for picnics,
Established 1985                                  be sure to bring your camera as red fox,
A skeleton of Manitoba engineering awaits         white-tailed deer and Red-winged
you at Old Pinawa. Concrete and steel             Blackbirds abound around the
contrast with granite and pines for an            water’s edge.
extraordinary view. The site of the first year-   Pinawa Dam can be found northwest
round hydro-electric production reminds us        of Pinawa or northeast of Lac du Bonnet
of how far we have come in a century. Old         on PR 520.
Pinawa Dam once produced the energy
used by the bustling turn-of the century          From Winnipeg, follow PTH 59 north
Winnipeg. Walk on, around and through             to PTH 44, east to PTH 11, north to PR 211,
the dam’s remains; which have survived            east to PR 520 and north 8.0 km to
time and even target practice by the              the park.
Canadian military. A walk around the
self-guiding trail leads you through the          St. Malo Provincial Park
construction, heyday, and demise of this          Established 1962
historical benchmark. The nature trails give
                                                  St. Malo is a wonderful watery getaway
                                                  nestled next to a historic Francophone
 St. Malo Provincial Park
                                                  community. With two beaches,
                                                  playgrounds, mini-golf, canoe, paddleboat
                                                  and inner-tube rentals, this park provides
                                                  a great escape from the summer heat.
                                                  Enjoy the lake views from the trails or
                                                  hike through an aspen-oak parkland.
                                                  Choose from basic or electrically serviced
                                                  campsites spreading out from the beach,
                                                  in the aspen trees or along the shores
                                                  of the reservoir.
                                                  Leaving Winnipeg, travel south on
                                                  Hwy. #59, 64 km (39.8 mi.).


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Whitemouth Falls Provincial Park
Established 1974
This park is a poplar day-use site for fishing
and picnicking. The scenic falls provide a
nice backdrop for family outings or an
afternoon fishing off the shore. In spring,
goldeye run at the bottoms of the falls and
northern pike can be caught all season
long. American White Pelicans are frequent
visitors. Find them basking on the rocks or
splashing in the pool made by the running
water. Fire pits and a playground are
nestled among the oaks making this a
perfect resting place to have a bite of
lunch. Be on the look out for Manitoba’s
provincial bird, the Great Gray Owl, a
year-round resident in the area.                    Whiteshell Provincial Park

Whitemouth Falls is located 90 km (56 mi.)
north east of Winnipeg, just north of the          for a challenge, the arduous, 60 km (37.2
community of Seven Sisters Falls. To get           mi.) Mantario Hiking Trail will be waiting.
here follow Hwy #44 east to Hwy 11, turn           Three major canoe routes and over a
north on Hwy. 11, turn east on PR 307 until        dozen hiking and biking trails extend
the town of Seven Sisters Falls. The access        through the park. As part of the Trans
for the park is on the north side across from      Canada Trail, the Whiteshell Multi-use
PR 408.                                            Trails offer hikers, runners, cyclists and
                                                   cross-country skiers routes for exercise
Whiteshell Provincial Park                         and exploration. Eleven campgrounds
Established 1961                                   plus a variety of accommodations,
                                                   provide facilities for all users.
You could spend years exploring Whiteshell
Provincial Park and still not experience it all.   Winter in the Whiteshell is beautiful and
The Whiteshell is a pine-scented, natural          thrilling. Cross-country ski and snowmobile
playground with rushing rivers, plentiful          trails start from trailheads all over the park.
wildlife, rugged ridges and clear deep             At Falcon Lake, you’ll find a biathlon track,
lakes. Enjoy the sandy beaches, tennis             skating, tobogganing and downhill
courts, cozy cabins and luxurious resorts,         skiing areas.
marinas and the 18-hole Falcon Lake Golf
                                                   Leaving Winnipeg, follow Hwy. #1, 126 km
Course, one of the province’s best. Drop a
                                                   (78.3 mi.) east to Falcon Lake and West
fishing line in the hundreds of lakes and
                                                   Hawk Lake. Additional points of entry to
rivers. Learn about the natural world at the
                                                   the park include PR 307 at Seven Sisters
Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary and Visitor
                                                   Falls and Hwy. #44 at Rennie.
Centre, Whiteshell Natural History
Museum, Whiteshell Fish Hatchery and
West Hawk Museum. When you’re ready

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                          Parks/Campgrounds

                          Atikaki Provincial Park                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  •	            	                	                          	                                	                     	                	                 	                 	                    	                          	                        	                       	 	                                    —
                          Birch	Point	Provincial	Park		     26	                          	                           	                           	                                 	                       •	                   N	                                         	                               	                   •	             	            	       •	            	                	                          	                                	                     	                	                 	                •	                    	                          	                        	                       	 	                                $10.50
                          Manigotagan River
                          Provincial Park                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          •                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  —
                          Moose Lake Provincial Park	     62	                14	                                     	                           	                                 	                       •	                 N	  	                                                                    •	                      •	            •	           •	       •	           •	              	                        	                                 	                      •	                	               •	                  •	                	                           •	                       	                       •	               	    $10.50-$14.70
                          Beresford	Lake	                 19	                 	                                      	                           	                                 	                        	                 N	  	                                                                     		                     •	             	            		      •	           •	               	                       	                                  	                      	                 	              •	                  •	                 		                         •	                       •	                      •	               	           $14.70
        Provincial Park
Nopiming	




                          Bird	Lake	                      29	                 	                                      	                           	                                 	                        	                 N	  	                                                                     		                     •	            •	            	       •	           •	              	                        	                                 	                      •	                	               •	                  •	                	                            	                       •	                      •	               		          $10.50
                          Black	Lake	                     52	                 	                                      	                           	                                 	                        	                 N	  	                                                                    •	                      •	            •	            	       •	           •	               	                       	                                 •	                      	                	                	                  •	                	                           •	                       •	                      •	               	           $14.70
                          Tulabi	Falls	                   36	                 	                                      	                           	                                 	                        	                 N	  	                                                                     	                      •	            •	           	        •	           •	              	                       	                                  	                       		                	               	                  •	                •	                           	                       •	                      •	               	           $10.50
                          Pinawa Dam Provincial Park	      	                  	                                      	                           	                                 	                        	                 N	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               	                                                                        	                       	             	            	       •	           •	              	                       •	                                 	                      	                 	                	                   	                	                            	                        	                       	               	               —
                          St.	Malo	Provincial	Park	       265	               156	                                    	                           	                                 	                       •	                 M	 •	                                                                    •	                      •	            •	           •	       •	           •	              •	                      •	                                 •	                     •	                •	              •	                  •	                •	                          •	                       •		                     •	               	    $14.70-$18.90
                          Whitemouth	Falls		                	                  	                                     	                           	                                 	                        	                 N	  	                                                                     	                       	             	            	
                          Provincial Park                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          •                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  —
                          Betula	Lake	                       		                 14	                        	                            	                        	                                         •	                 N	                                  	                                     	                      •	            •	           •	       •	           •	              •	                       	                                  	                     •	                 	              •	                  •		               •	                          •	                       •	                      •	 	               $14.70
                          Big	Whiteshell	Lake	              42	                 26	                       10	                           	                        	                                         •	                 M	                                 •	                                    •	                      •	            •	           •	       •	           •	              •	                       	                                 •	                     •	                 	               	                  •	                 	                          •	                       •	                      •	 	 $12.60-$17.85
                          Brereton	Lake	                    21	                  8	                        	                            	                        	                                         •	                 M	                                  	                                    •	                      •	            •	           •	       •	           •	              	                        	                                  	                     •	                •	               	                  •	                 	                          •	                        	                      •	 	 $12.60-$16.80
                          Caddy	Lake	                       26	                  	                         	                            	                        	                                         •	                 M	                                  	                                    •	                      •	            •	           •	       •	           •	              •	                       	                                 •	                     •	                 	              •	                  •	                •	                          •	                       •	                      •	 	               $12.60
Provincial Park




                          Falcon	Beach	                     80	                 79	                        	                           75	                     •**	                                        •	                 M	                                 •	                                    •	                      •	            •	           •	       •	           •	              •	                       •	                                •	                     •	                •	              •	                  •	                 	                           	                       •	                      •	 	 $14.70-$22.05
  Whiteshell




                          Falcon	Lakeshore	                 69	                 50	                       34	                           	                      •**	                                        •	                 M	                                 •	                                    •	                      •	            •	           •	       •	           •	              •	                       •	                                 	                     •	                •	              •	                  •	                •	                          •	                        	                      •	 	 $14.70-$19.95
                          Nutimik	Lake	                     21	                 37	                       40	                           	                      •**	                                        	                  M	                                •*	                                    •	                      •	            •	           •	       •	           •	              •	                       	                                  	                     •	                 	              •	                  •	                	                           •	                       •	                      •	 	 $12.60-$17.85
                          Nutimik	Lake	Yurts	                	                  10	                        	                            	                        	                                          	                 M	                                •*	                                     	                      •	            •	           •	       •	           •	              •	                       	                                 •	                     •	                 	              •	                  •	                 	                           		                      •	                      •	 	               $51.52
                          Opapiskaw	                        50	                 21	                        	                            	                        	                                          	                 M	                                •*	                                    •	                      •	            •	           •	       •	           •	              •	                        	                                •	                      	                 	               	                  •	                •	                          •	                        	                      •	 	 $12.60-$16.80
                          Otter	Falls	                      34	                 40	                        	                            	                        	                                          	                 M	                                •*	                                    •	                      •	            •	           •	       •	           •	              •	                        	                                •	                     •	                 	              •	                  •	                 	                           	                       •	                      •	 	 $12.60-$16.80
                          West	Hawk	Lake	                   48	                 28	                       10	                          36	                     •**	                                        •	                 M	                                •*	                                    •	                      •	            •	           •	       •	           •	              •	                       •	                                •	                     •	                •	              •	                  •	                •	                          •	                       •	                                 $
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       •											 12.60-$19.95
                          White	Lake	                       37	                  	                         	                            	                        	                                         •	                 M	                                •*	                                    	                       •	            •	           •	       •	           •	              	                        	                                 •	                     •		               •	              •	                  •	                •	                          •	                       	                       •	 	               $12.60

                          Visit other Star Attractions in the Eastern Tourism Region by visiting the following websites                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                **Available	on	some	sites.
                          eastmantourism.ca or travelmanitoba.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Campsites	have	a	picnic	table	and	firepit.	Drinking	water	is	available.	Maximum	stay	is	21	nights.	Yurts	and	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       cabins	have	a	maximum	stay	of	14	nights.	Rates and services are subject to change without notice.




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Backcountry Camping and Canoeing

Explore the Backcountry                           •	 Divide	the	equipment	between	members		
                                                     of your group to share the pack load.
by Paddle or Foot...                              •	 Ensure	you	are	familiar	with	basic		      	
                                                     survival skills and techniques.
A    re you looking for a vigorous
      backcountry adventure in life’s
great outdoors? Backcountry hiking,
                                                  •	 Observe	weather	forecasts.	Be	prepared		
                                                     for changing weather conditions.
canoeing and camping can be an exciting
experience in our many provincial parks.          •	 Check	with	the	local	park	office	about		 	
Several provincial parks offer backcountry           trail conditions and any information that
excursion opportunities including the                you may be required to leave with them.
60 kilometre Mantario Hiking Trail in             Keep a safe distance from all wildlife.
Whiteshell Provincial Park and the 35             While spotting wildlife, such as black bears,
kilometre canoe route on the Manigotagan          can be a highlight of your backcountry trip,
River. In addition to long, multi-day hiking      it is important to stay safe.
and canoeing routes, many provincial
parks have shorter, one-to-10 kilometre           Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
hiking and self-guiding trails suitable           Please pick up litter to help keep our
for day hikes.                                    parks green.
Here are a few simple tips to make your
backcountry trip more enjoyable:
•	 Prepare	and	plan.	Before	leaving	on		 	
   your trip, be sure to draft a trip plan that
   shows when and where you’re going and
   your expected date of return. Leave this
   with a responsible person.


     Whiteshell Provincial Park




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                                Northern
                                Region
                                Land of the
Paint Lake Provincial Park
                                Northern Lights

                                Northern Manitoba’s parks give you
                                convenient access to the wilderness
                                heart of Canada’s North. Explore
                                rugged landscapes and clear lakes
                                teeming with trophy-sized fish. Hike or
                                paddle to mighty waterfalls and rapids.
                                Spend sunny days on the beach and at
                                night enjoy the shimmering beauty of
                                the Northern Lights. Listen for wolves
                                while watching for woodland caribou,
Pisew Falls Provincial Park     moose and waterfowl. Visit the
                                museums and historic sites to learn
Wekusko Falls Provincial Park
                                more about the Aboriginal people,
                                fur traders and miners who helped
                                settle this vast frontier.




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Northern Region

Bakers Narrows Provincial Park
Established 1961
Bakers Narrows offers clear blue
waters for swimming, fishing and boating.
An angler’s retreat, the waters provide
excellent trout and walleye fishing. View
spectacular forests and rock outcrops.
The campground offers private campsites
– many electrically serviced, and brand-
new, comfortable, dome-shaped yurts.
Bird-lovers will enjoy spotting a variety
of birds including loons in late summer.
Leaving Flin Flon, travel south on
Hwy. #10, 27 km (16.8 mi.).
                                                   Bakers Narrows Provincial Park
Burge Lake/Zed Lake
Provincial Parks                                  try a shorter loop portion of the trail.
Established 1961                                  For a longer snowmobile trip, connect with
Newly renovated campgrounds offer                 the 50 km (31 mi.) Snoman trail to Flin Flon.
great camping along a pine-covered esker.         Leaving The Pas, follow Hwy. #10 north
Renovated boat launches give you access           19 km (11.8 mi.) to PR 287, turn east and
to fishing hot spots. Leaving Lynn Lake, travel   travel 2.5 km (1.5 mi.) to the park.
north on PR 394, 5 km (3.1 mi.) to Burge
Lake and 20 km (12.4 mi.) to Zed Lake.            Grass River/Wekusko Falls
                                                  Provincial Parks
Clearwater Lake                                   Grass River Provincial Park
                                                  established 1962
Provincial Park
Established 1962                                  Wekusko Falls Provincial Park
                                                  established 1974
White beaches backing onto coniferous
                                                  East of Cranberry Portage, is an expanse
forest and a clear lake teeming with trophy
                                                  of untouched boreal forest and a network
lake trout, northern pike and whitefish lure
                                                  of lakes with the Grass Rivers connecting
visitors to this park just outside The Pas.
                                                  these two parks. Wilderness canoe routes
Enjoy two modern, electrically serviced
                                                  of up to 125 km (78 mi) with designated
campgrounds with modern showers and
                                                  backcountry campsites connect the lakes of
washrooms, enjoy the comfort of the
                                                  Grass River Provincial Park. Wekusko Falls
roomy yurts or stay year-round in lodges
                                                  is located another 25 km (15 mi) down
in the park.
                                                  Tramping Lake and Grass River.
In winter try cross-country skiing or             The Grass River canoe route continues on
snowshoeing, ice fishing or snowmobiling          another 220 km (137 mi) to Paint Lake.
on groomed two-way trails around the              Three campgrounds offer family fun and
park to The Pas and back. Ski the entire          adventure. Fish for northern pike, walleye,
16 km (10 mi.) Pioneer Bay Ski Trail or           lake trout, whitefish and perch, hike the


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 Grass River Provincial Park


3.2 km (2 mi.) Iskwasum-Karst Springs            pike fishing adventure. Two campgrounds
interpretive trail; or swim, boat and see        provide basic and electrically serviced
the sights. Downstream from the park, the        sites, modern washrooms and showers.
Grass River plunges through Wekusko Falls.       Group campsites are also available.
At Wekusko Falls Provincial Park, the            A lodge in the park offers year-round
campground offers a base for exploring           comfort. Nearby Pisew Falls Provincial
the falls and the river on hiking trails or by   Park is another northern must-see. A short
boat. Boat/canoe rentals are available.          boardwalk leads to a viewing platform
Lodge accommodations are available               above the spectacular Pisew Falls, where
in both parks.                                   the Grass River drops, changes direction
                                                 and jets down through a gorge. Walk on
Leaving The Pas, travel north 74 km (46 mi.)     the Rotary Suspension Bridge over the
on Hwy. #10, turn right and follow Hwy.          Grass River or take the 22 km (13.6 mi.)
#39 into Grass River park. To reach              round-trip hiking trail to Kwasitchewan
Wekusko Falls, continue east on Hwy. #39         Falls, Manitoba’s highest. Visit in winter
to PR 392, turn left and drive 12 km (8.1 mi.)   to view spectacular snow shapes. At Paint
south of Snow Lake.                              Lake, enjoy snowshoeing, tobogganing,
                                                 skating and ice fishing. Trails of 2 to 6 km
Paint Lake/Pisew Falls                           (1.2 mi. to 3.1 mi.) are available for
Provincial Parks                                 cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Paint Lake Park established 1971
                                                 Leaving Thompson on Hwy. #6, drive south
Pisew Falls Park established 1974
                                                 32 km (19.9 mi.) to the junction of PR 375.
Explore the countless islands and the            Turn left into Paint Lake Provincial Park.
rugged Precambrian Shield shore of Paint         To reach Pisew Falls from Paint Lake,
Lake just outside of Thompson. Enjoy long,       travel 45 km (28 mi.) SW on PTH #6 from
northern summer days on a sun-drenched           the junction of PR 375 at Paint Lake.
beach or use the large, sheltered marina as
a starting point for a walleye and northern


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Golf Course (within 15 minute drive)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Showers / *Coin-Operated Showers
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Fishing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Beach
                                          Parks/Campgrounds
                       Provincial Park




                                          Bakers Narrows                    10                  61                                                                                                                         •                 M                                  •*                                     •                       •             •            •        •           •                                                                          •                       •                                                     •                                             •                                               •                 $16.80-$21.00
Narrows
 Bakers




                                          Bakers Narrows Yurts                                      6                                                                                                                      •                 M                                   •*                                                            •             •            •        •           •                                                                          •                       •                                                     •                                                                                             •                        $51.52
                                          Burge Lake
                                                                               8                                                                                                                                           •                    N                                                                                                            •            •        •                                                                                                                                                •                   •                                                                                                               Fees not charged
                                          Provincial Park
                                          Campers Cove                         9                34                                                                                                                         •                 M                                  •*                                     •                       •             •            •        •           •                                                                                                                                                        •                                            •                                                •                 $16.80-$21.00
                       Provincial Park
Clearwater
   Lake




                                          Campers Cove Yurts                                        6                                                                                                                      •                 M                                   •*                                                            •             •            •        •           •                                                                          •                                                                             •                                                                                             •                        $51.52
                                          Pioneer Bay                                           20                                                                                                                         •                 M                                  •*                                     •                       •             •            •        •                                                                                                              •                                                                                                   •                                               •                           $21.00
                                          Gyles                             31                                                                                                                                                                  N                                     •                                •                                     •            •        •           •                                                                                                                                                        •                                             •                                                                           $14.70
  Grass River
              Provincial Park




                                          Iskwasum                          38                                                                                                                                                                  N                                     •                                •                                                  •        •           •                                                                                                                                                        •                                             •                        •                                                  $14.70
                                          Reed Lake                         48                                                                                                                                             •                    N                                                                      •                                                  •        •           •                                                                                                                                                        •                                             •                                                                           $14.70
Paint Lake/
                        Provincial Park
        Pisew Falls




                                          Lakeview                             9                                                                                                                                                                N                                                                                              •                                   •           •                                                                                                                                    •                   •                                             •                                               •                           $14.70
                                          Paint Lake                        22                  53                             2                                                                                                             M                                        •                                •                       •             •            •        •           •                                                                          •                       •                                                     •                 •                           •                                               •                 $16.80-$22.05
                                          Wekusko Falls
                                                                            37                  27                                                                                                                         •                 M                                  •*                                     •                                     •            •        •           •                                        •                                                         •                 •               •                   •                                             •                                                •                 $15.75-19.95
                                          Provincial Park
                                          Zed Lake Provincial Park          10                                                                                                                                             •                    N                                                                                                            •            •        •                                                                                                                                                •                   •                                                                                                               Fees not charged


                                           Visit other Star Attractions in the Northern Tourism Region by visiting the following websites                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Campsites have a picnic table and firepit. Drinking water is available. Maximum stay is 21 nights. Yurts and
                                           visitnorthernmanitoba.ca or travelmanitoba.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cabins have a maximum stay of 14 nights. Rates and services are subject to change without notice.




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What’s New

M      anitoba’s provincial parks are always
       growing and expanding to provide
quality experiences in a variety of settings.
                                                 Today, families are rediscovering
                                                 Winnipeg Beach as a terrific place to
                                                 celebrate summer. On a hot day, see the
If you are looking for something new to          sights, stroll the boardwalk and catch the
do (or a reason to visit a park you haven’t      same cool breeze that sets the windsurfers
been to lately), check out the recent            skimming across the water.
upgrades and additions to our park system.       Come for the day or the weekend and
                                                 experience the culture and natural wonder
Winnipeg Beach Campground                        that is Winnipeg Beach.
2011 heralded the opening of the first new
provincial campground in more than twenty        New Parks
years at Winnipeg Beach. It offers 120 full      Manitoba’s two newest provincial parks
service sites and buddy sites for families and   conserve and protect 88,960 hectares
friends who want to camp together.               of natural landscapes and marine
 Winnipeg Beach Campground
                                                 environments at Little Limestone Lake
                                                 and at Fisher Bay on Lake Winnipeg
                                                 Little Limestone Lake is considered by
                                                 experts to be the largest and most
                                                 outstanding example of a marl lake in the
                                                 world. A marl lake changes colour as its
                                                 water turns from clear to a striking opaque
                                                 turquoise colour or even a milky blue-white
                                                 in warm summer weather.
                                                 Fisher Bay features long sandy beaches,
                                                 treed shorelines, old growth forest stands,
The three campground bays honour the             muskeg and bog landscapes, along with a
history of this lakeside community. Water        diversity of wildlife. The park area is home
Tower Bay is named after the iconic tower        to moose, white-tailed deer, elk, black
that still stands as a beacon for the            bear, timber wolf, lynx, red fox, beaver,
community along the shore. From 1919 to          muskrat, ruffed grouse and bald eagles.
1964, the famous New Dips Roller Coaster         The park area also provides habitat for
(or the Giant as it is technically called)       the endangered piping plover.
thrilled beach goers and was one of the          These two parks play an integral role in
main attractions. The coaster was 20             protecting and preserving representative
meters (65 feet) high and 1600 meters            examples of Manitoba’s unique natural
(5250 feet) long. In 1967, the roller coaster    spaces and diverse ecosystems for the
was demolished. Moonlight Special Bay,           benefit of future generations.
was so named for the train that brought
city dwellers out for an evening of concerts      Little Limestone Lake
and dancing on Saturday evenings, when
Winnipeg Beach was still a Canadian
Pacific Railway resort community.



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                                               Western
                                               Region
                                               Don’t Want to be
Wellman Lake - Duck Mountain Provincial Park
                                               Fenced in?

                                               Ramble through a land of rolling hills,
                                               forested highlands, and wide open
                                               stretches of sage, shortgrass and
                                               cactus straight out of a western movie.
                                               It’s Manitoba’s Western region. Hike,
                                               bike and ski through vast valleys, fields
                                               of prairie grass and forested prairie
                                               mountains. Look for moose, elk, turtles
                                               and snakes. Wonder at drifting sand
                                               dunes. Many museums and heritage
Adam Lake - Turtle Mountain Provincial Park
                                               sites throughout the region tell the story
                                               of the land and the lives and times of
Spruce Woods Provincial Park                   the pioneers in this diverse area.




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Western Region
Asessippi Provincial Park
Established 1964
The deep valley and steep slopes of the
Assiniboine River create a perfect setting
for beautiful Asessippi Provincial Park.
Lake of the Prairies is a renowned producer
of big, scrappy walleye and northern pike.
The hillsides offer stunning views and are
perfect for hiking and mountain biking
on a portion of the Trans Canada Trail.
A pleasant campground offers yurts as
well as basic and electrically serviced
campsites. Group camping is
also available.
Ice fishing, snowmobiling and downhill           Gull Lake - Duck Mountain Provincial Park
skiing at the finest hill on the prairies
draw visitors throughout the winter.            In winter, take to the trails, or try ice-fishing
                                                for that big catch. Childs, Wellman and
Leaving Russell, follow Hwy. #83 north
                                                Glad Lakes beckon the intermediate
19 km (11.8 mi.). Take PR 482 west
                                                cross-country skier. A network of groomed
14 km (7 mi.) to the park.
                                                snowmobile trails leads off into the wilds
                                                of the park or to nearby communities from
Duck Mountain Provincial Park
                                                access points at Childs, Blue and Wellman
Established 1961
                                                Lakes. Ski trails range in distance from
The highest point in Manitoba is a scenic       5 km (3.1 mi.) to 10.5 km (6.5 mi.).
high point for lovers of wildlife, wilderness
and water. Duck Mountain’s rolling,             From Dauphin, travel west on Hwy. #5
forested terrain is home to black bears,        for 16 km (10 mi.) to Hwy. #10, then north
moose, elk, White-tailed deer, lynx,            58 km (36 mi.) to PTH #367. Travel west
coyotes, foxes and wolves. Hiking trails        for 40 km (25 mi.). This will take you to
lead around blue-green lakes, over ridges,      Blue Lakes Campground.
through forests, meadows and valleys.
Numerous trails for all experience levels       Manipogo Provincial Park
range from short interpretive loops to a        Established 1961
network of wilderness access, multi-use         Explore the rich fishing and clear water
backcountry trails. Spend an hour or a          of the northern end of Lake Manitoba,
day on hiking, biking, horse and ATV trails.    and maybe spot the legendary creature for
Blue, Childs and Wellman Lakes – and            which Manipogo Provincial Park is named.
many others – offer great fishing and clear,    This well-kept secret offers a short hiking
blue water. Four campgrounds offer a mix        trail, a spacious beach, playgrounds and
of basic and electrical sites, with group use   the perfect base for exploring one of
sites, rental cabins and full-service lodges    Manitoba’s great lakes, Lake Manitoba.
also available.


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                                                    Western Region
Serviced campsites and amenities, plus          tobogganing, skating and hockey rinks,
nearby access to a golf course, add to          two groomed walking and snowshoeing
the attraction.                                 trails and a network of groomed
                                                snowmobile trails involving six
Leaving Dauphin on Hwy. #20 travel              one-way loops totaling approximately
north 38 km (24 mi.), turn right on PR 269,     160 km (79.4 mi.).
proceed for 38 km (24 mi.) then turn right
on PR 276, drive 9 km (5.6 mi.).                Leaving Winnipeg, follow Hwy. #1 west,
                                                travel 160 km (79.4 mi.) to the junction
Rainbow Beach Provincial Park                   with Hwy. #5 at Carberry, drive south
Established 1961                                20 km (12.4 mi.) to the park.
Visit somewhere over the rainbow on
the sunny southern shore of Dauphin Lake.
                                                Turtle Mountain/
A wide-open beach for swimming or scenic        William Lake Provincial Parks
shore walks, fishing and water sports are       Established 1961
among the attractions. Amenities include        Follow historic Aboriginal trails and
a playground, baseball diamond, serviced        bootleggers’ backroads through the hill
campsites and group use camping area.           country on the Manitoba-North Dakota
Leaving Dauphin on PR 20, travel east           border. Discover more than 200 lakes and
17 km (10.5 mi.).                               wetlands set amid wildlife-rich forests of
                                                aspen, Manitoba maple, elm, balsam
Spruce Woods Provincial Park                    poplar, ash and birch. Try your luck fishing
Established 1964                                or look to the skies for a birdwatcher’s
Explore the sand dunes, sage and                delight. Explore the backcountry by foot,
cactus-dotted meadows, rolling hills and        mountain bike, horse or canoe along a
forests of Spruce Woods. Go horseback           variety of trails and routes, ranging from
riding or backpacking, hike or cycle part       3 km (1.8 mi.) to 17 km (10.5 mi.). Ski trails
of the Trans Canada Trail, canoe for an         range from 5 km (3.1 mi.) to 15 km (9.3 mi.)
afternoon or take the multi-day Assiniboine     and snowmobile trails range from
River route from Brandon, or take a             8 km (4.9 mi.) to 43 km (26.6 mi.) return
covered wagon ride through the Spirit           distance. Campgrounds at Adam,
Sands. The Epinette Creek Trails have           Max and William Lakes offer basic,
three backcountry campsites to take breaks      electrical, and electrical/water campsites.
at while you traverse forests, prairie and      Excellent snow conditions and four
creeks. Kiche Manitou Campground offers         novice cross-country ski trails, as well as
a range of sites, services and activities,      tobogganing, skating and a hockey rink
including a popular swimming spot and           at Adam Lake, draw winter visitors.
spacious, domed yurts. Visitors with            Snowmobile trails lead through the hills
horses can explore a variety of trails          and along the lakes of Turtle Mountain.
from their base at one of two equestrian        Leaving Brandon, follow Hwy. #10 south,
campgrounds.                                    100 km (62.1 mi.)
In winter, the rolling hills are crisscrossed
by excellent cross-country ski trails,
Spruce Woods also offers jam pail curling,

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 Western Region




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Washrooms M-(modern) N-(non-modern)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Showers / *Coin-operated Showers




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Golf Course (within 15 minute drive)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      50 Amp. Electrical Service Available




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Seasonal Camping Available
                                                                                                                                              # of Electrical/Water Sites




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Group Camping Available




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Reservations Accepted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Trailer Sanitary Station




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fall Camping Program
                                                                                                                                                                            # of Full Service Sites




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Disability Accessible




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Boat / Canoe Rental
                                                                                                                      # of Electrical Sites




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Concession / Store




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nightly Fee Range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Recycling Depot
                                                                                                   # of Basic Sites




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Picnic Shelters




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Cycling Trails




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Boat Launch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hiking Trails




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Laundromat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Playground


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fishing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Beach
                                                                    Parks/Campgrounds
                Provincial Park
 Asessippi




                                                                    Asessippi                        10                  92                                                                                                                         •                 M                                        •                                •                       •             •           •         •           •                •                                                          •                      •                 •               •                   •                 •                           •                        •                       •                $18.90-$23.10
                                                                    Asessippi Yurts                                          6                                                                                                                      •                 M                                         •                                                       •             •           •         •           •                •                                                          •                      •                 •               •                   •                                                                      •                       •                                       $51.52
                                                                    Bell Lake Provincial Park           8                                                                                                                                           •                    N                                                                                                                                  •                                                                                                                                                                    •                                                                      •                                                               $14.70
                                                                    Blue Lakes                       46                  36                                                                                                                         •                 M                                  •*                                     •                       •             •           •         •            •                                                                                                 •                 •               •                   •                 •                           •                        •                       •                $16.80-$21.00
Duck Mountain
                  Provincial Park




                                                                    Childs Lake                      28                  57                             8                                                             •                             •                 M                                  •*                                     •                       •             •           •         •            •                                                                                                 •                 •               •                   •                 •                           •                        •                       •                $16.80-$22.05
                                                                    Singush Lake                     13                                                                                                                                                                  N                                                                                                                                  •                                                                                                                                                                    •                                                                      •                                                               $14.70
                                                                    Wellman Lake                     19                  33                       34                                                   •**                                          •                 M                                  •*                                     •                       •             •           •         •           •                •                                                                                 •                  •              •                   •                                             •                        •                       •                $16.80-$22.05
                                                                    Manipogo Provincial Park         56                  33                                                                                                                         •                 M                                        •                                •                                     •           •         •           •                                                                          •                       •                                                     •                 •                           •                          •                     •                $17.85-$22.05
                                                                    North Steeprock Lake
                                                                                                     16                                                                                                                                             •                    N                                     •                                •                                     •           •         •                                                                                       •                                                                            •                                             •                        •                                                               $14.70
                                                                    Provincial Park
                                                                    Primrose Provincial Park            6                                                                                                                                           •                    N                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              •                                                               $14.70
                                                                    Rainbow Beach
                                                                                                     44                  28                                                                                                                         •                 M                                        •                                •                                     •           •         •           •                                        •                                                         •                                                     •                 •                           •                        •                       •                $18.90-$23.10
                                                                    Provincial Park
                                                                    Rivers Provincial Park           12                  19                                                     20                     •**                                          •                 M                                        •                                •                                     •           •         •           •                                        •                                                         •                                                     •                 •                           •                        •                       •                $18.90-$23.10
                                  Provincial Park Provincial Park




                                                                    Kiche Manitou                    84                  80                                                                                                                         •                 M                                        •                                •                       •             •           •         •            •               •                       •                                  •                      •                 •               •                   •                 •                                                    •                       •                $18.90-$26.25
 Turtle Spruce
Mountain Woods




                                                                    Kiche Manitou Yurts                                  13                                                                                                                         •                 M                                         •                               •                       •             •            •        •            •               •                       •                                  •                      •                 •               •                   •                 •                                                    •                       •                                       $51.52
                                                                    Adam Lake                        24                  45                       36                                                                  •                             •                 M                                         •                               •                       •             •            •        •            •               •                       •                                                                                                               •                 •                           •                        •                       •                $14.70-$24.15
                                                                    Max Lake                         19                                                                                                                                             •                  M                                        •                               •                       •             •            •        •            •                                       •                                                                                                               •                 •                           •                        •                       •                                       $14.70
                                                                    Whitefish Lake
                                                                                                     40                                                                                                                                             •                    N                                                                      •                                     •            •        •                                                                                                                                                                    •                                             •                        •                                                               $14.70
                                                                    Provincial Park
                                                                    William Lake Provincial Park     51                                                                                                                                             •                 M                                        •                                •                       •             •           •         •            •               •                       •                                  •                                                                            •                 •                                                    •                       •                                       $18.90

                                                             Visit other Star Attractions in the Western Tourism Region by visiting the following websites                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      **Available on some sites.
                                                             tourismwestman.ca or travelmanitoba.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Campsites have a picnic table and firepit. Drinking water is available. Maximum stay is 21 nights. Yurts and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cabins have a maximum stay of 14 nights. Rates and services are subject to change without notice.




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Healthy By Nature

Become Healthy By Nature…                            washrooms provide barrier-free access.
                                                     Return distance is 1 km; allow 30 minutes
one trail at a time in Birds Hill                    to complete the trail.
Provincial Park
                                                     Chickadee Trail and Viewing Tower

H     iking is an activity for all ages, abilities
      and seasons with Birds Hill Provincial
Park offering trails for everyone. So get
                                                     This trail leads you to Griffiths Hill which is
                                                     the highest point in the area at 265m and
                                                     has interpretive signs at the viewing tower
your backpack, fill your water bottle, tie
                                                     that provides a westward view, beyond the
your shoes and head out for a spectacular
                                                     park’s treed boundary. The signs explain
time on the trail. Pick up a park map for
                                                     how eskers are formed by glacier and how
trailhead locations and to familiarize
                                                     settlers in this region would use this
yourself with the different trails and
                                                     landscape to escape flooding when the
activities for each of them. Here is a sample
                                                     Red River spilled its banks. Return distance
of what you might try. Come often - there is
                                                     is 4 km, so allow 2 hours for your hike.
something new to discover in every season.

                                                     Nimowin Self-Guiding Trail
Cedar Bog Self-Guiding Trail
                                                     Nimowin (pronounced Nim-oh-Win) is
This trail winds through grasslands, areas
                                                     a Cree word meaning peaceful or quiet.
of aspen and oak trees and a magnificent
                                                     The purpose of the Nimowin Trail is to help
stand of eastern white cedar. The trail starts
                                                     you reflect upon this natural environment,
at a relatively high elevation, passes
                                                     consider the impact of people upon it and
through an aspen forest and descends to
                                                     witness firsthand how nature repairs itself.
an unusual cool and damp cedar bog
                                                     A self-guiding trail publication will guide
(bring your rubber boots in spring and fall).
                                                     you along the way and provide you with
In the summer allow 1.5 hours and 2 hours
                                                     insight into the landscape of the park.
to complete the entire trail (return distance
                                                     This is a trail that should be hiked in every
3.5 km).
                                                     season to appreciate all its features.
                                                     Allow 45 minutes to walk the 1.8 km trail.
Bur Oak Self-Guiding Trail
This paved trail has on-site interpretive            Pine Ridge Self-guiding Trail
signs that describe the forest, plants, and
                                                     Through time, what is now Birds Hill
animals that call this place home in the
                                                     Provincial Park has been home to many
different seasons. In summer, some of the
                                                     people. This trail is dedicated to the former
aromas that will fill the air are juniper,
                                                     residents of Pine Ridge. You can experience
chokecherry, nannyberry and prairie rose.
                                                     their lives during the ‘30s and ‘40s as you
Fall brings a burst of yellow gold in the oak
                                                     walk the Old School Road and visit the sites
trees and winter provides a peaceful
                                                     of their homesteads, store and school. This
setting for a walk. This trail is designed to
                                                     2.4-km trail has three trailheads along its
accommodate all visitors, the trail is asphalt
                                                     length and takes about one hour to
covered and adjacent picnic tables and
                                                     complete.



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                    Geocaching in Provincial Parks

Geocaching is catching on.                                  •	 Get	the	required	approval	to	hide	new		 	
                                                               geocaches. Policy and application forms
                                                               are available on the parks website at
I t is a great opportunity for you and your
  family to experience life’s great outdoors.
Using a global positioning system (GPS),
                                                               manitobaparks.com.
                                                            •	 Protect	our	parks	by	staying	on	maintained		
people or organizations set up a cache                         trails or publicly accessible areas.
and share the co-ordinates, called waypoints,
on the Internet. Participants use these GPS                 •	 Remember,	you	may	be	in	bear	country			
co-ordinates to find the geocache and                          in provincial parks. Be prepared.
share their experiences online.                             •	 Ensure	your	pet’s	safety	by	always		        	
There are almost a million geocaches                           keeping it on a leash.
hidden around the world, including some in                  •	 Be	familiar	with	your	surroundings	and		 	
Manitoba's provincial parks. We welcome                        plan to go into green areas as group.
geocachers as they search for new caches                       Let someone know about your travel
and request they not disturb other park                        and adventure plans.
users or ecologically-sensitive areas.
                                                            •	 Make	your	experience	more	enjoyable		 	
Here are a few park-friendly tips for                          by bringing drinking water and dressing
geocaching in Manitoba’s provincial parks:                     for the weather and trail conditions.
                                                            •	 Help	keep	trails	clean	by	placing	litter
                                                               in disposal bins.




    WARNING
    The waters downstream from the St. Andrews Lock and Dam can be hazardous to anglers
    and boaters due to the turbulence and fluctuation of water levels. The area of turbulence may
    extend from the dam to the floodway exit.

    No matter what the season, please exercise caution in this area.
    For more information, please call: 204-757- 3041

    ATTENTION
    Les remous et la fluctuation du
    niveau des eaux en aval du barrage
    et de l’écluse de St. Andrews
    peuvent constituer un danger pour
    les pêcheurs et les plaisanciers. La
    zone de remous peut s’étendre du
    barrage jusqu’à la sortie du canal de
    dérivation.

    Quelle que soit la saison,
    soyez prudents à cet endroit.
    Pour obtenir plus de
    renseignements, veuillez
    téléphoner au : 204-757- 3041


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Beach Safety

M     anitoba’s 100,000 sparkling lakes make our province a wonderful
      place to swim, wade and enjoy the cool, clean water.
Manitoba Parks encourages you and your groups to keep the following
tips in mind to ensure being around the water is not only fun, but safe
as well.

•	 Watch children at all times and stay        •	 Never swim alone. Always swim with
   within arm’s reach. Never leave them           a friend and watch out for each other.
   alone in or near water.                     •	 Weaker swimmers and young children
•	 Ensure children are properly supervised        should wear a properly sized life jacket
   by an adult, especially when adults may        or personal floatation device (PFD).
   be distracted by activities such as meal    •	 Don’t consume alcohol before or while
   preparation, equipment set-up or               swimming. Alcohol impairs your abilities
   packing. Adult supervision is the best         and judgment.
   protection for children.
                                               •	 Take swimming and water safety
•	 Swim only in designated swim areas.            lessons. Learn First Aid and CPR skills so
•	 Be aware of your swimming limitations.         you can help yourself and others.
   Don’t try to go beyond your ability.
•	 Ensure that you and your group know         Drowning is Preventable!
   how to swim. It is the best way to stay     For more information on water and beach
   safe in and around the water.               safety please contact the following:
•	 Don’t bring inflatables to the beach.
                                               Canadian Red Cross
   Wind can blow them into the water
                                               Toll free 1-888-307-7997
   where children tend to follow.
                                               www.redcross.ca
•	 Always check water depth before
   diving. Water levels may change             Lifesaving Society
   from day to day due to changing             204-956-2124
   weather conditions.                         www.lifesaving.mb.ca




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                                                       Boating Safety




M     anitoba’s provincial parks are ideal for boating, but boating fun can quickly
      turn to tragedy. To stay safe while enjoying our waterways, please follow these
important safety guidelines:

•	 As of September 15, 2009, all operators     •	 Kayakers should ensure they can be
   of recreational, motorized, pleasure-          seen in water by wearing bright colored
   craft in Canada require a Pleasure Craft       lifejackets or PFDs.
   Operator Card (PCO Card) or proof of        •	 Check the weather forecast before
   competency. Get your PCO Card and              going out. Once on the water, watch
   get trained. Learn more about boating          for changes in the weather and
   safety, equipment requirements,                head to shore if it looks like a storm
   regulations, and how to respond                is approaching.
   in emergency situations. For more
                                               •	 Personal watercraft operators should
   information call toll free:
                                                  not carry passengers under the age
   1-800-267-6687
                                                  of six.
•	 Tell someone of your travel plans,
                                               •	 Cooking and heating in enclosed
   where you are going and when you
                                                  spaces can cause carbon monoxide
   are expected to return.
                                                  to accumulate and lead to poisoning.
•	 Always wear a lifejacket or personal           Boaters should only use fuel-burning
   floatation device (PFD). It could save         appliances in well-ventilated places.
   your life. Less than 10 percent of             Swimmers should not swim where boat
   Manitoba drowning victims wore                 engine exhaust may accumulate.
   a lifejacket or PFD.
•	 Drive responsibly and at a moderate         For more information about boating safety,
   speed. Laws prohibit the operation          please contact:
   of a vessel in a careless or
                                               Office of Boating Safety,
   inconsiderate manner.
                                               Transport Canada
•	 Don’t drink and drive. Alcohol impairs
   vision and judgment and is involved         Toll Free 1-800-267-6687
   in 31 percent of water related deaths
   in Manitoba.

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All the Comforts of Home

A    re you looking for a park adventure
     but don’t want to bother with a tent
or trailer? Why not try a yurt or family
vacation cabin? Manitoba’s provincial
parks offer something for everyone and
our comfort camping options are a unique,
affordable option to traditional camping.
Yurts are extremely popular and offer an        Spruce Woods Provincial Park
experience that is part cabin, part tent
and 100 per cent comfortable. These large,     cabins contain comfortable, rustic furniture,
fabric-sided, domed shelters are available     electricity, a refrigerator, stove and sink.
at Asessippi, Bakers Narrows, Camp Morton,     Each cabin has its own parking space,
Clearwater Lake, Whiteshell, Spruce Woods      picnic table and barbeque pit. All cabins
and Stephenfield Provincial Parks. Each yurt   have cold running water and flush toilets.
has windows and a skylight that open to let    Showers are located centrally in the park.
in fresh air and sunshine. A lockable door
provides security and privacy. Electricity,    Hecla Island is another popular cabin
a heater and lighting are offered for your     destination, which offers 15 rustic and
convenience. Your home away from home          4 premium cabins located at the north
also features log furniture including a bunk   end of the park. These cabins feature a
bed, futon, table, chairs and small storage    pedestrian-friendly layout and are just
cabinet. Cooking is done just like at a        a short walk away from the parking lot.
campsite – outdoors over a fire or with        Wagons and carts are provided so you
a camp stove at the picnic table or under      can transport your gear to the cabin.
the covered porch.                             The result is a peaceful, secluded vacation
                                               setting. Each cabin is furnished with
Comfort camping in a cabin is another          comfortable log furniture, electricity,
great option in Manitoba. Vacation cabins      a small refrigerator, stove top (no oven)
at Camp Morton and Hecla/Grindstone            and sink. Modern washrooms and showers
Provincial Parks are a natural for families    are centrally located. All cabins have a
and fun.                                       screened-in porch with patio furniture.
Located just an hour away from Winnipeg,       Yurts and cabin goers should bring
visitors love staying in the 14 rustic log     all the things you need to camp such
cabins at Camp Morton. Camp Morton’s           as sleeping bags, pillows, food, eating
                                               and cooking utensils. Don’t forget
                                               your sense of adventure!

                                               Reservations
                                               To reserve a family vacation cabin or yurt
                                               call the Parks Reservation Service at
                                               1-888-4U2-CAMP (1-888-482-2267);
                                               in Winnipeg call 948-3333 or visit:
                                               manitobaparks.com.
 Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park


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                                                        Be Bear Smart

M     anitoba Parks are in bear country. Visitors should always assume bears
      are in the area, even if no recent sightings or problems have been reported.
Protect yourself, your family and our bears by never approaching bears.
When bears find an easy meal – at a campsite or from garbage – they begin
to associate people with food and will return to those sites. Campers can keep
themselves and our bears safe by following these rules:

What Campers Can Do:                           •	 wear scented hair or body products
•	 never leave any of these items              •	 approach or feed wildlife, especially
   unattended: coolers, food in open or           black bears
   closed containers, garbage, dishes,
   pots, pet food and bowls, bottles, cans
                                               What Backcountry Users Should Do:
   or any item associated with food            •	 store food and unwashed utensils
   preparation                                    in airtight storage containers to
•	 store all food and food-related items in       minimize odours
   a hard-sided vehicle, trailer or motor      •	 pack all remaining garbage for
   home; not in a tent or tent-trailer            proper disposal
•	 be sure to thoroughly clean all             •	 only if necessary, and only in approved
   cooking equipment                              facilities where fires are permitted, burn
•	 use the bear-proof refuse containers           garbage, sanitary materials, cooking
   provided                                       grease and food scraps rather than
                                                  burying them
What Campers Should Not Do:                    •	 avoid carrying and cooking canned
•	 dispose of dishwater around, or near           fish and bacon
   the campsite                                •	 avoid using personal music players/
•	 sleep in clothes used while cooking            radios with headphones while hiking



 A safe campsite                              An unsafe campsite




To safeguard yourself and your property, become “Bear Smart” in bear country.
For more information, go to: manitoba.ca/blackbear or pick up a Bear Smart
booklet at any Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship office.

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H E L P P R O T E C T M A N I T O B A’ S WAT E R S




AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES
Prevent the Spread of Zebra Mussels
•	 Zebra	mussels	are	small	and	clam-like	with	triangular	
   shells,	typically	marked	with	light	and	dark	bands.
•	 They	clog	water	intakes,	damage	watercraft	engines,	ruin	
   beaches,	and	threaten	fisheries.                                            image	courtesy	of	US	
                                                                                  Fish	&	Wildlife

•	 Although	not	yet	found	in	Manitoba,	they	are	in	the	United	
   States	portion	of	the	Red	River.                                        Zebra	mussels	
                                                                           spread	through	
•	 Once	established,	zebra	mussels	can’t	be	eliminated.
                                                                           water,	by	attaching	
Protect	our	precious	lakes,	rivers	and	wetlands	by	taking	a	               to	aquatic	plants,	
few	important	precautions.                                                 and	watercraft.



   Before launching and                             DRAIN	all water from
                                                    motor,	livewell,	bilge	and	bait	buckets.
   before leaving:
   CLEAN	and inspect watercraft DRYin the hot sun (if	rinsing	is	5
                                days
                                     watercraft for at least

   and gear.                                        not	available).	
   	 	
   • Remove	all	plants,	animals	and	mud.
                                                    DISPOSE	of unwanted live
      	
   •	 Rinse	using	high	pressure,	very	hot	tap	
      water	-	preferably	50˚C	(120˚F).
                                                    bait and worms in trash,	and	dump	
                                                    bait	bucket	water	on	land.

                     To	report	a	sighting,	or	for	more	information	call:


              1-87-STOP AIS-0
                             	 ( 1 - 877- 8 67-2470 )

                         Visit	manitoba.ca/Stop              AIS

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                                              Summer Highlights

Summer Highlights                             2012 Interpretive Events
May 18-21                                     February 26
Victoria Day Long Weekend                     Winter Open House
Once again, all campers can relax and         Birds Hill Provincial Park
enjoy liquor-free camping on the Victoria     March 18
Day Long Weekend.                             Snowshoeing Adventure
                                              Birds Hill Provincial Park
June 9-10
Family Fishing Weekend                        April 22
Family Fishing Weekend takes                  GPS Adventure
place across Manitoba (excluding federal      Birds Hill Provincial Park
parks). Individuals wishing to fish, may do   May 5
so without a licence. All other rules and     Starry Nights Astronomy Event
regulations apply. For more information       Birds Hill Provincial Park
call 204-945-6784 or 1-800-214-6497.          May 19 – 21
                                              International Migratory Bird Day Celebration
Sunday, July 1
                                              Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary,
Canada Day
                                              Whiteshell Provincial Park
July 4-8                                      May 26 & 27
Winnipeg Folk Festival                        Door Open Heritage Tours
Canada’s greatest folk and roots              St. Norbert Provincial Park
music festival takes place at Birds Hill      June 1
Provincial Park.                              Historic Bike Tour
                                              St. Norbert Provincial Park
July 21
Canada’s Parks Day                            June 10
Celebrations in Manitoba’s                    Bannock Bonanza
provincial parks offer a wide variety         St. Norbert Provincial Park
of family oriented activities including       Family Fishing Hike, Lyons Lake,
Honourary Natural Resource Officer            Whiteshell Provincial Park
and interpretive events.                      June 15
                                              Who Gives a Hoot? Amphitheatre,
August 4-6                                    Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park
August Long Weekend                           June 16
                                              GPS Adventure, Birds Hill Provincial Park
September 1-3                                 June 22
Labour Day Weekend                            Anishinabe Heritage & Tradition
                                              Amphitheatre, Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park
                                              June 30
                                              Bannock Bake
                                              Big Whiteshell Campground
                                              Whiteshell Provincial Park

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Summer Highlights

Daily in July & August                            August 12
Bannock Point Petroform Site Tours                Bannock Bonanza
Whiteshell Provincial Park                        St. Norbert Provincial Park
Thursdays in July & August                        August 18
Bike Tour, St. Malo Provincial Park               Starry Nights Astronomy
Sundays in July & August                          Birds Hill Provincial Park
Dam, Prairie & Forest Hike                        Birds of Hecla Campfire
St. Malo Provincial Park                          Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park
July 1                                            August 23
Bison Days, Birds Hill Provincial Park            Ghost Hike, St. Norbert Provincial Park
Historic Bike Tour, St. Norbert Provincial Park   August 25
Canada Day Celebrations                           Wolf Howl
Whiteshell Natural History Museum,                Falcon Lake, Whiteshell Provincial Park
Whiteshell Provincial Park                        August 26
July 8                                            Commercial Fishing Demonstration
Commercial Fishing Demonstration                  Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park
Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park                  September 1 & 2
Bannock Bonanza                                   GPS Adventure
St. Norbert Provincial Park                       St. Norbert Provincial Park
July 15                                           September 2
Bike Tour, Birds Hill Provincial Park             Annual Fish Hatchery Fish Fry
July 19                                           Whiteshell Provincial Park
Voyaguer Cookout                                  Bannock Bake
St. Norbert Provincial Park                       Whiteshell Provincial Park
July 21                                           September 8
Celebrate the Whiteshell                          Grandparent’s Day Activities
Falcon Lake, Whiteshell Provincial Park           Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary,
Parks Day Celebration                             Whiteshell Provincial Park
Betula Lake, Whiteshell Provincial Park           September 15
July 28                                           GPS Adventure, Birds Hill Provincial Park
Ghost Walk                                        October 5-8
Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park                  Migration Weekend, Alfred Hole Goose
Edible Wilds Campfire                             Sanctuary, Whiteshell Provincial Park
Falcon Lake, Whiteshell Provincial Park
                                                  October 7
August 1                                          Eagle Fest
Historic Bike Tour                                Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park
St. Norbert Provincial Park
                                                  October 13
August 11                                         Halloween at the Hill
Wolf Howl                                         Birds Hill Provincial Park
Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park
UFO Hike
Falcon Lake, Whiteshell Provincial Park

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                                               Winter Adventures

I n Manitoba’s provincial parks, winter is a
  season worth celebrating. A wide variety
of outdoor recreation awaits you. Cross-
                                               Here are few, simple, winter recreation
                                               tips to make your winter outings more
                                               enjoyable:
country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing,
ice fishing and snowmobiling are all           •	 Check your equipment before you start.
excellent ways to get some fresh air and       •	 Let a responsible person know what
exercise in a natural setting. Even the           your plans are: where you are going,
coldest days can become memorable                 when you are leaving and when you
in life’s great outdoors.                         expect to return. Let them know when
                                                  you have returned.
In Manitoba’s provincial parks, numerous       •	 Dress in layers to adjust for warmth
groomed cross-country ski trails allow            and weather. Be prepared for sudden
you to glide effortlessly through the snow.       changes in temperature and conditions.
Many parks also have snowmobile trail             Keep a change of clothes in the car.
systems with warm-up shelters. These           •	 Take breaks for resting, eating meals
trails offer prime snowmobiling through           or snacks, adjusting equipment and
spectacular landscapes, forests and               enjoying the scenery.
lake country.
                                               •	 Check out the trail conditions at:
                                                  manitobaparks.com.




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For More Information

Calling All Campers                           Knowing Your
Manitoba parks offer so much fun that         Way Around -
one day just isn’t enough. Camping gives      Summer & Winter
you a chance to truly experience our
natural beauty, whether you stay in a         For detailed information on Manitoba’s
cozy tent site, roomy RV site, yurt, cabin    provincial parks including campground
or large group campsite. Choose from          information and up-to-date cross-country
basic, electrical, electrical/water and       ski and snowmobile trail conditions call:
fully serviced campsites. All sites include   1-800-214-6497, in Winnipeg call
a picnic table and fire pit. Most             945-6784.
campgrounds are open from May                 To obtain complimentary park maps,
to September, while some also offer           campground maps, winter and summer
limited fall services until Thanksgiving.     recreation maps and self-guiding trail
                                              brochures, check with the local Park
Commercial Services                           Office upon your arrival, or in advance
You’ll find a variety of commercial           by contacting:
services in our parks to make your visit
                                              Manitoba Conservation and
more enjoyable. These include grocery
                                              Water Stewardship
stores, restaurants, lakeside concessions
                                              Box 22, 200 Saulteaux Crescent,
and boat and canoe rentals. Throughout
                                              Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 3W3
the province, neighbouring communities
                                              1-800-214-6497
are ready to provide supplies and
                                              In Winnipeg call 945-6784
services that are not available in a park.
                                              You may also contact Manitoba provincial
For more details on commercial services
                                              parks on the Internet: manitobaparks.com
in parks, please visit travelmanitoba.com,
                                              email: nrinfo@gov.mb.ca
or call 1-800-665-0040 (or 927-7838
in Winnipeg).

 Birds Hill Provincial Park




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                                               For More Information




 Sturgeon Falls - Whiteshell Provincial Park


Trip Planning in Detail                           The following guides are available at:
Whether you’re planning a backcountry             1-800-665-0040 (or 927-7838 in
hiking trip, or wilderness canoeing, rafting,     Winnipeg) or visit our website at
or kayaking adventure contact:                    travelmanitoba.com.
Manitoba Conservation and
Water Stewardship, Map Sales                      Fishing and Hunting
204-945-6666,                                     Adventures Guide
Toll Free: 1-877-627-7226,                        Fishing and hunting information,
1007 Century Street,                              Master Angler Award listing, lodges,
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0W4                              outfitters and air charter information.
Their wide selection of publications
includes topographic maps, hydrographic           Events Guide
charts, angling maps, aerial photographs          A listing of the festivals and events
and illustrated maps of 13 major canoe            happening across the province.
routes prepared by artist/canoeist Réal
Bérard. Contact Map Sales directly for
further information or visit their website at
canadamapsales.com.




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Get Your Passport to Adventure
and Explore Manitoba’s
Provincial Parks
 Use your Passport to Adventure guide you to one of 26
 highlighted provincial parks where
 activities abound. Collect a
 distinctive stamp at each location
 and be rewarded while creating
 memories in life’s great outdoors.




                    Paint Lake




                   Wekusko Falls

Bakers Narrows


                                                                                              Explore Life’s Great
                   Grass River
                                                                                              Outdoors in Manitoba’s
 Clearwater Lake
                                                                                              Provincial Parks
                                                      Hecla/Grindstone
                                                                                              Bring your sunscreen, your
              Duck Mountain
                                                                                              bathing suit, your sleeping bag
                                                            Pinawa Dam
                                                                                              and your Passport to Adventure!
  Asessippi                                      Grand Beach
                                                                          Nopiming

                 Manipogo
                                   Camp Morton
                                                                           Whiteshell
                                                                                              Learn more at:

        Rivers
                    St. Ambroise Beach                              Birds Hill                manitobaparks.com
                                         River Road
                                                              Lockport
                Spruce Woods
                                                                                 Moose Lake

Turtle Mountain
                                                               St. Malo
                                   Stephenfield
                                                      St. Norbert
                          Pembina Valley
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Get “in motion” with
family and friends in
Manitoba’s great outdoors!
Manitoba’s parks and trails offer endless opportunities to be
active all year long.
   •   Go for a walk or hike             •   Toss a ball
   •   Ride your bikes                   •   Swim
   •   Build a sand castle               •   Camp
   •   Fish                              •   Build a snowman
   •   Snowshoe                          •   Skate
   •   Paddle a canoe                    •   Row a boat
   •   Do a scavenger hunt               •   Cook a meal outdoors
   •   Explore nature                    •   Just PLAY!

Regular daily activity creates a
healthier, happier you—and
you’ll build positive, lasting
memories, too.
Call for more information:
1-866-788-3648 or visit:
www.manitobainmotion.ca
Please wear a helmet when
bicycling in parks and on trails.




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    to help all Manitobans make
 physical activity part of their daily
  lives for health and enjoyment.

								
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