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. 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 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. 9 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 10 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 1 11 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 12 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 13 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 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 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 Ad size: 7.5” x 4.8125” Full Colour 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. 15 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. 16 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. 17 Central Region 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 18 Central Region 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. 19 Central Region Washrooms M-(modern) N-(non-modern) Golf Course (within 15 minute drive) 50 Amp. Electrical Service Available Showers/*Coin-operated Showers Seasonal Camping Available # of Electrical/Water Sites Group Camping Available Reservations Accepted Trailer Sanitary Station Fall Camping Program # of Full Service Sites Disability Accessible Cycling Trail in Park Boat / Canoe Rental # of Electrical Sites Concession / Store Hiking Trail in Park Nightly Fee Range Recycling Depot # of Basic Sites Picnic Shelters Boat Launch Laundromat Playground Fishing Beach Parks/Campgrounds Beaudry Provincial Park • N • • • • — 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 • N • • — St. Norbert Provincial Park • N • • — Stephenfield Provincial Park Stephenfield Provincial Park 36 63 35 •** • M • • • • • • • • • • • • • • $14.70-$19.95 Stephenfield Yurts 6 • M • • • • • • • • • • • $51.52 Trappist Monastery N • — 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. 20 21 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. 22 Eastern 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. 23 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 24 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.). 25 Eastern Region 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.). 26 Eastern Region 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 27 Eastern Region Washrooms M-(modern) N-(non-modern) Golf Course (within 15 minute drive) 50 Amp. Electrical Service Available Showers / *Coin-operated Showers 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 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. 28 29 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 30 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. 31 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 32 Northern Region 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 33 Northern Region Washrooms M-(modern) N-(non-modern) Golf Course (within 15 minute drive) Showers / *Coin-Operated Showers 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 Recylcing Depot # of Basic Sites Picnic Shelters Cycling Trails Boat Launch Hiking Trails Laundromat Playground 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. 34 35 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. 36 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. 37 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. 38 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, 39 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. 40 41 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. 42 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 43 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 44 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. 45 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 46 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. 47 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 48 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 49 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 50 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. 51 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: email@example.com or call 1-800-665-0040 (or 927-7838 in Winnipeg). Birds Hill Provincial Park 52 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. 53 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 MOSQUITO MOSQUITO Introducing the BroadstoneTM Euro Tent. Part of the innovative Broadstone line available exclusively at Canadian Tire. BUILT-IN STORAGE WALL FOR LESS CLUTTER DOME SHAPE FOR SEPARATE LIVING ADDED HEADROOM AND SLEEPING AREAS REMOVABLE WALL FOR 2 OR 3 BEDROOMS GUYLINES WITH ANTI-TRIP FLAGS GLOW-IN-THE- DARK ZIPPERS WELCOME MUD MAT POSSIBLE SKUNK? MONSTER LOGO canadiantire.ca/manitobacamping 55 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. In motion is a provincial strategy to help all Manitobans make physical activity part of their daily lives for health and enjoyment.
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