You’ll never have to travel far for fun in Manitoba. Whether you’re interested in going to nature preserves to view the local wildlife or hiking along the Canadian Shield for a unique experience, there is something for everyone. Check out these four great trails that are sure to meet the needs of any explorer.
Seine River Greenway’s Trail
The Seine River Trail is a 27-kilometer trail that goes through Royalwood, Niakwa Park, Archwood, and takes you to the Red River. Located near Winnipeg, this trail is great because it allows you to wander and explore the amenities in the city during the day and is close to enough to many nearby hotels to enjoy a comfortable stay. Featuring a network of paths and trails for hiking and biking, some of the interesting things you’ll see along this trail are the Métis artifacts from the 1800s, butterfly gardens, public art, and a fruit orchard.
Spirit Sands and the Devil’s Punchbowl
Spruce Woods Provincial Park is home to the desert-like area known as the Spirit Sands, a four-square-kilometer area of cactus and sand dunes. Great for mountain bikers and equestrians, you can stay on the self-guided trails where you’ll encounter just some hills of the prairies Manitoba has to offer. Up for a challenging hike? Take the self-guided tour to the infamous Devil’s Punchbowl, an area where sand slips and slides down a 45-meter hole and disappears into a pool of blue-green water.
Pisew Falls and Kwasitchewan Falls
One of Manitoba’s most stunning trails, this hike allows you to see Manitoba’s highest waterfall—Kwasitchewan Falls. The hike begins at Pisew Falls Provincial Park where you’ll see several rivers, rapids, and lush greenery. It’s recommended that if you are hiking to stay overnight in one of the campgrounds. It’s quite the adventure, as you’re climbing uphill for 22 kilometers to see the falls. If you’re an avid backpacker or extreme hiker, pack light, stay hydrated and get ready for a serious workout. Remember to pack that bug repellent if you’re traveling between the months of May—July, as there are tons of mosquitoes.
Hiking trails, canoe routes, cross-country skiing, snowmobile trails and the Canadian Shield is what makes Whiteshell Provincial Park a must-see destination when visiting Manitoba. Located within the park is the Mantario trail, the longest Canadian Shield in Western Canada. With almost 2800 square kilometers of protected wilderness parkland, there are several basic amenity campsites at Caribou Lake, Marion Lake, Olive Lake, Moosehead Lake, Mantario Lake, Ritchey Lake, Hemenway Lake and Big Whiteshell Lake. The trail is used year-round by campers, hikers, and backpackers, but keep in mind that the trail is 63 kilometers, and the hike takes over 30 hours over three to four days to complete.
Whether you’re a nature lover or city slicker, perhaps it’s time to step out of your city-limit comfort zone and explore the beauty of Manitoba. With trails available for all skill levels, you’re sure to make an adventure out of it.