Manitoba is a province characterized by expansive wilderness, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. With over 100,000 lakes and waterways, 92 provincial parks, two national parks, and 15 provincial forests, the opportunities for adventure are limitless.
Whether you’re seeking backcountry canoe routes or exploring hand-built bike parks, Manitoba has something for everyone. Let’s look at some of the places it has to offer:
Clear Lake lives up to its name as the “clearest lake in the southern prairies”. It offers a perfect starting point for beginners looking to enjoy a relaxing time on the water. Whether you prefer canoeing, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding, you can easily launch from Clear Lake with rentals available at Clear Lake Marina.
If you prefer a quieter experience away from motorized boats, bring your own kayak or stand-up paddleboard to the tranquil waters of Deep, Moon, or Katherine Lake.
Blue Highway Mountain Bike Trail
This trail near Caddy Lake offers a perfect balance in length at a length of 14 kilometers. This out-and-back trail takes you across scenic Canadian Shield granite rock as it meanders through beautiful boreal forests.
The route is well-marked, and there is even a skills area for honing your biking abilities. Furthermore, the trail is groomed for fat biking during winter, making it accessible and enjoyable all year round.
Churchill, which is known for its breathtaking northern lights and polar bear safaris, holds another delightful attraction just beneath the surface of Hudson Bay: beluga whales.
These adorable creatures that are often referred to as the “canaries of the sea” captivate visitors with their chirps and squeals as they interact with each other. Observing these curious whales is a truly transformative experience.
Don’t miss the opportunity to witness these magnificent marine creatures and create lasting memories in the area.
Riding Mountain National Park
Riding Mountain National Park offers a diverse range of landscapes which include grassy meadows, forests, wetlands, and striking escarpments. Outdoor enthusiasts have the opportunity to explore this expansive park through its extensive trail network which spans nearly 370 kilometers.
The trails are graded as easy, moderate, and difficult to accommodate hikers of varying skill levels. However, for a faster-paced adventure, many opt to explore the park’s diverse terrain on two wheels as they enjoy the scenic landscapes at a quicker pace.