Travel Manitoba eNews - May 2013
Camping is available in some of Manitoba’s most interesting landscapes, including near the highest falls in Manitoba at Pisew Falls Provincial Park, next to the shifting sands of Spruce Woods Provincial Park as well as in Birds Hill Provincial Park, which is home to six different landscapes.
About 45 minutes south of Thompson is Pisew and Kwasitchewan Falls, the highest in Manitoba at 13 m (42.7 ft). Camping is available here above Kwasitchewan Falls at the far end of a 22 km return trail. These primitive backcountry sites are nestled in the stands of spruce, pine, tamarack and poplar, where black bears and wolves have been spotted. Access to the designated sites is recommended for experienced hikers only. For those looking for a more family friendly camping experience, visit nearby Paint Lake Provincial Park, which features two campgrounds that include sites reserved for physically disabled visitors, as well as natural sand beaches, playground, concession and marina.
Spruce Woods is home to the desert-like area known as the Spirit Sands, open blowing sand dunes that tower 30 m above the surrounding prairie. Here you can find the Northern prairie skink (Manitoba’s only lizard), the hognose snake and two species of cacti. Camping at the Kiche Manitou Campground offers serviced and unserviced sites, as well as 13 yurts. There are five hike-in camping sites on Epinette Creek, with the farthest one at a challenging 20 km. Spruce Woods also has an equestrian campground, complete with corrals for your four-legged friends.
Birds Hill Park is known for its close proximity to the city of Winnipeg, as the site for the world-famous Winnipeg Folk Festival (celebrating its 40th anniversary this year!) and for its family-friendly beach, trails and horseback rides. What makes this park special is the distinct landscapes – esker ridges, dry prairie, wet meadows, bogs, aspen-oak and mixed boreal forests – not commonly found so close together. The campground along South Drive is near the beach and paved bike trail. It features accessible modern washrooms, and there are group use sites for groups over 50 people.