Travel Manitoba eNews - July 2013
Park here for fun
With the summer upon us it’s time to get out and enjoy Manitoba’s parks. Whether you’re looking to relax in nature or for a family adventure, here are a couple of recreational spaces that fit the bill.
The town of Stonewall was established when the area was quarried for limestone, which was then processed into quicklime. The quarries are now closed, but the abandoned kilns at the north end of Main Street are a reminder of the town’s past. Today Quarry Park surrounds the kilns. This 80-acre park includes a campground, man-made lake, baseball diamonds, walking trails and the Quarry Park Heritage Arts Centre. Splash along the beach at Kinsmen Lake or learn more about the limestone quarry at the Interpretive Centre. Quarry Days takes place in Stonewall August 16-18.
Head to Portage la Prairie to discover Island Park on Crescent Lake. This “island in the city” is a scenic park created by an oxbow of the Assiniboine River. The horseshoe-shaped park features several playgrounds, picnic sites and recreational facilities. There is also an 18-hole golf course, newly resurfaced tennis courts and Splash Island – an outdoor waterpark featuring two giant waterslides, a lazy river and much more. Follow the trails and keep an eye out for deer and waterfowl that call the lake home.
The shores of Lake Manitoba are home to Steep Rock Beach Park. Named for the limestone outcroppings along the lake, this 160-acre park is a great place for camping, with over 200 developed sites and a rental cabin. The beach is sandy and the water is shallow and clear. Enjoy beach volleyball, basketball or tennis. Windsurfing, canoeing and birdwatching are also popular activities here. Explore the limestone caves and their inhabitants – bats!