Manitoba's wilderness playgrounds are legendary. Scenic national or provincial parks in every corner of the province draw nature lovers to enjoy a plethora of outdoor pursuits in all seasons.

There's no end to the activities you can enjoy in a multitude of urban parks in towns, villages and cities across Manitoba.

Wildlife, ponds, art galleries or outdoor concert stages are special features in many public parks, and in some urban greenspaces you can go golfing, hiking, biking and cross-country skiing just steps from shops and hotels. 

Visit Portage la Prairie's Island Park, where attractions run the gamut from an indoor wave pool and waterpark to sports and fair grounds, strawberry fields and concert stages.

Go birdwatching and hiking on the trails of Brandon's Riverside Discovery Centre and snowshoe on Thompson's Millennium Trail. 

In Winnipeg, enjoy musical theatre at Rainbow Stage in Kildonan Park. Cross-country ski on lighted trails at Windsor Park and make a pilgrimage to Assiniboine Park - it's the very definition of urban oasis. A picture-perfect greenspace, it boasts an art gallery, conservatory, duck pond, English garden and much more. 

Check out the fabulous nature playground where kids can traverse tree tunnels and explore a Snakes and Ladders-themed garden. Catch a double-decker bus to tour the park's star attractions or spend the day strolling on lawns and pathways. 

In summer, curl up on a picnic blanket to catch a movie or live performances of jazz, ballet and classical music at the Lyric Theatre's free stage.

In winter, the park remains one of the most popular spots in the city - the duck pond becomes a skating rink and the towering toboggan run is open for thrill rides. You can also go skiing, snowshoeing or hiking through the pine-scented Assiniboine Forest and, if you're lucky you'll come face-to-face with one of the area's resident white-tailed deer.