Ready for a great escape? With its diverse range of habitats, this 3,000-square-kilometre nature preserve is among the best wildlife viewing areas in Manitoba. It's also one of the most people-friendly parks around.

Camp out in a yurt, tent or otentik - a cabin-tent hybrid - at Wasagaming Campground and you'll be close to the beach, hiking trails, shops and even a log-cabin movie theatre.

Nearby accommodations run the gamut from the luxurious Elkhorn Resort and Spa to charming bed and breakfasts, cottages and all-season motels. And there are so many recreational options you'll understand why some families spend the entire summer here.

Go geocaching, explore Aboriginal art and culture, hit the boardwalk for an ice-cream cone and take in spooky campfire tales. Bike, hike or cross-country ski on 400 kilometres of trails. Saddle up for a trail ride and admire the wildflowers and waterfowl in meadows and marshes. Take in glorious views from the hills of the Manitoba Escarpment, trip through boreal forests and head into the deep woods, where wolves and coyotes will serenade you on moonlit nights.

Black bears, moose, white-tailed deer, raccoons, beavers and bison roam here. The fishing is fine and you'll see ducks, geese, raptors, owls and songbirds on the wing. 

History buffs have a field day, too. Learn about eccentric Englishman Archibald Belaney, better known as famed beaver conservationist Grey Owl. Admire the stone and log craftsmanship at the East Gate - along with the back nine at the Clear Lake Golf Course, it was built as a federal relief project during the Depression. And visit the Whitewater Lake prisoner-of-war camp. German soldiers housed here from 1943 - 1945 formed a choir, built dugout canoes and, rumour has it, sneaked off to dances on Saturday nights. Small wonder the camp didn't need fences. 


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