Make the Most of Winter: Family Fun at Lakeview Hecla Resort

Posted February 08, 2024 | Author Jillian Recksiedler

Break away from the routine with an escape to Lakeview Hecla Resort. This Icelandic-themed resort along the rocky shoreline of Lake Winnipeg offers a full menu of winter fun from sledding, snowshoeing and ice skating, to the cherry on top: pool time.

The winding drive out to Lakeview Hecla Resort feels like a getaway you would do in Iceland or another Nordic country. As you leave mainland Manitoba and traverse the Captain Grimsi Grimolfson Causeway to Hecla Island, the vast expanse of frozen Lake Winnipeg and clusters of forest make you realize you've entered territory where woodland creatures roam more often than humans.

A cheery welcome

Located on the north shore of the island, tucked between Hecla Golf Course and Gull Harbour Marina, the Lakeview property's earthy design blends into the natural landscape. The glass and timber-framed lobby creates a bright and airy welcome. Wood carvings of Norse mythology, verdant curtains of birch trees and a babbling indoor creek made of river stone all help to set the mood for an adventure in nature.

Follow the creek from the lobby, past Seagulls restaurant and lounge, to the hallways, where walls are adorned with beautiful photography of Icelandic landscapes. Guest rooms are cool and contemporary with blonde wood accents and frosted glass enclosed bathrooms, adding to the nature vibe. Choose a room with a view of the forest and expansive grounds of the resort.

Choose your own Outdoor Adventure

While there are many reasons to stay indoors and enjoy the beautiful resort, there are just as many reasons to head outdoors.

In winter, guests have free access to a selection of snowshoes (children size available) and cross country skis (adult sizes only), both of which can be taken off grounds to explore other areas of Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park. We opted to explore the forests surrounding the resort with snowshoes, keeping a close eye on animal tracks in the snow.

Our exploring brought us to the trailhead of the Gull Harbour Lighthouse Trail, where we kicked of our snowshoes, tucked them behind a tree, and continued by foot along the 5 km out and back trail. It's an easy and rewarding hike for anyone new to winter hiking with a worthy view. The trail ends at a rocky spit, where a historic lighthouse and a baby Insta-worthy wooden lighthouse sit. Nowhere else in Manitoba has the seaside vibes of Hecla.

Back at the resort, lace up your skates at the outdoor hockey rink...if you remembered to bring your own. Nearby are four outdoor bonfire pits where families gather at any hour to roast hotdogs or smores. The resort provides firewood and roasting sticks if you ask.

Burn off more steam at the nearby toboggan run. A short 5 minute walk from the resort parking lot, the toboggan run is long, wide and slicker than it looks. It's best suited for school-aged kids who have the need for speed. Climb to the top of the run for nice views of the golf course and lake.

Fuel Up at Seagulls

Guests rooms are equipped with mini fridges and microwaves for families on a budget, but be sure to treat yourself to at least one meal at Seagulls restaurant. Service is friendly and prompt, and the variety on the menu can satisfy all tastes. For supper, find Lake Winnipeg's signature ingredient - pickerel - prepared in four ways, from battered and pan-fried to mixed into tacos and croquettes.

The breakfast and lunch menus are equally as impressive with artfully prepared lemon poppy seed French toast and a homemade French onion soup. Affordable kids menus are bonus, too.

Water therapy

If you're travelling with kids, the highlight will no doubt be the family waterpark. A dizzying tunnel waterslide, a lazy river and mushroom fountain make it an attraction they could spend hours at - but remember, be sure to get outside.

Next door, just past the relaxing Salka Spa (Icelandic for 'peace'), is the adults-only mineral pool. One peaceful winter night, take a dip in the heated indoor/outdoor pool for a unique way to relax and stargaze.

There so many ways to make the most of winter with both indoor and outdoor activities at Lakeview Hecla Resort.

Travel Manitoba staff was hosted by Lakeview Hecla Resort, who did not review or approve the content of this story.

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Hi, I'm Jillian, a marketer, communicator, traveller and Manitoba flag waver. Growing up in rural Manitoba during the '80s means I have a penchant for daytrips, maps (the paper kind), and prairie sunsets. I never tire of sharing stories about my home.

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