Manitoba 150: Get outdoors and and explore these natural landmarks
September 02, 2021
| Author Nisha Tuli
Get rewarded for exploring Manitoba with the Explore 150 app - where no two destinations are the same, and you earn more entries for visiting harder-to-reach locations!
To get started, download the app to your phone. Inside, you'll find 150 locations for you to visit located all over the province. The harder it is to get to, the more entries you'll get. Those are marked in the green circle on each location. There are also challenges you can complete (click on the little trophy icon in the bottom right corner to see them) that will earn you badges. There are prizes too--monthly and grand prizes, including a trip to Churchill to see the polar bears.
Five hours north of Winnipeg, you’ll find the world’s largest marl lake. A marl lake is a unique natural phenomenon where minerals in the lake cause it to change colour, from turquoise to clear blue, depending on the weather.
Located in a park under an hour from the community of Grand Rapids, Manitoba, Little Limestone Lake is part of the Mosakahiken Cree Nation’s territory. The best time to visit the lake is from late June to early August. Bring a canoe or a kayak and paddle your way across this stunning landmark.
5 entries - Lundar Beach Provincial Park
Located about an hour and a half from Winnipeg, along the shore of Lake Manitoba, this provincial park offers a campground, large sandy beach, and a 3.2-kilometer hiking trail through natural marshland that is home to many birds including pelicans, songbirds, and plenty of ducks. Fun fact: this is where the 2009 movie Whiteout was filmed starring Kate Beckinsale, Tom Skerritt, and Columbus Short, about a masked killer trying to get hold of cargo in an old Soviet plane that crash landed in the ice during the Cold War.
25 entries - Pisew Falls
Pisew Falls is Manitoba’s second highest waterfall, dropping 13 meters, and has a rich history as an essential route used during the fur trade era. From Pisew Falls, you can take a short walk to the waterfalls, travel to the Rotary Bridge, or hike to Kwasitchewan Falls (Manitoba’s highest waterfall). Keep an eye out for wildlife like black bears, moose, caribou, wolves, and lynx. Fun fact: Pisew is Cree for “lynx”. Take a stroll along the boardwalks and stairs while observing the breathtaking view. There are firepits and picnic tables near the falls, so make sure to pack a lunch.
25 entries - Clearwater Lake Provincial Park Caves
Clearwater Lake is known for having some of the clearest and bluest waters in the province. While visiting, make sure you explore the Caves--these open, vertical cracks along the cliffs of the park came from eroded bedrock made up of dolomite. The cliffs were formed over 400 million years ago, when the area was still submerged in water. Most of the caves’ walls, as well as boulders nearby, are covered in stromatolites, fossilized algae that grew from the seabed millions of years ago. A hike on the nearly one-kilometre, self-guided trail will allow tourists to see the rock formations up close and personal.
20 entries - Caddy Lake Tunnels
Of the many lakes in Whiteshell Provincial Park, these picture-perfect rock tunnels are an opportunity to escape the city. In the early 20th century, railroad workers blasted through solid granite to create two rock tunnels. These tunnels allow for the natural flow of water into the Whiteshell river system that connects Caddy Lake to South Cross Lake, North Cross Lake and Sailing Lake. Start your journey by renting a canoe, kayak, paddle or motorboat from Green Bay Resort or Caddy Lake Resort. Launch off the beach shores and paddle north for 1½ miles until you reach the first rock tunnel. A triangular sign marks the entry point. If you’re out for the day, continue north to North Shore Lake and the second tunnel, approximately three miles from the first. This tunnel is longer and lower than the first and sometimes home to bats.
5 entries- Lake Manitoba Narrows
In 1870, as Manitoba entered Confederation, Métis leader Louis Riel suggested the name Manitoba to Sir John A. Macdonald for Canada’s 5th province. This name is believed to originate from the Cree term “Man-into-wah piow,” meaning “the narrows of the Great Spirit” or “the strait of Manitou.” Lake Manitoba narrows to half a mile at its centre, spanned by a bridge around 900 metres long, the only place where the lake can be crossed by vehicle. Enjoy water activities in summer, such as swimming or fishing. And naturally, ice fishing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.
5 entries - Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Find cacti, sand dunes, and wild lizards all just a two-hour drive from Winnipeg at Spirit Sands, a “quasi desert” with the largest stretches of sand in Manitoba. The Spirit Sands hiking trail offers a 10km loop trail that shifts from sand to a forest environment midway through. There you can see the jaw-dropping, crater-shaped Devil’s Punch Bowl and its mesmerizing blue-green water. Created by underground streams and surrounded by trees at the bottom of a wide, grassy depression in the ground, the Devil’s Punch Bowl is a sight to behold.
About The Author
Hello! I'm senior content marketing manager at Travel Manitoba. I also happen to live in one of the most surprising and beautiful places in the world. I love discovering stories and the things that make Manitoba one of the best places to visit.