Manitoba 150: get outdoors and explore even more natural landmarks part 2

Posted September 14, 2021 | Author Jillian Recksiedler

A person standing on the suspension bridge in Wekusko Falls Provincial Park, watching the water rush by.

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.

Our next challenge -- The Great Outdoors Part 2 contains eight locations that will take you outside into the wilderness to some of Manitoba’s most breathtaking spots. Be sure to check out our other challenges: 'The Great Outdoors Part 1' 'Build It and They Will Come', 'Ruin Your Day', 'Oddities' and 'Achieve the Impossible'.

25 entries - Weskusko Falls

Wekukso Falls is where the Grass River, which snakes its away across northern Manitoba, drops 12 metres through a series of rapids. It's a short walk to one of two suspension bridges that cross the falls at two spots. These bridges not only give an excellent vantage from which to photograph the falls, they also get you close enough to really sense the power of the tumbling Grass River and feel the spray of its mist.

Past the rapids, you'll find the calm waters of Wekusko Lake, which offers great fishing and boating all summer and fall. There is also some of the province's most scenic camping sites beside the rapids, as well as cabin stays at Wekusko Falls Lodge. Wekusko Falls is located in the provincial park of the same name, which is 15 minutes south of Snow Lake, two hours from Flin Flon or The Pas, or a seven-hour drive from Winnipeg.

5 entries - Beaudry Provincial Park

Just a short drive west of Winnipeg in Headingley, Beaudry Park is tucked along the meandering Assiniboine River. The forest is home to some of the largest cottonwood, basswood and maple trees in the region, and it's very much worth a stop in fall to witness the changing of the leaves as you bike or hike the trails. In winter, Beaudry Park is a top stop for cross-country skiing with many well-groomed loops to choose from. The trails are known for forest critters, so watch for white-tailed deer, fox, owls, beavers and more.

5 entries - Pembina Valley Provincial Park

Pembina Valley Provincial Park is a tiny 440-acre park tucked near the U.S. border, approximately 50 km south of the cities of Morden and Winkler. This park protects the Pembina/Tiger Hills region of Manitoba and offers seven hiking trails, all of varying lengths and difficulty, through deciduous forest, grasslands and glacial river spillways. The 6.5 km Pembina Rim trail is a picturesque option that circumnavigates the park, offering multiple vistas of the Pembina River and a lookout tower.

5 entries - Birds Hills Provincial Park Beach

Take a quick 30-minute drive from downtown Winnipeg and - voila - you've made it to Birds Hill Provincial Park Beach. This beach is a wildly popular attraction for Winnipeg families because it offers shallow waters and plenty of space on the sand for young kids. Amenities like play structures, beach volleyball courts, picnic tables and a concession make ideal for extended family gatherings. Save time to explore some of the park beyond the beach - lovely forested trails and lookouts provide a serene escape from the beach scene.

5 entries - Tulabi Falls

It's no wonder that Nopiming Provincial Park translates to “Entrance to the Wilderness” in the Anishinabe language - considering it is home to fabulous views like that of Tulabi Falls. These scenic falls are where Bird Lake joins Tulabi Lake, and visitors can access them via a short two km hike along the shore from the Tulabi Falls campground where you can view from the trail or many rock outcrops. There is also a parking lot for day trippers and it's a short walk to a viewing platform for the falls. For more more adventurous explorers, the trail behind the beach that leads to backcountry camping sites also leads to the top of an rock outcrop that provides a wonderful a bird's eye view of Tulabi Falls.

5 entries- Asessippi Ski Area

Head out to Asessippi, the family ski resort that does winter really, really well! Even if you visit during another season, the views of the Assininboine and Shell River valley walls can't be beat. This recreation area includes three chair lifts and 26 downhill ski/snowboard runs, 2 terrain parks and a snow tubing park, as well as numerous mountain biking courses in the off season. For those who seek something with a little less adrenaline, the ski area is connected to snowshoe and cross-country ski trails as well as well as snowmobile trails in the area. Visit the charming winter village for rentals and a pro shop, as well as a full food court and gift shop.

5 entries - Lake Metigoshe

Lake Metigoshe is a tiny lake community hidden away in the wilds of the Turtle Mountains, about 30 km southwest of Boissevain. The largest lake in the region, Lake Metigoshe straddles the Manitoba-North Dakota border, with majority of the waters in the U.S. (if you Google map it, chances are it'll take you to the American side!). Private cabins line the lake, but visitors can stay at quaint cabins at Turtle Mountain Resort and dine on Indigenous-inspired fare at the on-site Velvet Antler Cafe. Fishing on the lake is incredible, as is hunting for waterfowl and big game in the region. The best hiking in the area is located nearby in Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, but there is also a family-friendly trail around Lake Metigoshe near the resort that leads to a lookout tower that allows you to cross the international border with your eyes at least.

5 entries - Eternal Springs

Eternal Springs, a hidden oasis located 20 km east of Virden along some winding backcountry roads, has walking trails that lead to a pretty 66-ft swinging bridge over two small stocked trout ponds. It's an ideal spot for a secluded nature walk and picnic in a picturesque river gully surrounded by farmland - that is, if you can find it. Look for the iron archway off the side of the road leading to the Virden Area Wildlife Association (VAWA).

About The Author

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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