Is it even summer in Manitoba if you don't go camping? With this summer being significantly different than any other we've experienced, camping is a fantastic way to get out to explore the province while staying safe and continuing to practice physical distancing. Here are 15 campgrounds that still have some availability this summer...
Pro tip: Did you know you can check all available provincial campsites for any given three-day period on the Manitoba Parks online reservation system? This is a great feature for last minute trips!
1 - Asessippi Campground
Located in Asessippi Provincial Park at the south end of Lake of the Prairies, the Asessippi Campground offers access to a great mix of outdoor activities. For anglers: the park offers some of the best walleye fishing in the province. For hikers: embark on the Ancient Valley Interpretive Trail to take in panoramic views of the park.
2 - Wild Oaks Campground
Did you know that there are loads of privately owned campgrounds to choose from in Manitoba? Situated in Richer, Wild Oaks Campground is a fantastic option for families and has its own swimming beach and pond. The campground also has a pool - but you'll want to keep an eye out to see if it will be opened for the 2020 season.
3 - Big Whiteshell Campground
As one of the most popular and gorgeous summer destinations in the province, you will definitely want to include a visit to Whiteshell Provincial Park in your upcoming camping plans. Big Whiteshell Lake is home to beautiful waters, fantastic fishing and has plenty of campsites to choose from.
4 - Hecla Gull Harbour Campground
Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park remains a rather remote and quiet area of the province. If you're looking for a bit of peace, where you can be lulled by the soft sounds of crashing waves...the Hecla Gull Harbour Campground might be the place for you! The park has restaurants, self-guided historical walking tours and beautiful scenery.
5 - Debonair Campground
Located only 40 minutes south of Winnipeg, Debonair Campground is a convenient choice for families from the city who don't want to venture too far from home over the weekend. The campground also has its own private beach with a fountain and a floating slide. Fun!
6 - Whitemouth River Campground
Whitemouth River Campground is a privately owned campground that boasts 1.5 km of riverfront. In other words, it is a great option for anyone wanting to spend time on the water kayaking, tubing, canoeing and more. Watch for wildlife such as otters, beavers, turtles and more that frequent the area.
7 - Camp Morton Campground
This peaceful getaway in a tiny provincial park is ideal for families looking for an escape from city life. Located 8 km north of Gimli on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, Camp Morton features a collection of historical buildings and plenty of nature.
8 - King's Park Campground
This municipal campground in Carman, Manitoba is situated close to the town's golf course, shops and restaurants. Don't leave town without stopping into Syl's - one of the most beloved drive-ins in the province.
9 - Falcon Beach Campground
Surround yourself with the lush wilderness of the boreal forest in Whiteshell Provincial Park, while also enjoying direct access to one of the nicest lakes and beaches in Manitoba and to the Falcon Lake Townsite where you can support local restaurants and businesses during your stay.
10 - Rivers Campground
This lesser known provincial park on Lake Wahtopanah is a peaceful getaway when you're looking to spend the night under the stars. Enjoy all the usual activities like swimming and stop into CJ's Snack Shack when you get tired of cooking hotdogs over the fire.
11 - Paint Lake Campground
While travel restrictions to the north continue to evolve and change, as of right now, visitors are allowed to drive directly to their campground or lodge provided they don't make any stops. Paint Lake Campground in Paint Lake Provincial Park is an outdoor enthusiast's dream, with a stunning lake, beach and several islands to explore via canoe.
12 - William Lake Campground
Located east of Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, William Lake has all you could want in a campground: great trails (Turtle's Back Trail), a beach, and plenty of opportunities for fishing, kayaking, canoeing and more.
13 - Ofty's Riverside Campground
Camp along the scenic Whitemud River at Ofty's Riverside Campground and enjoy a plethora of activities and amenities like a volleyball course, playground and a mini golf course.
14 - Minnedosa Beach Campground
Explore the town of Minnedosa while also enjoying a weekend of camping at the Minnedosa Beach Campground. The campground is close to the Heritage Village, the Oxbow walking trail, the beach and a playground for the kids.
15 - Manipogo Campground
Legend says that Manipogo is a serpentine sea monster who has been swimming beneath the depths since the late 1800's...but fear not, the creature is still very much one of myth. Sea monster aside, the Manipogo Campground in Manipogo Provincial Park gives you access to a beautiful slice of Lake Manitoba - with a spacious beach, playgrounds and hiking trails.