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Go outside. Breathe in the fresh air. Smile at nature's beauty. Let's all take some time to appreciate this beautiful place we live in by walking these 20 amazing trails that you may have never heard of...
1 - Rice Creek Tower Trail - Porcupine Provincial Forest
32.2 km / In and out / Moderate
This off-the-beaten-path trail is not without its rewards. A multi-day hike will bring you to the Rice Creek Lookout - offering one of the best views in the Manitoba Lowlands. If you don’t have the option of a multi-day hike, you can drive to the last portion of the trail (3 km).
2 - Willow and Deadwood Loop - Morden
3.4 km / Loop / Moderate
If you find yourself In the quaint city of Morden, take some time to walk this moderately difficult hike that will take you along the shorelines of Lake Minnewasta in a series of climbs and descents. Opt to do the hike in the summer and reward yourself with a dip into the lake afterwards!
3 - Amisk/Inverness Falls Trails - Whiteshell Provincial Park
5.5 km / Loop / Easy
Pack a picnic lunch and journey up this forested trail to a scenic spot on top of the rock ridge, which looks out onto the lake on one side and to the river on the other. Continue down the rock ridge to find several benches that overlook the Rennie River and a beaver dam. Back up the trail to the top of the ridge, take a right for approximately 1 km to get to Inverness Falls Beach and a picnic area with washrooms. A view of the falls is available from the block road. The trail is also dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your best friend (just keep them on leash and off of the beach).
4 - Neepawa/Langford Trail - Great Trail Portion - Neepawa
9.5 km / Loop / Easy
Get outside and explore a fantastic portion of the Great Trail in Neepawa. The town hosts over 10 km of trails that will lead you by landmarks such as the Stony Creek School No. 133, the Canada 150 commemorative loop and Neepawa's downtown.
5 - Seine River Greenway - Bois-des-Esprits - Winnipeg
3.1 km / Loop / Easy
There’s much to discover along this urban trail: keep an eye out for an amazing collection of whimsical tree carvings and active wildlife.
6 - Turtle's Back Loop - Turtle Mountain Provincial Park
6.4 km / Loop / Moderate
Turtle’s Back Loop leads to one of Turtle Mountain’s highest points where a tower gives you the best vantage point for a breathtaking view of southwestern Manitoba.
7 - Epinette Creek and Newfoundland Ravine Trail - Spruce Woods Provincial Park
29.6 km / Loop / Moderate
Travel through the grasslands and stay overnight at the Jackfish cabin along the Epinette Creek and Newfoundland Ravine Trail (reservations can be made by calling 204-834-8800). In the springtime, keep your eyes peeled for Manitoba's provincial flower, the prairie crocus!
8 - Wild Grape and Elm Trail - Beaudry Park - Cartier
5.7 km / Loop / Easy
Just a short drive from Winnipeg is the mesmerizing Beaudry Park. The forest is home to some of the largest cottonwood, basswood and maple trees in the region. The Wild Grape and Elm Trail will take you along the south bank of the Assiniboine River, through lush ferns and wild grapevines. The trails are known for wildlife, so watch for white-tailed deer, fox, owls, beavers and more.
9 - Blue Lakes Trail - Duck Mountain Provincial Park
5.3 km / Loop / Moderate
So you like clear, shimmering lakes, do you? Venture out onto the Blue Lakes Trail in Duck Mountain Provincial Park and get a fantastic view of two of Manitoba’s most beautiful spring-fed bodies of water: the East and West Blue Lakes.
10 - Senkiw Bridge Loop - Roseau River
2.4 km / Loop / Easy
While there are many interesting portions to check out along the historic Crow Wing Trail, the Senkiw Bridge Loop is one of our favourites. The Senkiw Swinging Bridge was constructed in 1946 so that children could cross the Roseau River in order to get to school; an excellent alternative to the previous method, in which children would simply be hoisted across in a hand-powered cable basket.
11 - Bead Lakes Trail - Riding Mountain National Park
3.8 km / Loop / Moderate
While many know Riding Mountain National Park for Clear Lake, Moon Lake or Lake Audy, there are many other lakes just waiting to be discovered. The Bead Lakes Trail passes three of the four Bead Lakes, with scenic views and side trails that allow you to walk down to the edge of the water for a swim.
12 - Blueberry Hill Trail - Lac du Bonnet
1.8 km / Loop / Easy
Pack a picnic and trek up the Blueberry Hill Trail in Lac du Bonnet. There are picnic tables, benches, a lookout tower and an open rock quarry.
13 - Elk Island Loop Trail - Elk Island
16.3 km / Loop / Easy
Located directly north of Victoria Beach is the Elk Island Loop Trail. Elk Island is a bit of a challenge to get to, simply because you must enter from Sandy Bay and it's quite the distance. Still, many have said the excursion is more than worth it. Walk along the sandy shores of the island and take a dip when the heat of the day gets to be too much - just one of the many benefits of a beach hike!
14 - Rex Leach Museum Trail - Swan River
4.7 km / Loop / Easy
Behind the Swan Valley Historical Museum and Heritage Village grounds is the Rex Leach Museum Trail. The trail is as peaceful as it is green with varieties of ferns that line both sides of the loop.
15 - Black Lake Hiking Trail - Nopiming Provincial Park
4.3 km / Point to Point / Moderate to Difficult
If you're lucky enough to visit Nopiming Provincial Park this summer, you'll quickly realize that the park is one of the best areas in Manitoba for rugged, outdoor exploration. Hike over rolling terrain along the Black Lake Hiking Trail and be rewarded with a picturesque set of rapids.
16 - Oxbow Nature Trail - Minnedosa
3.1 km / Loop / Easy
Not only is Minnedosa a totally underrated small town, it's also home to the Oxbow Nature Trail. The trail takes you along the Little Saskatchewan River, through a marsh walk, across the swinging bridge and around the bison compound. In other words, there's plenty to see.
17 - Centennial Trail - Whiteshell Provincial Park
15.8 km / Point-to-point / Moderate
As another portion of The Great Trail, the Centennial Trail is a must for hiking enthusiasts. Journey across the boreal shield in Whiteshell Provincial Park and explore high granite ridges, low areas of bog and the stunning McGillivary Falls.
18 - Grey Owl Trail - Riding Mountain National Park
14.2 km / Out and back / Moderate
While you may have already hiked the Gorge Creek or Ominik Marsh Trail in Riding Mountain National Park, here's another to add to your list. The Grey Owl Trail passes under a stunning forest canopy, ending at Grey Owl's Cabin, who was Dominion Parks Service's first naturalist.
19 - Millennium Trail - Thompson
15 km / Loop / Easy
Hike around the perimeter of Thompson on the Millennium Trail, a 15 km loop that brings through winding paths of the boreal forest and along some of the city sights like the King Miner Statue, Heritage North Museum and the Thompson Zoo.
20 - Little Steep Rock Trail - Village of Steep Rock
4.4 km / Loop / Easy
See over 350 million years of natural history along the Little Steep Rock Trail, accessible just south of Little Steep Rock Point. As you gaze out over the gorgeous Steep Rock cliffs, revel in the fact that you are also seeing the remnants of a prehistoric sea bed.