BIG NEWS: We are searching for Manitoba's Top Adventure Dog, which means it's time to get out and explore the province with your certified good girl and/or good boy. We are welcoming reposts of photos from anytime during the year, so you may also consider digging through your photo archives for dog days gone by. If you need further inspiration for the years to come, here are 5 amazing adventures to have with your dog in Manitoba...

*As always, please be a responsible pet owner and respect the rules of each of these destinations when visiting with your dog. 

1. Snowtubing + skating

Bark your way down to The Forks for some winter fun with your furry friend! First up, the Arctic Snow Tube Park at Parks Canada Place, where you can catch a thrill on the Konex Cable Tubing system that pulls tubers back and forth along a snow track for a continuous 5-minute ride. Dogs ride free with their owners!

Next, head to the Red River Mutual Trail and skate its length to check out unique warming huts along the way. Dogs are welcome but must stay on leash. 

2. Vacationing  

If you hate leaving your dog behind when you go on holiday, consider renting out a cabin or oTENTik right here in Manitoba! Live the lake life at Falcon Trails Resort, where 3 of the rustic and gorgeous cabins offer dog-friendly accommodation, or go glamping in both the winter and summer in one of the oTENTiks that welcome dogs for an adventure in Riding Mountain National Park - #709, 727, 729, 730 and 731.

*Manitoba's Top Adventure Dog will receive a gift certificate for a 2-night stay in one of the dog-friendly cabins of Falcon Trails Resort: The Birch, Tamarack or Eagle.

3. Swimming

You'll have to wait until the summer months to see your dog frolic through the waves at Winnipeg Beach, with a dog-friendly beach just south of the water tower! And that's not the only place in Manitoba that your pup can take a dip and cool off.

PROVINCIAL PARK

LOCATION

Asessippi

The “Point” can be accessed on the northwest side of the Shell Mouth Dam  -  follow the  gravel road approximately 500 meters north to a small parking lot. A natural sand bar makes this an ideal pet friendly swim area

Clearwater

Hugo Bay boat launch on the north side of launch

Hecla-Grindstone

Sunset Beach (Hecla)

Grass River - Gyles Lake

Gyles Lake, west of designated swim area

Grass River - Iskwasum

Iskwasum campground, on the east side of boat launch

Manipogo

Past the Main Beach, west of designated swim area

Paint Lake

Across from the main Paint Lake Marina on the north side of the far parking lot

Rainbow Beach

Past the Main Beach, east of the designated swimming area

Spruce Woods

Kiche Manitou Lake next to the footbridge along the southeast shoreline

Turtle Mountain - Max Lake

Far west end of the main beach, just east of the boat launch area

Wekusko Falls

Northeast shore of Wekusko Lake on the north side of the boat launch

Winnipeg Beach

South Beach - access south of the Water Tower

4. Hiking

Pack a picnic lunch (with some treats and of course plenty of water for your dog) and hit the trails for a day in the great outdoors. There are a number of off-leash dog parks in cities like  Winnipeg and Brandon but your dog may enjoy the change of scenery during an on-leash hike. Of course there are endless trails to explore, but here are a few suggestions to get you started:

La Barriere Park, Winnipeg

Pine Point Trail, Whiteshell Provincial Park

Hogsback Trail, Spruce Woods Provincial Park

Turtle's Back Trail, Turtle Mountain Provincial Park

5. Roadtripping 

If you can't say C-A-R R-I-D-E around your dog, chances are they would greatly enjoy a little road trip through Manitoba. With Lady the dog in tow, we scoped out some of the cutest spots to take photos of your pet, which of course included a stop or two at some of Manitoba's greatest roadside attractions. Does anyone have a good dog-friendly playlist to put on along the way?

Manitoba's Top Adventure Dog 2019

Manitoba's Top Adventure Dog

Show us YOUR dog having fun in Manitoba by posting a photo between January 28 and February 11 with the hashtag #MBadventuredog and your pup could be named Manitoba's Top Adventure Dog 2019! Old photos are welcome but must be reposted with the specified time period. Be sure to tell us the following about your dog in your post:

Name

Breed

Age

Favourite activity/toy

Favourite place to go in Manitoba

The winning dog/owner will be selected on February 12 and will receive a 2 night stay in one the dog-friendly cabins of Falcon Trails Resort, a $200 gift certificate to White Lotus Spa and a $200 gift certificate to It's Raining Cats and Dogs. You must be 18+, reside in Manitoba and have a public profile to be eligible to win the grand prize.