With access to two major parks, ice fishing and plenty of outdoor and arts adventure, the City of Dauphin is the perfect home base as you explore the Parkland this winter. Start planning your trip with this handy guide to what each of the major attractions in and around the city have to offer…
City of Dauphin
A stay in the City of Dauphin brings the Parkland to your fingertips – from fishing, to exploring the landscape by ice skate or cross country ski. The proximity to parks and lakes means at the end of the day, you can head back to your home base to settle in and unwind from the day’s adventures. Dine at MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual, Adelina’s Pizzeria or Corinna’s on Main for a sample of local flavour, or relax with a hot cup of tea at Café Trocadero. If you prefer to end a long winter’s day with a night at the theatre, keep an eye on the vibrant Watson Art Centre for upcoming shows, concerts and events, or catch a flick at the brand new Countryfest Community Cinema.
The first building to catch the eye of sightseers and history buffs upon driving into Dauphin is certainly the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection, with a multi-domed design and rich iconography. Take a self-guided history tour to discover the many significant and striking pieces of architecture in Dauphin.
Catching a Dauphin Kings game is more than just a night of hockey – it’s a true Dauphin experience! With frequent themed games such as the famous Ukrainian night, featuring a ton of wacky Ukrainian-themed activities (including a kielbasa toss from the stands), the games tend to get pretty wild. And where the game ends, the night just begins. A local favourite is to explore the North End Trails for a ski or snowshoe under the glow of the full moon. With ample light, there is a chance to hear wolves howl or catch a glimpse of the elusive owl.
Duck Mountain Provincial Park
While you can definitely access the park by car, for many visitors the connection between Dauphin and Duck Mountain Provincial Park in winter is quite often just one long stretch of tantalizing snowmobile trails. Dauphin is known for its incredible snowmobiling scene, with avid riders visiting from across the province to access the 400 kilometers of groomed trails and to explore the pristine areas of the Duck Mountains.
The area is rich with wildlife including black bear, moose, white-tailed deer, lynx, coyote and wolves – so keep your eyes and ears peeled along the way.
Located only 10 minutes away from the city of Dauphin, Lake Dauphin is a hot spot for hard water fishing and the gate to Riding Mountain National Park. Reel in a big one on this gorgeous lake, set up temporarily as a winter village and adorned with fancy ice shacks from the anglers who frequent it.
Riding Mountain National Park
Cold days, warm nights. A day trip to Riding Mountain National Park from Dauphin is filled with outdoor activities and fun. Rent a fat bike for a ride around town, or take your cross country skis onto one of the many trails in the area. Drive through the park to the bison enclosure to get up close to these majestic animals from the comfort of your car, and you might even catch a glimpse of lynx, moose or owls along the way. At the end of the day; the warm nights part of your trip comes into play as you head back to Dauphin to settle into an evening of arts or to catch a movie. It’s the best of both worlds!