The problem with camping in Manitoba

Posted July 08, 2015 | Author Breanne Sewards

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that the people of Manitoba love camping. We also know that our camping is among the best. But we aren’t perfect. There are plenty of problems you could encounter on your camping trip in our province, and we’re here to help you through the rough times.

Choosing a campground is hard.

Possibly the most strenuous part of any camping trip is choosing where you will embark. With two National Parks and over fifty Provincial Parks, this definitely won’t be a walk in the park.

Have you considered Northern Manitoba?

It’s remote, untouched, and gorgeous.

Or one of the province’s most popular spots in the Whiteshell?

Seriously, how do you choose between these gorgeous landscapes?

And let’s not even get started on Riding Mountain National Park.

What we’re saying is, there’s endless options. And you’ll have to choose only one per weekend. Or two, if you’re ambitious.

Your arms will get tired from fishing.

We don’t have our Master Angler program for nothing. Manitoba is serious about fishing, and with over 100,000 lakes, you can expect to reel in many incredible catches.

Indeed, your Instagram will be overloaded with fish photos.

Many members of our fishing community have already succumbed to this fact. There’s just no time for photos of anything else.

The campfire poses problems of its own.

Every campfire needs three things. A guitarist, a singer, and a story teller. One or more of these responsibilities could land on you. Just remember: everyone knows the words to Wonderwall, and the story of the Manipogo is always a hit. Embellish if needed.

And what if you become responsible for someone’s marshmallow?

Some people like them burnt, but just in case, you should study the art of s’more making.

Our bold, colourful skies could keep you up at night.

If it’s not the Northern Lights, it’s a billion stars. Can’t we just get some rest?

A weekend of relaxing may turn into the most inspirational trip you’ve ever taken.

Our mind blowing auroras have that effect on people.

Some animals don’t know the meaning of privacy.

Stumbling upon Manitoba’s unbelievable wildlife is quite common in Riding Mountain National Park. Look how nosy this wild bison is!

And they tend to steal all of the attention.

Majestic wildlife will definitely be a part of your scenic views, so you better get used to it.

It’s hard to tell the difference between sky and water.

With lakes like glass, your canoe will be the only break in the smooth surface of the water below.

Getting (or jumping) out of your comfort zone happens quite often.

That can be scary. It can also be exhilarating, amazing, and unforgettable.

The fun just never ends.

As the fiery skies light up our vast lakes, sunset swims are a must. How exhausting!

At least there’s plenty of time to kick back and relax.

Hammocks and a couple of good books come highly recommended.

You might even find all of your problems just drifting away.

Yeah, camping in our province is pretty great after all.

About The Author

Hey! I'm Breanne, Editorial Content Specialist for Travel Manitoba. First to jump in the lake and last to make it down the River Trail. Lover of croissants, cats, and croissant-shaped cats. Got a story idea? Email me at

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