Spruce Woods Provincial Park
The park contains the desert-like area known as the Spirit Sands, a 4 sq km tract of open blowing sand dunes that tower 30 metres above the surrounding prairie. Spruce Woods and its desert is home to the northern prairie skink (Manitoba's only lizard), western hognose snake and two species of cacti; all are unique in Manitoba. Experience Spirit Sands and Devil's Punch Bowl (an eerie pond formed by the action of underground streams) by hiking along self-guided trails or by horse-drawn covered wagon rides. Explore rolling hills of native prairie, majestic white spruce, lush deciduous forests and mysterious blue-green ponds as you wander along the many interpretive and hiking trails. Equestrian and mountain bike enthusiasts can explore the wilds of Spruce Woods by following the many back-country trails. Spruce Woods has its own equestrian campground and can be booked by calling (204) 827-2800. The park has a concession, store, gift shop operated by Friends of Spruce Woods, modern campgrounds, yurts, showers, laundromat, outdoor games area, beach, snowmobile trails, cross-country skiing, toboggan hill. The visitors service centre has a wide range of interpretive programs including an amphitheatre, campfire talks, guided hikes, children's events, interpretive display building and extensive winter programs. Contact: Visitor Services Centre. Tel. (204) 827-8850 (mid-May to early September) and (204) 834-8800 (September to mid-May). Location: off PTH 5 south of Hwy. 1.