Portage la Prairie was given its name by voyageurs - fur traders - who would portage (carry) their canoes over the prairies from the Assiniboine River to Lake Manitoba. Today, Portage la Prairie offers travellers a reason to turn off from the Trans-Canada Highway to discover its unique charms.
Take a moment in the sun
While this sunny city’s economy is fed by agriculture, its recreation options offer excellent anchors for a day or weekend trip. Cross the bridge to Island Park, a Manitoba Star Attraction, a home to an outdoor waterpark, accessible pathways, golf course and a recreation centre with an arena and Manitoba’s largest indoor wave pool.
Railroad enthusiasts can choo-choo-chose to visit the restored CPR station - home to a model railway club or the Fort la Reine Museum that features the personal railcar of the railway official in charge of Canada’s first coast-to-coast railroad.
Nearby Delta Marsh is a great place to see migrating waterfowl and songbirds and further along Lake Manitoba is the soft white sand of Delta Beach. Camping options here compliment the range of accommodations available in town.
Just an hour's drive west of Winnipeg, the welcoming city of Portage la Prairie offers up the perfect weekend getaway. Explore the past, woosh down a water slide, dine around town and then stroll along scenic pathways.