Hike & Bike
Thousands of kilometres of trails, from lakeside paths to rocky inclines, make it easy to explore Manitoba on foot or bike.
Drive time: various
The Trans Canada Trail stretches all the way across Manitoba - from the South Whiteshell Trail in the east to the Crocus Trail to the west in Duck Mountain Provincial Park. All sections of the trail offer hiking and biking (mountain and/or road). Trek through the boreal forest and across granite rock ridges along the Blue Water South portion of the trail - a 37-km stretch that starts at the Pinawa Dam heritage site. Pedal along the Crow Wing Trail - the longest section of the trail at 191 km. First established in the 1800s as a trade route along the Red River, the remnants of tall grass prairie found along the trail hint at the trail's historic past. The Carberry-North Cypress Trail winds 32 km through some of Manitoba's most fertile agricultural lands. This area is also home to the Carberry sandhills, left behind by the ancient Lake Agassiz. Watch for the unique plant and wildlife - including cacti and snakes - that thrive off the sandy conditions.
Drive time: 30 minutes
Just a short distance from Winnipeg, cyclists can easily reach Birds Hill Provincial Park to enjoy the park's network of trails. Even novice cyclists make the trip as part of the Winnipeg Folk Festival's Bike Ride to Site event as thousands descend on the park for the annual music festival. Birds Hill has eight trails for hiking or biking (two more trails are reserved for horseback riders). Wander through the "enchanted forest", under the dense canopy of the eastern white cedar along the Cedar Bog Trail. The Nimowin Trail - a Cree word meaning peaceful or quiet - offers interpretation on the impacts of human activities on the natural environment.
Drive time: 1.5 hours
The Whiteshell is a hikers dream. It has some of the province's best hiking trails. The steep rock outcrops offer a challenge, and the activity of busy beavers might even drastically alter the trail! Choose a two-hour hike that take you to Inverness Falls, or one that leads you through the jack pine stands at Bear Lake. Five different trails, which range from 45 minutes to three and half hours, loop around Jessica Lake. Learn about the park, its fauna, flora, geological features, and its history on one of the park's self guided interpretive trails. Mountain bikers enjoy the Canadian Shield scenery on the 4.2-km trail at Betula Lake, or the multi-use, 29-km South Whiteshell Trail system that links Falcon Lake to Caddy Lake.