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Located in close proximity the Winnipeg metro area, Whiteshell Provincial Park is known as a playground in all seasons with undeniable rugged Canadian Shield beauty. Breathe in the pine-scented air of the boreal forest; take in views of a sunset across a lake; and hike, snowshoe and explore over ancient granite rock.
A spring or summer getaway to Whiteshell Provincial Park offers many choices for adventurers, no matter your skill level or interest. In summer, popular trails like Hunt Lake and Centennial attract hikers wanting Instagram-worthy shots of giant rock outcrops and a famous red bridge. A trail ride at Falcon Beach Ranch or golf game at Falcon Lake Golf Course also allows visitors to slow down and breathe in the outdoors.
Avid anglers hit the waters early in the north Whiteshell on lakes such as Nutimik or Margaret for full-day fishing adventures. For those seeking solitude, this provincial park offers many unique, lakefront cabin rentals and camping options for vacationers whose idea of adventure may be just sitting near a bonfire with a beverage and book in hand.
The Whiteshell is a must if your vision of a getaway involves a private cabin surrounded by nature. Many family-owned resorts and lodges are located throughout the park, each offering unique styles of accommodations, but all dedicated to having guests unwind, connect with nature and stay cozy. Tallpines Lodges and Inverness Falls Resort cater to romantic couples getaways. Otter Falls Resort and Barrier Bay Resort in north Whiteshell offer cabins perched on rock cliffs, near many hiking and snowmobile trails. For families, the handcrafted log cabin style at Falcon Trails Resort and Pinewood Lodge provides a storybook setting for making memories.
While the Whiteshell is the summer home for numerous cabin owners and seasonal campers who own their watercrafts and toys, there is still plenty of ways for day trippers and vacationers to rent equipment to get out on the lake. Faloma Beach Marina on Falcon Lake rents fishing boats as well as watersport equipment like skis, wakeboards and tubes. At West Hawk Marine, guests can book a pontoon boat for a leisurely self-guided tour of Manitoba’s deepest lake or opt for something self-propelled such as paddleboats or stand-up paddleboards. You can also ply the clear waters by canoe or kayak – Caddy Lake Resort and Green Bay Resort both offer rentals in close proximity to the popular Caddy Lake tunnels canoe route.
The lake life vibe of the Whiteshell may seem like an unlikely place to also discover a ranch. Falcon Beach Ranch, located along the Trans-Canada Highway at Falcon Lake, offers interactive horseback riding tours for all ages. For a more immersive getaway, stay in one of three rustic log cabins onsite and enjoy the horses, campfire, sauna and hot tubbing all night long.
The Whiteshell boasts the province’s most impressive network of trails, ranging from easy lakeside paths to challenging rocky inclines. For mountain biking, the flat shore trails around Falcon Lake in the south are ideal for beginners, while those with more experience head to Blue Highway near Caddy Lake or Five of Diamonds at Falcon Trails Resort. For beginner hikers (or those with young kids), Pine Point, Rainbow Falls and Sturgeon Falls trails offer easy distances and scenic finales of rushing water. For more challenging routes over the ancient rocks, McGillivray Falls, Hanson Creek and Hunt Lake trails are longer distances and very picturesque. A multi-day, backcountry adventure, the Mantario Trail, which straddles the Manitoba-Ontario border, is a crowning achievement for many experienced outdoors people.
With over 200 lakes in the Whiteshell, it’s no wonder that angling is a favourite pastime here. Visitors to the Whiteshell can get out on any lake with the help of Shield Outfitters on a guided day adventure. Many family-run resorts in the park such as Otter Falls, Barrier Bay and Whiteshell Lake Resort offer daily fishing boat rentals if you bring your own gear. For more remote, multi-day fishing vacations, Trail End Camp and Eagle Nest Landing are drive-to lodges located in the northern boundaries of Whiteshell Provincial Park near Point du Bois.
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