exploring the heart of canada

Have you ever seen the sun rise in the prairies? It's unlike anything else – boundless and isolating in the most comforting way. There is no quantifying its beauty. It signifies the beginning of the future.

And the future, almost always, guarantees an adventure...

We are Rachelle & Kristen and our mission is to inspire you to Do North by exploring what's inside Canada's heart.

Until the sun sets,

Do North.


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Each adventure will indicate the season we think is best for visiting. We will also rate them on a 3 point scale:

- loved it!

- worth the trip

- skip it. 

We are going to be brutally honest and subjective here. You do not have to agree with us, and that's okay!

Lastly, we'll categorize our adventures based on their distance from the city centre (usually Winnipeg). Day trips will typically be within a 2 hour drive of Winnipeg and overnight trips will be 2+ hours away from the city.

Happy adventuring! 

June 24, 2018


Watchorn Provincial Park is a small, secluded campground just south of Steep Rock. It has both basic and electrical sites. It has 8 walk in sites (#49 - 56), and by walk in I mean a very short 50 meter walk from the parking lot, that sit on the beach overlooking the water. The sites are not private at all, but if you set up your tent facing the water you will get amazing views both at night and in the morning. Be sure to go for a sunset swim.

I wouldn't go here just for the camping experience, but I would stay again to use as a base camp for Steep Rock. And be sure to take advantage of the free firewood on site.

June 24, 2018


It's hard to believe that I lived in Manitoba a few years before I heard of Steep Rock. Steep Rock is located on the northeast shore of Lake Manitoba within the interlake region. You'll head north on the #6 from Winnipeg for about 2.5 hours. On the way, you can stop at the grocery store in Moosehorn if you need to get any supplies.

Turn west non 239, and right before arriving in Steep Rock you'll be mesmerized by the Caribbean blue waters that simply appeared out of nowhere. The limestone cliffs that surround the area give it a distinct alluring hue. 

On a beautiful day, get to Steep Rock early for parking. Although it seems to be plentiful, as the area gets busier, I anticipate parking will become limited. Once you arrive, you have lots of activities to choose from. There are three main hikes. One...

June 20, 2018


Nopiming is the Anishinabe word meaning “entrance to the wilderness”. The name perfectly describes this provincial park. I might even argue that this is my favorite provincial park in Manitoba. It houses over 100 lakes and multiple rivers. The only roads that go through the park are gravel.


Black Lake Campground has nearly 80 sites. There is one big, busy loop (Loop A with many seasonal sites and electrical hook ups) and three much smaller, quieter loops (Loops B, C and D). We stayed in Loop D at site 2. It was elevated with a steep driveway and partially secluded by a large rock structure. To our benefit there was no one in the two closest sites making it feel wonderfully private. Loop C has two sites that are right on the water’s edge: 1 and 2. Those would be awesome sites, too!

The trail head for Black Lake Tr...

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