July 9, 2019

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If you live in Manitoba, there is a good chance you have heard of or visited Riding Mountain National Park. It definitely IS something to write home about and there is good reason why it is a popular spot year-round.

Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP) sits atop the Manitoba Escarpment and houses lakes, trails, buffalo, and even secretive wolf packs (says the Government of Manitoba website!). It is a family favourite location...

May 15, 2019

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When you think of cliff jumping in Manitoba, you probably picture Tulabi Falls. Nestled in the southeastern corner of Nopiming Provincial Park, Tulabi is a little gem just off the dirt road about 2 hours from Winnipeg. They recently built yurts and we decided to snag one for some early season glamping. It was amazing. We were lucky enough to have a couple of beautiful May days which allowed us to hike around, snap some st...

October 10, 2018

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I was lucky enough to snag the last available yurt at Nutimik Lake Campground. It just happened to be pet friendly and was open for just one night, which was exactly what I was looking for. It was the Sunday night of Thanksgiving weekend.

I then began researching nearby hikes and came across Pine Point Rapids. I've heard good things, so we went for it.

We arrived at Nutimik Lake Campground later than I wanted to, but at the righ...

September 17, 2018

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Canada has 47 National Parks. Manitoba houses two of them: Riding Mountain and Wapusk. I try to get to Riding Mountain National Park at least once per year. Each visit quickly reminds me that Manitoba is so much more than endless prairies. 

A trip to Riding Mountain is most often an overnight trip. When I realized that my home is only two hours from the East Gate of Riding Mountain, I immediately began planning my next adventur...

August 18, 2018

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Looking for seclusion? Birch Point Provincial Park has got you covered. It's a very small park just 160 kms southeast of Winnipeg on Lake of the Woods near the northeast angle of Minnesota. It contains just 26 basic campground sites each with a ton of space. Sites 21-24 will provide you with the most magical sunrise views coming up over the lake.

You will drive through Moose Lake Provincial Park to get to Birch Point. This is w...

August 7, 2018

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Tent? Check. Sleeping bag? Check. Water? Check. Cooler full of food? Check. Fire supplies? Check. Hiking boots and/or Nikes? Check. Good friends and a dog? Check. Prosecco? Check. More Prosecco? Well, I mean, not if you want to get a good hike in the next day – let’s not fool ourselves!

Jokes aside, these items are pretty much the core essentials for the making of an epic hiking/camping trip. Anything else can be found in a pos...

June 27, 2018

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As we were driving from Black Lake Campground to the Walk on Ancient Mountains we found a well marked entrance and stopped to check it out. It was signage for the Flintstone Lake Portage trail. Nopiming Pronvincial Park is a paddler's dream. With hundreds of lakes, waterways and back country camping, there is a ton of land to explore. The portage to the lake didn't look too far so we decided to check it out.

We estimate that th...

June 24, 2018

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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 fo...

June 24, 2018

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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 Cari...

June 20, 2018

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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...

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