In Manitoba provincial parks, winter is a season worth celebrating. Exploring trails in winter is an excellent way to get some fresh air and exercise in the great outdoors. On groomed trails sheltered by thick forests, even the coldest day can become a memorable outing.
Whether you go for an hour or stay for a weekend, outdoor activities in winter are an invigorating and enjoyable winter experience. Choose from a variety of trails - your destination is limited only by the distance you want to travel, the skill level of your group and whether you want to soak in a hot tub afterward.
Manitoba Parks has hundreds of kilometres of groomed and tracked trails in 12 parks suitable for all ski levels and techniques – classic skiing, skate skiing and skiing with dogs (skijoring).
For more information on skiing in Manitoba, click on the Cross Country Ski Association of Manitoba logo to go to their website.
If you have a dog sledding team, you are welcome to use the snowmobile trails at Birds Hill Provincial Park during daylight hours only. Remember that these trails are one-way and are shared with snowmobilers.
There is nothing more exhilarating (or more Canadian) then sliding down a hill on a wooden toboggan or crazy carpet. Large hills are packed for tobogganing at Spruce Woods and Turtle Mountain and are equipped with warm-up shelters.
Outdoor skating opportunities are available at the Winter Recreation Areas in Spruce Woods and Turtle Mountain. Each offers a hockey rink and a separate skating oval, in addition to the toboggan hills. Both have warm up shelters and are lighted for evening use. Skating surfaces are also available at Hecla/Grindstone and Paint Lake.
Ice fishing is a popular winter activity throughout Manitoba. Most of the fish sought during the summer such as Walleye, Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Northern Pike are still waiting to be caught beneath the winter’s ice cap. Remember that a fishing license is required– check the Angler’s Guide for details and regulations.
Snow Cycling (Fat Biking)
Snow cycling, commonly called fat biking, is a growing sport across North America. Fat bikes are a specially designed mountain bike with extra wide tires, making them perfect for travelling on snow. While a relatively new activity in provincial parks, we are actively working with the Manitoba Cycling Association to develop new trails and more riding areas specifically for fat biking.
Manitoba Parks offers the snowmobile enthusiast kilometre after kilometre of designated snowmobile trails where you can ride all day enjoying the cool, crisp days of winter. All these trails offer prime snowmobiling through spectacular snowscapes, forests and lake country and are part of the extensive SNOMAN trail system, linking to communities across the province.
Whiteshell Provincial Park offers almost 300 kilometres of trails in the striking terrain of the Canadian Shield. Grand Beach and Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Parks both offer extensive networks of trails in Manitoba's Interlake region.
In the western region, sled on one-way trails through the backcountry of Spruce Woods and Turtle Mountain – both parks offer riders unique prairie and woodland landscapes to explore. With its steep terrain, lakes and remote setting, Duck Mountain Provincial Park is a great destination for sledding.
Travelling north, ride between Thompson and Paint Lake Provincial Park, or head to The Pas to ride the trails of Clearwater Lake Provincial Park, linking to the incredible 144 kilometre trail to Flin Flon.
All snowmobile trails in provincial parks are a part of SNOMAN’s Snofund Trail System; therefore a valid Snopass License Plate is required. These are available to purchase from Manitoba Public Insurance when you register your snowmobile. For more information on snowmobile trails throughout Manitoba including those in our provincial parks, click Snoman’s logo below to go to their website.