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Planning a trip along a designated backcountry water route in the beautiful and rustic Nopiming Provincial Park? Check out the interactive mapping tool that has been developed to help you plan your journey along Nopiming's water routes. We hope that it helps you learn more about your paddling options in Nopiming before you set off on your backcountry adventure.

This tool includes GPS co-ordinates for campsites, portages and staging areas as well as campsite descriptions and pictures. Help us improve the information provided by sharing feedback with us after your trip. We will continually try to improve the tool and update the data when we can. You can report your experience canoeing on the Nopiming water routes by sending an email to TrailsMBParksEast@gov.mb.ca.

People Canoeing

Nopiming offers some of Manitoba's best opportunities to canoe through the backcountry while being only a relatively short drive away from Winnipeg. The staging areas for these water routes are all road accessible and the routes can be paddled by canoeists with a range of skill levels. For these reasons, as well as the beautiful surroundings, Nopiming's water routes are some of the most popular in the province. On a nice summer weekend you might find yourself out enjoying the Nopiming backcountry with quite a few other people.

Water route campsites provide the barest of essentials for the canoeist who desires the simplicity of water and surrounding nature to complete their outdoor experience. Designated campsites are identified by a site marker and provide a fire pit, and in some cases a pit privy, a picnic table and a bear box (for food storage). Each water route has a limited number of designated campsites for use and, at this time, the backcountry campsites in Nopiming cannot be reserved with the exception of all seven campsites on Shoe Lake, and eight campsites maintained by Caribou Lodge on the Manigotagan River route.

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Canoeists are reminded that camping is only allowed on designated sites. Remember that you are sharing the experience with others during and after your trip. Keeping our water routes and backcountry clean is everyone’s responsibility. Remember to always carry out everything you carry in - there are no regular patrols for maintenance and garbage collection. Practise Leave No Trace principles in order to protect our wilderness and to ensure that we can continue to enjoy it in the future. Please keep these seven principles in mind when visiting Nopiming:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

For more information on how you can practise Leave No Trace, visit leavenotrace.ca.

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Here are some more tips to ensure you have a safe backcountry experience:

  • Protect the environment. Camping is only allowed on designated sites.
  • Consider your fellow paddlers. Backcountry groups should occupy a site for three days or less (with the exception of the Shoe Lake sites, which may be reserved for up to seven nights).
  • Groups of 10 or more must apply for a special events permit prior to their trip.
  • Remember to always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Cell service is minimal  in almost all areas of the park– carrying a GPS transmitter or satellite phone is recommended.
  • Be Bear Smart.
  • Consult a recommended gear list when packing for your trip.
  • Open fires are prohibited. Please use portable stoves or fire pits provided.
  • Park visitors should check the fire danger level prior to any trip by calling the Lac Du Bonnet District Office at 204-345-1400.
  • In case of emergencies contact RCMP Lac Du Bonnet 204-345-8685.
  • Report Wildfires 1-800-782-0076.

This map tool is provided as a general reference only. Topographical maps are available for purchase from canadamapsales.com or phone 1-877-627-7226.

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