Faune observable Manitoba

Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park


Moose

Moose
Photo by Robert R. Taylor
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Services

Availability

Drinking Water
Yes
Restrooms
Yes
Marked Trails
Yes
Boardwalk
Yes
Viewing Tower
Yes
Picnic Shelter
Yes
Camping
Yes
Concession
Yes
Visitor Centre
Yes
Interpretive signs/Brochures
Yes
Primitive Site
No

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Description

Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park juts into the southern basin of Lake Winnipeg. There are trails to explore throughout the park. From lake waters and limestone cliffs to forests and fens, there is a wide range of habitats for wildlife. In the forest some of the secretive species to watch for are wolves, moose and Great Gray Owl.

From the picnic area on the northern tip of Hecla Island, you can see the islands that provide safe nurseries for colonial nesting birds. At Grassy Narrows Marsh, walk to the viewing tower to look for moose and water birds. Watch for wildlife along the causeway or off the lighthouse spit at Gull Harbour. October is an excellent time to see hundreds of migrating Bald Eagles.

Don’t Miss

  • Black Wolf Trail great for hiking and birding also look for the Icelandic homestead sign
  • Interpretive signs about the colonial nesting birds at the northern tip of Hecla Island
  • Viewing tower at Grassy Narrows Marsh

Habitats

  • coniferous and mixed forests
  • imestone cliffs
  • sand beaches
  • freshwater lake
  • marshes and wet meadows

Site Specialties

  • Wolf
  • Moose
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Great Gray Owl
  • American White Pelican
  • Caspian Tern
  • Pileated Woodpecker 

Directions

From Winnipeg, take Highway 8, 165 kilometres north to the west shore of Lake Winnipeg, 2½ hour drive. Highway 8 takes you into the park as far as Gull Harbour.

Cautionary Notes

You are in black bear country (Bear Smart). Lake Winnipeg can be treacherous in a big wind or storm. There is limited access to the nesting islands May to August.

Admission

Daily or seasonal provincial park pass is required.

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