Event Listings

Interpretive events are free for everyone to attend!  An adult must accompany children under 12 to all programs.  Click on each park below for specific event details and links to the event listings on our Facebook page. For more information on interpretive programs and events, email ParkInterpretation@gov.mb.ca.

Birds Hill Provincial Park

Critter Dipping
Family Program
Saturday, September 7
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Kingfisher Lake (on the West Beach side)

Grab a net and bucket to discover what small critters can be found off the shores of Kingfisher Lake and how they fit into the web of life.  Dip nets and buckets will be provided.


Learn to Fish
Family Program
Saturday, September 14              
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Kingfisher Lake (on the West Beach side)

Come learn the basics of fishing, species identification and regulations that keep our fish stocks healthy.  Fishing rods will be provided or bring your own.  Bring your Manitoba Fishing License if you’d like to cast a line into Kingfisher Lake.  Fishing Licenses available at the 59’er Gas Station on Hwy 59.


Cats, Canines & Carnivores
Campfire Talk
Saturday, September 21
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Campfire Circle behind the Campground Amphitheatre

Is it a coyote, or a cougar?  What was that wild beast?  Discover these mysterious creatures that will have you pouncing in your seats!  Bring a mug for hot chocolate.


Chinking the Kudlowich Homestead
Special Event
Saturday, September 28
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Kudlowich Homestead on South Drive (west of the Campground)

Come lend a hand in re-chinking the Kudlowich Homestead, the last remaining buildings from the Pine Ridge Community.  Help the Park preserve this 1930’s farm house as we chink the outside of the house, then enjoy biscuits, jam and iced tea.  It’s a community affair, everyone is welcome!  Bring a pair of work gloves to wear.


Fall Changes
Guided Walk
Saturday, October 12
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: Kingfisher Lake (on the West Beach side)
Take a leisurely 2 km stroll around Kingfisher Lake with the Interpreter as the sun sets and migratory birds find rest along the waters edge.  Discover what fall changes are taking place for the animals that make the park their home.


Give Thanks GPS Scavenger Hunt
Family Program
Sunday, October 13
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Campfire Circle behind the Campground Amphitheatre

What are you thankful for this time of year?  Good food, a quiet campground?  The animals of the park are thankful for the same things!  Join the Interpreter as we discover what animals need this time of year with an exciting GPS scavenger hunt.  GPS units and instructions will be provided.


Halloween at the Hill
Special Event
Saturday, October 19, 2019
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location:  Birds Hill Park Ranch

Calling all ghosts and goblins!  Help save Betty the Bat from the evil White-nose Fun-guy on a spooktacular night hike.  Visit with special guests from the UWinnipeg-Willis Bat Lab to discover the work they are doing to help bats fight white-nose syndrome, and what you can do to help.

Other activities include face painting, crafts, a bonfire and haunted forest.  For a small fee, the BHP Ranch will be offering hay rides throughout the event.


Bat Box Building
Workshops
Saturday, October 26, 2019
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Interpretive Workshop (at the end of Nimowin Road).

Can’t get enough bats?  Discover more about these fascinating creatures at this family-friendly workshop.  Each family will get to make their own bat box to take home or hang in the park, providing bats with much-needed habitat to combat white-nose syndrome.  Space is limited - Register online here.


Grand Beach Events

Basics of Navigation Campfire Talk
Saturday, August 17
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Knowing how to navigate is an invaluable skill for anyone who wishes to explore Manitoba vast wilderness. Join the interpreter in learning different methods of navigation that might one day save your life. Be sure to bring a mug for hot chocolate and a roasting stick for marshmallows!

Location: Amphitheatre


Geocaching Family Program
Sunday, August 18
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

We've hidden clues to a secrete code! Using a GPS, figure out the code and win a prize in this high-tech scavenger hunt.  You can use your own GPS device or smartphone, or use one of ours!

Location: Amphitheatre


Geocaching Family Program
Saturday, August 24
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.             

We’ve hidden clues to a secrete code! Using a GPS, figure out the code and win a prize in this high-tech scavenger hunt.  You can use your own GPS device or smartphone, or use one of ours!

Location: Hiking Trailhead   


Survival Campfire Talk
Sunday, August 25
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Come learn skill that will improve your chances of survival should you ever become lost in the wilderness. Be sure to bring a mug for hot chocolate and a roasting stick for marshmallows!

Location: Amphitheatre


Owls of Manitoba Amphitheatre Presentation
Saturday, August 31
9 p.m. – 10 p.m.              

Come discover the many owl species that call Manitoba their home.  Stay tuned afterward for our feature film Owl Power.

Location: Amphitheatre


Mysteries of the Night Guided Hike
Sunday, September 1
8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Join the Park Interpreter in discovering the park after dark on this guided night hike. We will see what the trails have to offer after dark and learn about nocturnal animals.  Bring appropriate footwear, water, bug spray and a flashlight for this 2.1 km hike.

Location: Ancient Beach Trailhead 


Star Craft Family Program
Monday, September 2
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.            

Every night the sky is lit up by thousands of stars. Join the interpreter in learning about Manitoba’s night sky by creating fun crafts.

Location: Amphitheatre

Hecla/Grindstone Events

Settlement and Erosion Guided Hike
Thursday, August 15
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join the interpreter along this eroding lakeshore trail on the east side of the island. See how erosion affected early Icelandic settlement patterns. Experience the difficulties establishing a homestead on mosquito infested land and witness evidence of discouragement, illness and strife so evident at the location of Kirkjubol.  Be sure to wear hiking shoes, bring water and prepare for mosquitoes on this 5 km hike.

Location: Black Wolf Trail (meet where the Transfer Station Road intersects the Black Wolf Trail)


All Rivers Lead to Lake Winnipeg Amphitheatre Presentation
Saturday, August 17
9:30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

Lake Winnipeg situated in the heart of North America is a drainage basin for a large part of the continent. To ensure its health means reaching across the prairies. Join the interpreter to discover how far reaching we need to be. Afterwards, stay tuned for our feature film: Save My Lake.

Location: Gull Harbour Amphitheatre


Islands of the Park Guided Hike
Thursday, August 22
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Gain an appreciation of the composition of Hecla/Grindstone from the North Point Viewing Tower. View Black, Deer, Punk and Little Punk Islands within the context of Lake Winnipeg’s expanse of water, rocky shoreline and large beaches which give the area a maritime-like feel. Follow this with a hike along a portion of the Harbour Trail and explore the processes that formed these islands and why they are a part of our favourite park. Be sure to wear hiking shoes and bring water for this 2 km hike.

Location: North Point Viewing Tower (Meet at the North Point picnic site)


Food and Medicine: Palatable Plants Campfire Talk
Saturday, August 24
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Ever wonder what people ate prior to grocery stores or what medicines were used prior to pharmacists? Come learn about plants with medicinal or nutritional value available to earlier inhabitants of the island. Discover some of the intriguing ways that specific plant use has been unearthed. Be sure to bring a mug for hot chocolate.

Location: Gull Harbour Campfire Circle

Spruce Woods Events

Stargazing
Fridays at dusk in July & August

Join the Park Interpreters and local astronomers with the Brandon and Area Astronomical Society as we explore some of the darkest skies in southern Manitoba!

Location: Park Centre


Sands of Time
Thursday, August 15
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Meet us at the beach to create various landscapes this park has seen throughout its history! Prepare to get a bit wet and sandy, bring any shovels and pails or borrow ours.

Location: Kiche Manitou Beach


Wild Edibles
Friday, August 16
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Meet a Park Interpreter around the Campfire Circle as we discover the edible wilds you can find in Spruce Woods. We’ll sample some of these naturally grown delicious treats. Be sure to bring a mug for tea!

Location: Park Centre


Perfect Pollinators
Saturday, August 17
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Our entire existence depends on pollinators! Learn about our local pollinators through this interactive amphitheatre program. Stick around for the Eyewitness film Insects.

Location: Park Centre


Seton Guided Hike
Sunday, August 18
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join a Park Interpreter for a 3.6 km hike along the Chaska loop and learn about Ernest Thompson Seton, Manitoba’s first Chief Naturalist. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, water and insect repellant.

Location: Seton Trailhead


Sands of Time
Thursday, August 22
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Meet us at the beach to create various landscapes this park has seen throughout its history! Prepare to get a bit wet and sandy, bring any shovels and pails or borrow ours.

Location: Kiche Manitou Beach


ZORT Briefing
Friday, August 23
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Join the Interpreters at the campfire circle to become a member of the Zombie Outbreak Response Team! Here you will be briefed on these invasive species in our park, including what they look like, how they got here and if there is a possible cure.

Location: Park Centre


ZORT Mission
Saturday, August 24
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Take the skills you learned from last nights briefing, join a mission leader and hunt down invasive zombies in the park!

Location: Park Centre


Spirit Sands Guided Hike
Sunday, August 25
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Discover the Indigenous cultural connection to these sacred sands and explore this fragile ecosystem’s geology, flora and fauna with a Park Interpreter.  Be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring drinking water for this 3 km round trip.

Location: Spirit Sands Trailhead


Critter Dip
Thursday, August 29
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Dip into the wetlands of Marshs Lake and discover all the amazing critters that live in the water. Be sure to bring boots or sandals that you don’t mind getting wet - all other equipment will be provided.

Location: Marshs Lake Trailhead


Wildlife Olympics
Friday, August 30
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Show up and you could be the next champion of the Wildlife Olympics! Hop, dance, crawl and fly as our newest wildlife competitor. Be sure to wear running shoes for this active program!

Location: Park Centre


Wildlife Rehab
Saturday, August 31
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Join our guests from the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre to learn how injured wildlife is rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Then get up close with their live wildlife ambassadors.

Location: Park Centre


Isputinaw Guided Hike
Sunday, September 1
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Join a Park Interpreter for this 1.4 km hike up 30 metres in elevation to the top of the big hill. Walk along the ridgeline for a bird’s eye view of the park. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, water and a camera - you won’t want to miss this view!

Location: Isputinaw Trailhead


Caravan to the Hogsback
Sunday, September 22
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meet at the Kiche Manitou Day-use Parking Lot

Follow the Park Interpreter in your vehicle for this 35 km backcountry adventure in the spectacular autumn beauty of the park!  We’ll stop to explore the Assiniboine Valley, mixed-grass prairie and stands of spruce and aspen forest.  Our destination is the Hogsback, a unique bowl-shaped valley of sand with a razor thin ridge.  Be sure to bring your camera, drinking water and sturdy walking shoes for a 1 km hike at the Hogsback.  An SUV or pickup truck is required for these backcountry roads
REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Register online here


Haunted Park after Dark
Saturday, October 5
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location: Park Centre

Join us at spooky night of fun discovering the park after dark. Come dressed in your best costume!

Free family fun activities include a guided night hike with a Park Interpreter, stargazing, crafts and a haunted museum. Get up close with real live owls!

Horse-drawn wagon rides will be available for $6/adult, $3/child (cash only). A canteen with drinks and snacks to purchase (cash only) will also be available.

St Malo Events

Survival at Sunset Campfire Talk
Saturday, August 17
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Learn some of the important skills that could one day save your life. Please bring a mug for hot chocolate.

Location: Amphitheatre


Biting Bugs Family Program
Sunday, August 18
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Bugs that bite…annoying right? Come play some games with the interpreters and learn all about bugs.

Location: Amphitheatre


Blind as a Bat Amphitheatre Presentation
Saturday, August 24
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Uncover the myths that surround bats and learn what life is like as a bat. Afterwards, hang around for our family-fun movie.

Location: Amphitheatre


A Tale of Two Turtles Family Program
Sunday, August 25
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Join the interpreters for some turtle-themed fun and games. It promises to be one shell of a good time.

Location: Amphitheatre


Traditional Campfire Stories Campfire Talk
Saturday, August 31
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Come sit by the fire and listen to stories read by the interpreters that highlight the rich, cultural history of Canada’s first peoples. Please bring a mug for hot chocolate.

Location: Amphitheatre


Recreational Games Family Program
Sunday, September 1
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join the interpreters for fun filled activities and games. Come out and have a blast before the summer ends!

Location: Amphitheatre

St Norbert Events

Bohémier & Turrene Houses Guided Tours

Summer 2019
Every Saturday
Victoria Day through Labour Day
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

St. Norbert’s proximity to St. Boniface and its prime agricultural land attracted many French-Canadians, among them the Bohémier and Turenne families. Discover St. Norbert’s rich history on a guided tour of the fully restored homes of these prominent St Norbert residents. Furnishings and artifacts recreate the lifestyles known to the families from 1906 to 1912.
Registration not required.

Whiteshell Events

Bannock Point Petroforms Guided Tours
Sundays in June 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
July & August:
Thursdays 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Sundays 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
(Ending August 15)

Petroforms are figures laid out on bedrock in the forms of turtles, snakes, humans and abstract patterns. Anishinabe and other Indigenous peoples believe they were left here long ago for the benefit of all people that might visit this site to receive their teachings and healing.  Explore the Bannock Point Petroform site with a Park Interpreter and discover the importance of this spiritual place.  Registration not required.


Fang Fest Family Program
Saturday, August 17
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Bats are one of the most amazing animals found in the Whiteshell but they need our help.  Discover how important bats are with a Park Interpreter by building a bat box of your own to take home.  Afterwards, join us for a short walk to search for real live bats!

Location: Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary


Wolf Howl
Friday, August 23
8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Join a Park Interpreter for this special event on the most misunderstood animal in the Whiteshell.  We will begin at the Amphitheatre to discover the unique grey (timber) wolf and learn how to howl.  Then we will travel to the Lone Island Lake picnic area to howl and listen for the wolves haunting calls.  Please note that you are responsible for transportation to and from the amphitheatre and the howling location.

Location: Big Whiteshell Amphitheatre


Fur Preparation Workshop
National Hunting, Trapping & Fishing Heritage Day
Saturday, September 21
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary

Listen in with Whiteshell trappers as they pass on stories from the trap line and how trapping has evolved over the years.  Discover how to skin and flesh a real beaver pelt, then roast bannock over a campfire. 


Migration Celebration
Thanksgiving Weekend at the Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary
Saturday, October 12 – Monday, October 14

Bid farewell to our winged friends with these family fun activities at the Visitor Centre.

  • Wood Duck Dynasty - Saturday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.Discover one of the most colourful birds, the Wood Duck, and build a nesting box to take home or for the Goose Pond.
  • FeederWatch Workshop - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.With colder weather on the way, find out how you can help our perching birds this winter by building your own bird feeder.
  • Brunch with the Birds - Monday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Enjoy coffee, juice and snacks as we discover the variety of birds migrating through the Goose Pond.

UFO Hike
Friday, October 18          
8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Falcon Creek Trail

Join a Park Interpreter as we walk 2.2 km on the Falcon Creek Trail.  Along the way, hear the tale of the Falcon Lake UFO incident of 1967.  Bring a flashlight.  Register online here.


Wolf Howl Hike
Saturday, October 26
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Pine Point Trail

Hike along with a Park Interpreter as we trek 5 km to the scenic Pine Point Rapids.  Along the way, we will howl for wolves and listen for their haunting call.  At the rapids, we’ll warm up with hot chocolate.  Bring a flashlight.  Register online here.


Photo Walk
Saturday, November 16
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: McGillivray Falls Trail

Bring your camera and join a Park Interpreter as we trek 2.8 km on the scenic McGillivray Falls Trail.  Along the way, we will capture the beauty of the park while discovering the importance of staying connected to nature.  Register online here.