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

History of Birds Hill Campfire Talk
Friday, June 28
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Is it possible to experience the history, culture and geography of Birds Hill Park in 30 minutes or less?  We’re going to try!  Bring a mug for hot chocolate.

Location: Campfire Circle behind the Campground Amphitheatre


Birds of the Wetland Family Program
Saturday, June 29
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Kingfisher Lake serves as an ecosystem for a variety of birds. Join us on this wetland excursion where we’ll be discovering as many species of birds as we can!

Location: Kingfisher Lake (on the West Beach side of Kingfisher Lake)


Movie: An Original DUCKumentary
Saturday, June 29
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Ducks are true originals. They waddle, glide, dive, dabble and their feathers shimmer with every colour of the rainbow. Sit back, relax and see if this film is all it’s QUACKED up to be.

Location: Campground Amphitheatre


Bike the Esker Guided Bike Tour
Sunday, June 30
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Join Park Interpreters and explore Birds Hill’s unique past. Discover Birds Hill in a way you’ve never known before.  Bike helmets are recommended for all participants and MUST be worn by all participants under the age of 18. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Location: Lakeview Trailhead in the Campground


Critter Dipping Family Program
Thursday, July 4
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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

Location: Kingfisher Lake (on the West Beach side of the lake)


The BEAR Necessities Campfire Talk
Friday, July 5
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Black bears are commonly seen throughout Manitoba and have been more regularly seen in Birds Hill this year.  Learn how to be Bear Smart by participating in an interactive presentation and game of Bingo.

Location: Campfire Circle at the Campground Amphitheatre


Ecosystems Bio Blitz Guided Walk
Saturday, July 6
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Birds Hill Provincial Park is a region where prairie and forest ecosystems collide. Join the interpreters as they traverse through the woods and plains of the Prairie Winds trail, where a diverse array of flora and fauna can be found.

Location: Prairie Winds Trailhead


Movie: Wild Canada Heartland
Saturday, July 6
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

It's movie night! In this film, discover how the interior plains of North America interact with Canada’s Boreal Forest and of the animals that inhabit its vast ecosystems.

Location: Campground Amphitheatre


Puppet Show Family Program
Sunday, July 7
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Come one, come all!  Have a seat and enjoy the show as some fun friends teach us about nature. You’re never quite sure who’s going to show up!

Location: Campground Amphitheatre


Bike the Esker Guided Bike Tour
Thursday, July 18
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Join Park Interpreters and explore Birds Hill’s unique past. Discover Birds Hill in a way you’ve never known before.  Bike helmets are recommended for all participants and MUST be worn by all participants under the age of 18. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Location: Lakeview Trailhead in the Campground


The Ruler of the Plains Campfire Talk
Friday, July 19
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

By who and how were the bison hunted over time? Which parts of the animal were utilized and for what purpose? What caused this mammal to face near extinction? All of these questions and more will be answered Friday night around a warm and cozy campfire.

Location: Campfire Circle behind the Campground Amphitheatre


Bison Days Special Event
Saturday, July 20
11 am - 2 p.m.

Come out for our annual event to discover Manitoba’s rich cultural history. Activities include a bannock bake, atlatl spear throwing, hayrides, crafts, games and more! The Birds Hill Park Ranch will be selling delicious bison smokies.

Location: Overlook Site on North Drive


Pine Ridge Historical Trail Guided Walk
Sunday, July 21
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Stroll into the past with the Park Interpreters along the historic Pine Ridge Trail and visit the Kudlowich homestead, the last remaining home in the park from the Pine Ridge Community.

Location: Pine Ridge Trailhead (Song & Vespers Bays in Campground)


Puppet Show Family Program
Thursday, July 25
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Come one, come all!  Have a seat and enjoy the show as some fun friends teach us about nature.  You’re never quite sure who’s going to show up!

Location: Campground Amphitheatre


Alien Invaders Campfire Talk
Friday, July 26
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Aliens are invading our province and we need your help to identify and stop them from taking over!  Join the interpreters for a fun game to test your knowledge of the native and invasive species in our park. Bring a mug for hot chocolate!

Location: Campfire Circle behind the Campground Amphitheatre


Weed Watchers Guided Walk
Saturday, July 27
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Spotted knapweed is taking over a prairie site in the park and we need your help in surveying the landscape.  We’ll use GPS devices to map out the area so that this invasive plant can be controlled.  We’ll provide the GPS devices – no prior experience required!

Location: Meet at the entrance to Grackle Bay in the Campground


Alien Invaders Film
Saturday, July 27
9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

From Emerald Ash Borer beetles to Zebra Mussels, discover how these aliens are trying to take over our parks and natural areas, and what you can do to help stop them!

Location: Campground Amphitheatre


Critter Dipping Family Program
Sunday, July 28
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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

Location: Kingfisher Lake (on the West Beach side of Kingfisher Lake)


Pine Ridge Trail Guided Walk
Thursday, August 1
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Stroll into the past with the Park Interpreters along the historic Pine Ridge Trail and visit the Kudlowich homestead, the last remaining home in the park from the Pine Ridge Community.

Location: Pine Ridge Trailhead (Song & Vesper Bays in Campground)


Life Lessons from the Animals Campfire Talk
Friday, August 2
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Humility, respect, courage and love – these are just some of the teachings we can learn from the animals.  Join us around the campfire as we discover these teachings from an Indigenous perspective and how they can help us understand the animals of the forests.  Bring a mug for hot chocolate!

Location: Campfire Circle behind the Campground Amphitheatre


Animals of the Night Guided Walk
Saturday, August 3
9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Join the Interpreters for an adventure into the world of these fascinating nocturnal creatures.  Discover where they live, what they eat and why they only come out at night.

Location: Prairie Winds Trail on South Drive


Bannock Bake Campfire Talk
Sunday, August 4
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Welcome to Bistro Bannock where you get to make and cook your own bannock over the campfire.  Visit with special guests from Wildlife Haven and discover the work they do to help injured animals in Manitoba.  Bring your own individual bowl for making your own bannock.

Location: Campfire Circle behind the Campground Amphitheatre


Critter Dipping Family Program
Thursday, August 8
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


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

Location: Kingfisher Lake (on the West Beach side of Kingfisher Lake)


Betty the Bat Amphitheatre
Friday, August 9
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Help Betty the Bat as she struggles with the myths that surround her species. Discover the truth about these mosquito-hunting creatures of the night with a family-fun movie: The Magic School Bus: Going Batty.

Location: Campground Amphitheatre


Got Milkweed? Citizen Science
Saturday, August 10
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Did you know that milkweed is vital to the survival of the monarch butterfly?  Participate in Project Milkweed Watch to determine where these plants are growing in the park and look for evidence of monarch caterpillars and butterflies living on these plants.

Location: Prairie Winds Trail on South Drive


Four Wings and a Prayer Film
Saturday, August 10
9 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Follow a monarch butterfly on its breathtaking 2,000-mile migration across North America and take in the spectacular view of the monarch’s journey as we discover these fragile, but resilient, creatures.

Location: Campground Amphitheatre


Bike the Esker Guided Bike Tour
Sunday, August 11
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join Park Interpreters and explore Birds Hill’s unique past. Discover Birds Hill in a way you’ve never known before. 

Bike helmets are recommended for all participants and MUST be worn by all participants under the age of 18. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Location: Lakeview Trailhead in the Campground

Grand Beach Events

Leaf it to the Boreal Forest Guided Hike
Sunday, June 22
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join the Park Interpreter on this poplar hike to spruce up your knowledge on the many tree species of the boreal forest.  Please wear appropriate footwear and bring water for this 2.1 km hike.

Location: Ancient Beach Trailhead


Critter Dip Family Program
Saturday, June 29
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

How diverse are the wetlands at Grand Beach? Join the Interpreter in discovering how many different species we can find by going critter dipping.  Be sure to bring a net and bucket.

Location: Lagoon near the East Beach entrance


Boreal Adventure Guided Hike
Sunday, June 30
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.       

Join the Park Interpreter for a guided hike on the Ancient Beach Trail. Along the way we will look, listen, touch and smell to help us learn about Grand Beach and the boreal forest.  Please wear appropriate footwear, bring water, sunscreen, bug spray and a hat for this 2.1 km hike.

Location: Ancient Beach trailhead


Plight of the Piping Plover Family Program 
Monday, July 1 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Grand Beach is home to one of Manitoba’s endangered birds the Piping Plover. Join us in learning about this amazing bird and what you can do to help it by creating a fun craft.

Location: Amphitheatre


Citizen Science Guided Hike
Saturday, July 13
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

We citizens have an important role to play in protecting Manitoba’s wildlife. Join the interpreter on a guided hike where we will use citizen science to help scientists better protect Grand Beaches amazing bird population. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring water for this 2.1 km hike.

Location: Ancient Beach trailhead


Critter Dip Family Program
Sunday, July 14
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

How diverse are the wetlands at Grand Beach? Join the Interpreter in discovering how many different species we can find by going critter dipping.  Be sure to bring a net and bucket.

Location: Lagoon near the East Beach entrance


Grand Old Days Amphitheatre Presentation
Saturday, July 20
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Happy birthday Grand Beach!  Did you know Grand Beach was one of the first provincial parks created? Come discover its long exciting history and watch The Grand Old Days movie.

Location: Amphitheatre


Jeopardy! Family Program
Sunday, July 21
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Location: West Beach Boardwalk

What are provincial parks? Celebrate our park system by learning about them through answering skill testing questions.


Fire: Friend or Foe? Campfire Talk
Saturday, July 27
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Fire can be a terrible destructive force but it also can be used for good. Discover how to safely build a campfire as well as what role fire has in nature.  Be sure to bring a cup for hot chocolate and a roasting stick for marshmallows!

Location: Amphitheatre


Fire Safety Family Program
Sunday, July 28
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Come meet members of the East Beaches Fire Department and learn how you can protect your home from the threat of fire.

Location: West Beach Boardwalk


Edible Wilds Campfire Talk
Saturday, August 3
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Gather around the campfire to discover and sample some edible wilds from the boreal forest. Be sure to bring a cup for hot chocolate and a roasting stick for marshmallows!

Location: Amphitheatre


Leaf it to the Boreal Forest Guided Hike 
Sunday, August 4
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join the Park Interpreter on this poplar hike to spruce up your knowledge on the many tree species of the boreal forest.  Please wear appropriate footwear and bring water for this 2.1 km hike.

Location: Ancient Beach trailhead


Stop AIS Amphitheatre Presentation
Saturday, August 10
9 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Lake Winnipeg is being invaded by aquatic invasive species (AIS) by learning about them we can help defeat these nasty creatures.

Location: Amphitheatre


Critter Dip Family Program
Sunday, August 11
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

How diverse is the wetland in Grand Beach? Join the interpreter in discovering how many different species we can find by going critter dipping. Be sure to bring a net and bucket.

Location: Lagoon at the East Beach Parking lot 


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

Hecla Village Guided Tours
July & August 2019
Thursdays 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sundays 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Discover how life once was in this quaint and peaceful Icelandic fishing community.  The Interpreter will connect you with the village history, tell legends of the past and let you into some areas not seen on your own.  Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes for this 1 km walk.

Location: Meet at the Hecla Village Fish Station


Treaty & New Communities Campfire Talk
Saturday, June 29
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Explore two distinctly different understandings of Treaty through stories that persist to this day. One perspective focused on land title and the other represented a desire to coexist on the land.  It was the understanding of coexistence which paved the way for Icelandic settlement. The result was a special bond of support, co-operation and respect. Participate in a cultural exchange by trying your hand at making bannock, a staple for Indigenous peoples and enjoy a special birthday cake steeped in the traditions of Iceland. We’ll supply the ingredients, please bring a bowl for mixing and a mug for hot chocolate!

Location: Gull Harbour Campfire Circle


The Quarry Legacy Family Program
Thursday, July 4
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The rapid growth of the city of Winnipeg in the early 1900’s fueled a search for building materials such a limestone on Lake Winnipeg. With the construction of the St. Andrew’s Locks near Lockport shipping was suddenly viable. Join the interpreter to explore the East Quarry and discover the legacy revealed in the quarry.

Location: East Quarry Picnic Site


Creatures Exposed Campfire Talk
Saturday, July 6
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

As we look out over Lake Winnipeg, imagine a tropical world surrounded by mountains. Gain a new sense of time that far exceeds our understanding and discover the ancient creatures that once graced the area. Learn how they helped create the Hecla Island we know today and try your hand at making your own special tasty island. Be sure to bring a mug for hot chocolate!

Location: Gull Harbour Campfire Circle


Voices from the Lake Guided Hike
Thursday, July 11
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

View the Islands of Hecla/Grindstone in an expanse of water, rocky shoreline and beaches. Discover the special spiritual importance of Black Island. Hear the boats as they sought shelter from the changing winds. Join the interpreter along a portion of the Harbour Trail to appreciate the importance of the lighthouses and their role on Lake Winnipeg. Be sure to wear hiking shoes and bring water for this 2 km hike.

Location: The North Point Tower


The Ships of Lake Winnipeg Campfire Talk
Saturday, July 13
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

York Boats, Canoes, Freighters, Barges, Fishing Boats and Passenger Cruisers have filled the lake with activity and sound regaling us with an active and hectic past. Experience the excitement, imagine the activity and feel the tragedy. Join the interpreter in a recreation of the noisy, active and dangerous hub that was the Lake. Be sure to bring a mug for hot chocolate!

Location: Gull Harbour Campfire Circle


Remnants of the Past Guided Hike
Thursday, July 18
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Discovering how the beauty and wonder of Gull Harbour captured the imagination of many long before it became part a Provincial Park. Join the interpreter as we pass locations filled with sounds and memories of summer fun prior to electricity and the building of the causeway. Appreciate a time when the boats of Lake Winnipeg were the only connection to the outside world. Be sure to wear hiking shoes and bring water for this 3.5 km hike.

Location: Lighthouse Trail (Meet at the Gull Harbour Picnic Area beside the Marina Parking Lot)


Hecla’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Special Event
Saturday, July 20
1 p.m.  - 3:30 p.m.

Join Hecla’s Park Staff for a special Parks Day celebration of Hecla’s 50 years as a Provincial Park. Discover through games and a scavenger hunt why this is such a unique place and enjoy a barbeque.

Location: Gull Harbour Campfire Circle


Causeway to Heaven Community Hall Presentation
Saturday, July 20
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Take the opportunity to experience life in the historic Hecla Community Hall prior to it becoming part of Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park 50 years ago. Discover how access to the island changed the community, divided the inhabitants but not the paradise as Hecla transformed from a thriving community to a Provincial Park.  Enjoy memories of Hecla with popcorn and refreshments!

Location: Hecla Village Community Hall


Who are the Invaders? Family Program
Thursday, July 25
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join the Park Interpreter at the top of the viewing tower to observe the archipelago of Hecla/Grindstone and contemplate the effect invasive species have on Lake Winnipeg and the park.  Take a short hike to Sunset Beach with the interpreter, search for evidence of the invaders, and learn how to prevent their spread.  Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes for this 2 km walk.

Location: North Point Picnic Site


The Aftermath of an Invasion Campfire Talk
Saturday, July 27
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Invasive species such as zebra mussels and the emerald ash borer can have devastating effects. Discover how they change our environment while affecting our economy and recreational opportunities. We will be joined by Park Patrol Officers to learn what we can do to help control their spread. Be sure to bring a mug for hot chocolate!

Location: Gull Harbour Marina Campfire Circle


Celebrating Manitoba Icelandic Contributions Amphitheatre Presentation
Saturday, August 3
9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Epic stories of hardship and triumph are woven into the very fabric of Icelandic settlement in Manitoba. These experiences may have helped shaped some significant individuals whose contributions we still cherish. Join the interpreter in a quest to identify the Icelandic connection behind such icons as Bugs Bunny and James Bond. Come early for live musical entertainment and afterwards, stay tuned for excerpts from the documentary film Vesturfarar featuring former and present inhabitants of Hecla Island.

Location: Gull Harbour Amphitheatre


Hecla Village Fun Parade Special Event
Sunday, August 4
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Come down to the Village to celebrate Hecla Heritage Days. There are lots of giveaways, and the coolest floats on the planet. If we are lucky, there may even be an appearance by Smokey Bear. Fun for the whole family! Bring your lawn chairs. 

Location: Meet at the Hecla Village


Hecla’s Changing Moose Habitat Guided Hike
Thursday, August 8
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Hecla has always been known for providing excellent moose habitat. However in recent years there has been a decline in their populations. Join the interpreter to learn about Hecla’s largest mammal and the factors affecting its presence. Be sure to wear hiking shoes and bring water for this 3.5 km hike.

Location: West Quarry Trailhead (at the end of North Shore Road)


Wildlife Rehab Campfire Talk
Saturday, August 10
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Meet some live feathered and slithery friends from the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre.  Learn more about these beautiful animals by seeing them up close and learn what you can do when encountering orphaned or injured wildlife.  Be sure to bring a mug for hot chocolate!

Location: Gull Harbour Campfire Circle


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

Pine Fort Days Special Event
June 28 - July 1, 2019

Experience how the coureur des bois fur traders lived and camped in this living history campsite at the Park Centre!
See Full Schedule Here (PDF)

Location: Park Centre


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


Critter Dip Family Program
Thursday, July 4
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: Marshs Lake Trailhead

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


Predator Prey Family Program
Friday, July 5
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Tire out your kids by participating in our Predator Prey Program! Learn about habitats, predator and prey species and the role each animal plays in the ecosystem. Then watch them play a massive game of Predator Prey as they become the hunter or hunted!

Location: Park Centre


Insectigations Amphitheatre Presentation
Saturday, July 6
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Think you know your insects? Bring the family to the amphitheatre to challenge your insect knowledge. 

Location: Park Centre


Parsons Hill Guided Hike
Sunday, July 7
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Join a Park Interpreter for this enjoyable 1.4 km hike through the park's forest, prairie, and magnificent views along the ridge of the Assiniboine valley. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water.

Location: Parsons Hill Trailhead


Critter Dip Family Program
Thursday, July 11
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


Bear With Me Campfire Talk
Friday, July 12, 2019
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join the interpreters at the campfire as we learn how to deal with some un-bearable situations when outdoors. Learn how to recognize animal behaviour and what to do when encountering creatures of the wild! Bring a mug for lemonade!

Location: Park Centre


Going Batty Amphitheatre Presentation
Saturday, July 13
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Come and get batty with the Interpreters while we learn about our Manitoba bats and their fight against white nose syndrome. Stick around after for an episode of the Magic School Bus: Going Batty.

Location: Park Centre


Spirit Sands Guided Hike
Sunday, July 14
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


Sands of Time Family Program
Thursday, July 18
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 


All Fired Up! Campfire Talk
Friday, July 19
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Meet Smokey Bear and learn the positives and negatives of wildfires and try out some Fire Tac Crew Equipment. Do you know how to be fire safe?  Be sure to bring a mug for lemonade.

Location: Park Centre Campfire Circle


Jeopardy! Amphitheatre Presentation
Saturday, July 20, 2019
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join the Interpreters with a fun evening of Spruce Woods Jeopardy. Test your knowledge to see how well you know your favourite provincial park. Afterwards, watch our feature film: Spirit Sands.

Location: Park Centre


Isputinaw Guided Hike
Sunday, July 21
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Join the 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


Sands of Time Family Program
Thursday, July 25
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 


Survive the Wild Campfire Talk
Friday, July 26
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Meet the interpreters at the campfire to learn about basic wilderness first aid, and what to do to survive the wild when lost! Be sure to bring a mug for lemonade.

Location: Park Centre


Survivor Hike
Saturday, July 27
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

What could be lurking around the bend? What wilderness situation are you prepared for? Take your knowledge gained from Friday night and put it to the test with real life scenarios on this 1.8 km hike.

Location: Yellow Quill Trailhead


Spirit Sands Guided Hike
Sunday, July 28
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 Family Program
Thursday, August 1
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


Critter Campfire Talk
Friday, August 2
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Did you know that Spruce Woods is home to the largest variety of reptiles found in Manitoba? Meet the local snakes, turtles, and the star of the week, SKINKS! Bring a mug for lemonade.

Location: Park Centre


Skink Safari Special Event
Saturday, August 3
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Explore the native mixed grass prairie with the Park Interpreter and a skink researcher, as we search for lizards and snakes. Be prepared with proper hiking shoes, hat, and drinking water.

Location: Meet at Kiche Manitou Parking lot to join the caravan to the site!


Parsons Hill Guided Hike
Sunday, August 4
10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Join the Park Interpreter for this enjoyable 1.4 km hike through the park's forest, prairie, and magnificent views along the ridge of the Assiniboine valley. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water.

Location: Parsons Hill Trailhead


Critter Dipping
Thursday, August 8
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


Pirates of the Assiniboine
Friday, August 9
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

We need your help to stop the evil pirates as they try to turn Spruce Woods into a pirate paradise. It’s up to you to uncover their nefarious plan. Come dressed as a pirate if ye dare!

Location: Park Centre


Star Party
Saturday, August 10

Join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Brandon and Area Astronomical Society for this day of discovering our night sky. Look for an updated schedule of the day’s events at the Park Centre, including stargazing after dark with the astronomer’s high-powered telescopes and discover the mysteries above!

Location: Park Centre


Spirit Sands Guided Hike
Sunday, August 11
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


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

St Malo Events

To the Spillway! Guided Hike
Sunday, June 30
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join the Interpreters for this 1 km walk to the spillway and discover the importance of our waterways.

Location: Amphitheatre


Canada Day Critter Dip Family Program
Monday, July 1
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Dip into the waters of St. Malo Lake to discover the amazing little critters that live in the water. All equipment is provided!  Bring clothes and footwear you don’t mind getting wet.

Location: Main Beach


Fantastic Fish Family Program
Saturday, July 6
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Manitoba is renowned for its diverse fish species that attract anglers from all over the world. Come learn about the many interesting fish that inhabit Manitoba’s lakes and waterways.

Location: Dock at Sunset Shores


Pestering Plants Family Program
Sunday, July 7
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Come learn about the pesky plants found here at St. Malo including how to identify and treat for the prevalent plants such as poison ivy, stinging nettle and more.

Location: Amphitheatre


The Sands of Time Family Program
Saturday, July 13
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join the interpreters on the beach where we will be travelling back through time to past societies and cultures using sand and water. Bring your buckets and shovels.

Location: Main Beach


Bird is the Word Guided Hike
Sunday, July 14
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Join the interpreters for a morning hike as we seek out the different species of birds hidden along the trail. Feel free to bring your camera and binoculars along with comfortable hiking shoes.

Location: Amphitheatre


Parks Day Jeopardy Campfire Talk
Saturday, July 20
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Canada’s Parks Day by testing your knowledge on all things parks for your chance to win a prize!

Location: Amphitheatre


Park Geocaching Recreational Program
Sunday, July 21
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Come borrow a GPS device and receive instructions on how to find hidden geocaches around the park. The number of GPS units available for borrow is limited.

Location: Amphitheatre


Wildlife Rehab Amphitheatre Presentation
Saturday, July 27
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Meet some live-feathered friends from the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre. Learn more about these beautiful animals by seeing them up close and learn what to do when encountering orphaned or injured wildlife.

Location: Amphitheatre


Pedalling into the Past Guided Bike Tour
Sunday, July 28
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Bring your bike and join the Interpreters on a ride to discover how natural and cultural history has shaped the park into what it is today.  Helmets are mandatory and an adult must accompany children under 18.

Location: Amphitheatre


Be Bear Smart Amphitheatre Presentation
Saturday, August 3
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Discover the world of the black bear and how to stay safe in bear country.  Park Patrol will be on hand to demonstrate how a bear trap works. Stay for our feature film: Staying Safe in Bear Country.

Location:  Amphitheatre


Mystery Night Hike Guided Hike
Sunday, August 4
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Milo the mouse has gone missing. Come investigate and determine the cause of this disappearance on this 1 km walk.

Location: Amphitheatre


Star Crafts Family Program
Monday, August 5
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Star light, star bright! Come create your own sparkling stars and enjoy the assortment of crafts that are available.

Location: Amphitheatre


Bannock Bake Campfire Talk
Saturday, August 10
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Discover the voyageurs and their traditional flat bread, then try making some yourself!  We`ll supply all the ingredients.  Please remember to bring a bowl for mixing and a mug for hot chocolate.

Location: Amphitheatre


Fruits of the Forest Guided Hike
Sunday, August 11
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Follow along with the Park Interpreters as we search for berries and other delicious wild treats. Be sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes for this 2 km hike.

Location: Amphitheatre


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.


Fish Release Special Event
Saturday, June 8
11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Visit the Fish Hatchery for a special one hour tour at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. and you’ll discover how the Hatchery stocks Manitoba’s waters with a variety of fish species.  Then help us stock the Whiteshell River by releasing some trout with your own hands.

Location:  Whiteshell Fish Hatchery Interpretive Centre


Alf’s Legacy Photo Walk
Saturday, June 22
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Discover the legacy of Alfred Hole by joining a Park Interpreter to venture around the Goose Pond.  See first hand why wildlife management areas are necessary while capturing the beauty of the Goose Sanctuary.  Be sure to bring water and sturdy hiking shoes for this 2.5 km trek.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Register online here.

Location:  Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary


An Evening with the Trappers Amphitheatre Presentation
Friday, June 28
9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Join us at the Amphitheatre to hear from a real honest to goodness trapper.  Listen in to stories from the trap line and discover how trapping has evolved into the 21st century.  Afterwards, stick around for our feature film: Fur - the Fabric of a Nation!

Location: Falcon Lake Amphitheatre


Conservation Officer Canine Unit Amphitheatre Presentation
Saturday, June 29
9 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Meet Chad & Hunter, our Conservation Officer Canine Unit, and discover how they help protect Manitoba’s parks and natural resources.

Location: Big Whiteshell Amphitheatre


Wildlife Rehabilitation Special Event
Monday, July 1
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 

Celebrate Canada Day by visiting with our special guests from the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre and discover how to help injured or orphaned wildlife.  Be sure to stick around afterwards to visit with their wildlife ambassadors!

Location: Falcon Lake Main Beach


UFO Hike Guided Walk
Friday, July 5
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Falcon Lake is home to one of the most fascinating UFO stories in Canada. Join a Park Interpreter to discover what happened on May 20, 1967. Be sure to bring water and sturdy hiking shoes for this 1.5 km trek.

Location: Falcon Creek Self-guiding Trail


Black Bear Bonanza Special Event
Saturday, July 6 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Discover how to become Bear Smart by venturing through our mock dirty campsite, touching and feeling real bears pelts and viewing a live bear trap demonstration.  Be sure to stick around afterwards to roast bannock around the campfire.

Location: Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary


Bannock Bake Amphitheatre Presentation
Friday, July 12
8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Join us at the Amphitheatre to discover the history of this Whiteshell staple - Bannock!  Afterwards, stick around to whip up a batch for yourself!  Be sure to bring a bowl for mixing and a mug for hot chocolate.

Location: Falcon Lake Amphitheatre


An Evening with the Trappers Amphitheatre Presentation
Friday, July 19
9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Join us at the Amphitheatre to hear from a real honest to goodness trapper.  Listen in to stories from the trap line and discover how trapping has evolved into the 21st century.  Afterwards, stick around for our feature film: Fur - the Fabric of a Nation!

Location: Big Whiteshell Amphitheatre


Fly Fishing Workshop Special Event
Saturday, July 20
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join our special guests from the Manitoba Fly Fishing Association and learn the art and technique behind casting fly fishing rods.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Register online here.

Location: Whiteshell Fish Hatchery Interpretive Centre


Marvelous Meteors Guided Walk & Campfire
Friday, July 26
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Join us for a guided hike on the Dragon Fire trail in the West Hawk Campground as we share stories from the sky that made the Whiteshell unique.  Afterwards, gather around a campfire and enjoy rock smore’s.  Be sure to bring sturdy hiking shoes and a mug for hot chocolate!

Location: West Hawk Lake Amphitheatre


Fantastic Forests Guided Bike Tour
Saturday, July 27
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Put your knowledge of trees to the test as you bike through the forest with a Park Interpreter.  Afterwards, stick around for some healthy snacks.  Be sure to bring your bike and helmet!  

Location: Forester’s Footsteps Mountain Bike Trail


Star Gazing Special Event
Friday, August 2 
9:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Lean back and take in the night sky with our guest speakers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as they take you on a journey through the stars.

Location: Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary


Fish Fry Special Event
Saturday, August 3  11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Discover how Manitoba is stocked with a variety of fish species by joining us for a special tour of the Fish Hatchery at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.  Stick around afterwards to sample some fresh Manitoba fish!

Location: Whiteshell Fish Hatchery Interpretive Centre


Wildlife Rehabilitation Special Event
Sunday, August 4
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.                 

Visit with our special guests from the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre and discover how to help injured or orphaned wildlife.  Be sure to stick around afterwards to visit with their wildlife ambassadors!

Location: Big Whiteshell Campground Main Beach


The Park at Dusk Photo Walk
Saturday, August 10
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Bring your camera and join a Park Interpreter as we trek the scenic Pine Pont Self-guiding Trail.  Along the way, we will capture the beauty of the park while discovering the importance of staying connected to nature. 

Location: Pine Point Self-guiding Trail


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