Watchable Wildlife Manitoba

Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park



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


Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park in the heart of Lake Winnipeg. There are trails to explore throughout the park. From forests and limestone cliffs to marshes 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 climb the viewing tower to see Black Island, Deer Island and other smaller islands by Lake Winnipeg. At the south end of the island, visit the wildlife viewing tower and look for moose. Nearby is the extensive trail system with boardwalks and a viewing blind. 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 south end of the island
  • Grassy Narrows Marsh boardwalk


  • Coniferous and mixed forests
  • Limestone 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


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.


Daily or seasonal provincial park pass is required.

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