Outdoor Activities

Nature Manitoba conducts a variety of outdoor activities throughout the year. Our activities include canoeing, hiking, cycling, snowshoeing, camping, cross-country skiing, and other outdoor recreational pursuits. All Outdoor Activities are free for members, with the exception of any cabin/park fees if applicable, and the Grey Hares group is listed separately. Non-members may attend a trip or two at no cost, in order explore the option of membership. Note that a trip's difficulty is rated using the following Trip Rating Guidelines. If you are a member, please contact the trip leader directly with any questions, as listed below, otherwise please contact our office.

Outdoor ActivitiesWe are always in need of more volunteers to lead outdoor trips, please fill out our online trip submission form, email triplist@naturemanitoba.ca, or contact our office if you are interested.

After trips, trip leaders must complete a 2-page trip report form and send it to the outdoor trip coordinator. Trip guideline information is available in a separate file (trip leader info) that need not be printed. Note that there are now three categories of trips (novice, intermediate, and advanced). The former 5 point trip rating system is no longer in use.

Weekly updates to the trip listings are available via e-mail. To receive these updates, sign-up for the "Weekly Outdoor Trip List" in the "Stay In Touch" block in the left-hand column of this website). For other inquiries or to submit information for the list, send an email to triplist@naturemanitoba.ca.

You can also view these trips in calendar view.

To view the Grey Hares trips (not listed below) visit the Grey Hares page.


General Trips & Bird Outings

Wed, April 29th -- Bird Outings

Meet at the English Garden entrance at 6:30 p.m.
No registration required. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Thu, April 30th -- Bird Outings

Join Rudolf Koes on an evening outing to look for woodcock and possibly owls, east of the city.
Call Rudolf at 204-661-0763 for more information or to register. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Sat, May 2nd -- Bird Outings

We’ll search for loons, grebes, ducks, raptors and other migrants along the Winnipeg River. Meet at the Seven Sisters Dam at 9:00am.
Contact Peter Taylor at 204-753-2977 for info or to register. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Sun, May 3rd -- General Trips

Join Roger to the beautiful Whiteshell Provincial Park for a hike on Amisk trail. We will meet at 9 am .Closer to date more details will be provided. 

Contact Roger Sutherland at 204-451-1219 or N/A. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Wed, May 6th -- Bird Outings

Meet at the duck pond parking lot at 6:30 p.m.
No registration required. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Sat, May 9th -- General Trips

A ca. 13-15 km. all-day hike along the eastern shoreline of Lake Winnipeg on the Trans Canada Trail, from the southern lakeshore communities to Grand Beach. Note this is bear country. Register after May 1.

Contact Rose Kuzina at N/A or rkuzina@mymts.net. [Trip Rating: 3.0]

Wed, May 13th -- Bird Outings

Meet at the parking lot of Centennial Park (365 McIvor) at 6:30 p.m.
No registration required. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Sat, May 16th -- Bird Outings

This outing will start at Walter Chryplywy Park at the western edge of Beausejour at 9am. Many deciduous forest species and migrants should be present here, while Milner Ridge may deliver some boreal forest birds.
Contact Peter Taylor at 204-753-2977 for information, including directions, or to register. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Sun, May 17th -- General Trips

 Roger will bring us to visit the sandy dunes and the Devil's Punch Bowl in Spruce Woods Provincila Park.  We will have a departure time of 9 am and more details will be provided closer to date.To register call Roger at 451-1219.  

Contact Roger Sutherland at 204-451-1219 or N/A. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Sat, May 16th - Tue, May 19th -- Major Trips

Camp at Whirlpool Lake in Riding Moutain. Your stay can be 3 days or 4 days. Jerry (leader) will be staying for 4 days. The campsite is 50 m from the car parking area (you cannot camp by a car at Whirlpool). There is an eating shelter. The site has a very nice air-vented gravity toilet. During the stay, there are two main activity options: (1) cycling on the Cowan Lake trail/cycling on Prov road 19 and/or (2) hiking on the Cowan lake trail/hiking on gravel roads. Cycling/hiking the Cowan Lake trail depends on the wetness of the trail. There will be a "geocache" event, with the prize being an original Paul Panton art piece (nature scene). The trip difficulty level is marked as intermediate. However, novice campers are welcome because the camping situation is fairly safe and comfortable. Register with Jerrry at raven981@mts.net

Contact Jerry Ameis at 204-284-1902 or raven981@mts.net. [Trip Rating: 3.0]

Wed, May 20th -- Bird Outings

Meet at the main parking lot at 6:30 p.m.
No registration required. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Sat, May 23rd -- General Trips

Join Les for this full day, demanding but satisfying hike. For good reason considered among the most scenic of Manitoba trails. 

Contact Les McCann at 204-895-8108 or lmccann2001@yahoo.com. [Trip Rating: 5.0]

Sat, May 23rd -- Bird Outings

This outing will visit areas that may not be familiar to some of you. We will look for Red-headed Woodpecker, Orchard Oriole and Bobolink at Libau and for Lark Sparrow and Indigo Bunting at Mars Hill, while Patricia Beach may be good for grebes, terns and passerine migrants. Meet at the Boston Pizza at the southeast corner of Chief Peguis Trail and Henderson Hwy. at 7:30am.
For more info or to register contact Garry Budyk at 204-667-1062. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Wed, May 27th -- Bird Outings

Meet at the main parking lot at 6:30 p.m.
No registration required. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Sat, May 30th -- Bird Outings

To register, contact the Nature Manitoba office.

Sat, May 30th -- Bird Outings

First Annual Robert Taylor Memorial Bird Blitz. Participation is open to all, from backyard birder to Big Day enthusiast. The idea is to enjoy birds at your own pace and submit a list of your sightings, plus area(s) covered, to Rudolf Koes (rkoes@mymts.net) after the event. No registration is necessary. Results will be reported on ManitobaBirds Yahoo! Group after the event, as well as on the Nature Manitoba website. Robert will be with us in spirit.

Sun, May 31st -- General Trips

Join Roger to visit the historical Hecla Village and then the Hecla Provincial Park where we shall visit a marsh and along Lake Winnipeg's shoreline. Departure time will be at 9 am and more details to be provided closer to date.

Contact Roger Sutherland at 204-451-1219 or N/A. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Nature Manitoba Upcoming Trip

Fri, May 29th - Sun, May 31st -- General Trips

This second part of the Intro to Backcountry Camping workshop is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to practice and learn backcountry skills under the supervision and direction of experienced trip leaders.  This session is focused entirely on the newcomer to backcountry camping, participants will have the opportunity to perform the following: ·         Select, pack, and participate in a Hike ·         Select and set up camp ·         Set up a Tarp and an emergency tarp shelter ·         Perform camp chores ·         Hang a bear bag ·         Treat water in the backcountry ·         Build and light a fire ·         Learn and practice navigation skills  This event takes place in Spruce Woods Provincial Park on May 29th to 31st.  The Friday night group-use site is limited to 20, leaving room for 18 participants.  Participants who attended the indoor session had priority on those spots and at this time some spots are still available for those who did not attend the indoor workshop. Contact Sean for more information at srworden@mts.net
Sean Worden: srworden@mts.net [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Sun, May 31st -- General Trips

Join Jerry for a canoeing day trip to Mud Turtle Lake. We may see some monster clay chelydra serpentina. Involves about 12 km of paddling and doing a portage of 500 m twice. The launch is at Brereton Lake in the Whiteshell. While classified as intermediate, novice paddlers who are ready to try some portaging are welcome.

Contact Jerry Ameis at 204-284-1902 or raven981@mts.net. [Trip Rating: 3.0]

Sat, June 13th -- General Trips

Join Al for a cycle from Main Street  at River Road (close to Larters Golf Course ) to Lockport  and back. For the energetic ones we may consider cycling up to Prairie Originals native plants and view the plants (location north of Lockport) then have lunch at the St Andrews Docks.

Contact Alain Louer at 204-235-1790 or alainlouer@hotmail.com. [Trip Rating: 3.0]

Sun, June 14th -- General Trips

Join Jerry for a canoeing day trip to explore Heart lake on the Rennie River system. Involves about 20 km of paddling. The launch is where the Rennie River crosses Hwy #307 in the Whiteshell. Who knows! We might find swamp monsters in Heart Lake.

Contact Jerry Ameis at 204-284-1902 or raven981@mts.net. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Nature Manitoba Upcoming Trip

Sat, June 20th -- General Trips

Hike in the northern part of Whiteshell Provincial Park around Nutimik Lake as we discover sections of the still-being-completed Trans Canada Trail (ca. 10-14 km.). Register after June 12.

Contact Rose Kuzina at N/A or rkuzina@mymts.net. [Trip Rating: 3.0]

Sun, June 21st -- General Trips

Celebrate the start of summer with a canoeing day trip from Big Whiteshell Lake to Lone island Lake. Join Jerry in this celebratory venture. Involves about 12 km of paddling. If water levels are high enough we might try a side adventure up Indian Creek. The launch is at Big Whiteshell (the Mantario launch site).

Contact Jerry Ameis at 204-284-1902 or raven981@mts.net. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Sat, July 11th - Fri, July 17th -- Major Trips

Join Jerry for a 7 day canoe trip to Hawkcliff Lake (just east of Exp. lakes). The trip begins at Vermillion Bay (Eagle L.); Takes 2 days to reach Hawkcliff; 3 days of exploring the area; 2 days back. Upon return, enjoy a rib supper at the world famous rib eatery in Vermillion Bay. The trip is classified as intermediate. The most difficult part of the trip would be paddling on Eagle Lake (very big) if the wind is blowing. There are 4 portages each way, with the longest about 300 m. Maximum of 3 canoes for the trip.

Contact Jerry Ameis at 204-284-1902 or raven981@mts.net. [Trip Rating: 3.0]

Jerry Ameis [Trip Rating: 3.0]

Sat, August 1st - Wed, August 5th -- Major Trips

Join Jerry for a 5 day leisurely canoe trip to Porcus Lake (in Exp. lakes). The trip begins at Ethelma Lake where the Berry River crosses the Highwind Lake road. Takes about 4 hours to reach Porcus (2 portages - longest an easy 300 m); 2-4 days of exploring the area; 4 hours back. You can stay the full 5 days or leave earlier. The trip is classified as intermediate but novice campers are welcome because the journey to Porcus is not difficult. Maximum of 4 canoes for the trip.

Contact Jerry Ameis at 204-284-1902 or raven981@mts.net. [Trip Rating: 3.0]

Jerry Ameis [Trip Rating: 3.0]

Sun, August 16th - Sun, August 23rd -- Major Trips

Join Jerry for an 8 day canoe trip in the Kilvert Lake area (just west of Exp. lakes). The trip begins at Rushing River campground. It is a loop trip that involves a couple of long portages. There will be a few layover days. The trip is classified as advanced but strong intermediate paddlers are welcome.  Maximum of 3 canoes for the trip.

Contact Jerry Ameis at 204-284-1902 or raven981@mts.net. [Trip Rating: 5.0]

Jerry Ameis [Trip Rating: 5.0]

Tue, September 1st - Mon, September 7th -- Major Trips

Join Jerry for a 7 day cycling trip in Riding Mountain. The  trip begins on the Central trail at the buffalo compound. We cycle to the western end of the central trail (Kay's campsite) and then head south to Deep Lake (exit point). We will be cycling from campsite to campsite on the trip (about 2-3 hours of cycling per day). There will be ample time for exploring. The trip is classified as advanced but strong intermediate cyclists are welcome. Maximum of 6 people for the trip.

Contact Jerry Ameis at 204-284-1902 or raven981@mts.net. [Trip Rating: 5.0]

Jerry Ameis [Trip Rating: 5.0]