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

Sat, February 28th -- General Trips

    Ski shield country forest.  Some steep hills.  We will be supporting Pinawa's, Doreen & Robert Dick Memorial Ski Tour, a fundraiser for the ALS Society of Manitoba. Complete details available at http://whiteshellskiclub.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Event-Notice-2015-Doreen-Robert-Dick-Memorial-Ski-Tour-Rev-00.pdf .  

Contact Karen Clements at 204-770-4375 or karenclements@shaw.ca. [Trip Rating: 3.0]

Sun, March 8th -- General Trips

Possibility to eat at Neechi Commons at Corner of Main and Euclid . Meet at 10 am at Forks in front of Johnson Terminal .  

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

Sat, March 14th -- General Trips

Hike through the Assiniboine Forest to Fort Whyte Nature Centre, buy lunch at its restaurant, and hike back for a total of ca. 13 km. on very well maintained trails. Please register only after March 6.

Contact Rose Kuzina at N/A or rkuzina@mymts.net. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Sun, March 15th -- General Trips

 Enjoy the spring skiing if there's snow.    

Contact Karen Clements at 204-770-4375 or karenclements@shaw.ca. [Trip Rating: 2.0]

Sat, March 21st -- General Trips

Join Les for a late season ski.

Contact Les McCann at 204-895-8108 or lmccann2001@yahoo.com. [Trip Rating: 3.0]

Sat, March 28th -- General Trips

Dependant on weather and trail conditions this will be either a ski or a hike. 

Contact Les McCann at 204-895-8108 or lmccann2001@yahoo.com. [Trip Rating: 3.0]

Sat, April 4th -- General Trips

Join Roger Sutherland for a Evening Full Moon hike in Whittier Park in Saint -Boniface. We will start with a BBQ at Roger's around 6 pm and hike around Whittier Park afterwards. Please call Roger at 451-1219. Rate 1  

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

Sat, April 11th -- General Trips

A ca. 10 km. all-day hike on the Pinawa section of the Trans Canada Trail, going through forest and rock escarpment. Please register only after April 1.

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

Sun, March 15th - Wed, April 15th -- Bird Outings

(Mid-March to Mid-April) Raptors and a host of other birds migrate north along the Red River and Pembina River valleys in early spring. Come join the birders who monitor this migration. They will be present from mid-morning at either site on most days from mid-March to mid-April, especially when it is sunny with a south wind. The St. Adolphe site is on the east side of the bridge on PR. 210. The Windygates site is on PR. 201 at the Pembina River Valley.
Watches are not scheduled, so there is no need to register. Come and go as you please. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Sun, April 19th -- General Trips

Join Roger to visit the Narcisse dens . We will also visit the Oak Hammock Marsh . To register call Roger at 451-1219. Rate 1 . Closer to date meeting time and place will be determined.

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

Sat, April 25th -- General Trips

Join Les for this day hike. We should see some of the early signs of spring in the local forests.

Contact Les McCann at 204-895-8108 or lmccann2001@yahoo.com. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

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. 10 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. Please register only 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]

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

This is an actual hands-on backcountry outing (either Spruce Woods or Riding Mountain National Park) in follow-up to the Backcountry Camping workshop of Feb 3, 2015. One purpose of the workshop was to allow participants to confidently judge if they could attend the more advanced Nature Manitoba outings including this outing. Participants of this outing will have opportunity to apply and practise the introductory Backcountry Camping skills covered in the workshop. Also included in this outing will be coverage of skills needed to become a contributing member of a Backcountry trip.
More details regarding registration will follow at the Feb 3rd workshop. [Trip Rating: 5.0]