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, 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]

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]

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

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 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]

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 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]

Sun, June 7th -- General Trips

  I have created a team for the Riverview  Foundation cycle . I plan on doing the 25 kilometre route . The team name I have used is Nature Manitoba tree huggers.  If you want to join you are most welcome . For  more details please contact  me.

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

Nature Manitoba Upcoming Trip

Sat, June 20th -- General Trips

Hike in the northern part of Whiteshell Provincial Park around Nutimik Lake and other trails as we discover sections of the still-being-completed Trans Canada Trail (ca. 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]

Sun, June 28th -- General Trips

Join the Habitat Committee on their annual mission to count and pull out leafy spurge in study plots on one of our prairies. The plan is to meet at 9 a.m. at the Loewen Prairie (4 km east of Tolstoi on PR 209) and work for 2-3 hours, then eat lunch at the interpretive trail and go for a plant walk. It's a great way to help preserve the tall grass prairie and learn more about prairie plants like the Western Prairie Fringed Orchid, which may be blooming at this time.
Please register with Marilyn Latta at 204-253-9245 ahead of time so that you can be notified of any changes in scheduling. Car pooling will be arranged as needed. Hiking rate 2. [Trip Rating: 1.0]
Nature Manitoba Upcoming Trip

Thu, July 2nd -- General Trips

28 native orchids, 23 rare plants, 10 carnivorous plants, 1,240 hectares, a calcareous fen, camera and macro lenses. Stroll along the new 1.5 km boardwalk through this fen for some evening photography during the full moon. Meet-up time will be 5:30 p.m. Register after June 24.

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

Sun, July 5th -- General Trips

Please join me on a hike in the beautifful Whiteshell Provincial Park wher e I plan on hiking the Centennial Trail .

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

Tue, July 7th -- General Trips

Join Marilyn Latta for an evening stroll through Henteleff Park. Although primarily a plant walk, we will look at bird, butterflies and anything else that runs, flies or crawls by. Meet at the parking lot (1964 St. Mary's Rd.) at 7 p.m.
Contact Marilyn Latta at 204-253-9245. [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, July 25th -- General Trips

Please join me on a hike in pittoresque Pembina Hills Provincial Park in southern Manitoba . Please bring lunch and water. We can stop for ice cream on the way  back .

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

Sat, August 8th -- General Trips

Prairie Day celebrates the plants and animals of the tall grass prairie ecosystem. From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, guided walks, presentations and displays highlight different aspects of prairie wildlife and this unique natural area. Face painting, bannock baking and a bug hunt are perennial favourites with the kids. This outdoor event takes place rain or shine at the Prairie Shore Trail located 3 km east of Tolstoi on Provincial Road 209.
Contact Preserve staff at 204-425-3229 or tgpphq@mymts.net for more information. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Sun, August 9th -- General Trips

Please join me in a hike in the Roseisle and Miami area. Bring lunch and water. 

Contact Alain Louer at 204-235-1790 or alainlouer@hotmail.com. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Nature Manitoba Upcoming Trip

Sat, August 15th -- General Trips

Hike up and down Blueberry Rock hill in the Lac du Bonnet area, then north to Coca Cola Falls across from the Great Falls dam (ca. 10-12 km.). Due to the terrain and condition of the trails, this is for experienced hikers only. No pets allowed. Register after August 7.

Contact Rose Kuzina at N/A or rkuzina@mymts.net. [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]