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, January 31st -- Spur of the Moment

Join Jerry for a walk from his place (275 Balfour) to the Forks and back. The walk from Jerry's to the Forks is 4 km and on a secluded path that parallels the river for 90% of the walk. We'll have eats and relax at the Forks and then walk back to Jerry's house. Meet at 275 Balfour at 11 AM.   

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

Tue, February 3rd -- Major Trips

(see 2015 Workshop listing for full details: www.naturemanitoba.ca/?q=workshops/862 ) Do you want to know if you are ready to attend a level 3-5 Nature Manitoba outing? This workshop is geared to those members that have a desire to begin backcountry trips and are unsure if they have the skills, knowledge and equipment to move beyond the campground. A two-hour information session will be followed by an actual hands-on backcountry outing on May 29-31 (either Spruce Woods or Riding Mountain National Park) where participants can apply and practise introductory skills. Successful completion of part one should enable participants to confidently judge if they can attend the more advanced Nature Manitoba outings. Part two (the New Member Weekend) will teach the participants some of the skills they need to become a contributing member of a backcountry trip. Participants in this workshop should ensure they are available for the May 29-31 field trip follow up portion.
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Contact the Nature Manitoba office at 204-943-9029 or info@naturemanitoba.ca. [Trip Rating: 1.0]

Sun, February 8th -- General Trips

Meet at 10 am  at Forks at front of Johnson Terminal. A shuttle will be made.  

Contact Roger Sutherland at 204-451-1219 or N/A. [Trip Rating: 2.0]

Nature Manitoba Upcoming Trip

Sat, February 7th - Mon, February 9th -- General Trips

****This trip is now full**** Join Sean on a 3 day trip into the backcountry for some Winter Camping.  My goal for the trip is to spend some time ice fishing and relaxing while enjoying our winter environment.  Date and location has been rescheduled from Whiteshell to Nopiming Park! Participants must be prepared for and knowledgeable regarding camping at cold temperatures, temperatures may reach -30C and participants will have to provide a gear list to be accepted. Participants will have to haul their gear about 4Km into the backcountry.    Trip ratings viewable on page 3 at http://www.naturemanitoba.ca/sites/default/files/trip-leader-package.pdf . For further discussion please contact Sean.     
Sean Worden at 204-781-0796 or srworden@mts.net [Trip Rating: 5.0]

Sat, February 14th -- General Trips

Join Les for a full day of skiing. These are somewhat challenging trails.  

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

Sun, February 22nd -- General Trips

Meet at 10 am  Perkins restaurant at Lagimodière  and Regent Ave.  

Contact Roger Sutherland at 204-451-1219 or N/A. [Trip Rating: 2.0]

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]

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]

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]

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.
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]

Wed, May 6th -- Bird Outings

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

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]

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 -- 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 7:30.
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.

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, 2014. 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]