Winter Activities in Manitoba, Canada

Winter Activities in Manitoba, Canada
Located between Saskatchewan and Ontario, the Canadian province of Manitoba is one of the country's least populated regions. The rugged country terrain makes an ideal environment for outdoorsy visitors, including those seeking winter outings. The expansive wilderness, lakes, rivers and cities provide almost unlimited exploration, and the province offers just about any activity imaginable. With some preparation, Manitoba's freezing winter can provide a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors looking to try something new.

Cross-Country Skiing

An area favorite, cross-country skiing, gives locals and visitors an outdoor fix even in the deepest snow. The Cross Country Ski Association of Manitoba organizes several group treks, beginners' classes and special events across the province, and can provide valuable information for beginners. The area has several trails, parks and clubs, all geared for beginners as well as experienced cross-country skiers. The privately owned Falcon Trails Resort, established in 1996, offers private cabins for rent and includes access to trails and lessons.

Cross-Country Ski Association of Manitoba
145 Pacific Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2Z6
(204) 925-5639

Dog Sledding

Though not limited to Manitoba, the sport of dog sledding has picked up in popularity in recent years. Each winter, visitors can join in a polar bear tour through Churchill Wild, a wildlife park filled with polar bears and other wildlife, as well as the Hudson Bay Coast, where visitors can see manatees, go on whale tours and spend a night in the untouched wilderness in an authentic igloo. Dog sledding provides an eco-friendly way to see this unique part of the world, and it gives visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to leave the modern world behind and explore Manitoba's most untouched wilderness.

Churchill Wild
P.O. Box 79
Kleefeld, Manitoba R0A 0V0
(866) 846-9453


Another local favorite, snowmobiling has been around for a few decades and has grown in popularity in recent years. Visitors during the winter months can rent snowmobiles from several companies and have access to local parks, trails and clubs. Even young family members can take part in this relatively easy and family friendly adventure. Most rental places provide lessons and basic safety equipment, and most public parks or trails offer relatively easy traversing. For more experienced riders, Turtle Mountain Provincial Park and the Border Explorers Snowmobile Club provide more challenging outings not recommended for children.

Border Explorers Snowmobile Club
P.O. Box 574
Flin Flon, Manitoba R8A 1N4
(306) 688-7159

Article Written By Sara John

Sara John is a professional writer and copy editor living in Des Moines, IA. She has worked professionally for seven years, and written articles for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, as well as other local publications. She is a graduate of Grand View University and holds a B.A. in journalism.

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