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
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.
P.O. Box 79
Kleefeld, Manitoba R0A 0V0
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