In celebration of the 26th annual Canada Parks Day, entry into Manitoba’s provincial parks will be free this weekend.
Beginning Friday and running through Sunday, a vehicle permit will not be required to enter parks. Nighly camping fees and fees in national parks still apply.
“Parks Day is an annual celebration by the Canadian Parks Council showcasing Canada’s incredible network of parks,” reads a statement from the Province. “Special events and activities have been designed to connect people of all ages to nature and the outdoors.”
Some highlights this weekend include:
• guided tours of restored homes from the 19th-century French community at Saint Norbert Provincial Heritage Park including the newly reopened Bohémier House;
• campfire talks and amphitheatre presentations at Birds Hill, Grand Beach, Hecla/Grindstone, Spruce Woods and Whiteshell provincial parks;
• presentations by wildlife ambassadors from Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre at St. Malo Provincial Park on Saturday afternoon; and
• guided walks through the historical Hecla Village in the Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park and the Bannock Point Petroforms in the Whiteshell Provincial Park on Sunday.
Several campgrounds are having special celebrations including Bakers Narrows, Clearwater Lake, Grass River, Manipogo, Nopiming, Rivers and Wekusko Falls provincial parks. Manitobans are also encouraged to enjoy the newly expanded beach at Birds Hill Provincial Park or rediscover the lower camping area at Kiche Manitou Campground in Spruce Woods Provincial Park, now fully reopened following damage from flooding.
Park visitors are advised to check www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/fire/Restrictions/index.html prior to travelling for any fire or backcountry travel restrictions.