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Free Parks Day Activities Province-Wide This Weekend

July 16, 2010 6:54 AM | Entertainment

By Brian Schultz

If you happen to be a bit frugal, the Province of Manitoba is making it easy for you to enjoy a number of FREE activities this weekend for the entire family.

Scheduled activities include:

  • Whirlwind tours in 25 minutes through the history of provincial parks celebrating the golden anniversary at amphitheatres at Grand Beach, Birds Hill, Big Whiteshell, Falcon Lake, Spruce Woods, Hecla and Paint Lake
  • Demonstrations by chef Elizabeth at Falcon Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park on how to whip up creative dishes made from local edible plants
  • Who In The Park’s Got Talent? at Spruce Woods
  • The Hiss of Pisew Falls at Paint Lake
  • The grand reopening of the Wekusko Falls swinging bridge
  • A campfire program featuring singalongs with interpreters about the history of Manitoba parks at Otter Falls in Whiteshell Provincial Park

This weekend will also mark the reopening of the refurbished Marsh Trail at Falcon Lake — a part of Manitoba’s Trans Canada Trail

Just up the road at West Hawk Lake, Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie will announce plans to move forward with an upgrade to West Hawk Road in the townsite. Blaikie will make the announcement in front of the West Hawk district park office on Saturday at 1 p.m. “We intend to gather input from the local community on the new roadway and expect the upgrades will be underway by late 2011,” Blaikie said in a news release.

There is no park admission at any Manitoba provincial again this year, but other fees remain in place.

More information on the celebrations above can be found at ParksDay.ca. Camping reservations can be made at ManitobaParks.com.