The Manitoba government will once again offer free entry to provincial parks to mark the Labour Day long weekend, Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires announced today.
“Free park entry weekends provide an opportunity for all Manitobans to make the trip into one of our beautiful provincial parks and take a moment to enjoy nature,” Squires said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of this great opportunity and make the most of all that our provincial parks have to offer.”
Park vehicle permits are not required in provincial parks from Friday, Aug. 31 to Monday, Sept. 3. Regular camping fees still apply. In addition to free entry at provincial parks this weekend, there will be a variety of special interpretive programming such as:
• amphitheatre presentations at Birds Hill Provincial Park on Manitoba wild cats and how to ‘Be Bear Smart’;
• a guided night hike to discover the boreal forest after dark at Grand Beach Provincial Park;
• a skink safari, searching for the endangered northern prairie skink in the Spruce Woods Provincial Park; and
• opportunities to view wildlife and the start of the fall migration up close at the Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary in Whiteshell Provincial Park.
Several provincial park campsites, cabins and yurts remain open through the fall, allowing campers to stay as late as Thanksgiving. To make a reservation, or see the full list of campgrounds open in the fall and their operating dates, call the Parks Reservation Service toll-free at 1-888-482-2267 or visit www.manitobaparks.com.