By David Klassen
WINNIPEG — Winter is a great time to make the best of the outdoor season and remain active, even in chilly temperatures.
The province is reminding Manitobans of the outdoor fun to be had in provincial parks and on hiking/walking trails across the province.
Several family-friendly experiences are available over the holidays, such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, fat biking and snowmobiling, along with outdoor skating ponds, hockey rinks and toboggan hills.
- Trek along with an authentic fur trader from the Northwest Company to exchange goods, furs and stories at Spruce Woods Provincial Park on Saturday, December 29;
- Meet fur traders at their winter camp and see them fire their muskets and cannons at the Spruce Woods Park Centre on Sunday, December 30;
- Snowshoe around the Nimowin Trail, followed by an outdoor fire with hot chocolate and marshmallows at Birds Hill Provincial Park on Thursday, January 3; and Snowshoe to the scenic Pine Point
- Rapids, howl for wolves and listen for their return calls with the park interpreter in Whiteshell Provincial Park on Friday, January 4.
While activities may be free, a provincial park vehicle permit is still required year-round. The 2018 permit is valid until April 30, 2019. Next year’s pass is already available for purchase in Sustainable Development offices and Liquor Mart locations and will arrive in the usual retail outlets early in 2019.