On your drive along the Parks Route, you will discover Parks rich with heritage, wildlife and fascinating scenery. Whether its a relaxing, quiet trip you desire, or a fun- packed adventure, they’re waiting for you along the Parks Route.

Asessippi Provincial Park

Asessippi Provincial Park

A small park at just 23.2 square km (9 square miles), Asessippi Provincial Park was created in 1964. The main feature of the park is Lake of the Prairies which was formed by the construction of the Shellmouth Dam on the Assiniboine River. The park was named for the abandoned townsite of Asessippi, whose name was adopted from the Cree name for the Shell River.
This aspen parkland area is home to a variety of bird and animal species, including pelicans, great blue herons, kingfishers, ducks, western grebes, white-tailed deer, coyotes and raccoons

Roblin District Office – (204) 937-2181
Campsite Reservations (toll-free) – 1-888-482-2267
Manitoba Conservation Public Info (toll-free) – 1-800-214-6497

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Asessippi Ski Area and Winter Park

Nestled deep in the Shell River Valley, the park offers 21 runs for downhill skiing and snowboarding, with half-pipe and terrain park. There are two chair lifts, one quad, one triple lift and four surface tows. The winter park also offers four downhill snowtubing runs. With its charming winter village, the resort was the recipient of the Best New Attraction 2000 by Attractions Canada.

Phone: (204) 564-2000
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Asessippi Townsite

During the 1880s and 1890s, Asessippi was a bustling frontier community and one of the earliest settlements in this part of Manitoba. In the early days, the community boasted a grist mill, shingle factory, brick works, cheese factory and saw mill. But, with the failure of the railway to build a link to the community, the village failed as its industries had no easy access to larger markets. Located along Hwy. #83 in the Shell River Valley.

Shellmouth Dam

Built in 1968 to control flooding upstream along the Assiniboine River, the dam created the 67-km-long (42-mile-long) Lake of the Prairies. Located along PR 482 in the Assiniboine River valley west of Hwy. #83.

Duck Mountain Provincial Park

Baldy Mountain

At 831 metres (2,727 feet), Baldy Mountain is the highest point in Manitoba. An observation tower offers a scenic view of the surrounding forest of tall spruce. Located off PR 366, 32 km (20 miles) north of Grandview.

Duck Mountain Forest Site

A good starting point from which to explore the surrounding area. The site is located within a unique area of natural meadows, streams and wetlands amid a forest complex containing both softwoods and hardwoods. According to archaeological evidence, the elevated area on which the site sits has been used as a lookout and meeting place for over 10,000 years. Located near the junctions of PR 366 and PR 367.

Duck Mountain Provincial Park

Duck Mountain Provincial Park, part of the highland region known as the Manitoba Escarpment, is known locally as “the Ducks.” The park is classified as a Natural Park and is home to dense forest, upland meadows and clear blue lakes. The lakes are popular with anglers seeking to catch northern pike, pickerel, whitefish, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and lake trout. East Blue Lake, one of the province’s clearest, is almost 60 metres (196 feet) deep, making it (along with West Blue Lake and Childs Lake) a popular destination for scuba diving enthusiasts.

The park is home to moose, white-tailed deer, black bear, fox, lynx, coyotes and timber wolves. A variety of birds nest in the forests and marshes. A 30-km (19 mile) network of trails provides for exploration of the hilly terrain and forests of the park by hikers in summer, and snowmobilers and cross-country skiers in winter. Campgrounds exist at all the major lakes in the park.

Although the early history of the park is not well known, the area has played an important role in the lives of local aboriginal peoples who hunted and trapped here. Early in the 1900s, “the Ducks” also became an important source of timber, with both portable and fixed mills operating within the park area.

Swan River District Office – (204) 734-3429
Grandview District Office – (204) 546-5000
Roblin District Office – (204) 937-2181
Campsite Reservations (toll-free) – 1-888-482-2267
Manitoba Conservation Public Info (toll-free) – 1-800-214-6497

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Riding Mountain National Park

Annual Events

• Square Dancing Jamboree (June)
• National Aboriginal Day (June)
• Canada Day (July 1)
• Music in the Park (July)
• Rawhide and Jellyroll Craft Sale (July)
• Parks Day (July)
• Wasagaming Weekend (August)
• Riding Mountain Triathlon (August)
• Christmas Bird Count (December)

Park Theatre

The Park Theatre was built in 1936-37 of saddle-notched logs to designs prepared by the National Parks’ Architectural Division. It was the only log cinema built in a national park, if not in all of Canada. The theatre auditorium features exposed log beams and rafters with decorative wrought ironwork. Located on Wasagaming Drive in Wasagaming.

Pinewood Museum

View a large array of artifacts, pictures and stories of the early pioneers who were instrumental in the development of Riding Mountain National Park of Canada. Operated by the Riding Mountain Historical Society. Located at 154 Wasagaming Drive, one block east of the Trading Post.

Phone: (204) 848-2810

Riding Mountain National Park

Manitoba’s first national park achieved this status in 1930. It had previously been set aside as a forest reserve, amid the rapid deforestation of the surrounding area. The area of the Riding Mountains was held in great reverence by Native peoples.
The townsite of Wasagaming was developed during the Great Depression by work crews hired through a federal relief program. Several impressive log constructions still exist from this era of the town’s development, giving the town a distinctive, rustic flavour.
The park itself covers 3 078 square km (1,188 square miles), ranging from areas of open meadows to boreal forest, aspen parkland, and deciduous forest, besides the escarpment from which the park received its name. An abundance of wildlife can be found here, including deer, moose, elk, black bear, and beaver. There are also a few Great Gray owls and wolves in the park. A small bison herd is kept at Lake Audy. The park offers unique experiences for families, photographers, birders and wildlife enthusiasts.

Campgrounds can be found throughout the park, and an extensive trail system offers a variety of scenic routes for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and birding.

(204) 848-7275 (English) or (204) 848-7272 (français)

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Riding Mountain National Park of Canada Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre is the place to find all the information you need, in both French and English, to explore the Park. The discovery room is filled with displays, dioramas and information on the Park. The Centre also includes a theatre and reception area. Open daily from May Long Weekend to Thanksgiving. Wheelchair accessible.

Phone: 1-800-707-8480

Riding Mountain Park East Gate Registration Complex National Historic Site of Canada

The east gate to Riding Mountain National Park (on Hwy. #19, west of McCreary), an overhanging log structure built in 1933, is the only structure of its kind remaining in Canada, and has been declared a national historic site. The drive through the park on Hwy. #19 offers many scenic vistas along the Manitoba escarpment.

Wigwam Restaurant

The building is an example of the rustic architectural style that shaped the character of Wasagaming during its formative years. The restaurant was constructed in 1928-29 by its owners, O.J. Gusdal and Ernst Gusdal, employing Swedish craftsmen. The structure is sheathed in horizontal split-log siding, and the interior walls and hipped ceiling are covered in golden-hued, horizontal log siding. Located on Wasagaming Drive.

Spruce Woods Provincial Park

Park Centre

The Interpretive Centre, housing the Spirit Sands Museum and Bookshop, is located in the day-use area (open May to September).

Spirit Sands

To enter the Spirit Sands area, turn west from Hwy. #5, just north of Seton Bridge, which crosses the Assiniboine River in the park. This is a unique desert-like environment in Manitoba where such wildlife species as western plains hognose snake and northern prairie skink can be found. Interpretive and hiking trails lead across rolling hills, mixed-grass prairie, through white spruce and deciduous forest, and to the eerie spring-fed ponds of the Devil’s Punchbowl.

Spruce Woods Provincial Park

Spruce Woods Provincial Park was created in 1964 in the heart of the Spruce Woods Forest Preserve between Glenboro and Carberry. The park is home to the Spirit Sands (or “Manitoba Desert”), a fragile ecosystem characterized by rolling sand dunes and unique plant and animal species.

The park is host to activities both summer and winter. In summer, the Kiche Manitou campground offers camping facilities and picnics area. Visitors can enjoy hiking on self-guiding trails, swimming, canoeing, paddle-boating, wildlife watching, trailriding, fishing and covered wagon rides. In winter, sport enthusiasts have access to an extensive system of cross-country ski and snowmobile trails, as well as an outdoor skating oval / rink and two toboggan hills.

Carberry District Office – (204) 834-8800
Campground Office (May-Oct.) – (204) 827-8851
Interpretive Centre – (204) 827-8850
Parks Reservation Service (toll-free) – 1-888-482-2267
Manitoba Conservation Public Info (toll-free) – 1-800-214-6497

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Steels Ferry Overlook

The overlook affords a spectacular view of the ancient valley and the modern Assiniboine River. Picnic facilities are also offered. Located next to the Springridge Trail.

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