Ten of Manitoba’s friendliest communities are located along the Parks Route. Starting at the international boundary in the south, your first stops are Cartwright and Glenboro. Driving north, you’ll pass through Spruce Woods Provincial Park on your way to Carberry. Further north, across the Trans Canada Highway are Neepawa, McCreary and Ste. Rose du Lac. At Ste. Rose du Lac, the Parks Route heads west toward the Saskatchewan border. Along the way you’ll visit Dauphin, Gilbert Plains, Grandview and Roblin. You’ll want to make sidetrips into Riding Mountain National Park, Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Asessippi Provincial Park. Each community has a unique character and history for your to explore.


Carberry was founded by the CPR as it crossed the country in 1878, and quickly became the commercial centre of the surrounding plains.With rich farmland to the north,and Spruce Woods Park and the Spirit Sands to the south, the town is busy with both commerce and tourism.

Since the 1960s, Carberry has been a major potato growing and processing centre.You can visit the Carberry Plains Museum and the Seton Centre, which houses works of the famous naturalist who once lived here.

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Cartwright was first built along the Boundary Commission /Northwest Mounted Police (NWMP) Trail, which was established in 1872/73 to lead Canada/US Boundary surveyors from Lake of the woods to the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. The trail was also used in 1874 by the NWMP on their trek west to establish law and order in the western frontier lands of Canada. In 1885 and with the coming of the railway, the community, which was named after prominent local citizen Sir Richard Cartwright, was moved a few miles south to its present location.

Cartwright and area’s history is preserved in its six museums, and on the Centennial Wall at nearby Mather. A newly developed viewing area overlooks an approximately 2,000-year old historical site known as Buffalo jump.

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The City of Sunshine welcomes you to an all-season wonderland. Dauphin is located in the heart of Manitoba’s Parkland region between Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Riding Mountain National Park.The city offers a variety of festivals and recreation that will make anyone’s holiday experience one to remember. This is a great area to hunt and fish all year round. Catch the waves at Manitoba’s only indoor wave pool at the Parkland Recreation Complex, or stop by the museum.

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Gilbert Plains

Located within an area of rich and fertile farmland, the town of Gilbert Plains was incorporated in 1906 and named for Gilbert Ross, an early Métis settler to the area. Visitors to the community can enjoy a number of recreational activities. The Gilbert Plains Golf & Country Club, a challenging and scenic 18-hole course, is located along the winding Valley River on the edge of the community. Gilbert Plains Centennial Park is home to the golf course, as well as a picnic area, campgrounds, wading pool and playground. The Valley River is suitable for swimming, rafting and canoeing.

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Glenboro is an excellent base from which to explore the nearby natural wonders of Spruce Woods. This community of 650 was established in the 1880s and its name derives from the Scottish term for “Burrough of the Gleann.” The community’s proximity to the Spirit Sands of Spruce Woods is captured in Sara the Camel, a statue built in 1978. At 7 metres (22.75 feet) high, “Sara” is emblematic of the Spirit Sands, commonly referred to as the Manitoba Desert.

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A tranquil town of just under 1000 people, Grandview is situated on a narrow plain, with Riding Mountain National Park to the south and Duck Mountain Provincial Park to the north. Fishing in the area is world-class, as Grandview is located in the midst of the Big Seven trout lakes, but also immediately next door to a multitude of Northern Pike and Walleye lakes. Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy hiking, bird-watching and canoeing. Winter activities such as cross-country skiing and ice fishing are popular, and with hundreds of miles of groomed trails, snowmobiling is also a common winter pursuit.

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Known as the Maple Syrup Capital of Manitoba, McCreary was founded in 1899 and named for William F. McCreary, a surveyor and Member of Parliament. The community is located near the Burrows Trail, which provided native peoples with access to the area for centuries, and was used by early pioneers as an overland link between Neepawa and Dauphin. McCreary has much to offer in the way of recreational activities and historic points of interest. A junior Olympic- sized outdoor swimming pool and 9-hole golf course welcome visitors to the area. For cross-country skiing enthusiasts, the Oak Ridge, Scott Creek and Agassiz trails are located nearby on the east side of Riding Mountain National Park. The rich heritage of the region is captured in the Heritage Complex, with its rail station and one- room school, and at Satterthwaite Cabin, a restored log cabin and former stopping house along the historic Burrows Trail.

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Neepawa, a community of over 3500 people, is located at the Junction of Highway #5 and the Yellowhead Highway #16. Neepawa is an agricultural based community with a healthy manufacturing, transportation and tourism base as well as a full array of retail stores. Neepawa is proud to host the annual World Lily Festival and Shane Hnidy Golf Tournament. Neepawa boasts many sports venues (skating rink, 6 sheet curling rink and outdoor swimming pool) and is home to the Neepawa Natives Junior “A” Hockey Team. Located just south of the Riding Mountain escarpment, Neepawa boasts beautiful tree lined streets, gorgeous flower beds, relaxing parks, natural walking trails and many migratory birds stop off at beautiful Park Lake.

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The Roblin area was first settled in the 1880s. Originally known as Goose Lake, the community was renamed Roblin in 1904 after the arrival of the railway. With over 1,800 residents, and serving a broader community of 3,600 people, Roblin is a vibrant, energetic, full-service community, with numerous retail and service outlets. The community is situated in beautiful, natural surroundings, with two trout-stocked lakes within town limits.

Visitors will enjoy a visit to the Roblin Leisure Aquatic Centre, with its junior Olympic-sized pool, 112-foot waterslide and kids’ wading pool. The Roblin Golf and Country Club is a 9-hole course with a challenging layout. Anglers can find great rainbow and brown trout fishing right in town at Goose Lake, which is also the location of the community’s campground facilities.

Life & Art Centre

The building that contains the Life & Art Centre was built in 1908 and used until 2005 as the Knox United Church. In 2005, the Knox United Church Congregation gifted the building and land at 106 3rd Ave N. in Roblin to the Life & Art Centre Corporation. The Roblin LAC is a non-profit organization committed to enhancing art and culture in the community.

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Ste. Rose du Lac

Located on the Turtle River southeast of Lake Dauphin is the picturesque community of Ste. Rose du Lac. The community was originally settled in 1889 by a group of French-speaking families who had relocated from St. Vital (Winnipeg). Ste. Rose du Lac has been declared “The Cattle Capital of Manitoba” as the area is ideally suited for cattle ranching. This distinction is celebrated annually in October at Hoof’n’ Holler Days.

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