This winter we have the opportunity to explore what our own backyards have to offer!
Please note non essential travel even within Manitoba is not recommended, please keep up to date with local and provincial wide restrictions surrounding covid-19 and code red, follow the rules and restrictions as advised and practice safe physical distancing. More information on current restrictions are available here.
We advise you to confirm current operating status of any places you decide to explore, and what restrictions they may have that you should be aware of. Please ensure you practice winter and ice safety precautions, this year has been warmer than normal and ice may be thin.
And make sure you bundle up so that you stay safe and warm!
Manitoba has so many hidden gems and there are tons of exciting winter activities you can take part in. Don’t let the weather get you down, embrace our winter wonderland! We’ve rounded up some great resources for you to check out, from snowshoeing and hiking, to skiing and biking! We will continue to add to this list as we hear of more activities available.
This month it is easy for you to check out our parks, during the month of February there is free admission to all of our Manitoba Provincial Parks. This is perfect timing to get out and explore during Jack Frost Challenge! Here is your list of 13 Provincial Parks you should visit.
Depending on the type of activity you are interested in trying we have sorted through some general resources that you can utilize:
- Manitoba isn’t all flat, try out Skiing or Snowboarding! Here are some tips to make the most of our hills.
- Of course the River Trail is always go to place for skating, but here are some other great ideas in Winnipeg and around Manitoba.
- Here are some lesser known trails to explore throughout Manitoba!
- The Great Trail made an awesome three day itinerary for you enjoy.
- Or use their map to make your own itinerary!
- Kid or adult, go tobogganing!
- These activities aren’t limited to only do as a date! This is a great list for ideas to enjoy or places you can visit in the winter.
With current restrictions people are advised to stay close to home while enjoying the outdoors, so we have sorted the following lists by regions of Manitoba.
- Winterpeg.org has comprehensive maps of ski trails, skating, snowshoeing and cycling; that are constantly being updated.
- Get Lost! And found, in A Maze In Corn’s Snow Maze!
- Visit Central Park for Heart in the Park activities! Fun winter activities have popped up in the park.
- Check out the Last Snowman contest, and learn about the impact climate change is making, see the link for more details and how to WIN.
- Go visit the cozy Snowfa’s around downtown.
- Keep it simple with Winter walking
- Cross Country Ski close to home! Here are some maps and information on what the trails provide.
- Here is your full list of trails throughout Winnipeg.
- Go on a scavenger hunt for some of Winnipeg’s Murals
- You can even climb a tower of ice right in central Winnipeg!
- The Forks has their Arctic Glacier Winter Park for you to explore. Check out their current conditions and operating status here.
- And last but definitely not least, FortWhyte Alive has trails and activities for you to partake in, from biking and hiking, to snowshoeing and tobogganing. Here is their map.
- Where to Cross Country Ski.
- Birds Hill Park has trails for every experience level, from 4km to 14km!
- Try out Snowshoeing
- And here is your map for a winter adventure in the Whiteshell Provincial Park
- Most of us have heard of Riding Mountain National Park, but here is a great list of other places you can explore.
- Skiing in the west
- Your list of recreational trails can be found here.
- Oak Hammock Marsh may not have their centre open but they have 30km of trails available for you to explore! You’ll reach your 130km goal in no time here.
- Where you can Ski.
And in the end, get creative! You don’t have to go far to find new and fun ways to enjoy winter. Try your hand at building snow or ice sculptures at home, DIY some curling rocks, or build your own winter obstacle course. We have seen so many creative ideas coming from Manitobans this winter, lets see what other fun activities you can come up with!
We would love to see where your adventures take you, share your experiences on social media and tag @GreenActionCentre or @GreenActionCtr (twitter) with the hashtag #JackFrostChallenge.
Thank you to our Jack Frost Challenge sponsors!