Beluga Whales and Polar Bear Viewing in Churchill
Everything Churchill / 1-800-665-0040
Every summer, adventurers view, snorkel with or kayak alongside the thousands of beluga whales that fill the Churchill and Seal rivers in northern Manitoba. Come October (to early November), Churchill becomes the Polar Bear Capital of the World, the most accessible place in North America to see these magnificent creatures.
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre
www.discoverfossils.com / 204-822-3406
The largest collection of prehistoric marine fossils in North America, including life-size reconstructions of mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, sharks, and more. Visitors can participate in an actual excavation of new fossils.
Central Museum of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery (RCA Museum)
www.rcamuseum.com / 204-765-3000 extension 3570
Canada's largest collection of artillery artifacts and the most complete collection of Canadian pattern military vehicles in existence. Winner of the "Innovator of the Year" Award at the 2008 Tourism Industry Association of Canada Awards.
International Peace Gardens
www.peacegarden.com / 1-888-432-6733
A stunning botanical garden and park dedicated to the long-standing peace between Canada and the United States, located on the border of Manitoba and North Dakota.
Mennonite Heritage Village
www.mennoniteheritagevillage.com / 1-866-280-8741, 204-326-9661
This 40-acre complex is reminiscent of the Mennonite villages found in southern Manitoba during the late 1800s, including century-old dwellings, church and school furnished to the period.
National Parks & Historic Sites
a. Riding Mountain National Park of Canada,
www.pc.gc.ca/riding / 204-848-7275
b. Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada,
www.pc.gc.ca/garry / 1-888-773-8888, 204-785-6053
c. Wapusk National Park of Canada,
www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/mb/wapusk / 1-888-773-8888, 204-675-8863
Riding Mountain National Park Park is a haven for outdoor wilderness experiences and wildlife viewing, along with trail hiking, cycling and horseback riding. Explore the beautifully restored stone heritage buildings at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, the original Hudson's Bay Company fur trade centre on the banks of the Red River. Wapusk National Park is home to one of the world's largest polar bear maternity denning sites, as well as to hundreds of thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds.
www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/parks/popular_parks/northeast/pisew.html / 1-800-214-6497, 204-945-6784
Manitoba's highest easily-accessible natural falls. The Grass River drops 13m, changes direction, and jets through a gorge. A short boardwalk leads to observation platforms.
www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/parks / 1-800-214-6497, 204-945-6784
|a. Spruce Woods Provincial Park||d. Atikaki Provincial Park|
|b. Grand Beach Provincial Park||e. Bird's Hill Provincial park|
|c. Whiteshell Provincial Park||f. Hecla Provincial Park|
Nature and adventure await in Manitoba's 50+ provincial parks. At Spruce Woods Provincial Park, experience Spirit Sands, a five square kilometer tract of open blowing sand dunes that tower 30 metres above the surrounding prairie. Skirted by 40-foot dunes and 1.8 miles of beach, the shallow waters of Lake Winnipeg beckon in Grand Beach. Manitoba has hundreds of miles of biking trails through Precambrian Shield, rolling fields and along the Manitoba Escarpment at Whiteshell Provincial Park. Accessible only by air or canoe, prehistoric rock paintings can be seen along the rivers at Atikaki Provincial Park. Home to the Winnipeg Folk Festival each summer, Bird's Hill Provincial Park offers facilities for camping, swimming, picnics, and riding. The championship 18-hole golf course found at Hecla Provincial Park offers stunning views of Lake Winnipeg, one of the world's largest.
Sam Waller Museum
www.samwallermuseum.ca / 204-623-3802
The unique and extensive natural and human history collections of Sam Waller tell the fascinating stories of this historic community.
www.thompsonspiritway.ca / 1-888-847-7878
A unique walking and biking route highlighting 16 remarkable points of interest, beautiful wolf statues and the world's largest mural of a Robert Bateman painting