5 Winter Outdoor Adventures to Experience

Are you looking for a new and exciting adventure? Or craving to get some fresh air? Or maybe even work on your outdoor safety training? With these five outdoor experiences, you can do all that and more right here in Eastern Manitoba!

*Disclaimer*

  • Stay home if you have been travelling or do not feel well. Here is an excellent resource if you are quarantined. This will help you find people in Manitoba who are willing and able to help you while quarantined. Help Next Door Manitoba
  • Go out with people within your household, but practice social distancing (2 metres away) with other groups.
  • Please call ahead before visiting a business and inquire about their regulations to enter the building, such as capacity, sanitation, etc. Also, consider using curbside pickup where possible.
  • Please practice Leave No Trace. Clean up after yourself and leave nothing behind, such as trash and waste.

 

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Falcon Beach Ranch – Falcon Lake

Falcon Beach Ranch offers more than relaxing accommodations; they also offer great outdoor winter activities. Enjoy a 45-to-60-minute sleigh ride with their staff and some of their Belgian Draft horses. This is the perfect way to take in the forest winter wonderland that is Falcon Lake!

Or, if you are looking for a more hands-on activity, you will love their Winter Horseback Ride service! This private ride is an hour-long adventure taking you through the snowy trails and the magnificent beauty of Falcon Lake.

Please note: Visit Falcon Beach Ranch’s website for Covid-19 precautions.

Not ready to end your adventure? No problem! Stay in one of three authentic log cabins that overlook the ranch site to not only extend these activities but also experience even more! Free of charge for guests is snowshoes, so you can get the ultimate experience of exploring the bush! Or, if you feel like a relaxing stroll, trek through the Falcon Creek Trail. Or bring your skates to enjoy some pond skating and much more!

Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes – Falcon Lake

In the winter months, Falcon Lake is best known for its skiing! And we can see why. At Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes, you can have a relaxing glide down their ski trails or a thrilling downhill adventure that will get your heart pumping! However you want to experience your skiing adventure, whatever skill level you’re comfortable with, you can find it at Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes!

With twelve alpine ski runs, tube runs with lift, 30 km of world-class Nordic ski trails (skate and classic) free for anyone to use, and much more, you’ll fall in love with the endless possibilities here.

Falcon Ridge’s trail system connects with the South Whiteshell trail, offering an additional 40 km of trails to explore!

They even offer equipment rentals and lessons!

Follow this link for their map.

For information on Falcon Ridge’s Covid-19 protocols, please follow this link.

ICSOS – Alexander

The International Canadian School of Survival (ICSOS) is more than a cool experience for avid outdoors people. It’s a resource that prepares people for the worst-case scenario.

Through their many programs, services, and courses, you can learn how to prepare for your outings and gain knowledge and experience in these situations.

They offer many courses such as:

  • Wilderness Safety & Survival
  • Land Navigation
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Cold Water Immersion
  • Wildlife Awareness & Predator Safety
  • Firearms Safety
  • Urban Emergency Preparedness
  • Bushcraft Survival Skills
  • Winter Survival

Register for your course to start your training!

 

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Prairie Gal Fishing

Come on, gals! It’s time to get your fishing on! At Prairie Gal Fishing, women and novice anglers can learn the ropes of ice fishing in a safe, empowering, and warm environment!

Prairie Gal Fishing was started by avid angler and prairie girl Roselle Turenne, whose mission is to inspire and empower women in fishing and help bring gender parity on the water; along with creating a safe and comfortable environment for women and novices to learn to fish in Manitoba; and to introduce or reintroduce adult women to the sport of ice fishing in Manitoba.

Through Prairie Gal Fishing’s lessons, you can learn how to ice fish along Lake Winnipeg in Balsam Bay Marina in a heated shack with all the equipment you need! Lessons will include:

  • Operating an auger
  • Selecting tackle, knots, baiting the hook, rod and line choice and more
  • Fish Identification and fish handling
  • Electronics, bottom structure and basic fish location techniques
  • Other information as requested (setting up a tent, fire starting, etc.)

Prairie Gal Fishing also offers shack rentals. For more information on shack rental, visit their website.

Snowmobiling in Beausejour

Are you ready for a thrilling ride? Not only is Beausejour surrounded by beautiful scenery, but did you know you can even snowmobile in the town limits? Snowmobiles and ATVs are permitted to operate on all residential streets in Beausejour (excluding Park Avenue and First Street North).

Here are the regulations:

  • Snowmobile/ATVs are permitted to operate on all residential streets, EXCLUDING Park Avenue and First Street North.
  • Snowmobile/ATVs may share the roadways with other vehicular traffic, PROVIDING that all the regulations of the Criminal Code, the Highway Traffic Act, the Off-Road Vehicles Act, and the By-Law are adhered to.
  • Snowmobile/ATV traffic is only permitted on snow-covered residential streets between October 15th and April 15th of the following year
  • Snowmobile/ATVs shall not be operated within the community of Beausejour between the hours of 11:00 pm and 7:00 am.
  • Maximum speed of 50 KPH shall apply.

For more information, please visit the Town of Beausejour’s website.

 

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