Discover your Heart in: RM of De Salaberry

Only thirty minutes south of the City of Winnipeg is the Rural Municipality of De Salaberry. The Municipality encompasses the communities of Otterburne, Carey, Dufrost, La Rochelle, and St. Malo, all with plenty of opportunities for some outdoor fun and a relaxing day trip or staycation.

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The obvious must-see activity on this list is, of course, visiting St. Malo Provincial Park. If you are craving a winter adventure, St. Malo Park is a must-stop destination. Gear up and grab your skis to hit the St. Malo Cross-country Ski Trails. This 6k groomed trail offers a breathtaking experience of beauty, nature, wildlife and is also a great way to unwind and spend quality time.

 

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Nestled in the community of Otterburne is Horseback River Trails. This ranch is so popular that they are already booked up for the remainder of 2020, but you can enjoy this experience in the Spring of 2021 if you book early.

Horseback River Trails offers a variety of services like lessons and equine therapy. You can also try out trail rides (summer or winter weather permitting). Whether you’re exploring the forested trails, going along the riverbanks, or passing through grassy meadows and charming country roads, the experience will be fun and gorgeous.

If you are looking for a unique birthday party idea for your little one, then look no further! Head over to Horseback River Trails that will make your child’s special day incredible! Each child will get thirty minutes of riding and grooming experience with their horse. After the ride, sit around the fire pit area to cook up some hotdogs and marshmallows. In the Summer months, they even have a play area where the kids can explore the “Trails of Narnia.”

If you are looking for a romantic adventure to enjoy with your one and only, you can take full advantage of Horseback River Trails’ Couples Package. This private trail ride meant for two (plus your guide) can be customized for your needs and make the trip special and unique for the two of you.

 

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Did you know that there is access to the Crow Wing Trail in De Salaberry? Exploring the trails is always a fantastic activity, and hitting the Crow Wing Trail is out of this world! With a rich history behind it, gorgeous landscape to walk, bike, or ski along, and incredible wildlife and plant life to be discovered, this is one of the Eastman’s and De Salaberry’s finest trails and attraction.

The Crow Wing Trail is a total of 193 km, connecting and twisting through communities starting at Emerson-Franklin and ending in Winnipeg. Towns and Municipalities it runs through are Roseau River First Nation, De Salaberry, St-Pierre-Jolys, Niverville, and Ritchot.

The trail is perfect for all levels, with parts easy to navigate, or, for more experienced outdoor people, provides a challenge. You can do all your favourite outdoor activities like hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. Birding is very popular on this trail. The Chimney Swifts have the highest known concentration in the province on the Crow Wing Trail.

The trail is also an artist’s paradise with plenty of natural, earthy, and animal muses for you to base your next work of art on, whether it’s painting, drawing, photography, or even writing a song about your experience and reconnecting with nature.

 

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With the Rat River meandering northwards, De Salaberry is perfect for fishing and, for those of you still braving the chill waters, paddling. Along with the Rat River, many other outdoor adventures are waiting for you. Whether you are craving to go ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or tobogganing, you can find your adventure in De Salaberry.

 

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The Municipality of De Salaberry is full of rich history and historic buildings. If you are a history lover, you could spend days exploring the communities and taking in the magnificent buildings. From the churches, old shops, schools, historic residential architecture, and many more, you’ll be blown away.

A few buildings on the list are the St. Malo Roman Catholic Church, where the majestic spires of the Roman Catholic Church suggest the glories of turn-of-the-century ecclesiastical architecture. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Dufrost is another great church in the area. While it may be a modest building, its distinctive form and onion domes are the most obvious (and beloved) expression of Ukrainian heritage in the region.

Farm buildings won’t be hard to find. Each building shows the importance of the farming community that lies in the RM of De Salaberry. From barns, sheds, and granaries to wooden silos, a honeybee operation, and bull barn, these buildings are a sight to see and provides the perfect opportunity to take some photos.

There are many, many more historical buildings to be found in De Salaberry. Follow this link to a full list of buildings you can explore in De Salaberry and the Village of St-Pierre-Jolys.

Don’t forget to fill up your energy! Visit Triple J’s BBQ for a mouthwatering wood-smoked barbeque! An authentic southern barbecue is a skill that doesn’t come easily, but Triple J’s BBQ has mastered it! From whole hog, pulled pork, ribs, brisket, to chicken, you’ll get the taste of barbequed food without the hassle of doing it yourself! Don’t forget to add some sides like potato salad, beans, macaroni salad, potatoes, Caesar salad, coleslaw, and corn on the cob (when in season).

 

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Not in the mood for a barbeque? No problem! Grouchy’s is another fantastic restaurant in St. Malo. From soups and sandwiches to homemade burgers and fried chicken, there’s something for everyone at Grouchy’s. Top it off with some of their homemade desserts like tarts, cakes, pies and much more. You’re sure to be leaving with a smile!

 

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You can have a wonderful adventure in De Salaberry. With something for everyone, you can have the perfect road trip (or staycation) with family and friends!

 

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