Located in Manitoba’s most diverse tourism region, La Vérendrye Trail is comprised of five distinct corridors within Northeastern Manitoba, each with its own geographical and cultural uniqueness. Use the Trail as an exciting opportunity to explore the adventurous heart of Manitoba’s historical and cultural past.
Travellers coming from the west begin their adventure at the historic Forks in Winnipeg, where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet. Follow the yellow and blue signs of La Vérendrye appearing on the designated highways in eastern Manitoba, marking the path of the fur traders along the Red River to the beaches of Lake Winnipeg.
Adventurers coming from the east experience the rugged Whiteshell Corridor by following the Winnipeg River to the great fresh water sea, Lake Winnipeg.
In the mid-1700s, European fur traders had conquered the granite and forest wilderness north of Lake Superior and south of Hudson Bay, but other frontiers of what would be Canada remained unclaimed. Lured by tales of a western sea leading to the Pacific Ocean, Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, Sieur de La Vérendrye, assembled three sons and a nephew and began searching for that sea.
Paddling the Winnipeg River, his sons reached Lake Winnipeg in 1733. Today, adventurers travelling this wild area will still find the rugged terrain that enthralled early explorers, territory now packed with wildlife sanctuaries, living history, and dozens of fine hiking trails.