Whiteshell Provincial Park teeters on the border of Manitoba and Ontario, meaning you’ll get the best of both provinces: freshwater lakes, cross-country ski trails and heart-pumping inclines to pair with your hikes. Like its border, the park’s levels are split down the middle. Novices are encouraged and experts are challenged on these 10 hikes. It’s a popular destination for nature-lovers for good reason.

 

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Hunt Lake Hiking Trail

 

Length: 12.6 km return
Time: 3 - 5 hours
Elevation Gain: 223 m

Don’t hike this one alone, kids. With the untamed loop and unmarked landscape, it’s easy to get lost. This hike is suitable for the fittest of the fit and can even be difficult for experienced hikers. Take a dip at the end of this rewarding and stunning trek—you deserve it.

Read More: gov.mb.ca

 

Mantario Trail

 

Length: 60 km one-way
Time: 3 - 6 days
Elevation Gain: 1,057 m

Serious hikers only! Mantario has been known to intimidate with its bush whacking and rugged terrain, but the trail makes up for bullying us with its gorgeous granite and glacial swirls. Ontario and Manitoba teamed up for this doozy and they delivered.

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Falcon Creek Trail

 

Length: 6 km loop
Time: 1 hour
Elevation Gain: 95 m

Covered with scattered rocks, this trail gives us a little slice of glacial history. It’s a quick stroll through forest that will leave you breathless, while not exhausted.

Read Morewhiteshell.mb.ca 

 

Top of the World

 

Length: 4 km roundtrip
Time: 1 hour
Elevation Gain: 54 m

Connected with Falcon Creek Trail, the Top of the World has the top view! With an outstanding lookout point above Falcon Lake that sits at the highest elevation in the area, it’s a must in Whiteshell.

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McGillivray Falls Trail

 

Length: 4.6 km loop
Time: 1 - 3 hours
Elevation Gain: 53 m

Pack your best shoes—there’s boulder climbing ahead. This self-guided hike helps you work up a sweat without having to devote a full day to the hike. Really short on time? You can cut it down to 2.8 kilometres by turning onto the shorter loop, before McGillivray Lake.

Read More: experiencethewhiteshell.org 

 

Amisk Hiking Trail

 

Length: 4.3 km loop
Time: 1 - 2 hours
Elevation Gain: 24 m

Pick a raspberry or two—you’ll even find strawberries and blueberries along the way. This family-friendly hike is (literally) a walk in the park. Print out the brochure (linked below) and make it a scavenger hunt!

Read More: gov.mb.ca 

 

Pine Point Rapids

 

Length: 8.2 km loop
Time: 2 - 3 hours
Elevation Gain: 256 m

Choose your own adventure: easy or challenging. Either way, the rapids are found at mid-point and absolutely stunning. Don’t forget to pack a snack—we recommend hot dogs and marshmallows to roast at the provided fire pits.

Read More: solooutdoors.ca

 

Big Whiteshell Trail

 

Length: 1.5 km loop
Time: 1 hour
Elevation Gain: 87 km

Who doesn’t love a short hike with a big lake for swimming and boating? This trail area offers wildlife and smooth sailing. You can also stick around to camp, watch shows and play tennis. You can even bring your bike along for the ride.

Read More: gov.mb.ca 

 

Forester’s Footsteps Trail

 

Length: 2.4 km
Time: 1 - 2 hours
Elevation Gain: 125 m

This hiking loop is refreshingly natural. You’ll follow old logging roads through replanted forest and feel like you’re catching your first breath of fresh air. Pick up your mountain bike or let your feet do the adventuring.

Read More: trailforks.com 

 

Centennial Section: Trans Canada Trail

 

Length: 15.8 km one-way
Time: 2 - 3 hours
Elevation Gain: 262 m

The elusive Centennial Trail hides itself from the internet, which makes it all the more appealing to explore in person. She’s steep, but in exchange, she offers phenomenal views of McGillivray Falls.

Read More: trailsmanitoba.ca 

 

 

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