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Explore where the Great Plains begin. Paddle down the historic Assiniboine River or wander the forests of its banks. Hike moraines created by glaciers, discover towering aspen groves. When the snow flies, enjoy Brandon’s trails in a whole new way with snowshoes or cross-country skis.

 

Riverbank Discovery Centre

545 Conservation Drive | 204-729-2141

The Riverbank Discovery Centre serves as the starting point for an extensive trail system that runs through wetlands, prairie grasses, native and introduced trees and shrubs, and connects to the Red Willow Pedestrian Bridge overlooking the Assiniboine River. The area is home to several wetland animal species, prairie and migratory birds, as well as one of Manitoba's most successful Purple Martin Sanctuaries. Trail maps and self-guided pond tours are available at the Riverbank Discovery Centre.

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Treesblood Farm & Assiniboine Food Forest

1735 Rosser Avenue East | 204-728-6278

Visit the Assiniboine Food Forest to wander beneath the canopy of oak, ash and maple throughout the Treesblood Interpretive Trail System that connects to the Food Forest. Visit their website to learn more about the many projects underway to establish a thriving natural landscape for students and families to enjoy that harmonizes wildlife habitat with human experience, promotes self-sustaining food production for both humans and wildlife, and endeavors to provide educational workshops and tours on diverse scientific, artistic, and cultural themes.

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Nature sites beyond the city edge

 

Brandon Hills Wildlife Management Area

10 km south of Brandon on Highway 10 (or seven KM south of Brandon on 17th Street East) | 1-800-214-6497

This area is home to a variety of plant and animal species and offers the perfect setting for recreational activities such as hiking, cross-country skiing, cycling and bird watching. The trails are made up of loops ranging from 2.5 km to 7.5 km. Brandon Hills Wildlife Management Area is located 10 km south of Brandon on Highway #10, 3 km east on Beresford Road and 1 km south. Information on the area can be obtained from Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship at 1-800-214-6497, while trail maps are available at the Riverbank Discovery Centre.

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Grand Valley Provincial Park

Highway 1 and 459 (Eight KM west of Brandon on Grand Valley Road) | 204-573-0826

Visit this beautiful provincial park, just minutes from Brandon, that boasts scenic views, an historic indigenous Buffalo Jump, and a small rustic chapel. Hidden amongst the trees you will also find a viewing tower, picnic shelter, splendid walking trails, and Grand Valley Campground.

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The decline of native pollinators is becoming more prominent and gaining greater exposure within the scientific community. Brandon is the first community in Manitoba to become a Bee City, with educational efforts toward:

-Increasing habitat & resources for pollinators

-Creating planting guides to promote pollinators

-Learning to cohabitate with pollinators

For more, click here.