Day Tripping

Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Canada

Brandon is considered by many to be the regional hub of western Manitoba. Pack a picnic lunch, jump in the car and explore the beautiful scenic parks our region has to offer! Head back to the city at the end of the day and plan your next adventure.

National Park

Riding Mountain National Park

Riding Mountain National Park

Located approximately 100 km north of Brandon, Riding Mountain National Park—Manitoba’s first national park—is a pocket of wilderness containing 3,000 square kilometres of rugged nature just waiting to be explored.

From short walks to back country treks, hiking in Clear Lake Country is easy to access and stunningly scenic. The hiking in Riding Mountain National Park is among the most scenic and inspiring in Manitoba.

Canoe and kayak, water-ski, wake-board or stand up paddle board on the pristine waterways of Clear Lake Country. Clear Lake, with its sandy beaches and clear water is the most popular spot for swimming in Riding Mountain National Park.

You could also take in the stunning views over the escarpment down Highway 19 or Highway 10 through RMNP. Pack a lunch and stop along the way at one of the many lakes or picnic sites.


Provincial Parks

Oak Lake Provincial Park

Oak Lake is one of the larger lakes in the province and it offers exceptional fishing and water sports. Oak Island Resort offers a world class 18-hole golf course with a pro shop and restaurant (seasonal). The campground has a plethora of serviced lots, a grocery store, ice cream, cabin rentals, mini-golf and swimming pools. The provincial park offers beach volleyball, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, fire pits, a children’s playground, covered picnic shelters, washrooms and a sandy beach. Meanwhile, Cherry Point Park offers a one kilometre natural walking trail with benches facing the lake, so if you get tired, you can take a break or just sit and take in the beauty of the lake.


Rivers Provincial Park

Phone: 888-482-2267 (Reservations)

Made up of 38 hectares of mixed grass prairie, this park is situated by Lake Wahtopanah. The lake, a reservoir created by damming the Little Saskatchewan River, was named after the native word “watopapinah” meaning “canoe people”. The community of Rivers was named after Sir Charles River Wilson, Chairman of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Board of Directors. The park is home to a popular beach and provides ample fishing for pike, walleye and perch.


Spruce Woods Provincial Park

This park offers a unique sand dune environment where endangered wildlife species such as Western Hognose Snake and Northern Prairie Skinks can be found. Interpretive and hiking trails lead across rolling hills, mixed grass prairie, through white spruce and deciduous forest and to the eerie spring fed ponds of the Devil’s Punchbowl. The park features camping facilities, unsupervised beach, horseback riding trails, interpretive programs and special events throughout the summer. For winter enthusiasts, the park has an extensive system of cross‑country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobile trails as well as an outdoor skating oval, rink and toboggan hill. Interpretive events are held throughout the winter as well.


Turtle Mountain Provincial Park

A large block of deciduous forest and more than 200 lakes and wetlands straddle the international boundary in Southwest Manitoba. This is in fact the first part of Manitoba to dry after the glaciers receded. Rising 245 metres above the prairie, this rolling terrain is popular amongst avid mountain bike enthusiasts. Its abundant wildlife includes; white‑tailed deer, moose, waterfowl, songbirds and its namesake Western Painted Turtles. The park offers a wealth of recreational activities from skiing, skating, tobogganing and snowmobiling in the winter, to hiking, cycling and canoeing in the summer.


William Lake Provincial Park

William Lake Provincial Park is located to the east of Turtle Mountain Provincial Park. A challenging yet rewarding hike up the Turtle’s Back Trail provides you with a spectacular panoramic view of Southwest Manitoba. It passes through Turtle Mountain Community Pasture, which offers you a glimpse at where livestock roam and graze. The lake is well‑liked by windsurfing enthusiasts because of its round shape, clear water and gas‑motor restrictions. It is stocked with Brown Trout making it a favourite for anglers. There is also a swimming and beach area.


Provincial Heritage Park

Sign at the entrance to Criddle/Vane Homestead Provincial Heritage Park

Criddle/Vane Homestead Provincial Heritage Park

This 130‑hectare area preserves the former homestead of two prominent Manitoba families. Known for their contributions in the fields of science, art, sport and culture, the Criddle and Vane families originally settled here in 1882. The park provides you with two hiking trails that take you past the former Criddle home site which was the first entomological field station in Western Canada, a cemetery, as well as the remains of the original landscape features such as the tennis court and golf course.