9 Reasons to Visit Arden

Thinking of heading out on a road trip to some small Manitoba towns? You’ll love visiting Arden. Here are 10 reasons why you should make this town one of your stops.

It’s the Crocus Capital of Manitoba


When you visit Arden in the spring, one of the first things you’ll want to do is head to the north side of town. Here, you’ll find crocuses in bloom. You can also find a giant version of these beautiful purple flowers welcoming you as you enter the town.


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Explore Whitemud River Trail

Experience the beauty of the nearby Whitemud River. The Nature Trail offers a great opportunity to stretch your legs and check out the local wildlife. Bring your camera to record everything you see here.

Go Camping

If you don’t want to stay at a hotel and prefer the great outdoors, consider camping out for a night or two when you visit Arden. Lansdowne Park and Campground is a lovely campground perfect for a weekend trip. Reconnect with nature when you stay at one of the sites here.


Cross the Arden Swinging Bridge

Over the Whitemud River, you’ll find the town’s 100-foot suspension bridge. Volunteers built the bridge in 1967 during the summer as a way of generating further interest in the town’s Lansdowne Centennial Park. It’s a great place to go if you’re interested in checking one of Manitoba’s smaller towns. You’ll have fun crossing the river and feeling the bridge swing and bounce under your feet.


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Check Out a Historical Building

In Arden, you’ll find the Lansdowne Municipal Office. This building was built in 1904 and has a unique look that architectural enthusiasts will love. The Municipal Office is one of the few that still serves the same purpose in Manitoba.

Learn About Manitoba’s Prehistoric Past

In Arden, you’ll find a plaque dedicated to the former Lake Agassiz. This was a large, glacial lake that formed over 10,000 years ago. Check the plaque out and feel the wonder of knowing what stood here millennia ago.


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Explore an Abandoned Bank Vault

There’s something incredibly fascinating about abandoned structures, and Arden has its share. One of them is an abandoned bank vault. Poke around this small building for yourself, an interesting landmark no matter the season.


Visit the Arden Museum

The Arden Museum is housed in the former St. Andrew’s United Church. The museum is open on Saturdays throughout the summer and offers visitors a chance to get an in-depth look at the area’s history. The church itself is beautiful, and that alone should be a reason to check it out.

Visit Big Grass Marsh

Only about 30 minutes away from Arden you’ll find this beautiful park. Birdwatchers especially will be delighted by the area, as it’s been designated an Important Bird Area of Canada. Remember to bring your binoculars!

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