The Interlake Region in Manitoba is a beauty that everyone should visit. From the scenery and the activities around, it’s an exciting and adventurous area that is fun for the whole family. Manitoba is known for its lakes, and the Interlake region is no exception. The region boasts ocean-like waters from Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba. You wouldn’t be the first person to mistake this prairie gem for a Caribbean vacation. If you’re interested in visiting the Interlake region in Manitoba, we have 25 things you should consider doing there this summer.
25 Things to Do This Summer in the Interlake Region
Enjoy Grand Beach
If you’ve never heard of Grand Beach, you may want to put this adventure near the top of your list. The beach is 3 km of white sand beaches, not something you would typically find on the Prairie Provinces. There are lots of activities at Grand Beach that’s fun for the whole family.
The Pioneer Trail is perfect for those who wish to hike around the area, or hop on an ATV to explore the trail. ATV’s are the only vehicles allowed on this trail. It’ll take you through the boreal forest, around Narcisse Snake Dens, and through many small communities.
Explore Hecla Village
Go back in time to when the first settlers arrive in the area at Hecla Village. The tour takes you around the whole community as you see the Hecla Docks, memorial plaques, a sawmill, the old Hecla School and Heritage House.
Stay at the Solmundson Gesta Hus B & B
The Solmundson Gesta Hus B & B is a unique place to stay. The original Icelandic home in Hecla Village is home to delicious food, along with top-notch hospitality. The stay will take you back in time to experience the area like you never would before.
Explore Hecla / Grindstone Provincial Park
Play in the beach, wander the many different hiking trails, see wildlife. Climb the viewing tower at Grassy Narrows Marsh for spectacular views and wildlife viewing.
Visit the Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve
The Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve covers over 1240 hectares of rich, calcareous fens in the white cedar forest. The mixture of limestone and marshes is rare in North America, making it amust see location. Not only that, you’ll see a diversity of plants that are uncommon in the province.
Check Out Ducks Unlimited Canada
Ducks Unlimited Canada has been around for 80 years, educating those about the wetlands and working to save them. Take the family on an interesting yet educational journey as you learn more about the wetlands and the habitat they provide for many marsh creatures.
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Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre
TheOak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre covers 36 sq. miles of reclaimed marshlands. The area provides habitat to thousands of geese and ducks, giving you the chance to see the amazing creatures. The Interpretive Centre will give you more information about the site for an exciting journey.
Interlake Forest Interpretive Centre
Head to the Interlake Forest Interpretive Centre where you and the family can explore two self-guided walking trails. There is also a log cabin for shelter and resting, an observation tower for a breathtaking view, and a picnic area to stop for a snack.
Lockport is a popular destination for many people, tourists and locals alike. The provincial park is on the east bank of the Red River. The area offers great opportunities to view a variety of birds, along with some excellent fishing.
Hike the Trails
Since the Interlake region has so much to offer, there’s bound to be a trail that is perfect for you and your family. Explore one of the many trails to see what the area has to offer. Some are strictly for walking, while other trails or vehicle and pet-friendly.
If you’re in the Interlake region, you’ll want to try your hand at fishing. Many residents love to spend the day in the area to catch a variety of fish. There is an endless amount of spots to go to, depending on the type of fishing you’re looking for.
TheGimli Yacht Clubis a popular destination for the sailing enthusiast. Located off the shores of Lake Winnipeg, the Gimli Yacht Club has a variety of services for all ages and sailing levels.
Icelandic River Tour
Enjoy the history of the Icelandic area all while on a kayak. TheIcelandic River Tour on July 13th is an experience like no other. You’ll explore the Icelandic River while hearing stories from different cultures of the area.
Explore Steep Rock
Steep Rockis a hidden gem in not just Manitoba, but in Canada as well. The area has limestone cliffs and fresh water. There are several kinds of fish that you won’t find anywhere else. Spend some time swimming and rent a kayak or canoe to explore the area further.
Metis Days Celebrations
Learn more about the Metis history in Canada at the Metis Days Celebrations on August Long weekend. The celebrations contain lots of music and dancing. It’s an event that is perfect for all ages.
Considered the best-kept secret in the Interlake region, the Whytewold Emporiumis a must-have on your travel list. It’s a place where you can sit back and relax, all while enjoying excellent food, drinks, and live entertainment.
Prairie Dog Central Railway
Hop on board the Prairie Dog Central Railwayfor a train tour. It’s more than just a train ride,however. There are charter trains for large groups, a chance to be an engineer for a day, enjoy educational programs, and host a party on the Party Caboose.
Check Out the “Larger Than Life” Statues
Many small communities in the area have something that puts their town on the map – a “Larger Than Life” statue. You could spend a weekend jumping from town to town to see the different massive statues and learn more about them.
Gimli is a destination that is a must when visiting Manitoba. It is home to the largest population of Icelandic descendants outside of Iceland. The yearly Icelandic Festival, along with all of the history to check out, makes Gimli an excellent location to take the whole family.
Visit the Marine Museum of Manitoba
You read that right; there is the Marine Museum of Manitoba, a prairie province. You wouldn’t expect this type of museum on the prairies, but it’s a historical attraction that puts Selkirk on the map. The museum gives you a chance to learn about restored ships built in 1897, along with a variety of other neat ships.
Check Out Winnipeg Beach Boardwalk
Go back in time as you walk the Winnipeg Beach Boardwalk. The area gives you a feeling of what the early 1900s was like with the CPR around. The 14,000 square foot Pavilion Dance Hall, along with the Empress Hotel that has its own orchestra will give you a night to remember.
Head to Matlock Beach
Another beach worth checking out is Matlock Beach. What makes this one stand out is the iconic piers. It also boasts white sandy beaches, but it’s the piers that will keep you coming back for those picture-perfect moments.
Go Behind the Scenes With Second Nature
LetSecond Naturedesign the perfect trip for you and your group. Go off the beaten track and learn more about the world’s 10th largest freshwater lake, explore the many parks and wetlands, or mingle with the locals, Second Nature will give you the ultimate adventure in the Interlake region.
Stay at Hecla Resort
On Hecla Island sits the beautiful Hecla Resort. This piece of paradise is the perfect place to unwind with the whole family. Guests at the resort can access the Lakeview Hecla Golf Course, enjoy swimming, tour the Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park, and partake in the numerous activities around.
Narcisse Snake Dens
The Narcisse Snake Densis a place that the whole family will enjoy, especially if anyone loves snakes. The den is home to tens of thousands of Red-sided garter snakes. When the summer is almost over and when the cool temperatures return, visit Narcisse Snake Dens, so that you can see hundreds of snakes as they return to their dens for hibernation.