The Manitoba government will once again offer free entry to provincial parks to mark the Labour Day long weekend.
Park vehicle permits are not required in provincial parks from Friday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 2. Regular camping fees still apply.
In addition to free entry at provincial parks this weekend, there will be a variety of special interpretive programming such as:
— Bears in your Backyard Campfire Talk at Birds Hill Provincial Park and how to ‘Be Bear Smart’;
— Take part in Wildlife Olympics at Spruce Woods Provincial Park;
— Know about Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation and learn how injured wildlife is rehabilitated and returned to the wild at Spruce Woods Provincial Park;
— Hear traditional campfire stories that highlight the rich, cultural history of Canada’s first peoples at St Malo Provincial Park;
— Discover owl species of Manitoba and enjoy the feature film Owl Power at Grand Beach Provincial Park;
— A guided hike along the ridgeline of the ancient Assiniboine River at Spruce Woods Provincial Park;
— Amphitheathre presentation on Manitoba’s trading history at Birds Hill Provincial Park;
— A guided night hike to learn about noctural animals at Grand Beach Provincial Park; and
— Learn about Manitoba’s night sky by creating fun crafts at Grand Beach Provincial Park.
Several provincial park campsites, cabins and yurts remain open through the fall, allowing campers to stay as late as Thanksgiving. To make a reservation, or see the full list of campgrounds open in the fall and their operating dates, call the Parks Reservation Service toll-free at 1-888-482-2267 or visit www.manitobaparks.com.