All Manitoba provincial parks have free entry over Labour Day Long Weekend, so that everyone may enjoy one last weekend of summer fun.
On August 30, the Manitoba Government sent out a release saying that there will be no entry fee for park enjoyers.
"The diversity of landscapes and waterways throughout Manitoba’s provincial parks provide a broad range of recreational and relaxing activities to suit any taste," says Environment, Climate and Parks Minister Jeff Wharton. "This long weekend may mark the start of the transition from summer to fall, but there’s still time to participate in your favourite warm-weather activities and with free provincial park access this weekend, there’s no reason not to."
The free entry includes vehicle permits, during the long weekend parking passes are not required. However, regular fees still apply for provincial campgrounds.
The Government also says that anyone wishing to camp at a provincial park may look at site availability through the Parks Reservation Service website. In the release they say that there are many vacant campsites as late as Thanksgiving.
The release also indicates that "park interpreters will once again welcome schools this fall for free guided programs at Birds Hill, Spruce Woods and Whiteshell provincial parks. Teachers are encouraged to book field trips for trail hikes, exploration activities and other curriculum-based learning experiences at park interpretive centres. The ‘Parks in the Classroom’ programs are also available to connect with park interpreters remotely for engaging online sessions. For details on interpretive programming, visit www.manitobaparks.com."
Minister Wharton is also reminding Manitobans to do their part in stopping the spread of invasive species, such as the emerald ash borer and sebra mussels. Information on invasive species can be found here.