In an effort to get Manitobans and visitors to explore Manitoba's parks, the province is offering free park entry for the entire month of February.
“February is a great time to enjoy Manitoba’s provincial parks,” said Schmidt. “We know affordability is top of mind for many families, so I am pleased to announce we are waiving the entry fee to all provincial parks for February. We encourage all Manitobans to get outdoors and enjoy everything our beautiful provincial parks have to offer.”
Throughout February, vehicle permits will not be required. However, snopassess are still required for snowmobiles using designated trails, and entrance fees still apply in national parks.
Although many outdoor activities have been halted due to mild weather, the province says most parks offer guided hikes and tours.
When the weather is cooler, the province says provincial parks also offer trail systems that have been groomed for a variety of activities, including cross-country skiing, fat biking, snowshoeing and hiking.
Paint Lake, Spruce Woods and Turtle Mountain provincial parks also offer outdoor skating areas, hockey rinks and toboggan hills. Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park has ice-fishing shelters on Lake Winnipeg that are free to use. People looking for downhill skiing and snowboarding experiences can visit the Asessippi Ski Resort in Asessippi Provincial Park or the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes in Whiteshell Provincial Park.
Highlights for the month of February include wolf howl hikes, snowshoe treks, ski clinics, quinzhee building and ice fishing. Event details and registration information can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/sd/parks.
Manitobans are encouraged to check trail conditions before visiting parks.
Annual park vehicle permits for 2024-25 will be available for purchase beginning on March 1.