New Routes, New Challenges in the 2014 Swamp Donkey Adventure Race

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By Warren Blunt

Of my three years participating in the Swamp Donkey Adventure Race (SDAR), this year’s race was perhaps the most adventurous, challenging, and probably the longest course that I have been a part of. It was also the most fun because the course was mapped out so differently than in previous years, which had me really excited to get out on it. Some of the new territory for SDAR included Star Lake, Caddy Lake, South Cross Lake, McGillivray Falls, as well as a remote finish.
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Whiteshell Business: The Sandcastle Shop

IMG_9321Floating in the water, building sandcastles at the beach, collecting rocks, catching minnows in a net, stocking up on candy, cooling down with an ice cold slushie on a hot summer day…. Everyone has fond childhood memories of summers at the lake. And now the owners of the new Sandcastle Shop in Falcon Lake are helping you keep those experiences alive and giving the current young generation the chance to make some great memories at the lake.

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Get Away and Get Relaxed at Falcon Trails Resort’s Yoga Retreat Weekend

yoga_photo_3Relax, indulge, and rejuvenate yourself in a weekend of meditation, restorative yoga, sweat lodge, live music, organic locally-inspired meals, and more, while staying in one of the tranquil lake-front cabins nestled at the southeast end of Falcon Lake. You can experience all of this at Falcon Trails Resort’s Yoga Retreat Weekend from October 24 to 26.

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A Tribute to the West Hawk Inn

10660191_10202722978018863_2084529234924427165_nThe Hawk.

It was really the place to be. It was a summer hotspot. Campers, cottagers, and tourists alike would come out to the Hawk as it was a place to party and let their hair down on a summer night. In Manitoba, just about every second person you talk to has been to the West Hawk Inn, and about 99.9 per cent of those people will have some epic story or a great memory/memories from that place. The Hawk also contributed tremendously to the local economy as it attracted campers, tourists, and also many Ontario residents to the area.

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Hike It or Bike it – The South Whiteshell Trail

The South Whiteshell Trail.

The South Whiteshell Trail.

The South Whiteshell Trail is a gorgeous hiking trail that winds through the beautiful forest terrain of the Whiteshell from Rennie to the Ontario border. The trail is divided into several different portions that stretch across the South Whiteshell; so whether you’re feeling ambitious and want to bike across the south Whiteshell or just want to take a casual stroll near your campsite, this trail is a perfect way to explore the gorgeous landscape and nature of the Canadian Shield.  On August 31, the South Whiteshell Trail Association will be hosting a grand opening of the newest section of the trail that spans from the southwest corner of Falcon Lake to the Ontario border.

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The MEC Big Wild Challenge

Photo by Emily Christie.

Photo by Emily Christie.

Paddling against the current, climbing up a cliff, running through the woods, or casting for the monster fish – The Whiteshell Provincial Park has endless wilderness adventures that can challenge you in every season. Now Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) is giving all you outdoor adventure-enthusiasts the chance to do what you love while raising money for a good cause.

The Big Wild Challenge is an outdoor-adventure challenge that encourages people to get out and experience nature as a way of showing their support for Manitoba’s beautiful wild spaces, including the Whiteshell Provincial Park, all while raising funds to support the efforts of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Association (CPAWS) to protect our at-risk wilderness.

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Whiteshell Business: Home 204 Kitchen

safe_image.phpFalcon Lake’s Olympian, Megan Imrie, is back home for the summer and she’s opened a healthy food restaurant in Falcon Lake with two culinary extraordinaires called ‘Home 204 Kitchen’. Imrie, along with brothers Scott and Lisle Edmunds are running Home 204 out of the ski chalet at Falcon Trails Resort on the southeast end of Falcon Lake.

“I knew that these guys (Scott & Lisle Edmunds) had amazing cooking ability and I saw a real need for somewhere to eat in Falcon that had healthy and really good food,” said Imrie. “Coming from the sport background, I wanted to have some place that I felt really good about, that I could eat at almost everyday, and that was athlete-friendly.”

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Get Creative, Get Active This Summer with South Moon Studio!

With lots of different classes, camps, and events for all ages, South Moon Studio makes it easy to create a fun and interesting summer for your whole family. This year there are some exciting new classes in Falcon Lake and surrounding areas. South Moon also offers private classes and day retreats at your cabin or at the studio in East Braintree!

South Moon Studio.

South Moon Studio.

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Whiteshell Fish Hatchery

The Whiteshell Fish Hatchery was built in 1942, and is an important part of Whiteshell history and fishery conservation.

The hatchery raises fish from eggs to be stocked in sport fishing lakes across Manitoba, ranging from the United States border and extending up to The Pas. The hatchery is located just off Highway 312 between West Hawk Lake and Ingolf, Ontario. The highway was non-existent when the hatchery was built, so a crude road was built from Highway 44 to bring in materials. Heavy equipment was brought in the winter by horse and sleigh.

Inside the interpretive centre at the Whiteshell Fish Hatchery.

Inside the interpretive centre at the Whiteshell Fish Hatchery.

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