Whiteshell Winters: Brian Gould Photography

The Whiteshell Provincial Park is a picturesque landscape for 365 days a year. In winter, the crystal-white snow, hoar frost, frozen lakes, and crisp clear blue skies prove this for a fact. And Falcon Lake cottager and photographer, Brian Gould, knows how to capture that scenery with a camera. Have a look of this gorgeous series of winter photos captured by photographer Brian Gould in the Falcon Lake area: 623-M 24-M 27-M 31-M Continue reading

2015 Whiteshell Winter Wonderland Bucket List

IMG_0535 copyWinter is officially here… And we Manitobans can make it through this. Although the past few weeks have been surprisingly mild, you may be waiting for the times where you’ll be scraping your car windows, getting stuck in the deep, heavy snow, or freezing at the bus stop. However, as stated once before on this blog, winter rules in the Whiteshell, and we’re not just saying that. Some even say winter is their favourite season at the lake. Winter is what you make it, and the Whiteshell has endless opportunities for fun winter activities in the most beautiful and scenic place in Manitoba. So instead of staying cooped up inside counting down the days until the snow melts, bundle up and venture out to the winter wilderness wonderland of the Whiteshell, where winter truly rules. To kick off a season of winter fun, here is our 2015 Whiteshell Winter Wonderland Bucket List: Continue reading

Focusing on the Wilderness

It’s no secret that the boreal habitat in Manitoba is breathtaking. But when it comes to capturing that beauty on camera, it takes a certain eye and talent.

Guy Lichter has got that on speed dial.

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Camouflaged in the Woods

They are very hard to see this time of year but they are all over the Whiteshell: Thumping their wings together like a drum beat in the woods, slowing strutting out on the path in front of you with their neck puffed out, putting their head down and scurrying across the path in front of you, or waiting till you’re right beside them to jump up and fly to the next tree.

They are known as the ruffed grouse, a commonly sighted bird in the Whiteshell. Here are a few photos of these birds taken at McGillivray Falls near Caddy Lake:

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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 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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Sandhill Crane Sighting

Sometimes you hear their calls and look up to see a big flock of sandhill cranes flying so high up in the sky that they are barely visible. It’s rare to see them up close, and I was lucky enough to see them last spring in a pond near Caddy Lake in the Whiteshell.

I received a phone call from a friend of mine who is an avid bird watcher.  He had seen them fly over low and land in the pond just a few yards off the Caddy Lake Block 5 road and told me it may be a good photo opportunity. So I grabbed by camera and drove down to where he was. We tried to be very stealthy as we walked a few yards through the bushes. Once they were in-sight, we crouched low in the tall-grass to ensure we didn’t spook them. I zoomed in with my lens to line up a shot and couldn’t believe how big they were! They are definitely a unique-looking bird. There were three of them hanging out on one side of the pond when another two flew in overhead and landed on the other side. I tried to get a picture of them flying overhead but it happened so quickly that I ended up focusing on some branches and not on the crane – Oh, the woes of wildlife photography. The two groups of cranes continued to call back and forth as they moved across the pond towards each other. Another thing I found astonishing was how loud their calls were. Usually they sound faint when you hear them flying way up in the sky, but when you are up-close, the volume is cranked!

We watched them and took photos for about twenty minutes before heading out; the cranes were still there when we left. Here’s some of the photos I took; not the best but I’m glad I got the opportunity to see them up-close.

– Writeup & photos by Marney Blunt, Experience the Whiteshell editor/manager.

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If you have any bird-watching photos from the Whiteshell, we’d love to see them! Send photos to whiteshell.lakes@gmail.com or Tweet us @TheWhiteshell.

A Frozen Obsession

Many people don’t understand the sport of ice fishing. Many people wonder why anyone would want to sit out in the cold, staring at a hole in the ice, waiting and hoping for some legendary fish will come out of it. However, as the anglers in this documentary will show you, it’s so much more than that. Many Manitobans prefer to embrace winter with their love of chasing an adventure in the great outdoors, and there’s no better place to do so than in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. Here is a brief documentary about why people love to do this crazy Canadian pastime known as ice fishing. Filmed in the Whiteshell at the 2014 Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off and on West Hawk Lake with Shield Outfitters.

Filmed/edited by Marney Blunt, Experience the Whiteshell editor.