Trail Fest 2015

The South Whiteshell Trail Association (SWTA) is excited to announce their annual music festival will be bigger and better than ever!

SWTAThe 2015 Trail Fest will be on Sunday, September 6th! Come on down to the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes for an afternoon hike or bike followed by live music, live art, kid’s activities, BBQ, and beer gardens. There will be a modest cover charge of $10/adult, $5/child, or pay as you can. The festivities will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a group bike or hike on trails of various lengths, all starting at the ski chalet parking lot and returning to the ski chalet. At 4:00 the outdoor beer gardens will open, kid’s activities will kick off, and Chrissy Sie-Merritt of South Moon Studios will begin a live art demonstration inside the chalet. Watch an artist in action, create wonder on canvas. (www.southmoonarts.com for a preview) At 5:00 p.m. multiple BBQ’s will heat up and there will be hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie options available for purchase. There will also be homemade salads and desserts prepared by local residents. At 6:00 p.m. local musicians will take the stage. Some of the acts that have offered to entertain us so far are Dave Barchyn, Doug Edmond, Bill Hamilton, and more. If it is a little drier weather than last year, we hope to have an outdoor bonfire in the evening. Forget about closing up the cabin for the summer on the September long weekend and come celebrate with SWTA instead! Arrive at your convenient time. All proceeds from this event will go towards trail development and maintenance.

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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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Whiteshell Summer Bucket List

The ice is melting, the trees are budding, and the birds are singing; spring is here and summer is just around the corner. So are all the awesome summer activities in the Whiteshell. Summer is the most-happening season in the Whiteshell. Whether you want to explore the back-country of the Whiteshell or just relax and take in the scenery, the Whiteshell is the place to be in the summer. Here are the best ways you can Experience the Whiteshell this summer:

South Cross Lake - Photo by Marney Blunt.

South Cross Lake – Photo by Marney Blunt.

1 – Hike the Whiteshell – There are many different hiking trails to explore in the Whiteshell. Whether you want to climb the cliffs of the Hunt Lake Trail, take a casual stroll, or ride your bike through the South Whiteshell Trail, there are a variety of gorgeous hiking trails that will take you deep into the beauty and nature of the Canadian Shield. Some great hiking trails to check out include the Hunt Lake Trail alongside the east shore of West Hawk Lake, the McGillivray Falls Trail, the South Whiteshell Trail (part of the Trans-Canada Trail), the Mantario Trail, the trails at Falcon Ridge, and many more! Check out falconwesthawk.com for more information on these trails, and keep checking Experience the Whiteshell for articles and photos this summer!

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Wolves of the Whiteshell: Part iii

Photos & writeup submitted by Josh Dewitt.

Back on Thanksgiving Day, 2013, a friend and I were hiking the McGillivray Falls trail. It was getting late, so we figured we’d start heading back to Winnipeg. After about 5 minutes of driving, a big animal ran in front of my car. At first I thought it was just a white-tailed deer, but as it ran across the ditch, I saw its tail. I slammed on the brakes. I slowly got out of the car, and there it was, sitting on the other side of the ditch. He stayed around for at least 10 minutes, sniffing the ground, and wandering back and forth. He allowed many good pictures.

We were ecstatic! This is the first wolf sighting we’ve had in the park, they’ve eluded us for years. I myself have heard packs howling at Otter Falls, Big Whiteshell, and have found fresh tracks along the Pine Point Rapids trail several times.

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Hiking Hunt Lake

Milder temperatures and beautiful changing colours make fall one of the best times for hiking and exploring the scenic trails in the Whiteshell. The Hunt Lake Trail is definitely a ‘must-do’ in the Southeast Whiteshell.

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The Hunt Lake Trail is a 12.6-kilometre trail that heads north to Indian Bay along the shores of West Hawk Lake and Hunt Lake. The trail takes around three hours to reach the end, but is a great hike whether you’re out for a woodland workout or just want to find a quiet place to sit back and take it all in. The trail begins at the end of Highway 44, past the West Hawk townsite.

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The beautiful trail weaves along shorelines, through tall pine and cedar trees, low valleys and even to the top of a few of West Hawk’s tall rock cliffs with a beautiful view of the lake. This trail is usually great for sunset photos to boot.

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For more information on hiking the Hunt Lake Trail, be sure to stop by the West Hawk parks office or the Manitoba Information Centre on the Manitoba-Ontario border.

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– Photos by Marney Blunt