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Parks and Recreation in Manitoba

Stroll through Assiniboine Park to see thousands of beautiful flowers, plants, trees, and shrubs. The park is home to the English Garden and Assinboine Park Zoo. You’ll need a full day to explore FortWhyte Alive, an outdoor recreation center where you can explore the wetlands, lakes, and prairies. If you want to escape from the city limits, head to Grand Beach Provincial Park to see the giant white sand dunes or to spend the day fishing for perch.

Red River Exhibition Park hosts festivals, expos, and other special events throughout the year. If you want to catch a baseball game, head to Shaw Park for baseball tournaments and other sporting activities. Spend an afternoon exploring the ‘Spirit Sands’, or sandhills, at Spruce Woods Provincial Park.

Assiniboine Park

Located along the namesake river, Assiniboine Park encompasses 1,100 acres of southern Manitoba land, southwest of downtown Winnipeg. Stroll through the park's Conservatory to view over 8,000 flowers, trees and plants, followed by a nice walk through the English Garden, which contains approximately three acres of trees, flowers and shrubs.

The historical Assiniboine Park Pavilion remains one of the city's most familiar landmarks. Have fun with the kids at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, featuring more than 300 species of animals and stroll through the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden to see more than one hundred sculptures created by Leo Mol.

FortWhyte Alive

You and the entire family can enjoy an outdoor adventure the next time you visit Manitoba. Head for Winnipeg and check out FortWhyte Alive. Across 640 acres of land, you'll find lush prairies, lakes, forested areas, and wetlands. 

Opened in 1983, FortWhyte Alive is the premier outdoor recreation center in the province – it also places a heavy emphasis on environmentalism and education. Be sure to check out the Alloway Reception Centre, which sprawls to 6,700 square feet.

Grand Beach Provincial Park

Escape the busy city life of Winnipeg, for a relaxing day along the banks of Lake Winnipeg at Grand Beach Provincial Park. The park boasts large white sand dunes, some reaching twelve metres high, and one of the best beaches in North America.

Bring your fishing pole for a day of fun fishing along the shoreline for perch, silver bass and norther pike, or spend the day swimming and boating.

Onshore, guests lace up their boots for hiking along 30km of trails while in the winter, the trails offer snowmobiling and cross-country skiing opportunities.

Before leaving the park, be sure to stroll along the boardwalk to read the interpretive signs to learn more about this wonderful area of southern Manitoba.

Red River Exhibition Park

Throughout the year in Manitoba, you can find a number of different events, festivals, expos, and more held at the Red River Exhibition Park. As Winnipeg's premier event venue, Red River Exhibition Park is easily a must-see attraction for any visitor. You can find the park just west of downtown, north of Assiniboia Downs. 

As you embark on your visit to Red River Exhibition Park, you'll have a chance to check out a number of different areas. Don't miss the Red Barn & Stage, Red River Meadows, one of western Canada's top equestrian facilities, and the Exhibition Place, which is 40,000 square feet of trade show space.

Shaw Park

Ready for baseball action in downtown Winnipeg and southern Manitoba? Make your way to Shaw Park to catch the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team in action.

This versatile ballpark has hosted concerts, special events and a variety of sporting events, including the XIII Pan Am Games. Before or after a game, take a few moments to tour the adjacent Forks National Historic Site or enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants downtown.

Spruce Woods Provincial Park

Established in 1970, Spruce Woods Provincial Park is located near Brandon and is one of Manitoba's "Natural Parks".

The park contains deciduous forests, riverbottom forests, and mixed-grass prairie. It also preserves the Carberry sandhills, known as the Spirit Sands, formed when a glacier melted along the Assiniboine River leaving the sand dunes behind.

Recreational enthusiasts love spending time in the park. Bring along a canoe to paddle down the river or lace up your boots for hiking through 40 kilometers of trails.

Horseback riders can stay on the equestrian compound while bicyclists and mountain bikers are free to enjoy riding on the roads and trek through the backcountry trails.