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Published on September 11, 2020
There’s no question that September is a great time of year to get outside and explore. The temperatures are cooler, making for pleasant hiking conditions and colourful autumn foliage.
Finding the right hiking trails to explore in the fall can sometimes be challenging. With the help of Travel Manitoba, we’ve put together a great list of some easy trails for the whole family to enjoy.
Amisk/Inverness Falls Trails - Whiteshell Provincial Park
5.5 km / Loop
Pack a picnic lunch and journey up this forested trail to a scenic spot on top of the rock ridge, which looks out onto the lake on one side and to the river on the other. Continue down the rock ridge to find several benches that overlook the Rennie River and a beaver dam. Back up the trail to the top of the ridge, take a right for approximately 1 km to get to Inverness Falls Beach and a picnic area with washrooms. A view of the falls is available from the block road. The trail is also dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your best friend (just keep them on leash and off of the beach).
Neepawa/Langford Trail - Great Trail Portion – Neepawa
9.5 km / Loop
Get outside and explore a fantastic portion of the Great Trail in Neepawa. The town hosts over 10 km of trails that will lead you by landmarks such as the Stony Creek School No. 133, the Canada 150 commemorative loop and Neepawa's downtown.
Seine River Greenway - Bois-des-Esprits – Winnipeg
3.1 km / Loop
There’s much to discover along this urban trail: keep an eye out for an amazing collection of whimsical tree carvings and active wildlife.
Wild Grape and Elm Trail - Beaudry Park – Cartier
5.7 km / Loop
Just a short drive from Winnipeg is the mesmerizing Beaudry Park. The forest is home to some of the largest cottonwood, basswood and maple trees in the region. The Wild Grape and Elm Trail will take you along the south bank of the Assiniboine River, through lush ferns and wild grapevines. The trails are known for wildlife, so watch for white-tailed deer, fox, owls, beavers and more.
Senkiw Bridge Loop - Roseau River
2.4 km / Loop
While there are many interesting portions to check out along the historic Crow Wing Trail, the Senkiw Bridge Loop is one of our favourites. The Senkiw Swinging Bridge was constructed in 1946 so that children could cross the Roseau River in order to get to school; an excellent alternative to the previous method, in which children would simply be hoisted across in a hand-powered cable basket.
Blueberry Hill Trail - Lac du Bonnet
1.8 km / Loop
Pack a picnic and trek up the Blueberry Hill Trail in Lac du Bonnet. There are picnic tables, benches, a lookout tower and an open rock quarry.
Elk Island Loop Trail - Elk Island
16.3 km / Loop
Located directly north of Victoria Beach is the Elk Island Loop Trail. Elk Island is a bit of a challenge to get to, simply because you must enter from Sandy Bay and it's quite the distance. Still, many have said the excursion is more than worth it. Walk along the sandy shores of the island and take a dip when the heat of the day gets to be too much - just one of the many benefits of a beach hike!
Rex Leach Museum Trail - Swan River
4.7 km / Loop
Behind the Swan Valley Historical Museum and Heritage Village grounds is the Rex Leach Museum Trail. The trail is as peaceful as it is green with varieties of ferns that line both sides of the loop.
Oxbow Nature Trail – Minnedosa
3.1 km / Loop
Not only is Minnedosa a totally underrated small town, it's also home to the Oxbow Nature Trail. The trail takes you along the Little Saskatchewan River, through a marsh walk, across the swinging bridge and around the bison compound. In other words, there's plenty to see.
Millennium Trail – Thompson
15 km / Loop
Hike around the perimeter of Thompson on the Millennium Trail, a 15 km loop that brings through winding paths of the boreal forest and along some of the city sights like the King Miner Statue, Heritage North Museum and the Thompson Zoo.
Little Steep Rock Trail - Village of Steep Rock
4.4 km / Loop / Easy
See over 350 million years of natural history along the Little Steep Rock Trail, accessible just south of Little Steep Rock Point. As you gaze out over the gorgeous Steep Rock cliffs, revel in the fact that you are also seeing the remnants of a prehistoric sea bed.
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