Parkland Tourism Association | Manitoba, Canada

Provincial Forests

Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Forest (Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Forest)

Beautifully clear, spring-fed lakes have made "The Ducks" a popular tourist destination for years. Childs Lake, Wellman Lake, Singush Lake, and the Blue Lakes are among the most popular. The bottom of East Blue Lake, which descends to 60 m (196 feet) at its deepest, is visible to some 12 to 18 m (40 to 60 feet).

Manitoba's highest elevation is found at Baldy Mountain, which rises 831.2 m (2,727 feet) above sea level. Baldy Mountain is accessible by car. An observation tower offers a scenic view of the surrounding forest of tall spruce. Located off PR366, 32 km (20 miles) north of Grandview.

Duck Mountain is home to moose, white-tailed deer, black bears, foxes, lynx, coyotes and timber wolves. A variety of birds nest in the forests and marshes. A 30 km (19 mile) network of trails provides for exploration of the hilly terrain and forests of the park by hikers in summer, and snowmobilers and cross-country skiers in winter.

Campgrounds and facilities exist at all of the major lakes of the park. The Duck Mountain Forest Site, located near the junctions of PR366 and PR367, makes a good station from which to explore the surrounding area.

Porcupine Provincial Forest (Porcupine Provincial Forest)

Where the Parkland gives way to the north, Porcupine Provincial Forest is a rugged wilderness waiting to be explored. Few roads penetrate the forest, set among the Porcupine Hills along the Manitoba escarpment, which rises to 823 m (2,700 feet) above sea level at Hart Mountain, a summit to rival Baldy Mountain of the Ducks. Campgrounds exist at Whitefish Lake (on PR279, northwest of Bowsman), North Steeprock Lake and Bell Lake (both northwest of Birch River on PR365).