Among the few refuges left from urban development and the sprawling encroachment of civilization is Manitoba's Parkland region, where streams continue to flow through unknown woods as they have for ages, and wild beasts still rule over vast sections of forest and meadow.
That is not to say that mankind has left no mark here -- the Parkland is rich in grain and livestock production, and villages, towns, and small cities dot the landscape -- but here, people have set aside much of the land as they found it, and have learned to live in harmony with nature, achieving a balance whereby it can sometimes be difficult to tell where nature?s domain ends, and mankind's begins. It is a most rare and special place.
Here you can find pristine lakes, cool, refreshing streams, rolling grasslands, sprawling forests, and even the prairie mountains.
But also you will find relics accumulated over 10,000 years of human settlement. And you can sense the pervading spirit of ingenuity and accomplishment that allowed the area's first settlers to carve a rewarding existence out of the landscape, often in the face of remarkable adversity.
More than anything else, however, those who take the time to explore Manitoba's Parkland region will find memories to last a lifetime.
Whether you're after some of Manitoba's best fishing, or looking for a unique shopping or dining experience, you'll find just what you're looking for between these covers. But there is certainly more to the Parkland than could be fit within these pages. Keep a sharp lookout during your travels, for adventures may appear around every corner.