The Parkland provides habitat for an astounding number of animals, and is sure to offer up many treasures for wildlife enthusiasts. Here you’ll find black bear, moose, white-tailed deer, elk, foxes, lynx, coyotes, wolves, porcupines, and beaver, birds such as the Great Gray owl, loon, pelican, plover, grouse, snow goose, and many others, and plant species native to the grasslands, wetlands and forested regions.
Crawford Creek Alluvial Fan
The Crawford Creek Alluvial Fan is the last intact alluvial fan along the Manitoba escarpment. As water comes off Riding Mountain along Crawford Creek, the alluvial fan slows the water down and spreads it out. This allows suspended material to drop
and the water is filtered as it passes through miles of wetland. The site is located off PTH5 between Ochre River and Dauphin and has a boardwalk and viewing tower where visitors can view this natural phenomenon.
Located at: Ochre River
Directions: From PTH5, turn south onto Road 104W for 4.8 km (3 miles), east on Road 137N for 1.6 km (1 mile), south on Road 103W for 1.6 km (1 mile) and then east on Road 136N for 0.8 km (1/2 mile).
Contact: Contact Turtle River Watershed Conservation District, 204-447-2139.
Frank Skinner Arboretum Trail
Located at the original nursery of one of Canada’s most innovative horticulturists, the Frank Skinner Arboretum Trail showcases some of the nearly 150 plant varieties developed by Dr. Skinner to survive in the harsh prairie environment. Picnic tables have been placed at the entrance to the trail for public use. Please note: The arboretum is perserved in its natural state, so visitors should not expect manicured grounds.
Located at: Inglis
Directions: Located 23 km (14.5 miles) south of Roblin or 31 km (19.5 miles) north of Russell on PTH83.
Hidden Valley Sanctuary
Donated by the late trapper, naturalist and photographer, Gordon Mitchell, this Manitoba Wildlife Sanctuary offers excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, fishing and snowshoeing. There is also a picnic site.
Located at: Dauphin
Directions: Located 10 km (6 miles) north of Dauphin on PTH20.
Riding Mountain National Park—East Side
Access can be gained to several prime wildlife viewing, elk bugling and bird watching areas on the eastern escarpment of Riding Mountain National Park near McCreary.
Located at: McCreary
Waterhen Wood Bison Project
A free-roaming herd of wood bison are maintained in a 15 km² (6 mile²) enclosure near Waterhen. Guided tours are available.
Located at: Waterhen
Directions: Located 32 km (20 miles) northeast of Waterhen (95 km north of Ste. Rose du Lac) off PR328.