Kettle Stone at Kettle Stones Provincial Park, Manitoba

Birch Island Provincial Park

In 2011, Birch Island became Manitoba’s 84th provincial park. Located on Birch Island in Lake Winnipegosis, Birch Island is home to a variety of wildlife including bears, moose, wolves, lynx, hares, and deer, and many birds including terns, ducks, herons, gulls and pelicans. It is managed as a non-operational park.

Located at: Duck Bay

Kettle Stones Provincial Park

The 4 km² (1.5 mile²) Kettle Stones Provincial Park, on the north side of the Kettle Hills of Swan-Pelican Provincial Forest, features sandstone formations known locally as kettle stones. The stones, ranging in size from 45 cm (18 inches) to 5.5 m (18 feet), rise above the landscape like stone sentinels. The park is the only place in Manitoba where kettle stones—considered sacred by the First Nations people—can be observed in their original setting. The park is located 70 km (45 miles) northeast of Swan River near the southeast shore of Swan Lake. The route east from PR268 is not paved and is impassable when wet, so it should not be attempted by car or van. Contact the Swan River District Office of Manitoba Conservation at 204-734-3429 for the latest road conditions. A 2.4 m (8‑foot) diameter kettle stone discovered during excavations in Swan River is on display at the Swan River Visitor Information Centre.

Located at: Kettle Stones Provincial Park

Manipogo Provincial Park

Named for the legendary sea monster of Lake Manitoba, Manipogo Provincial Park is a favourite among campers and anglers. Located on the northwest shore of the lake just a few kilometres north of Toutes Aides (60 km / 38 miles north of Ste. Rose du Lac on PR276), the park has miles of beaches, boating, short hiking trails, playgrounds and camping facilities. Perhaps you can help solve the Manipogo mystery. Many people claim to have seen the sea monster, but there has been no conclusive evidence. Be sure to keep your camera at the ready!

Located at: Toutes Aides

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).

Located at: Porcupine Provincial Forest

Rainbow Beach Provincial Park

Facilities include a beach, campground, scenic walks along the shore, playgrounds, picnic areas, ball diamonds, horseshoe pits, hiking trails, modern showers and washrooms, and a concession. Dauphin Lake Golf Club is just 3 km (2 miles) away. Located on the south shore of Dauphin Lake, 24 km (15 miles) east of Dauphin on PTH20.

Located at: Dauphin