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Wildlife Watching

Beaudry Provincial Heritage Park

Headingley

Beaudry Provincial Heritage Park is dedicated to protect its remnants of tall-grass prairie, and to restore this endangered habitat. A dense riverbottom forest flourishes near the Assiniboine River. Its prominent wildlife includes a variety of songbirds, whitetail deer, raccoons and beaver. There are hiking and cross-country ski trails.

Beaudry Provincial Heritage Park is dedicated to protect its remnants of tall-grass prairie, and to restore this endangered habitat. A dense riverbottom forest flourishes near the Assiniboine River. Its prominent wildlife includes a variety of songbirds, whitetail deer, raccoons and beaver. There are hiking and cross-country ski trails.

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Beluga Whale Watching

Churchill

Over 3,000 white beluga whales come to the mouth of the Churchill River annually in early July to feed and calve.
Over 3,000 white beluga whales come to the mouth of the Churchill River annually in early July to feed and calve.
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Big Grass Marsh

Gladstone

Big Grass Marsh is an Important Bird Area of Canada. It is an important moulting and staging area for waterfowl including Mallards, Snow Geese and Canada Geese. The site also has globally significant numbers of nesting Franklin's Gulls. During fall migration, the number of Mallard Ducks in the area...

Big Grass Marsh is an Important Bird Area of Canada. It is an important moulting and staging area for waterfowl including Mallards, Snow Geese and Canada Geese. The site also has globally significant numbers of nesting Franklin's Gulls. During fall migration, the number of Mallard Ducks in the area have exceed 10,000 birds. As many as 6,500 migrating Sandhill Cranes have been recorded in the northern portion of Big Grass Marsh, around the Jackfish Lake region.

More information about the significance of the Big Grass Marsh to migratory birds and other wildlife can be found at the Important Bird Areas of Canada (IBA) website. More specific information about the significance of Big Grass Marsh as an Important Bird Area of Canada can be found at the IBC Canada site summary for Lanruth.

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Churchill - Polar Bear Capital of the World Manitoba Star Attraction

Churchill

The large mammals, best viewed in the fall months of October and early November, give Churchill its title as Polar Bear Capital of the World. In fact, Churchill is the only human settlement in the world where polars bears, often weighing over half a tonne (1,100 pounds) and standing 3 metres (10 ft) tall, can be observed in their natural environment.

The large mammals, best viewed in the fall months of October and early November, give Churchill its title as Polar Bear Capital of the World. In fact, Churchill is the only human settlement in the world where polars bears, often weighing over half a tonne (1,100 pounds) and standing 3 metres (10 ft) tall, can be observed in their natural environment.

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Churchill and Cape Tatnam Wildlife Management Areas

Churchill

Habitats for caribou, polar bears and geese, the Churchill and Cape Tatnam Wildlife Management Areas encompasses and protect major portions of the Hudsons Bay coast line from Churchill to the Ontario border.
Habitats for caribou, polar bears and geese, the Churchill and Cape Tatnam Wildlife Management Areas encompasses and protect major portions of the Hudsons Bay coast line from Churchill to the Ontario border.
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Crawford Creek Alluvial Fan

Ochre River

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...

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 of PTH5 between Ochre River and Dauphin and has a boardwalk and viewing tower where visitors can view this natural phenomenon. Contact Turtle River Watershed Conservation District, 204-447-2139.

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).

Phone:
204-447-2139

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Delta Marsh

Delta

Delta Marsh is one of the largest and most famous freshwater marshes in the world. Large numbers and species of birds are found here, with hundreds of species of birds recorded in the marsh area. The Delta Marsh Bird Observatory is one of the busiest bird banding stations in Canada. During spring...

Delta Marsh is one of the largest and most famous freshwater marshes in the world. Large numbers and species of birds are found here, with hundreds of species of birds recorded in the marsh area. The Delta Marsh Bird Observatory is one of the busiest bird banding stations in Canada. During spring and fall migrations, Delta Marsh becomes a birder’s paradise. Large numbers of warblers, sparrows, and other songbirds, as well as tundra swans join migrating geese and ducks as they funnel into the field station area to rest on route; or stage for short periods of time.

A large portion of the lake front along the south shore of Lake Manitoba was established as a privately owned and operated station, known for its research and educational activities. There is a viewing tower, boardwalk and interpretive trail for the public at Delta Beach on PR 240.

Directions:
PR 240

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Frank Skinner Arboretum Trail

Inglis

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.

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.

Directions:
Located 23 km (14.5 miles) south of Roblin or 31 km (19.5 miles) north of Russell on PTH83.

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Millennium Wayside Park

Cypress River

MillenniumWayside Park features a wetlanddiscovery trail that guides users throughout the wetland and upland habitats. Boardwalks and floating docks are built over the wetland, adjoining a trail. Interpretive signs indicate the importance of wetlands on our landscapes, species found within the...

MillenniumWayside Park features a wetlanddiscovery trail that guides users throughout the wetland and upland habitats. Boardwalks and floating docks are built over the wetland, adjoining a trail. Interpretive signs indicate the importance of wetlands on our landscapes, species found within the marsh and the importance of watersheds. Washrooms and picnic tables are available.

In the path of a migration corridor, and with an abundance of local marshes, sloughs and creeks to provide a refuge for waterfowl, it is not unusual to see hundreds of geese feeding in fields along roadsides during the fall. Deer, elk, coyotes, foxes and wolves can be found throughout the hills both to the north and south.

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Pinkerton Lakes Wildlife Refuge

Treherne

The Pinkerton Lakes Wildlife Refuge features a lookout tower.

The Pinkerton Lakes Wildlife Refuge features a lookout tower.

Directions:
south on PTH 242

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Rail Travel Tours (Churchill)

Churchill

Rail tour packages travelling Northern Manitoba's rail passenger routes roundtrip from Winnipeg to Churchill year-round with an emphasis on Beluga whale packages in the summer and polar bear migration tour in the fall.

Rail tour packages travelling Northern Manitoba's rail passenger routes roundtrip from Winnipeg to Churchill year-round with an emphasis on Beluga whale packages in the summer and polar bear migration tour in the fall.

Phone:
204-897-9551

Toll Free:
1-866-704-3528

Fax:
204-897-9572

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Rossendale Area Wildlife Lands

Rossendale

The Rossendale Area Wildlife Lands near the Assiniboine River on Highway #242 is an important wildlife habitat, and has a wealth of outstanding scenery.
The Rossendale Area Wildlife Lands near the Assiniboine River on Highway #242 is an important wildlife habitat, and has a wealth of outstanding scenery.
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Saskeram and Tom Lamb Wildlife Management Areas

The Pas

Part of the Canadian Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program, these two WMAs are considered two of the most important breeding areas and habitats for waterfowl in Manitoba, covering a combined area of over 3,150 square kilometres (1,219 square miles).
Part of the Canadian Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program, these two WMAs are considered two of the most important breeding areas and habitats for waterfowl in Manitoba, covering a combined area of over 3,150 square kilometres (1,219 square miles).
Directions:
Located west of PTH10 near The Pas.

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