10 of the Best Snowshoe Trails near Winnipeg, MB

Our freelancer discloses some of the best winter trails in Manitoba

Winnipeg is an outdoor enthusiast’s winter wonderland, especially for those who like to snowshoe. And, with so many designated trails to explore the rugged terrain and wild backcountry, it’s no wonder. Here are ten to check out. 

1. Beaudry Provincial Park

Length: Various trails

Time: Varies

With rolling prairies and a handful of beautiful trails to explore, Beaudry is favourite among snowshoers. Make sure you trek to the Assiniboine River—completely frozen for the winter, it’s largely ignored by skiers, and the snow is left untouched for you to wade through.

Where can I find this trail? About 25 kilometres west of Winnipeg

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2. Cedar Bog Trail

Length: 3.5 km

Time: 1 – 3 hours 

On the Cedar Bog Trail, you’ll find a variety of terrains to explore from aspen-oak parkland to grasslands. There’s also an abundance of wildlife in Birds Hill Provincial Park—listen for the chickadees and try to spot white-tailed deer! 

Where can I find this trail? 24 kilometres north of Winnipeg

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3. Grazier Manufacturing Trail

Length: 3.9 km

Time: 1 – 3 hours 

This multi-use loop is perfect for more experienced snowshoers, with a payoff that includes some of the most sweeping views of Swan Valley around. The landscape is rugged, filled with stunted oak trees as well as plenty of wildlife. It’s not uncommon to run into bears, so keep your wits about you!

Where can I find this trail? Thunderhill Recreation Area near Benito

Read more: alltrails.com 

4. La Barriere Park

Length: Various trails, 323 acres 

Time: 1 – 4 hours 

This is a large park with a range of terrain from open prairies to forest. Marvel at the variety of beautiful trees and try to spot Great Horned Owls as you make your way towards the La Salle River. 

Where can I find this trail? Waverly Street in Winnipeg

Read more: travelmanitoba.com 

5. FortWhyte

Length: 7 km

Time: 3 – 5 hours

Whether you want a guided snowshoeing expedition or to just venture out on your own, FortWhyte Alive has over seven kilometres of diverse trails. Expect to encounter a variety of landscape (from wetlands and lakes to forest) and keep your eyes peeled for the resident herd of bison. 

Where can I find this trail? Southwest Winnipeg 

Read more: fortwhyte.org 

6. Churchill Drive

Length: Varies

Time: 1 – 3 hours 

Another trail that you can make your own. Churchill Drive offers a public green space (white, in the winter) that cuts right through south central Winnipeg. It’s perfect for snowshoeing.

Where can I find this trail? Along the Red River in Winnipeg

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7. Assiniboine Park

Length: Approximately 5 km

Time: 1 – 3 hours

Known to local mountain bikers as the “Monkey Trails,” the winding trails in Assiniboine Park can be snowshoed in the winter. The park includes a conservatory, zoo, pavilion, outdoor theatre, garden and miniature railroad.

Where can I find this trail? Between the Assiniboine River and Croydon Avenue 

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8. McGillivray Falls Trail

Length: 4.1 km

Time: 2 – 4 hours 

Rolling terrain and sweeping views of McGillivray Lake from the cliffs make this trail a great one for snowshoeing. There’s a shorter loop, which is just over 2 kilometres. It’s pretty steep, but well-marked.

Where can I find this trail? Whiteshell Provincial Park

Read more: whiteshell.mb.ca/mcgillivray 


9. Bear Lake Trail

Length: 6 km

Time: 2 – 4 hours 

You should be prepared to get your feet wet on this trek! The terrain is rocky and abundant with jack pines, making it a bit of a challenge. More experienced explorers will enjoy this one.

Where can I find this trail? Approximately 140 km from Winnipeg

Read more: alltrails.com 


10. Brûlé Trail

Length: 4.1 km

Time: 2 – 4 hours 

There are snowshoe trails for every level in Riding Mountain National Park. Beginners or those just looking for a short and sweet shoe will enjoy the Brûlé Trail. There’s a short loop that’s just over two kilometres, or you can keep going to complete the long one, which is four kilometres. Stop and marvel at the beautiful varieties of wildflowers along the way. 

Where can I find this trail? Riding Mountain National Park

Read more: pc.gc.ca 




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