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January 2023

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Ski at Pine Falls (Duck Lake trails)

Ski at Pine Falls (Duck Lake trails)

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

January 4, 2023

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

Kevin & Anita Miller (register by email at k.a.miller@mts.net).   Nature Manitoba's COVID-19 protocols (effective 2022-Sep-15): Here.

Location: Duck Lake trails at Pine Falls.

Time: Meet at the Tim Hortons at Lagimodière Blvd & Headmaster Row (1 km south of the North Perimeter Highway) before 9:30 AM for carpooling. It will take 15 minutes to form carpools, use washrooms, and move non-driver’s cars a block away on Headmaster Row.
Or you can meet us at the trailhead at 11:00 AM.
Map (115 km / 1:15 from Tim Hortons to the trailhead)

Trails: See the brochure/map. It summarizes the 11K trail system as "beautiful rolling scenery that goes through a variety of boreal mixed wood forest, balsam fir forest, lowland black spruce forest, black spruce/ tamarack bog, meadow, and black ash trees", and elevation changes as “gently rolling terrain with one major climb and no steep downhills”. The map is missing a 1.7K flat linear trail called Rabbit that runs north-south along the eastern edge of the trail system … see this map.  Anita will collect a $5 cash donation / trail fee from everyone at lunch, and we’ll e-transfer the total amount to the Duck Lake Ski Club afterwards.

Description: From the trailhead we’ll ski ~3K directly to the unique/interesting warming hut (and outhouse) via the Moose (yellow) trail and Path Of The Black Bear (red) trail.
Eat lunch in the comfortable warming shelter or outside the warming shelter by the fire.
Anita will be leading the group throughout the day.
Kevin will be skiing back-and-forth to keep track of everyone, ensuring everyone is doing OK and skiing with at least one other person, and ensuring we re-group at various times.

Bring: Your name tag and lunch to eat at the warming shelter.

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Jan 4 2023
 
 
Dog-friendly walk in Kilcona Park / Harbourview Park

Dog-friendly walk in Kilcona Park / Harbourview Park

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

January 4, 2023

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

Keith Sutton (register at threedogz@shaw.ca). Nature Manitoba's COVID-19 protocols (effective 2022-Sep-15): Here.

Time / Location: Meet at 11:00 AM at the big map at the back of Kilcona Park's main parking lot.

Description: The trails are mostly level and hard packed with a few moderate slopes. The hike should take 1½ to 2 hours.  No washroom facilities onsite.

Bring: Your name tag. If you are bringing a dog, please remember their leash.

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Walk along the Assiniboine River near Assiniboine Park

Walk along the Assiniboine River near Assiniboine Park

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

January 11, 2023

Trip Rating: 

INTERMEDIATE

Contact / Registration: 

Daniela Rempel (register by email at danielarempel@shaw.ca)  Nature Manitoba's COVID-19 protocols (effective 2022-Sep-15): Here.

Time / Location: Meet at 10:00 AM at the Assiniboine Park Duck Pond shelter.

Description: The walk will be on the Assiniboine River and river bottom forest trails along the river. We'll detour onto Truro Creek through Bruce Park.
The trail will be up and down, with some steeper parts, icy spots, and snow-covered uneven ground. Some areas may be single track. Poles would be helpful.
After the walk we will go to the Park Café in the Qualico Family Centre in Assiniboine Park for a bite / coffee, etc . Please let Daniela know who wants to go to the café.

Bring: Your name tag.

Activity Type: 

Jan 11 2023
 
 
Ski at Petersfield and Matlock (Happy Trails Ski Club trails)

Ski at Petersfield and Matlock (Happy Trails Ski Club trails)

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

January 11, 2023

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

Kevin & Anita Miller (register by email at k.a.miller@mts.net).   Nature Manitoba's COVID-19 protocols (effective 2022-Sep-15): Here.

Location / Time: Meet at Grassmere Family Restaurant (3750 McPhillips St / PTH 8 at Grassmere Road, 1 km north of the North Perimeter Highway) at 9:30 AM for carpooling. It will take a few minutes to form carpools (and pay the owner or buy something for the privilege of leaving cars on his large lot), so we should arrive at the trailhead in Petersfield before 10:30 (40 minute / 59 km drive).
Or you can meet us at the Petersfield trailhead at 10:30 AM.
Map

Trails: See the trail maps. Also see the Happy Trails Ski Club's Facebook page. Anita will collect donations / trail fees ($5 suggested), which we'll e-transfer to the Happy Trails Ski Club.

Description: We’ll ski the 8K very flat Petersfield trail, and then drive to the Matlock trailhead at the Matlock General Store to ski the 7.5K very flat trail.

Lunch: We can eat a bagged lunch in our cars in Matlock or you can eat somewhere in Matlock.

Bring: Your name tag.

Activity Type: 

Jan 11 2023
 
 
 
Mantario Cabin Ski Trip

Mantario Cabin Ski Trip

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

January 13, 2023 to January 15, 2023

Trip Rating: 

ADVANCED

Contact / Registration: 

Brian Hydesmith, hydesmith@gmail.com

Brian Hydesmith will lead an experienced group of backcountry travellers to the Mantario cabin in the heart of Whiteshell’s  Mantario Wilderness Zone. This trip is rated as advanced, requiring you to have the gear and fitness to ski 22km across open lakes and portages. You will spend 2 nights at the cabin, skiing out Friday, spending Saturday exploring the area near the cabin and relaxing, and skiing back on Sunday.

This trip will be cancelled in case of extreme weather.

Cabin Fees (per night): $20 Nature Manitoba member, $35 non-member, $15 student

Activity Type: 

Jan 13 2023 to Jan 15 2023
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Mantario Cabin Ski Trip

Mantario Cabin Ski Trip

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

January 13, 2023 to January 15, 2023

Trip Rating: 

ADVANCED

Contact / Registration: 

Brian Hydesmith, hydesmith@gmail.com

Brian Hydesmith will lead an experienced group of backcountry travellers to the Mantario cabin in the heart of Whiteshell’s  Mantario Wilderness Zone. This trip is rated as advanced, requiring you to have the gear and fitness to ski 22km across open lakes and portages. You will spend 2 nights at the cabin, skiing out Friday, spending Saturday exploring the area near the cabin and relaxing, and skiing back on Sunday.

This trip will be cancelled in case of extreme weather.

Cabin Fees (per night): $20 Nature Manitoba member, $35 non-member, $15 student

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Jan 13 2023 to Jan 15 2023
 
 
Ski / Snowshoe / Walk Hecla

Ski / Snowshoe / Walk Hecla

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

January 16, 2023 to January 19, 2023

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

Marilyn Bourbonnais (register by email at mbourbs@gmail.com, or call or text 204-894-8214)   Nature Manitoba's COVID-19 protocols (effective 2022-Sep-22): Here.

Location: Lakeview Resort Hecla in Hecla Provincial Park.

Description: The annual Ski Hecla trip is back after a two-year absence. Cross country ski, snowshoe, and walk! Groomed trails provided by Manitoba Parks. Or just relax and enjoy the pools, hot tub, and spa. Hoping for snow and mild weather!

Registration procedure:
After contacting Marilyn, contact Lakeview Resort Hecla to reserve your room. Please mention the Grey Hares group booking. We have booked 15 rooms at the Buy2Stay3 package. These rooms will be held till December 15. The cancellation policy is 48 hours notice prior to check-in.

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Jan 16 2023 to Jan 19 2023
 
 
 
 
 
Foxy Food Webs at the Arctic’s Edge

Foxy Food Webs at the Arctic’s Edge

Presenter: 

Jim Roth, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba

Date: 

Monday, January 16, 2023

Start Time: 

7:30 pm

Location: 

Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre (Pauline-Boutal Theatre), 340 Provencher Blvd

Admission: 

$5 for members (non-member rate $10)

Population cycles of Arctic foxes and lemmings illustrate the strong link between predators and their prey, and dramatically impact many other tundra species. Yet changing snow and ice conditions, and the simultaneous encroachment of southern species onto the tundra, may substantially alter these species interactions.

We will examine these direct and indirect interactions among species at the taiga-tundra transition zone in northern Manitoba, where the impacts of climate change are particularly strong. We will also discuss the hotspots of productivity created by foxes fertilizing den sites, which stimulates plant growth and attracts wildlife.

Photo credit: Chloe Warret Rodrigues

*NEW* Two attendance options: In-person or Virtual *NEW*

In-person: $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
Tickets are sold at the door.

Virtual: $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
Purchase your virtual tickets through Eventbrite using this link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/503446470947

 

 

Jan 16 2023
 
 
 
Hike Beaudry Provincial Park trails

Hike Beaudry Provincial Park trails

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

January 18, 2023

Trip Rating: 

INTERMEDIATE

Contact / Registration: 

Daniela Rempel (register by email at danielarempel@shaw.ca)  Nature Manitoba's COVID-19 protocols (effective 2022-Sep-15): Here.

Time / Location: Meet at 10:00 AM in the first parking lot you come to on the Beaudry Provincial Park access road (not the main parking lot).  A provincial park vehicle permit is needed.

Description: Hike on the Maple and Oak trails in Beaudry Provincial Park. The river crossing is now open, so we will be able to access these trails. There has not been much recent snow, so I am guessing these trails are now somewhat packed down. There are some ups and downs. Bring poles if you wish. The total distance of both trails is 6.7 km. After the hike we can go and have coffee / bite at the Headingley Grill on Bridge Road; let me know if you are coming.

Bring: Your name tag.

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Jan 18 2023
 
 
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Winter Birds

Winter Birds

Instructor: 

James Whitelaw

Location: 

Earl Grey Community Club, 360 Cockburn St. North

Date: 

Monday, January 23, 2023

Start Time: 

7:30 pm

Fee: 

$10 for Nature Manitoba members (or students), $15 for non-members

Manitoba is well known for its long, cold winters. Despite this, a surprising number of birds can be found here in this season, from hardy resident species to irruptive visitors from the north and waifs and strays lingering beyond the autumn.  This workshop will introduce you to these birds and provide advice on helping them survive the harsh conditions.

Buy tickets at Eventbrite for the Winter birds workshop

Jan 23 2023
 
 
 
Skating at The Forks (Nestaweya River Trail) -- cancelled

Skating at The Forks (Nestaweya River Trail) -- cancelled

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

January 25, 2023

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

Keith Sutton (register at threedogz@shaw.ca). Nature Manitoba's COVID-19 protocols (effective 2022-Sep-15): Here.

Time / Location: Meet at 10:45 AM in the Atrium (the ground floor of The Forks Market tower). Start skating at 11:00 for as long as you'd like.

Description: Skate on the Nestaweya River Trail.
Ice Conditions
Iceland Skate Rentals

Bring: Your name tag.

Jan 25 2023
 
 
Ski Beaudry Provincial Park trails

Ski Beaudry Provincial Park trails

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

January 25, 2023

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

June Thomson & Anne Hildebrand (register with June by phone at 204-837-6469).  Nature Manitoba's COVID-19 protocols (effective 2022-Mar-01): Here.

Location: Beaudry Provincial Park parking lot.  A provincial park vehicle permit is needed.

Time: Noon.

Description: Ski the trails in Beaudry Provincial Park.

Distance: 5K, 8K, 13K, or more, or much more!

Bring: Your name tag.

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Jan 25 2023
 
 
 
 
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Family Nature Club: Bunn's Creek Centennial Park

Family Nature Club: Bunn's Creek Centennial Park

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

January 29, 2023

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

Email Meredith to register: maistoesz@hotmail.com

Family Nature Club invites all nature nuts ages 8-13 (accompanied by a parent/guardian/caregiver) to come explore Bunn's Creek Centennial Park. Please make sure to dress for the weather as we will meet rain or shine!  Feel free to bring binoculars and field guides if you like.

Family Nature Club is free for Nature Manitoba members but does have a limit of 18 people in total for each event. We want to make sure that everyone has a chance to participate. Not a Nature Manitoba member yet? That’s okay! Try out Nature Club once for FREE and see if it’s for you.

In the event of inclement weather Nature Club will be cancelled. Inclement Weather includes extreme cold, thunder & lightning, extreme heat, or extreme weather events.

Activity Type: 

Jan 29 2023
 
 
Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Instructor: 

Donna Kurt

Location: 

Earl Grey Community Club, 360 Cockburn St. North

Date: 

Monday, January 30, 2023

Start Time: 

7:30 pm

Fee: 

$10 for Nature Manitoba members (or students), $15 for non-members

The workshop covers identification of a variety of popular edible and medicinal mushrooms common to Manitoba and NW Ontario, differentiation from their non-edible or toxic look-a-likes, various aspects of their evolved relationships to other species as well as cultivation, preparation, and safety. 

Photo: Shaggy mane; photo by Donna Kurt

Buy tickets at Eventbrite for the Mushrooms workshop

Jan 30 2023
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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