Planning Your Visit

Experiences to Discover in the Canadian Prairies

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Simply breathtaking

Go beyond your idea of the prairies and search out the tundra, forests and exceptional landscapes in Manitoba and Saskatchewan's national parks and national historic sites. See beluga whales on the Churchill River and polar bears in their natural habitat. Find peace and beauty in a pristine boreal forest or travel back through 150 million years of geological history. Remember to stop and take a breath.


Bison © Parks Canada

Where the Stories About Life are Told

Take the opportunity to observe Riding Mountain National Park's bison herd in their native fescue prairie. Join a guided tour for a closer look at these fascinating creatures. A park expert will show you the importance of the park's unique habitat. Then cap off your day around an evening campfire. Lie back and watch the stars light the night sky!
Other activities at Riding Mountain National Park


Adventure on the Tundra © Wayne Lynch

Adventure on the Tundra

Be one of the few who have had the opportunity to visit the remote and beautiful Wapusk National Park on the shores of Hudson Bay. Fly in by helicopter for an adventure of a lifetime. Hike on the tundra, meet scientific researchers and look for caribou, wolves, arctic fox and over 250 species of birds. You may even see a polar bear!
Other activities at Wapusk National Park


Beluga wales © Parks Canada

The Accessible Arctic Experience

The tranquil beauty of Cape Merry Battery National Historic Site awaits you. Easily reached from Churchill, this stunning northern location is ideal for bird and whale watching. Join Parks Canada staff for a guided walk and learn about this site's role in the epic struggle between the English and the French for control of Hudson Bay. Then take some time to watch as thousands of beluga whales travel the Churchill River in summer.
Other activities at Prince of Wales Fort - Cape Merry Battery National Historic Sites


Horseback riding © Parks Canada / Kevin Hogarth

Unexpected. Unfenced. Unforgettable

Visit Prince Albert National Park's Westside. Ride horseback near the plains bison herds with a local ranch guide. Grab your bicycle and head out along the trails or paddle the Sturgeon River. Pause atop the hillside overlooking the river for outstanding views of the landscape. Watch the only population of plains bison roaming freely on their historic Canadian range.
Other activities at Prince Albert National Park


Wild Grasslands © Parks Canada - Hogarth Photography 2011

Wild Grasslands

Scenic rolling hills, rugged coulees and steep ravines await you at Grasslands National Park. No need to feel overwhelmed. Parks Canada staff will introduce you to this beautiful and complex terrain through a fascinating interpreter-led tour. For an extreme experience, try camping in the wilderness! Enjoy the sights and sounds of the native prairie landscape under the starlit night skies.
Other activities at Grasslands National Park


Live what is real

Step back in time and see what life was really like! Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of bygone eras at Manitoba and Saskatchewan's national parks and national historic sites. Experience western hospitality; take on the role of a fur trader, a North-West Field Force soldier or a settler. Discover the history and culture of the prairies for yourself.


Fur Trade First-Hand © Parks Canada

Fur Trade First-Hand

Meet the personalities that bring Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site to life. Take a behind-the-scenes tour. Hear bold stories about the fur trade era. Test your skill as a blacksmith or a fur packer. Make fire with a flint and steel. Spin wool. Participate in a workshop and learn an historic craft or skill. You're guaranteed a memorable experience!
Other activities at Lower Fort Garry National Site


Sloop Cove © Parks Canada

Hudson's Bay Company Encounter

Visit Prince of Wales Fort, built by the Hudson's Bay Company on the Churchill River 250 years ago. Watch stone masons rebuild the fort's walls using 17th century techniques. At Sloop Cove, see signatures carved into the bedrock by the brave employees who worked here. Local operators offer tours and transportation.
Other activities at Prince of Wales Fort & Sloop Cove National Historic Sites


Guide dressed in North West Mouted Police costume © Parks Canada - Hogarth Photography 2011

The Guns are Blazing

Relive a great era, when the North West Mounted Police ruled the prairies! Come and experience Fort Walsh. History comes alive as guides dressed in period costumes lead you through buildings furnished to the 1880's. Watch live horses, taste fresh baking at the cook tent and see how historic weapons were used.
Other activities at Fort Walsh National Site


Cowboy Coffee © Parks Canada - Hogarth Photography 2011

Cowboy Coffee

Listen to cowboy stories of the open range, go for a horse-drawn wagon ride and taste a cup of traditional cowboy coffee. Western hospitality awaits you!
Other activities at Grasslands National Park


Grey Owl's last home ©Parks Canada / Kevin Hogarth

He Who Walks by Night

Celebrate Grey Owl! To some a charlatan, Archie Belaney gained worldwide attention in the 1930s posing as Grey Owl, an "Indian" nature writer and lecturer. But behind his façade, this passionate man delivered a groundbreaking conservation message that is still powerfully relevant. Take the pilgrimage to his last home, "Beaver Lodge". Head to the Nature Centre to learn more or ask an interpreter to share his history.
Other activities at Prince Albert National Park


Let the fun begin

Come in, take some time to play and experience something special at the national parks and national historic sites in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Try your hand at geocaching, shiver at real and curious ghost stories, do the chores in a fur trade fort or dress up as a Mountie and be part of an exhilarating courtroom trial. Let your senses be your guide.


Children's Days at Lower Fort Garry © Parks Canada - Dan Harper

A Summer Job with a Difference!

Kids can "sign on" as a worker for the Hudson's Bay Company at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site and take part in entertaining activities every Wednesday in July and August. Leave the chores to the kids! These special "Children's Days" are a great opportunity to learn first-hand about the day-to-day life in Red River during the mid 1800s.
Other activities at Lower Fort Garry National Site


Cache Me If You Can! © Parks Canada

Cache Me If You Can!

Take a fun filled, self-directed GPS tour; a high-tech history hunt at The Forks National Historic Site! Do you have what it takes to solve a history mystery at The Forks? Choose from two intriguing "cases." Using GPS technology and a self-guided booklet, track down the elusive history at The Forks and locate a hidden geo-cache.
Other activities at The Forks National Site


Kids, Arrest Your Parents © Parks Canada - Hogarth Photography 2011

Kids, Arrest Your Parents

Kids, join the North West Mounted Police and dress in their uniform of red tunics and pill box hats. At Fort Walsh, you can arrest your parents, perform North West Mounted Police drills and go on a scavenger hunt. Adults, participate in a "real" trial and defend yourself from accusations of minor offences.
Other activities at Fort Walsh National Site


© Parks Canada - Hogarth Photography 2011

Hiking, Geocaching, Canoeing, Art and more!

Bring your hiking shoes, bikes or canoes and explore the amazing views of the South Saskatchewan River along the scenic trails at Batoche National Historic Site. Let our helpful staff assist you in planning your Batoche experience.
Other activities at Batoche National Site


oTENTik tent in the woods at Wasagaming Campground. © Parks Canada / Sandy Black

Experience Parks Canada's oTENTik!

Are you interested in camping but prefer the comfort of a bed and arriving to find camp already set-up? Parks Canada oTENTik tents in Wasagaming Campground offer an easy and relaxing way to experience camping. The oTENTik, exclusive to Parks Canada, is a spacious blend of a tent and an A-frame cabin equipped with beds and furniture on a raised floor.
Other activities at Riding Mountain National Park