Cross country skiing, snowshoeing or fat biking along one of the nearly 130 km of winter trails is the best way that you can embrace Riding Mountain National Park in the winter season. This magical time of the year won’t let you down and will warm your heart.

Trail conditions

Wasagaming / Clear Lake

Arrowhead

Trail difficulty: Moderate 3.4 km

Whether you plan to visit the rolling terrain of Arrowhead trail during a bright summer’s day, or on snowshoes in the middle of winter, the trail is ideal in any season. See the diverse flora and fauna that adapted to this landscape carved out by glaciers on the family friendly trail. Keep an eye out for the beaver in the pond and try and spot its lodge!

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Brûlé

Trail difficulty: Easy, 2 km or 4 km

Within the boreal forest lies Brûlé Trail! A short drive from Wasagaming, the trail is shaped like a figure 8, forming a short loop and a long loop. Journeying on the long loop, see aging trees and a variety of flowers before arriving at Lake Kinosao. When the snow falls, strap on your snowshoes to experience a winter wonderland in the park! 

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Compound

Trail difficulty:Difficult, 8.2 km

Driving Distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 3 km

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Grey Owl

Trail difficulty: Moderate, 8.7 km

Take a day out of your visit to Riding Mountain National Park to explore the wilderness that Archie Belaney (commonly known as Grey Owl) called home during his six-month stay at Beaver Lodge Lake. The cabin at the end of the trail is named after the first naturalist hired to inspire Canadians to support the creation and protection of National Parks. The trail makes for a great day hike and an even better mountain bicycle trip. When winter settles in, ski your way through the Boreal forest to the warming hut for a warm drink.  Just like Grey Owl, settle in and explore the outdoors. 

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Lake Katherine

Trail difficulty: Easy, 3.2 km

Driving Distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 11 km

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South Lake

  Bike

Trail difficulty: Moderate, 3.4 km

Experience the harmony between the water of Clear Lake and the forest beside it on the South Lake Trail! Only a short distance from Wasagaming, the loop trail can be accessed from the Boat Cove or the Ominnik Marsh Trail head. 

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Wasagaming Townsite

Trail difficulty: Easy, 1.7 km

Trailhead: Wasagaming Campground

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Wasagaming Campground Long Loop

  Bike

Trail difficulty: Easy, 6.4 km

Trailhead: Wasagaming Campground

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Wasagaming Campground Medium Loop

  Bike

Trail difficulty: Easy, 3.4 km

Trailhead: Wasagaming Campground

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Wasagaming Campground Short Loop

  Bike

Trail difficulty: Easy, 2.1 km

Trailhead: Wasagaming Campground

East Escarpment

Lower Bald Hill

Trail difficulty: Trail difficulty: Easy, 3.4 km

Driving Distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 55 km (60min)

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North Escarpment

Wilderness Wilderness

Trail difficulty: Moderate, 8.7 km

The North Escarpment Trail is great on its own or use it to connect with trails that create several unique trail loops that access some of the best vistas the Park has to offer; Bald Hill, J.E.T. and Reeve’s Ravine.  Bring your overnight gear and book a night under the stars at either the Breezy Hill or East Deep Lake backcountry campsites. 

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Oak Ridge

Trail difficulty: Moderate, 5.6 km

Take a morning ski along either the short or long loops of the Oak Ridge trail.  Let the sounds of the forest guide you to views overlooking Scott Creek and through groves of Oak trees and hazel.  Pack a lunch and stop in at the Agassiz Day Use area further up the road to snack and relax creekside after the hike. 

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Whirlpool

Wilderness Wilderness

Trail difficulty: Moderate, 3.4 km

Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 16 km (25min)

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Lake Audy/ West

Deep Lake

 

Trail difficulty: Easy, 5 km

Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 108 km (75 mins)

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Moose Lake

Trail difficulty: Moderate, 11.2 km

Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 122 km (1.5 hours)

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Riding Mountain Parkway

Beach Ridges

Trail difficulty: Easy, 3.5 km

The beaches disappeared thousands of years ago, but the ridges remain covered by oak and hazel. Spend an afternoon exploring the ancient shore of Glacial Lake Agassiz. 

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Bead Lakes

Trail difficulty: Moderate, 4 km

Nestled between two treed ridges, lies the string of Bead Lakes. Rolling through mature spruce and birch, this loop trail leads hikers and snowshoers to the water’s edge and back. 

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Boréal

Trail difficulty: Easy, 1 km

A great trail for families young and old to break up any wildlife drive along the Parkway.  Mature spruce, Jackfish Creek and boardwalk all come together here to tell the story of the Boréal forest. 

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Broadleaf

Trail difficulty: Moderate, 4.2 km

Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 51 km (45 minutes)

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Crawford Creek

Trail difficulty: Moderate, 5 km

Skiers will feel the burn! Built upon an old logging road this trail climbs steadily up the escarpment and will challenge your endurance.

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Edward's Creek

Trail difficulty: Moderate, 5.4 km

Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 51 km (45 minutes)

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Hilton

Trail difficulty: Difficult, 6.4 km

Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 40 km (40 minutes)

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Kippan's Mill

Trail difficulty: Easy, 1.2 km

This short trail lets you step back in time and explore the last sawmill site in the park. Being located in the park highcountry makes it a perfect deep snow winter place to test your snowshoes. 

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Moon Lake

Trail difficulty: Difficult, 9.2 km

Add your tracks to those of the many animals that use this trail.  Stands of large spruce and fir line the trail as it hugs the Moon Lake shore. Expect a number of wet crossings where small creeks flow to refresh the waters of the lake. 

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