Hibernating is not an option when there is so much to explore! Glide, snowshoe or pedal the winter trails in Riding Mountain National Park. For groups looking for the challenge of an overnight in the backcountry, ski or snowshoe to Cairns Cabin, a remote winter cabin along the Ochre River trail. Trust us, the rewards are worth the effort.

When snowshoeing or fat biking, please walk or ride beside the ski tracks, not on them. Staff and volunteers work hard to maintain ski trails during the winter. Leave them for the gliders!


Trail difficulty levels

facile-easy Easy - Suitable for all visitors including those with no trail experience. Little or no elevation gain or loss.

mod Moderate - Suitable for most visitors who have some basic trail experience and are generally prepared (proper equipment and water). May experience moderate elevation gain with some short steep sections.

dif Difficult - Suitable for visitors who have trail experience and are prepared (proper equipment and water). May experience major elevation gain with long steep sections.


Riding Mountain Parkway
Trail Distance (km) Difficulty Activity Warming Shelter
Beach Ridges 3.5 Easy Ski -
Broadleaf 4.2 Moderate Ski -
Crawford Creek 5 Moderate Ski Yes
Edward's Creek 5.4 Moderate Ski -
Hilton 6.4 Difficult Ski -
Kippans Mill 1.2 Easy Snowshoe -
Moon Lake 9.2 Difficult Snowshoe Yes
Bead Lakes 4 Moderate Snowshoe -
Boréal 1 Easy Snowshoe -
Ochre River 14.5 Difficult Wilderness Yes

 

Wasagaming/Clear Lake
Trail Distance (km) Difficulty Activity Warming Shelter
Compound 8.2 Difficult Ski -
Grey Owl 8.9 Moderate Ski Yes
Lake Katherine 3.2 Easy Ski -
Wasagaming Townsite 1.7 Easy Ski Yes
Wasagaming Campground, long loop 6.4 Easy Fat bike, Ski, snowshoe Yes
Wasagaming Campground, medium loop 3.4 Easy Fat bike, Ski, snowshoe Yes
Wasagaming Campground, short loop 2.1 Easy Fat bike, Ski, snowshoe Yes
South Lake 3.4 Moderate Fat bike, Ski, snowshoe -
Arrowhead 3.4 Moderate Snowshoe -
Brûlé 2.2-4.1 Easy Snowshoe -

 

Lake Audy/ West
Trail Distance (km) Difficulty Activity Warming Shelter
Deep Lake 5 Easy Ski -
Moose Lake 11.2 Moderate Ski -

 

East Escarpment
Trail Distance (km) Difficulty Activity Warming Shelter
Oak Ridge 5.6 Moderate Ski -
Lower Bald Hill 3.4 Easy Ski Yes
Burls and Bittersweet 2.2 Moderate Fat bike -
North Escarpment 8.7 Moderate Wilderness -
Whirlpool 3.5 Moderate Wilderness Yes

 

Trails

Riding Mountain Parkway

Ochre River

Trail difficulty: Difficult
Trail length: 14.5 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 23 km (20 minutes)

Plan your first trip well and you will be tempted to come back year after year to trek this rugged and exhilarating trail. There isn't another experience in Riding Mountain National Park that equals a trip on Ochre River Trail.

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Broadleaf

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 4.2 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 51 km (45 minutes)

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Bead Lakes

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 4 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 26 km (25 minutes)

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Edward's Creek

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 5.4 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 51 km (45 minutes)

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Hilton

Trail difficulty: Difficult
Trail length: 6.4 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 40 km (40 minutes)

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Boréal

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 1 km loop
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 34 km (20-25 minutes)

Cool, humid, pungent, and alive! This is what you will sense as you hike along the Boréal Trail. A great outing for the whole family and accessible for all! Remember to watch for moose along the way.

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Moon Lake

Trail difficulty: Difficult
Trail length: 9.2 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 35 km (20-25 minutes)

Easily accessible from Moon Lake campground and picnic site, Moon Lake Trail gradually becomes easier as it encircles the north Eastern Shore of the lake. Interested in bird watching? Watch for osprey and bald eagles, or their nests along the trail. This trail is "difficult," due to its length and low lying wet spots.

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Kippan's Mill

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 1.2 km loop
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 40 km (40 minutes)

Step into the past as you hike this short trail that explores the remnants of the park's logging history. Don't expect to see any lumberjacks today, but you may spot some old foundations and paraphenalia from this logging camp of the 1940s.

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Crawford Creek

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 5 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 51 km (45 minutes)

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Beach Ridges

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 3.5 km loop
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 48 km (45 minutes)

Are you interested in some natural history? Then take a hike along this interpretive trail to learn how glacial Lake Agassiz formed these beach ridges thousands of years ago. While on the north side of the park stop at the red chairs along Highway 10 to get a view of the farmland below.

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Wasagaming / Clear Lake

Arrowhead

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 3.4 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 7 km (10 minutes)

With the use of the Arrowhead Trail booklet, available at the Visitor Centre, guide yourself along this rolling terrain. Learn about the flora and the fauna that has adapted to this land once influenced by glaciers

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Brûlé

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: Short loop 2.2 km, Long loop - 4.1 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 7 km (10 minutes)

Have you ever wondered what the Lilium philadelphicum was? Well, it is the Wood Lily of course! To learn about and view a variety of wildflowers hike the Brûlé Trail. With the help of the guide booklet, available at the Visitor Centre, you will surely enjoy this outing.

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Grey Owl

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 8.9 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 7 km (10 minutes)

Take a day out of your visit to Riding Mountain National Park to explore the wilderness that Archie Belaney (commonly known as Grey Owl) experienced during his six-month stay at Beaver Lodge Lake. The cabin at the end of the trail is named for the first naturalist hired by the national parks. Although Grey Owl only resided here for 6 months in the summer of 1931, his stay and this cabin represents one of the earliest efforts to practice conservation in Canada's national parks. As "caretaker of park animals," Grey Owl focused Canada's, and the world's, attention on the plight of wild animals and wild spaces. His job also included the education of park visitors. Today, you can still enjoy the spirit of Grey Owl's educational talks by attending one of the park interpretive programs. The Trail length is 17 km return, and makes for a great day hike (and a slightly rough mountain bicycle trip). Inside the cabin there is a display on Grey Owl's life while he stayed in the park.

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Wasagaming Townsite

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 1.7 km
Trailhead: Wasagaming Campground

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Compound

Trail difficulty: Difficult
Trail length: 8.2 km
Driving Distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 3 km

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Lake Katherine

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 3.2 km
Driving Distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 11 km

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South Lake

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 3.4 km
Trailhead: Boat Cove Road (Wasagaming)

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Wasagaming Campground Long Loop

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 6.4 km
Trailhead: Wasagaming Campground

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Wasagaming Campground Medium Loop

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 3.4 km
Trailhead: Wasagaming Campground

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Wasagaming Campground Short Loop

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 2.1 km
Trailhead: Wasagaming Campground

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Lake Audy/ West

Deep Lake

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 5 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 108 km (75 mins)

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Moose Lake

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 11.2 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 122 km (1.5 hours)

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East Escarpment

Oak Ridge

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 5.6 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 60 km (1 hour)

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Burls and Bittersweet

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 2.2 km loop
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 34 km (45 minutes)

This easy self-guiding trail leads you into the diverse, eastern hardwood forest on the base of the Manitoba Escarpment.

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Lower Bald Hill

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 3.4 km
Driving Distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 55 km (60min)

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North Escarpment

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 8.7 km
Driving Distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 24 km (40min)

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Whirlpool

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 3.4 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 16 km (25min)

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