self drive tour
There’s so much more to Manitoba than polar bears! Lakes and rivers, mountains, forest and prairies are awaiting you; most of this protected in more than 80 provincial parks. Visit some of the most famous parks such as Whiteshell Provincial Park or Riding Mountain National Park during this journey through a province well known for it's hiking, biking canoeing and much more.
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Day 1 : UK - Arrive Winnipeg
Welcome to Winnipeg, the capital of the Canadian province of Manitoba. On arrival make your way to your downtown hotel for a two night stay.
Day 2 : Winnipeg
The city is well known for its numerous art galleries and cultural attractions. The heart is The Forks, a historic site at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, with warehouses converted to shops and restaurants, plus ample green space dedicated to festivals, concerts, and exhibits. Nearby, the Exchange District is known for its well-preserved, early 20thcentury architecture. Visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights or the Art Gallery, opening of QAUMAJUQ, home to the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit Art in the world. The Assiniboine Park Zoo is another attraction always worth a visit.
Day 3 : Winnipeg – Whiteshell Provincial Park (200km)
Collect your car from the downtown Avis office this morning and travel east to Whiteshell Provincial Park. On the way visit the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach; a living museum telling the story of the Russian Mennonites in Canada. Rushing rivers, clear deep lakes and warm sandy beaches await you in Whiteshell Provincial Park, where you stay for three nights.
Day 4-5 : Whiteshell Provincial Park
Two full days are yours to explore this beautiful Provincial Park. Relax on one of the sandy beaches, hike one of the multiple trails or dive into the waters of one of the clear lakes. Experience the true Canadian Dream of relaxation and quietness.
Day 6 : Whiteshell Provincial Park - Gimli (270km)
Your destination today is Gimli on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Lake Winnipeg is the largest lake in Manitoba and the 10th largest freshwater lake in the world. The charming town of Gimli offers beautiful long sandy beaches and is very proud of its Icelandic heritage and hosts the New Iceland Heritage Centre, well worth a visit.
Day 7 : Gimli – Hecla (100km)
Follow the shores of Lake Winnipeg northwards this morning towards Hecla Grindstone Provincial Park. Lile Gimli, Hecla was once home to immigrants from Iceland and Hecla village tells the story of these early immigrants. Explore the park, rich in flora and fauna on a bicycle tour or a hike along the coastline of Lake Winnipeg.
Day 8 : Hecla - Riding Mountain National Park (380km)
Head west today to Wasagaming in the Riding Mountain National Park for a three night stay.
Day 9-10 : Riding Mountain National Park
Riding Mountain National Park sits atop the Manitoba Escarpment and the forested parkland stands in sharp contrast to the surrounding prairie farmland. We recommend starting your day with a visit to the Riding Mountain Visitors Centre in Wasagaming. The Parks Canada staff always have the best tips where to go and what to do. The park is known for an abundance of wildlife and wildlife watching is certainly one of the top activities within the park. Don’t miss visiting the Lake Audy Bison Enclosure, which holds a captive herd of approximately 40 bison.
Day 11 : Riding Mountain National Park - Winnipeg (330km)
After 10 exciting days in the prairies, todays last leg of your journey brings you back to Winnipeg. We highly recommend a side trip to Spruce Woods Provincial Park. Quite unexpected this park protects the only sandy desert in Manitoba. Shifting sand dunes are home to cactus which survive up to -40 Celsius in the winter times.
Day 12-13 : Depart Winnipeg - UK
Perhaps time for a little shopping before dropping your car and checking in for your homeward flight.