Whiteshell Lake Provincial Park

Get a taste of the backcountry




While Big Whiteshell Lake might be known for its backcountry canoe routes, it’s also a great place for families who are keen to visit one of Winnipeg’s premier wilderness parks. It’s home to mountain bike and hiking trails too, which makes it a well-rounded escape for adventurers of all sorts.

Whiteshell Lake Provincial Park

Whiteshell Lake Provincial Park

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Driving time from Winnipeg

2 hours

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Planning your trip

Getting a taste of Manitoba’s backcountry

Setting up camp

At Big Whiteshell Lake Campground, there are 78 sites to choose from, each offering a different experience depending on whether you want to be close to the water, the children’s playground or be a little more secluded. There are flush toilets, potable water and serviced or unserviced sites available.

Of course, the lake itself is a huge bonus for this campground. After spending some time on or in the water, you can unwind with the kids on the playground before you start campfire cooking.  

Mud on your wheels

One more reason to bring your bike camping: Big Whiteshell Lake is home to a new 9km mountain biking trail that offers up some pretty impressive views. On your ride, keep an eye out for wandering wildlife, like beavers, muskrats, grouse, bears and moose.

Hikes for all types

Big Whiteshell is home to a variety of hikes, from the beginner-friendly Big Whiteshell Hiking Trail, a 1.6km trail located just across the round from the campsite, to the Mantario Trail, one of the most challenging backpacking trails in the province. Whichever trail you choose, make sure keep an extra pair of socks on hand in case you encounter swampy areas.

West Hawk Lake

For a day trip, head down the road to West Hawk Lake Park. Formed by a crater, Manitoba’s deepest lake (111m) is an attraction is its own right. The area is also home to lots of cool hiking trails, beautiful beaches, running rivers and neat geological deposits.

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