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Date: December 11
Time: 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Venue: La Barrière Park, 4403 Waverley St
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Join CPAWS Manitoba for a fun group hike to get out into nature and explore Manitoba’s parks!

–Group Hike at La Barrière Park–

This hike is being offered in partnership with the Directorat de l’activité sportive, which contributes to the development of Manitoba’s Francophone community through sport and physical activity in French.

While French language skills are not required to participate, we welcome Francophones and Francophiles to join!

Only 15 minutes south of Winnipeg, La Barrière Park is a fantastic scenic escape not far from the city.

The expansive greenspace stretches across 323 acres with nature trails winding along the banks of the La Salle River. A newly installed beachfront boat launch makes it a great spot for kayaking and canoeing. The park is also a popular spot for cross-country skiing, disc golf, and cricket.

The La Barrière Park Loop is a wonderful way to explore the park. At nearly 3 km, it will take around 60 minutes to complete. It’s a great hike for all skill levels—including beginners and families or anyone looking to enjoy a peaceful day outside the city.

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Outdoor Fun: What to Expect on Your Group Hike

Sometimes we just want to have some fun and enjoy a friendly chat with a stranger.

Our (free!) group hikes are an easy way to get outside and explore Manitoba’s beautiful parks with other people.

CPAWS staff will share their love of nature on a relaxing hike along our favourite trails.

There won’t be any lectures along the way: when we stop for water and snack breaks we’ll keep the conversation casual and light.

If you’ve got questions we’ll do our best to answer them. However, we are not formally trained park interpreters. We encourage people seeking learning opportunities to check out our outdoor learning programming or try an interpretive event offered by Manitoba Parks.

Most hikes will take around two hours to complete and will be moderately challenging. Most will also be close enough to Winnipeg to make a pleasant day trip. Check out the event descriptions for more details.

How to get there

Set your GPS for La Barrière Park. The parking lot is at the entrance of the park.

Or follow these directions:

Take the Trans-Canada Hwy/MB-100
Turn onto Waverley St
Continue on Waverley St until you reach the park (located at 4403 Waverley St)

Amenities

There are bathrooms at the park open year-round
Picnic shelters

How to Dress for Winter Hiking

The key to enjoying winter activities is to stay warm and dry.

Layers are your best friend. Hiking is good exercise. You don’t want to get sweaty while you’re moving and then catch a chill when you stop. So be aware of your body temperature and take layers off — or pile them on — as needed.

Start with a lighter puffer jacket or windbreaker supplemented by a sweater or fleece and a long sleeve shirt (a moisture-wicking fabric baselayer if you have one, cotton if you don’t.) You may overheat in a heavy parka unless it’s very, very cold out.

Snow pants or windbreaker/shell pants are well worth the investment. They don’t have to be expensive. They just need to keep your bottom half warm and dry, especially when you sit down for a snack break.

Don’t forget a warm hat, mitts and either a scarf or neckwarmer. You can layer thin gloves under heavy mitts for added warmth and flexibility.

Warm, comfortable and sturdy boots are a must. You don’t need expensive hiking boots. But you will not enjoy walking through the woods in sopping wet sneakers or leather boots with a high heel.

We recommend getting spikes or a traction device for your shoes for icy conditions. You can find them at Wilderness Supply, MEC, or even Costco!

What to Bring on Your Winter Hike

Bring at least two bottles of water: you can leave one in your vehicle on a short hike; you’ll want both on a long hike.

Snacks are a great way to keep your energy up along the trail. Many trails don’t have restaurants or stores nearby so you may also want to pack a picnic lunch.

Hand sanitizer (Most trails have outhouses, not modern toilets.)

Any medication you may need (like antihistamines, your asthma inhaler or an EpiPen)

A safety whistle, pocket flashlight and a basic first aid kit (not required, but a good idea any time you’re in the wilderness)

About CPAWS Manitoba:

CPAWS Manitoba has been instrumental in establishing 22 new parks and protected areas in our province. That’s an area larger than Lake Winnipeg at nearly 26,000 square kilometres. Our goal is to protect half of Manitoba’s lands and waters.

About the CPAWS Manitoba Nature Club

CPAWS Manitoba’s Nature Club is designed to help Manitobans get outside, make new friends and learn about the wonders of nature.

We’ve developed a wide range of programming and activities to help Manitobans of all ages and abilities enjoy the health and wellness benefits of nature.

Find out more at our website – www.cpawsmb.org – and be sure to subscribe to our events newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so you don’t miss out on upcoming events.

Safety Protocols

CPAWS Manitoba takes the safety of all program participants seriously.

All CPAWS Manitoba staff members have cleared a criminal record and vulnerable sector background check with the Winnipeg Police Department.

All CPAWS Manitoba staff members voluntarily disclose that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We adhere to all public health recommendations and guidelines.

CPAWS policy requires that at least one person leading programming that may involve children must be certified in first aid. This applies to staff or to volunteers.

This program is possible thanks to the generous support of The Winnipeg Foundation and the Conservation Trust, a Manitoba Climate and Green Plan Initiative delivered by the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.

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