Nature

Beautiful places to enjoy Nature

Scroll Through this section to find great places for bird & wildlife watching, marshlands and wonderful nature trails.
 
Pembina Valley Central Plains has a rich diversity of habitat which means you’re likely to spot a variety of interesting wildlife – from black bears to beavers, wolves to moose and deer. Birds you can expect to see are: warblers, vireos, chickadees, Rough-legged Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, Northern Harriers, Red-tailed hawks, Swainson’s hawks, golden eagles and bald eagles. Add a refreshing hike to your wildlife adventure, visit eclectic museums tucked away in prairie towns, and absorb the cultural traditions of the First Nations people and early settlers.

Arocha Environmental Stewardship

Location: Pembina Valley, near the Pembina Valley Provincial Park
 
 
A Rocha began its work in Canada in 2000, establishing its first Field Study Centre in BC. This Centre was located in one of our conservation target areas: the Little Campbell Watershed. In addition to restoration and conservation work on the river, the work in BC focused on research, community agriculture, sustainable living, and environmental education programs, hosting over 2,000 students every year.
 
 
Above picture is a child running from the gardens at Arocha. The gardens are kept with out the use of chemicals, opting to use other methods for weed and pest control. Stop by to learn some our techniques.
 

Cypress River

 
Bird Watching
Millennium Wayside Park features a wetland discovery trail that guides users through the wetland and upland habitats. Boardwalks and floating docks are built over the wetland, adjoining a trail. Interpretive signs indicate the importance of wetlands on our landscapes, species found within the marsh and the importance of watersheds. Washrooms and picnic tables are available on-site.
 
Wildlife Watching
In the path of a migration corridor, and with an abundance of local marshes, sloughs and creeks to provide a refuge for waterfowl, it is not unusual to see hundreds of geese feeding in fields along roadsides during the fall. Deer, elk, coyotes, foxes and wolves can be found throughout the hills both to the north and south.
 

Delta Marsh

 
Delta Marsh is one of the largest and most famous freshwater marshes in the world. Large numbers and species of birds are found here with hundreds of species of birds recorded in the marsh areas. Delta Marsh Bird Observatory is one of the busiest bird banding stations in Canada. During spring and fall migration, Delta Marsh becomes a birder’s paradise. Large numbers of warblers, sparrows and other songbirds, as well as tundra swans, join migrating geese and ducks as they funnel into the field station area to rest on route, or to stage for short periods of time.
 
Birdwatching
A large portion of the lake front along the south shore of Lake Manitoba was established as a privately owned and operated station, known for its research and educational activities. There is a viewing tower, boardwalk and interpretive trail for the public at Delta Beach on PR 240.

Holland, MB

 
 
Bird & Wildlife Watching
Rae Trail located just north of Holland offers the naturalist a wonderful opportunity to observe the abundance of flora and fauna that flourishes in this region.
Assiniboine River Park, north of Holland, is another location Bird & Wildlife Watchers will want to explore.
 

LA RIVIERE, MB

 
Bird Watching
 
Annual migration of raptors across the prairie lands in the valley near La Riviere will have to viewing a large number of raptors in one day. The festival to celebrate the Raptor Migration is on April 11, 2015 this year.
 
 

Pembina Valley Provincial Park

Location: Pembina Valley, Located of PR 201 which is accessible from PTH 31, south of Darlingford, from PR 432 south of Morden and from PTH 32, south of Winkler.
With an area of 1.8 km2 (440 acres) the park is to preserve areas that are representative of the Pembina/Tiger Hills Natural Region of Manitoba, and accommodate nature-oriented recreational opportunities. The park will:

•Protect the representative features of the glacial spillway and river valley ecosystem, including deciduous forest and river habitats;

•Provide nature-oriented recreational opportunities such as hiking and wildlife viewing in a largely undisturbed environment; and

•Promote public appreciation and understanding of the park’s natural feature

If you would like some variety in your wildlife watching landscape, visit Pembina Valley Provincial Park. The valley is approximately two kilometres wide and 100 metres deep. The park is 180 hectares of meadows and aspen-oak forest.

Spring is spectacular for raptor migration— watch hundreds of hawks and eagles playing on the thermals as they migrate north. The best time to catch the migration is the last week of March and first week of April. While you are quietly watching the raptors, keep an eye out for does with fawns and listen for the breeding songbirds. The trees are alive with warblers during migration. A year-round resident is the Wild Turkey, able to survive our harsh winters on the sunny slopes of the Pembina Valley.

RM OF STANLEY

The Pembina Valley Interpretive Centre overlooks the Pembina Valley, a little-known but intensely beautiful place. Open year-round, the Interpretive Centre welcomes 1,500 people each year; some come alone to experience rest and solitude, others come for picnics and hiking or snowshoeing. Groups of school children delve into hands-on studies of the watershed, forest, tall-grass prairie, flora and fauna in programming offered by A Rocha volunteers.

Rossendale Area – Wildlife Lands

Near the Assiniboine River on PR 242
Rossendale Area Wildlife Land is an important wildlife habitat and has a wealth of outstanding scenery. Enjoy Bird Watching & Wildlife Watching.
 
 

Saint Leon Interpretive Centre

Saint Leon Interpretive Centre has 4 Interactive Galleries for you to explore and learn about nature.
 
Gallery One – Salamanders
* One terrarium with live salamanders and interpretive panels explaining the various stages of growth of the salamanders.
* One aquarium featuring a wet/dry ecosystem showing live salamanders and how they co-exist with other life in their natural habitat.
* Education kit for Grades 4-6.
* 30 minute video available on the life of the salamanders.
* Children’s activities such as coloring pictures, play dough, puzzles, critter dipping, etc.
 
Gallery Two – Birds
* Full wall mural painted by Hubert Theroux which is a virtual treasure hunt of birds, amphibians and insects.
* Nature Call Kiosk featuring birds, mammals, insects and amphibians – with information on many local speices.
* Viewing deck. Binoculars and a telescope.
* Observation tower with information for birds to watch for at specific times of the year.
 
Gallery Three – Wind Power
* Power Point Presentation featuring the construction of the first Wind Farm in Manitoba.
* Visits to K1, the first Wind Turbine in operation in Manitoba, by appointment.
* An actual blade is on display on site and is open to see the inside with a mock up of a nacelle showing the size of these impressive structures.
* Model windmill showing how wind powers the windmill.
* Touch screen computer with video clips on wind energy.
* Education kit for Grades 4-6.
* Green Ed trainer featuring wind and solar producing equipment with real time date.
* A full student curriculum is available and being piloted in several local school divisions.
 
Gallery Four – Living Green
* Globe display with computer and software depicting ways we can all use to reduce our ecological footprint.
* Activities: tree rubbing, “I pledge” journal.
* There is a 27 acre hybrid poplar tree plantation adjacent to the interpretive centre.
* Trees reduce soil erosion, store nutrient runoff near riparian areas, and store carbon thereby reducing greenhouse gases in the air.
* 2.6 K of the Trans Canada Trail surrounds the lake.
 

ST. LEON, MB

Birds and other creatures
The center was built in 2004. If features four interactive galleries: Wind Power, Salamanders, Birds and Living Green, in both French and English. It is located beside Round Lake, which is part of the Trans Canada Trail. The spring migration of Salamanders will have you viewing carpets of Salamanders as they cross the road moving from pond to pond.
 

Treherne

Bird Watching
Pinkerton Lake Wildlife Refuge, located just a few miles south of Treherne on PR242 features a lookout tower.
Wildlife Watching
As one draws closer to the Assiniboine river in the RM of South Norfolk, the likelihood of seeing wildlife increases. On a quiet evening, the howling of coyotes is eerie. Timber wolves, cougars and bears are also occasionally seen.
 
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