10 Reasons to Experience Manitoba’s Interlake this Winter

When most people think of winter, they think of bundling up and staying indoors. But why do that when you can come to Manitoba’s Interlake and enjoy all the winter activities we have to offer? From ice fishing and skiing to snowmobiling and snowshoeing, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And when you’re ready to thaw out, there are plenty of cozy places to eat and stay. Here are 10 reasons why you should visit us this winter.

1. Ice Fishing
If you’ve never been ice fishing before, now is the perfect time to try it! The Interlake is home to some of the best lakes in the province for ice fishing, including Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba, check out our Ice-Fishing Hot Spots in the Interlake! If you’re new to ice-fishing Prairie Gal Fishing is introducing (or reintroducing) women (she/they) and novices to fishing in Manitoba. Learn to fish, be empowered, and have fun! Ice Fishing LESSONS and SHACK RENTAL on Lake Winnipeg.

Book an ice-fishing lesson with the Prairie Gal at Fort Whyte Alive or reserve the ice-fishing shack on Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba today! Now get out there, drop a line and have some fun on the ice!

2. Cross Country Skiing
Did you know that there are actually several ski trails in the Interlake region? Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced skier, you’ll find a trail that’s right for you. We suggest heading out to Camp Morton Provincial Park. The Gimli Cross Country Ski Club maintains 15 Km of classic trails and 5Km of skate ski trails that wind through Camp Morton Provincial Park. 8km of the classic trail is located on the East Side trail system with access off of PTH #222. An additional 7km of Classic is located on the West side trail system. Travel a little further up highway #8 to the beautiful Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park where you’ll find endless trails and stunning views. Parks Canada grooms the ski trails every Thursday, and are just waiting to be explored. Ski rentals are available at the front desk of Lakeview Hecla Resort and cost $7.50 per hour.

3. Snowshoeing
Looking for a way to get out and explore the Interlake’s stunning winter scenery? Why not go snowshoeing? There are plenty of trails to choose from, ranging from easygoing walks to more challenging treks. No matter what your fitness level, you’ll find a trail that’s perfect for you. Try out a guided tour at Oak Hammock Marsh with 30 kilometres of trails for you to explore. Bring your binoculars and snowshoes (rentals available at the marsh)! Be sure to also stop by the Oak Hammock Cafe for a warm cup of coffee before or after your adventure.

4. Snowmobiling
Manitoba’s interlake region is THE place to go snowmobiling. There are plenty of outdoor trails to explore, and community participation is high. That means you’re likely to find someone to go riding with, whether it’s family or friends. Plus, winter is the perfect time for an adventure. So if you’re looking for something to do this winter, why not give snowmobiling a try? You might just find that it’s your new favorite activity. Visit the Interlake Regional Snowmobile Association to find a club to join! Reminder: a SnoPass is required to travel these trail systems and are available for purchase through any MPI location.

5. Gimli Ice Festival – Fishing Derby
Over $40,000 In Cash & Prizes To Be Won! Early Bird Registration Rates Until January 31, 2023. The derby will be held on March 4, 2023, so get your tickets now! Keep an eye out for the  Gimli Ice Festival details, coming at the end of January.  This is a community event in early March that celebrates community, culture, and heritage outdoors!  Whether you’re a local or a visitor, the Gimli Ice Festival is the perfect way to experience the best of winter in Manitoba. So bundle up and head on down to Gimli for a day of fun at the Gimli Ice Festival.

6. Dog Sledding Tours
Did you know Interlake Dog Tours offers Dog Sled tours in the Northern Interlake region? What better way to celebrate winter than with a trip on the dogsled? As more and more Manitobans head outside this season, it’s only natural that they should try something new. Book your tour and try out dog sledding in St. Martin, Manitoba!

7. Winnipeg Beach Annual Christmas Craft Sale, Christmas On The Bandstand & Skate with Santa
The Town of Winnipeg Beach is celebrating the end of another great year with some events you won’t want to miss! Come out and celebrate Christmas in style with “Christmas at The Bandstand” on December 2nd from 6 – 9 pm. Then head over to the Winnipeg Beach Community Centre & Legion on December 3rd for the annual Christmas Craft Sale from 10 am – 3 pm. Take a break from shopping for you and the family to go for an exciting skate with Santa starting at 11 am to 1 pm.

8. Wildlife Viewing
When it comes to wildlife viewing, Manitoba’s Interlake region is a hidden gem. In winter, the landscape is transformed into a white wonderland, providing the perfect backdrop for spotting wildlife. From deer and elk to foxes and coyotes, there are plenty of animals to see. And with more than 200 bird species in the area, there’s no shortage of feathered friends to spot.

But wildlife watching isn’t just about seeing animals in their natural habitat; it’s also about making memories and sharing stories. So whether you’re an experienced wildlife viewer or a first-time visitor, be sure to head to Manitoba’s Interlake region this winter for an unforgettable experience.

9. Warm Winter Meals
Winter in Manitoba’s Interlake region can be a cozy time to enjoy good food with family and friends. There are many warm winter restaurants to choose from, whether you enjoy a cozy home cook or a foodie looking for a new adventure. With so many options, it’s easy to find a meal that everyone will enjoy. And if you’re planning a family outing, there’s no need to worry about the drive. The Interlake is well-connected, with highways that make it easy to get around. So whether you’re looking for a cozy meal at home or an adventurous family outing, the Interlake has something for everyone.

10. Cozy Stays at our Interlake Accommodations 
After a long day of exploring everything the Interlake has to offer, you’ll need somewhere cozy to stay. Thankfully, there are plenty of great accommodation options in the region, from hotels and motels to bed & breakfasts and cottages. You’re sure to find somewhere that’s just right for you – and your wallet!

So what are you waiting for? Bundle up and head to the Interlake region for a winter experience like no other! With so much to see and do, you’re sure to have a blast – even if it is a little chilly outside.