A Scenic and Serene Picnic Paradise: Manitoba’s Interlake


Escape to Manitoba’s Interlake for a refreshing change of scenery. This serene region boasts breathtaking prairie vistas, crystal-clear lakes and rivers, and boundless opportunities for outdoor exploration. Discover the tranquility of this idyllic picnic paradise, complete with winding trails, diverse wildlife, and endless adventure. Whether you’re seeking a family-friendly outing or a romantic getaway, there’s something special to uncover around every corner.

Here’s a list of our favourite spots and…..to picnic like a pro in Manitoba’s Interlake, tune in to the exciting Wander and Wonder Podcast for all the juicy details, tips, and tricks from your fabulous hosts Laura and Chelsey. They’ve got everything you need to create the ultimate outdoor dining experience. Don’t miss out!


1. The Secret Garden

Discover the Secret Garden on the grounds of Captain Kennedy House, a beautiful picnic spot nestled along the picturesque River Road Heritage Parkway. As spring blooms, get lost in the vibrant colors of the flowers and plants that make up the stunning landscape. Relax on benches or at picnic tables along the path, enjoying a peaceful afternoon with loved ones. Take in the beauty of the elm and spruce trees and the various perennials that make this spot a true sanctuary for nature lovers. Don’t miss out on the chance to visit while exploring other nearby attractions in St. Andrews, just a short drive north of Winnipeg. (Google Map)


2. Hecla Island Provincial Park

Hecla Island Provincial Park, situated in Manitoba’s Interlake region, serves as an ideal destination for a picnic. Its star attraction is undoubtedly Hecla Island, which hosts numerous activities including swimming, fishing, and picnicking. Nature enthusiasts are in for a treat with hiking trails on the island that promise breathtaking views of the surroundings. A visit to the park offers a perfect opportunity to relax amidst the serene natural surroundings, enjoy some outdoor recreation, and indulge in a quintessential picnic experience. Plan a picnic at Hecla Island Provincial Park and make some delightful memories with your loved ones. (Google Map)


3. Stonewall Quarry Park

Stonewall Quarry Park is a natural treasure in the heart of Manitoba. The picturesque park boasts a stunning quarry, which was once a hub for limestone mining. As the quarry has transformed into a favourite spot for swimming and picnicking, it has become a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The surrounding hiking trails are scenic, with paths leading to serene views of the area. With its captivating history and natural beauty, Stonewall Quarry Park is a must-see destination for anyone seeking adventure and relaxation in Manitoba. (Google Map)


4. Selkirk Waterfront

Located in Selkirk, Manitoba, the Selkirk Waterfront offers visitors a picturesque location for a relaxing picnic. With stunning views of the Red River and the Waterfront Trail, it’s the perfect spot to spend a lazy afternoon. What sets Selkirk Waterfront apart is its summer events series which runs from June through August. To stay up-to-date on upcoming events, visitors can simply check the City of Selkirk website. If you’re searching for a picnic spot that offers both natural beauty and activities, look no further than Selkirk Waterfront. Bonus tip….visit on a Wednesday between July 19 and August 30 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for the Selkirk Port Market! (Google map)


5. St. Andrews Lock & Dam  and Lockport Provincial Heritage Park

Travel to Lockport, Manitoba, and experience the perfect picnic spot. Located on the north-flowing Red River, this charming area offers visitors the chance to witness the only Camere curtain-style dam in North America at the St. Andrew’s Lock and Dam. Whether you prefer to claim a picnic table or lay out a blanket on the grass, the sights and sounds of the water lapping and pelicans flapping will transport you to a tranquil state. You can also watch the fishermen casting their lines, creating a serene setting for a light outdoor meal with your loved ones.  (Google Map)


6. Petersfield Mallard Park

Located at the foot of the Netley Creek Bridge, Petersfield Mallard Park is a fantastic picnic spot that is sure to impress the whole family. The park is home to a giant Mallard Duck Statue, which acts as a welcoming beacon for visitors. There is a sheltered picnic area where you can relax and enjoy your lunch, while taking in the beautiful surroundings. After lunch, you can snap a selfie with the massive mallard, which is bound to be a hit on social media. On weekends, visitors can browse through the Mallard Park Market, which offers a variety of unique finds. Overall, Petersfield Mallard Park is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to have a fun and memorable picnic experience. (Google Map)


7. Winnipeg Beach

Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park is an excellent location for a family picnic. The beach provides a stunning backdrop as you sit and enjoy a meal on one of the picnic tables. Alternatively, take a stroll along the boardwalk and take in the sights while enjoying the fresh, cool breeze. The park is known for its fantastic dinner picnics, which are enhanced by live music performances at the Bandstand (June-Sept). When it comes to picnic spots, Winnipeg Beach is the perfect mix of natural beauty and peaceful serenity that promises an unforgettable experience. (Google Map)


8. Norris Lake Provincial Park

If you’re in search of the perfect picnic spot, look no further than Picnic Spot #8. Located in a camping park setting, this spot offers everything you need for a rustic BBQ lunch with family and friends. With picnic tables and fire pits readily available, you can enjoy your meal while taking in breathtaking views of this little lake and the surrounding oak and poplar trees. Plus, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can also launch a canoe or kayak and paddle along the shore. And don’t worry about amenities – rustic washrooms are conveniently located on site. (Google Map)


9. Lundar Beach Provincial Park

Nestled along the shores of Lake Manitoba lies Lundar Beach Provincial Park. This picturesque destination offers a perfect setting for a picnic with loved ones, complete with a beautiful beach and a play structure for kids to frolic around. Bask in the fresh breeze and blissful ambiance of this pristine location as you relish your picnic spread. If you’re up for a little adventure, take a leisurely walk in the nearby Lundar Beach Marsh Trail and take in the natural beauty that abounds. Lundar Beach Provincial Park is certainly a gem waiting to be discovered! (Google Map)


10. Meleb Park

Nestled off of Highway 7 at the turnoff for Meleb, Picnic Spot #7 offers visitors a perfect place to enjoy a day outside. With its combination of a picnic shelter, playground area and washrooms, this spot has everything needed for a comfortable picnic experience. However, what truly makes this spot unique is the Larger than Life Mushroom Statue and the many great maps and miniatures of some area buildings, such as schools and churches. These details make Picnic Spot #7 stand out from other picnic locations in the area, giving visitors a chance to make lasting memories against the backdrop of beautiful outdoor scenery. (Google Map)