Provincial parks aren't just for visiting during the summer. With plenty of things to do, Manitoba has announced free entry to all provincial parks for the month of February.

Starting today, Manitobans and visitors can enjoy the scenery and winter activities that Manitoba's provincial parks offer. Vehicle permits are not required for the month of February.

"Winter is a wondrous time to visit our provincial parks," Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox announced in a release. "Our parks offer countless opportunities to take part in winter activities or to simply enjoy the splendor of nature in a beautiful snowy setting. We encourage everyone to take a moment this winter to get outside and enjoy a walk in the park or blaze a trail with skis or snowshoes."

Even though vehicle entry is free, SnoPasses are still required for snowmobiles using the groomed trails. 12 provincial parks offer groomed trails, ideal for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and hiking. Outdoor skating areas and toboggan hills can be found at Spruce Woods and Turtle Mountain. Fat biking is welcome at Birds Hill.

There are several guided experiences this month, offered for free at a few different parks. You can participate in:

  • a cross-country ski clinic in Spruce Woods Provincial Park, February 5
  • a guided ski trip in Whiteshell Provincial Park, February 18
  • a learn to ice fish session in Spruce Woods Provincial Park, February 19
  • a winter safari in Birds Hill Provincial Park, February 26

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