Frozen foot­prints

Four snow­shoe op­tions in Whiteshell Pro­vin­cial Park

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - OUTDOORS - BART­LEY KIVES

F you can walk, you can snow­shoe.” Those words, au­thored eons ago by some un­known win­ter-sports afi­cionado, are the most ef­fec­tive means in ex­is­tence to con­vince even the most un­co­or­di­nated, cold-averse, com­fort-lov­ing non-ath­lete to put down their cup of hot choco­late, avert their eyes from Netflix and go out­side to ex­pe­ri­ence the awe-in­spir­ing beauty of this prov­ince when it’s cov­ered in white stuff. Now that south­ern Man­i­toba’s snow cover is deep, the rivers and lakes are fully frozen and the days are get­ting longer, it’s the per­fect time to step into a pair of snow­shoes and head out for a walk. Just do it soon, be­cause this win­dow of op­por­tu­nity only ex­tends part­way into March, when freeze-thaw cy­cles turn fluffy pow­der into crusty sur­faces. The old maxim is true: you re­ally can snow­shoe in the win­ter any­where you can walk in the sum­mer. This is es­pe­cially so us­ing mod­ern shoes, which are equipped with cram­pons that pro­vide amaz­ing trac­tion on as­cents and de­scents. Not all snow­shoe routes, how­ever, are cre­ated equal. The most scenic places to ’shoe are just like the pret­ti­est places to hike: they tend to be AC­CESS: The en­trance to the McGil­livray Falls self-guid­ing trail is off High­way 44, 22 kilo­me­tres east of the turnoff to Pro­vin­cial Road 307.

PHO­TOS BY BART­LEY KIVES / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

The 4.6-kilo­me­tre McGil­livray Falls self-guid­ing trail serves dou­ble duty as a snow­shoe route.

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