Four snowshoe options in Whiteshell Provincial Park
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.
The 4.6-kilometre McGillivray Falls self-guiding trail serves double duty as a snowshoe route.