Pinawa’s section of the The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail) includes mixed forest, granite ridges, and beaver dams as it winds from the Seven Sisters Generating Station to the Pinawa Dam Provincial Park. This particular section of the Trans Canada Trail includes the Pinawa Channel Heritage Walk (3-season hiking only), Ironwood Park and Trail, and Alice Chambers Trail and is internationally recognized as Manitoba’s Pine to Prairie Birding Trail.
Pinawa Channel Heritage Walk
The Pinawa Channel Heritage Walk on the north side of the channel is accessed either by the suspension bridge or the diversion dam. This section of the Great Trail is designed for three seasons only. Once winter sets in this section of trail called Red Ski Trail is groomed as a classic Nordic skate ski and set with a ski track trail. Walkers are asked not to walk on this trail because of the danger it presents to skate skiers. Currently there is a narrow walking trail that goes from the diversion dam to the suspension bridge which combines a variety of terrain with half this portion not being accessible in spring to fall. Although the path is flagged a downloadable and printed map should be available for next winter (2021-2022).
The Ironwood Park and Trail, originally a centennial project, follows the course of the Winnipeg River, highlighting terrestrial and aquatic natural areas. It was named after the stand of “Ironwood” trees found in the public park. These trees are rare in Manitoba and represent the northern and western limits of their North American distribution. The Ironwood Park and Trail is wheelchair accessible, and there are picnic tables and benches along the way. While on the Ironwood Trail you can observe two islands, French and Furey. These Islands are named after two soldiers of The Winnipeg Grenadiers who died fighting the Japanese during World War II. Plaques telling their story are displayed across from each island in the Ironwood Park. All the trails provide an excellent opportunity to view birds and wildlife in summer and winter.
A surprise awaits hikers as they walk along the Ironwood Trail. Some carvings have been hidden in the trees along the trail… can you find more? You can also discover more about the Ironwood shrubs, local history, and nature as illustrated on interpretive trail signs installed at key points along the trail for all to enjoy.
The Whiteshell Cross Country Ski Club was founded in 1973. The club hosts the Manitoba Loppet, the longest running annual cross-country ski race in the Province.
For information please visit the Whiteshell Cross Country Ski Club.
Eastman SnoPALS is a regional snowmobile club formed in 1996 by the amalgamation of three smaller, local clubs from Pinawa, Agassiz (Seddon’s Corner) and Lac du Bonnet. This is how the acronym PALS originates. The SnoPALS is presently comprised of members from Lac du Bonnet, Seven Sister Falls, Pinawa, Whitemouth and Elma. Many members are also from outside the immediate area with many coming from Winnipeg. Eastman SnoPALS Trail Map