Posted on: February 1, 2018   |  General News

The Manitoba government will continue the tradition of offering free park entry for the entire month of February so Manitobans and visitors can enjoy the great outdoors at no cost, Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires announced today.

“Manitobans love the great outdoors and our parks are just as beautiful at this time of year as they are in the warmer months,” Squires said.  “We encourage everyone to take advantage of the activities and the scenery our parks have to offer.”

Vehicle permits are not required in any provincial park this month, but SnoPasses are still required for snowmobiles using groomed trails in the parks, and entrance fees still apply in national parks.  There are groomed trails in 12 provincial parks across the province for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and hiking.  Spruce Woods and Turtle Mountain provincial parks also offer outdoor skating areas, hockey rinks and toboggan hills while fat biking is welcome on designated trails in Birds Hill, Spruce Woods and Whiteshell provincial parks.

Trail grooming reports are updated online every Thursday throughout the winter.  Manitobans are encouraged to check trail conditions and weather forecasts before visiting parks to properly plan their outdoor adventure.  Maps of winter trails and updated reports can be found at www.manitobaparks.com.

In addition to free access to provincial parks this month, anglers are reminded they will not need an angling licence to try their luck during this year’s Winter Family Fishing Weekend from Feb. 17 to 19.  Anglers will be able to fish without a licence provincewide.  Conservation limits will apply and a federal licence will still be required to fish in national parks.

Anglers are reminded to be sure conditions are safe before venturing onto the ice.  It is important to let someone know the fishing location and to wear appropriate clothing so the ice-fishing experience will be enjoyable.

For more information on fishing regulations in Manitoba view the Manitoba Anglers’ Guide at www.manitobafisheries.com.