I am a land of numerous Hidden Gems! Travel my paths to find one you wish to call your own.
Narcisse Snake Dens
I am the home of thousands & thousands of Red-sided garter snakes. They move forth from their winter hiberation at Narcisse Snake Dens from late April thru to Mid June (dependant on spring warming). The largest population of these Red-sided garter snakes in the world reside in the dens in the Heart of my home-the Interlake just north of the small hamlet of Narcisse on Hwy #17. Take Hwy #7 north from Winnipeg to Teulon, turn west on Hwy #17 and continue northwest thru Inwood to Narcisse.
Guided tours available in prime denning season, when mating and the mating coils are seen by visitors to the four (4) dens open for viewing. Appearing with the warm days of spring, garter snakes emerge from these dens and gather in large numbers to perform a fascinating mating ritual. Following a two to three week frenzy of mating activity, snakes disperse to nearby marshes for the summer. By early fall they return to their dens, wintering in fissures and crevasses of the limestone bedrock below the frozen ground.
Steep Rock Cliffs
Along the western edge of the Interlake on the shoreline of Lake Manitoba, and just west of Hwy #6, you will find Steep Rock Limestone Cliffs. This outcropping of limestone cliffs will leave you awestruck at the natural wonder of this hidden gem. With the water lapping at the shoreline, washing the limestone over centuries into smooth pebbles on the beach, and forming caves into the base of the cliffs, you feel the power of Mother natures force.
The climb to the cliffs, the awesome wonder of nature's forces, is worth the effort made by you the visitor. Rest on a slab of limestone, gaze over Lake Manitoba, watch a multicoloured sunset as you watch and listen to the birds as they dip and dive from sky to water in the chase for a meal. By boat you will truly see the size and beauty of these cliffs, the pale shale colours of limestone, the caves washed by the waters for you to explore. Interpretive signage & benches to sit on as you travel the new trails that have been added to discover more of this fascinating place!
Sea Wall at Gimli
Celebrating 40 + years the Gimli Art Club has celebrated by refurbishing and adding to the Sea Wall at the Gimli Harbour, as well as writing a book on the paintings and their meanings. Depicting scenes of life and history of the Interlake area, these paintings give new meaning to a concrete wall built to hold back the forces of nature. Protecting the beach front from the mighty waves of Lake Winnipeg, the sea wall provides a place for a stroll, a place to sun yourself, to fish from or to sit and enjoy the beauty of the area.
Watch the artists restore or replace paintings on the wall each summer. They love to talk about their techniques, the stories behind the paintings. Get to know an artist! To view the Sea Wall on-line go to: gimliartclub.com
The Narrows on Lake Manitoba - How Manitoba got it's Name!
There is an island - Manitou Island, just north of the Narrows of Lake Manitoba that is home to the spirits of the lake- or so the legend is told. This was a spriitual site for the First Peoples of the area- as they could hear the "Great Spriit- the Great Manitou" speak to them as the waters of Lake Manitoba crashed against the limestone rock of the island. When the explorers came and asked what the name of the Island & the lake was they said it was "Manitou". From there they got the name of both the province and the lake...or so the tale goes!
St. Andrews Lock and Dam
Unique Camere Curtain Dam, one of two in the world, resides at Lockport on the northern section of the Red River south of Selkirk. This 270 metre bridge-dam was modified for the Red River as a moveable dam was required to deal with the freezing of the river in Manitoba winters, and maintaining the river at a navigable depth in summer. Each curtain is made of 50 Douglas fir laths, 4 meters long & 2 meters wide. Read the fascinating tale of its building in 1910 at St. Andrews Lock & Dam history or watch this video at St. Andrews Lock & Dam
The Murals at Eriksdale
A pictorial history of the Eriksdale community thru the times from the settling of this west Interlake community with a western boundary of Lake Manitoba. Find this "art history" on the former Credit Union building on Hwy 68 in Eriksdale & on the western wall of the Eriksdale Rec Centre.