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There have recently been some changes as to which trails are assigned for horses in Bird's Hill Park, some trails have become less usable over the years, and other changes for 2019.
Please download and use The Bird's Hill Park Trails Plan Booklet as the current reference and check back regularly in case it is updated again!
To use the Trails Booklet to plan your ride:
> See Pages 14-18 which provide a description of each trail, along with which type of activities are permitted on it at which times of the year.
> See Page 19 which provides a diagram of Spring/Summer/Fall Trails
> See Page 20 which provides a diagram of Winter Trails
In our surveys members asked for Trail Maps on the website. This section is up and running! Currently trail maps are available for: Birds Hill Provincial Park, Riding Mountain National Park, Souris River Bend, Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Turtle Mountain Provincial Park and the Trans Canada Trail. These maps include a description of the trail, a visual map and trail specifics.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
When you use these trails we would appreciate some feedback on these trails. This information can be useful to the MHC when we are in discussion with Parks and/or when we are looking at how we can support improvements to the trail and camping areas that equestrian groups wish to make. Your feedback counts!
Manitoba Horse Council is also looking for additional maps to post for users. If you have maps of other areas in Manitoba, or know of other areas where we can access maps – please let us know. You can help to further develop this site.
PROVINCIAL PARK FEES
Park Vehicle Permits must be displayed year-round in provincial parks. Explorer Passes can be purchased from Manitoba Horse Council via membership login (but will be mailed so please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery); Canadian Tire stores and gas stations close to Birds Hill Provincial Park.
Since the Trans Canada Trail was founded in 1992, it has captured the hearts and minds of Canadians from every region and every walk of life. One of the largest volunteer efforts undertaken in Canada, it is a bold undertaking, almost as immense as Canada itself. People who love and appreciate their land and history have contributed countless hours and dollars to further its development.
The Trans Canada Trail is used by millions to experience our country’s legendary wilderness. Now 72 percent connected, the Trail is nearly 17,000 kilometres long, linking the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic coasts. Comprised of locally managed segments, the Trail is within 30 minutes of more than 80 percent of Canadians and runs through or near 1,000 communities.
The Trans Canada Trail – A gift from Canadians to Canadians
Trans Canada Trail Information can be viewed at http://tctrail.ca/.
Manitoba Provincial Parks Act
Provincial parks are special places that play an important role in the protection of natural lands and the quality of life of Manitobans.
Existing and future provincial parks should be managed in a manner consistent with the principles of sustainable development so that representative examples of diverse natural and cultural heritage are conserved and appropriate economic opportunities are provided.
A system of provincial parks will contribute to the province's goal of protecting 12% of its natural regions.By and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows;
For complete Manitoba Provincial Parks Act click link below;
The National Trails Coalition
The National Trails Coalition (NTC) is the operating name for the Coalition of Canadian Trails Organizations, a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization. The NTC was formed in 2007 to bring the broad spectrum of trail-based activities together in a collaborative manner to build, maintain and promote trails and trail use across Canada. One of the founding principles of the Coalition is building new partnerships between trail disciplines; fostering more multiple-use trail development; and providing a trail-based platform on which private enterprise and volunteer groups alike can generate economic activity.
For more information;
Trails Manitoba / Sentiers Manitoba is the official body overseeing the coordination of the building of the Trans Canada Trail in the province. Trails Manitoba is governed by a volunteer board, currently consisting of fifteen people, including six regional representatives. It is a governing and overseeing body providing management and direction for trail development being undertaken by 18 regional trail associations, with a total of over 100 volunteers. Trails Manitoba has in-office staff consisting of the Executive Director and the Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper. Manitoba Healthy Living, Seniors & Consumer Affairs has a Provincial Trails Consultant, who works closely with Trails Manitoba.
For more information;
Manitoba Horse Council Office
145 Pacific Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2Z6
Fax: (204) 925-5703
Executive Director, John Savard
Phone: (204) 925-5719
Email: [email protected]
Business Manager, Linda Hazelwood
Phone: (204) 925-5718
Email: [email protected]
For the duration of the summer, MHC's office will be closed each Wednesday. Normal hours will be resumed September 3. Have a great horsey summer!