Welcome to the 3rd Edition of the Manitoba Backroad Mapbook!
Cradled in Canada’s geographic centre, Manitoba is home to serene stretches of wilderness interspersed with charming rural communities and rich pockets of outdoor recreation opportunity. Over half of the province’s population lives in the capital city of Winnipeg, leaving the rest of Manitoba wide-open for exploring. In the south, the landscape is a diverse mix of tall grass prairie, pine forest and even desert-like sand dunes. As you move north you will encounter the majestic rock of the Canadian Shield and, further north still, a strip of Arctic tundra along Hudson Bay. Throughout the province, lakes of all shapes and sizes dot the landscape, creating an incredible abundance of fishing opportunities.
To help you navigate this unique part of Canada, the latest edition of our Manitoba Backroad Mapbook contains extensive updates and upgrades. These include the addition of provincial Crown land areas on the maps, noting fish species for the majority of lakes and the bigger river systems, countless road and trail updates and a plethora of new recreational Points of Interest. The Adventures section has also undergone a through review with notable additions to the Backroads, Hunting, Paddling, Snowmobiling and Winter sections, plus the addition of fish stocking and trail charts.
Manitoba Backroad Mapbook Features:
Featuring 88 detailed topographic maps complete with labeled recreation sites, highways, backcountry roads, trails and other points of interest, this durable, heavy-duty, spiral bound 21.5 x 28 cm (8.5 x 11 in) Mapbook represents the leading industry standard for cartographic sophistication – our maps are even the top choice for search and rescue organizations. Featuring updated road access, provincial Crown land areas, labeled fish species and more, you won’t find a more detailed recreation map for Manitoba anywhere.
In your Manitoba Backroad Mapbook you will find an easy-to-use Index divided into Adventure and Map sections. Each activity or geographic location has page and map numbers and we also include important contact information, distance charts and an advertiser list for easy referencing.
Our Manitoba Backroad Mapbook provides you with detailed descriptions for all the best natural and man-made attractions you will find while travelling through the province, from the beaches of Lake Winnipeg to the best places to see the Northern Lights such as the Aurora Dome in Churchill, local attractions like the Inglis Grain Elevators and Bob Crain’s Bottle House and heritage sites such as the Prince of Wales Fort. This Mapbook contains over 60 listings for backroad attractions across Manitoba.
Manitoba is a top fishing destination for a huge variety of fish species, including arctic grayling, a wide range of trout, northern pike, walleye, sturgeon, and many more. There is an astonishing number of lakes, rivers and streams that can be fished all day long, year-round – and our Manitoba Mapbook gives you the lowdown on as many of these as we could reasonably fit (over 450 of them)! New to this edition, we now include labeled fish species on the maps and stocked fish charts for brook trout, brown trout, northern pike, rainbow trout, tiger trout and walleye. From the waters of Lake of the Woods to Bower Lake, Clearwater Lake, Crowduck Lake, Silsby Lake, the Red River and beyond, this Mapbook is full of incredible fishing opportunities.
With habitats ranging from Arctic tundra to rolling sand dunes, your options for hunting in Manitoba are incredibly diverse. From the hundreds of thousands of waterfowl who migrate through the province to the many deer, moose, bear and caribou that roam the backcountry, this Mapbook is your ultimate hunting guide to Manitoba. We provide you with descriptions of all 62 Game Hunting Areas, from the vast hunting grounds around Gillam and Shamattawa to the waterfowl hunting hotspots around Lake Winnipeg and the big game grazing areas around the Assiniboine River, along with breakdowns of each species you will find and tips on how to hunt them.
Throughout Manitoba there is an abundance of rivers and streams that connect the province’s many lakes, creating a plethora of paddling routes for canoers and kayakers. As you move north your options increase, with all waters leading into Hudson Bay. In fact, there are many parts of the north that can only be accessed by water. In your Manitoba Backroad Mapbook you will find detailed listings for over 100 paddling routes, from the whitewater of the Bloodvein River to the rock tunnels of Caddy Lake, complete with distance, difficulty, portage and camping information and much more.
Manitoba has a small but well-established system of national and provincial parks ranging from primitive backcountry campsites in northern Manitoba, far from any roads, to day-use picnicking sites and vehicle-accessible campgrounds near major urban centres like Winnipeg. Your Manitoba Backroad Mapbook lists all of the province’s national and provincial parks, including the impressive amenities of Riding Mountain National Park and Whiteshell Provincial Park, with close to 100 Park Adventures in total.
In addition to established trails for hiking, biking, ATVing, horseback riding, and more, Manitoba is riddled with grid roads or old logging and forest access roads that make for great trekking adventures. Your Manitoba Backroad Mapbook lists over 130 multi-use trails, complete with information on access, distance, difficulty, elevation gain and much more. New to this edition, we also provide you with detailed trail charts for Birds Hill Provincial Park, the Brandon area, Camp Morton Provincial Park, Duck Mountain Provincial Park, Grand Beach Provincial Park, Pembina Valley Provincial Park, Riding Mountain National Park, Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, Whiteshell Provincial Park, the Winnipeg area and the Trans Canada Trail.
From casual rides along abandoned resource roads to hardcore mud-bogging, long-distance trails through the forest and hill-climbs, Manitoba has it all. Your Manitoba Backroad Mapbook is the go-to guide for ATVing across the province, with over 30 listings for the best places to ride, from the trails in the Sandiland Forest to the Setting Lake Area, Mars Hill Wildlife Management Area and Woodridge, complete with information on staging, trail distances, highlights, elevation gains and more.
Winter can last for a long time in Manitoba, which is totally okay with the province’s many snowmobilers. A dedicated core of volunteers maintains a sprawling trail network that stretches from one corner of the province to the other, so you can explore for as long as you want and never ride the same trail twice. Your Manitoba Backroad Mapbook contains over 60 detailed listings for the best places to snowmobile in the province, including all the trails around Brandon, Flin Flon, Gillam and Selkirk, complete with information on local snowmobile clubs, trail distances, staging areas and more.
From the polar bears and beluga whales found among the Arctic landscape around Churchill to the songbirds of the Brandon Hills Wildlife Management Area, the lizards of Spruce Woods National Park and the waterfowl of the Whitewater Lake Wildlife Management Area, Manitoba is astoundingly rich in wildlife viewing opportunities. In your Manitoba Backroad Mapbook you will find over 90 listings for the best wildlife viewing hotspots in the province.
There is no escaping winter in Manitoba. Instead, outdoor adventurers embrace it and enjoy some of the country’s best cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, leading you through scenic forests, along frozen lakes and across rolling hills. Your Manitoba Backroad Mapbook contains close to 70 listings for the best winter recreation destinations across the province, including the Assessippi Ski Area & Winter Park, the Flin-Flon Cross-Country Ski Trails and the winter trails in Spruce Woods Provincial Park.
We are always looking for ways to improve our products. Whether it is map updates, new trails, or road closures, we welcome any new information and feedback.
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|Map Number||Coordinate||Comment||Publication Year||Update Date|
|28||D1||We have the Belair and Brightstone Sandhills Provincial Forest areas reversed on the map. Belair is found closer to Grand Beach and Lake Winnipeg (Map 28/D1)||2015||2017-09-07|
|28||D3||The correct trail name is Brokenhead Wetlands Interpretive Trail.||2015||2017-09-07|
|36||Secondary Highway 325 from Highway 6 to Highway 17 runs straight through (as opposed to the doglegs shown on our map north of Fisherton).||2015||2017-09-07|
|Page Number||Comment||Publication Year||Update Date|
|109||Update first paragraph to add size and correct depth
Lake Winnipeg (Maps 27, 28, 37, 38, 47, 48, 56–58, 62–64, 67, 68)
Named by explorer Henry Kelsey from the Cree Indian words for “muddy water,” Lake Winnipeg is a remnant of glacial Lake Agassiz. Fed by many rivers, including the Saskatchewan, Red and Winnipeg, the big 24,514 km 2 (9,465 mi 2 ) lake links the Great Plains with the Nelson River and Hudson Bay to the northeast. With an average depth of about 15 metres (50 ft), it is important for shipping and commercial fishing. The southern shore is a major resort area serving Winnipeg. Nearly 1,200 Master Angler sized fish have been caught in these waters, with the majority being for white bass, bullhead and walleye. The record sized fish also includes: black crappie, burbot, carp, channel catfish, freshwater drum, goldeye, mooneye, northern pike, perch, rock bass, sauger, smallmouth bass and whitefish.
|109||Updated text; removed lake trout and rainbow from species, our depth was incorrect as well
Lake Winnipegosis (Maps 43, 53, 61, 62)
Covering 5,370 km 2 (3,335 mi 2 ), Lake Winnipegosis is Manitoba's third largest lake and the 11 th largest in Canada. The lake connects to Lake Manitoba via the Water Hen River. The lake has many islands and bays, making it a beautiful fishing lake. The typical catches here are northern pike and walleye and perch. Walleye are stocked here on occasion to help enhance the fishery.
|150||New trail description
Brokenhead Wetlands Interpretive Trail (Map 28/C3)
The Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve is located along Highway 59 northeast of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation near Scanterbury. This has been an important site for Ojibway people for hundreds of years for gathering medicinal plans, tea, berries and cedar. 23 species of provincially rare and uncommon plants are found here, including many species of carnivorous plants, as well as 28 of Manitoba's 36 orchid species. An interpretive trail and boardwalk runs along Crown land at the reserve's eastern boundary – this easy, flat trail is 2 km one-way.
If I buy the print edition, can I get a copy of the PDF included? The print makes sense for planning while the PDF would be useful on the road.