This exceptionally fine trail serves up panoramic valley views. It crosses boulder-filled creeks and winds up and down steep valley walls through dense aspen and oak forest and out onto the broad expanse of magnificent Deer Meadow.
hike length - 6.5 km loop
hike difficulty - moderate (a few steep climbs)
Club members* pay $5. / Non-club members pay $15.(Event fees will be collected at the beginning of the event)
This is our only park in the Pembina Hills and its creation in 2001 helped Manitoba expand its network of protected areas. Although relatively small in size, Pembina Valley Park is still very important in that it links the Pembina Valley WMAs and the Pembina Valley Camp. These three parcels of land combine to form one large habitat area for the wildlife and plants that live there. Because farmland and towns cover much of southern Manitoba, the value of these natural lands holds even greater significance.
ancient history - As you look out over this wide valley, you may be struck by an apparent discrepancy. How was this massive valley formed by such a narrow trickle of water? The answer goes back thousands of years to when the earth began to warm after the last Ice Age and melting glaciers produced enormous torrents of raging water. An ancient river that was miles wide cut out the valley walls you see before you.
recent history - Special credit for his critical role in the establishment of this park must go to one individual. Henry Martens bought up this land with the aim of sharing his beautiful Pembina Valley with the rest of the world. For years, Martens had a vision of creating the ‘Eureka Valley Interpretive Centre’ and using his own equipment, he cut a network of trails.
* Participants who have a current $25. annual Prairie Pathfinder walking club membership are eligible for the discount event price of $5.
Following the hike we can drive a few extra km to the pretty town of La Riviere for their COMMUNITY FISH FRY (4-6pm)
It's an 'all you can eat' mouth-watering fried pickerel and all the trimmings at Blair Morrison Hall. $13 - $14 (cash only) Proceeds to LaRiviere & Community Recreation Centre's operating fund.
Directions to Pembina Valley Park: From Winnipeg: Go South West on Highway #3 (from the southwest corner of the perimeter highway) to Carmen, MB. Go south on #3 to Morden/Winkler. Go west on #3 to Highway #31. Turn south on Highway #31 to Provincial Road #201. Turn East on Provincial Road #201 and follow the signs to the park.