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ACTIVITIES IN THE TURTLE MOUNTAINS

SEE THE BEAUTY OF SOUTHWESTERN MANITOBA

Explore the natural beauty of the Turtle Mountains Provincial Park in Southwestern Manitoba where there is literally something for everyone. Take in the fantastic floral show at the International Peace Garden, see the Turtle Mountains from one of the fabulous trails or take a local tour in a horse-drawn carriage ride.

 

The staff will be happy to help you plan your stay!

 

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Geocaching in the Turtle Mountains

Geocaching is a high tech version of treasure hunting that is gaining popularity around the world. There are literally millions of caches (hidden “treasures”) just waiting to be found. This is an “all ages and ability” appropriate adventure game!

GPS units and instructions on how to play are available at the Boissevain Visitor Centre (beside Tommy Turtle). For more information call 1-800-497-2393.

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murals

Murals

Over 20 professionally painted murals narrate the story of Boissevain’s history in larger than life murals. The murals depict themes as diverse as the one room schoolhouse, the old sawmill in the Turtle Mountain, a pioneer kitchen, Saturday night in Boissevain, to the largest outdoor mural located on the side of a grain elevator in downtown Boissevain.

Guided mural and garden tours are available for small and large groups. For tour times stop by the Boissevain Visitor Centre (located next to Tommy Turtle).

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museums

Museums

  • Irvin Goodon International Wildlife Museum
    The Irvin Goodon International Wildlife museum is the winner of the 2001 Manitoba Tourism Innovation Award. The goal of the museum is to build a bridge of understanding to people of all backgrounds about the wonders of nature. It contains over 300 animal exhibits, with each scene detailing the animals in their natural habitats to reveal their behaviours. Guided tours of the museum are available.
  • Moncur Gallery – Peoples of the Plains
    While in Boissevain, you can glance further back into the area’s history at the Moncur Gallery. Established through the collection of ancient artifacts by William Moncur, an avid local amateur archeologist, the gallery specializes in the history of the Aboriginal people who first came to the area 11,000 years ago. Come and look at the more than one thousand artifacts, including ceremonial items, food preparation items, and projectile points, from the time when the first people of the region lived among the Turtle Mountains.
  • Beckoning Hills Museum
    The Beckoning Hills Museum houses a collection of artifacts from Boissevain and area, ranging from old uniforms and fashions, old piano, old kitchen appliances, tools, school items, photo displays, and even a three room home. If you like history, you’ll love exploring this enormous warehouse of unique collections and antique items gathered from many families throughout Boissevain and region.For more information contact 204-534-6544 or bhmuseum@mts.net.

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Parks

When touring the town’s many attractions, a stop at Boissevain Arts Park is an absolute must. Located in the core of the community you will discover an oasis of colour and beauty which will lure you in to where flower lined brick paths and perennial gardens surround a gazebo, offering a quiet peaceful moment amongst blossoms and greenery.

Take the kids to the Kinsmen Park for a romp in the newly renovated playground.

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peace garden

Peace Garden

The International Peace Garden is a 2,339 acre botanical garden devoted to world peace. Thousands of tourists visit this floral attraction located on the Manitoba-North Dakota border. Find the hours and location of the Peace Garden here.

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tommy the turtle

Tommy the Turtle

Tommy the Turtle, Boissevain’s 28 foot tall, 10,000 lb statue stands proud watching over Boissevain. The turtle was erected in 1974, a symbolic icon for the community and the connection to the Turtle Mountains. Tommy is located right beside the Canadian Wilderness Inn.

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birdwatching

Birdwatching at Whitewater Lake

Bird watchers can explore the detailed nature and wildlife of Whitewater Lake. The lake’s shallowness and large size (22,000 acres on average) make the region ideal grounds for the nesting and staging of more than 250 species of birds—birdwatching in Manitoba at its best! Whitewater Lake is located 15 minutes west of Boissevain.

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canoe

Canoeing, Fishing & Boating

Find a wide variety of lakes to enjoy by canoe or boat. The Boissevain dam is just five minutes outside of town. And the Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, 15 kilometres south, has many lakes to choose from.

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golfing

Golfing

Golfing is at its best in the southwestern corner of Manitoba offering beautiful scenery, rolling and level fairways and country clubs open to the public. Plan a Turtle Mountain golfing holiday and take in the two popular well-manicured grass green courses with challenging layouts, few crowds and economical green fees.

The Boissevain Golf Club, located only two minutes south of Boissevain, offers a 9 hole (par 33) course in a rolling, well-treed, natural setting, including water hazards. Book your tee time by calling 204-534-2365.

The Killarney Lakeside Golf Club is less than a 30-minute drive away. This 18-hole championship course is located on the shores of Killarney Lake. Book your tee time by calling 204-523-8277.

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Hiking & Biking

Located 15 kilometres south of Boissevain, the Turtle Mountain Provincial Park has a wide variety of summer recreation opportunities. Hike or bike at one of the park’s several trails marked off at distances for different levels of experience.

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horse tours

Horse Drawn Tours

For an unforgettable view and truly memorable ride through Boissevain, step aboard the Mannix Horse Drawn Wagon or Vis-a-Vis and enjoy the gentle pace and clip-clopping of hooves on pavement.

Contact 204-534-7096 or or send an email to book a tour.

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swimming

Swimming

Cool off by taking a swim at one of the Turtle Mountains’ many lakes or in the Boissevain swimming pool.

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snowmobile

Wide Variety of Winter Sports

Whether you enjoy snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or ice fishing, there are a number of places for you to discover in the Turtle Mountains.

Click here to download a map of winter trails for snowmobilers, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and lakes for ice fishing. Get the latest updates on snowmobile trail conditions here.

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ice fishing

Ice Fishing

Turtle Mountain has some great fishing holes which have produced master angler sized fish for many years. Stocked waters at Bower Lake and William Lake are popular for brown trout, rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. Adam Lake is good for pike.

Find out more about the lakes in the Turtle Mountain area.

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