Flora & Fauna

A nature lover's paradise
Beautiful flora and fauna in the Parkland region of Manitoba

The Parkland provides habitat for an astounding number of animals, and is sure to offer up many treasures for wildlife enthusiasts. Here you’ll find black bear, moose, white-tailed deer, elk, foxes, lynx, coyotes, wolves, porcupines, and beaver, birds such as the Great Gray owl, loon, pelican, plover, grouse, snow goose, and many others, and plant species native to the grasslands, wetlands and forested regions.

Crawford Creek Alluvial Fan

Ochre River

The Crawford Creek Alluvial Fan is the last intact alluvial fan along the Manitoba escarpment. As water comes off Riding Mountain along Crawford Creek, the alluvial fan slows the water down and spreads it out. This allows suspended material to drop and the water is filtered as it passes through miles of wetland. This site has a boardwalk and viewing tower where visitors can view this natural phenomenon. » more

Frank Skinner Arboretum Trail


Located at the original nursery of one of Canada’s most innovative horticulturists, the Frank Skinner Arboretum Trail showcases some of the nearly 150 plant varieties developed by Dr. Skinner to survive in the harsh prairie environment. Picnic tables have been placed at the entrance to the trail for public use. Please note: The arboretum is perserved in its natural state, so visitors should not expect manicured grounds. » more

Hidden Valley Sanctuary


Donated by the late trapper, naturalist and photographer, Gordon Mitchell, this Manitoba Wildlife Sanctuary offers excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, fishing and snowshoeing. There is also a picnic site. » more

Riding Mountain National Park—East Side

Riding Mountain National Park

Access can be gained to several prime wildlife viewing, elk bugling and bird watching areas on the eastern escarpment of Riding Mountain National Park near McCreary. » more

Waterhen Wood Bison Project


A free-roaming herd of wood bison are maintained in a 15 km² (6 mile²) enclosure near Waterhen. Guided tours are available. » more