COVID-19 UPDATE: We are planning a lot of fun upcoming activities and are looking forward to the future. We are proceeding in compliance with Manitoba regulations and any current restrictions. 

As you may know, Manitoba is in the COVID-19 Code Red zone. Please note the new protocols and guidelines that we must all adhere to at events. Be sure to read our policy and fully understand it prior to registering for an activity. Reach out to us if you have any questions!

We run a variety of events throughout the year! Non-members can join events at our non-member price. Our events are exclusively for adults (ages 18+) and include women as well as individuals who identify as transgender, femme/feminine, genderqueer and non-binary. Learn more about us on our Who We Are page and also read our FAQ page here.

Upcoming events

    • Sat, May 08, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Birds Hill Provincial Park
    • 0

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (MAY 6)

    PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

    We've all been there - we see people getting out there to explore and feel inspired, but we don't know how our skills would stack up if we tried it ourselves without having to rely on someone else.

    We're here to support your journey starting where you're at so that you can be the most prepared, safe, self sufficient and confident hiker you can be - and we believe in you!

    For novice hikers and those who want to upgrade their skills, this foundational full day course provides hands on and dynamic learning about safe and responsible hiking. Join Backcountry Women and professional local guide Matt Peters from Wilderland Adventure Co. in a welcoming environment with other like minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community.

    You will create a trip plan, know what to pack, learn about emergency planning, environmental responsibility, how to stay safe out on the trail and more. This engaging and interactive learning experience will surely provide you with confidence and a foundational skillset to build upon a lifetime of outdoor adventure.

    Please read on for full details!

    This course runs the day before Mother's day and therefore we're encouraging mothers and daughters to come out and learn together. Each individual must register separately. (NOTE AGE RESTRICTION - MUST BE AGE 16+ to attend this course; all other courses & events we offer are age 18+). 

    Time & location: The course begins promptly at 9:00 AM - please allow extra time for arrival and settling in (at least 15 min; more if the location is unfamiliar). The timeline and a detailed itinerary is broken down below; please review it. Further instructions and important information will be emailed out to participants.

    Course Format & Objectives: 

    1. Self Care While Outdoors (9:00 to 10:00am) - We begin the day with understanding the importance of self care in the outdoor context. We discuss topics that build up a knowledge base to ensure students have insight into comfortable, safe and responsible outdoor activity.

    • Motivations & Personal Goals.
    • Dressing for the Conditions.
    • Maintaining Energy Levels (nutrition & hydration).
    • Environmental Responsibility.
    • Hygiene & Toileting.

    2. Trip Planning (10:15 to 11:45pm) - Students will be able to choose an appropriate destination to hike and create a realistic trip plan. Together, we will build a well thought out plan with with an easy to follow Trip Planning worksheet.

    • Activities, Route & Scheduling.
    • Risk Management (Identifying Hazards & Creating Defences).
    • Emergency Planning & Preparedness.
    • Equipment Planning & Packing.
    • Permits, Permissions, & Etiquette.

    3. Outdoor Skills (12:15 - 1:45) - Students will learn important outdoor skills for practical use as well as for emergency situations. The skills taught MAY include and are not limited to:

    • Fire Building & Safety.
    • Knife/Axe Safety.
    • Stove Use & Safety.
    • Water Purification.
    • Tarp/Shelter Set Up.
    • Packing a Day Hiking Bag.

    4. Hiking Tour (2:00 to 5:00pm) - This student-led hike takes the foundational learning to the trail in a practical way. Overseen with a certified guides, this beginner friendly hike will be at a more leisurely pace and include fundamental experience and ongoing discussion of safe and responsible hiking.

    • Pre-trip Checks.
    • Stepping, Pacing, & Breaks.
    • Map Reading.
    • No Impact Hiking (Leave No Trace).
    • Environmental Awareness.

    Participant Expectations: Students are expected to fully participate in this course with no exceptions. Students are responsible for transportation, personal food, hygiene, and equipment throughout the course. Students must also acquire appropriate Manitoba Parks Vehicle Permit (as applicable to course location). Students must be able to hike comfortably for 3-4 kilometres at a moderate pace with a 15-20lb pack. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

    What is Provided: Students receive a pre-trip email with an updated packing list, and course itinerary. We provide a Student Course Manual, emergency communication device, medical kit, and certified Outdoor Council of Canada field leader. For class demonstrations and education purposes we provide a diverse set of equipment (tarps, fire starting materials, water filters, cooking stoves, etc) for class use.

    This course will run with a minimum of 4 participants and are restricted to any current MB Health Orders at the date of the course.

    Gratuities are not included in the course fees and recognition of a good job by your instructor is greatly appreciated. 10-15% of your course fee is recommended as our instructors put diligent effort to ensure your course is all you expected and more.

    We look forward to seeing you at our course! 

      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

      This event allows cancellation no less than 14 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

      • Tue, May 11, 2021
      • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
      • Kildonan Park
      • 6
      Register

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (MAY 9)

      PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

      This event is open to Backcountry Women members only.

      Event Leaders: Christina Hiebert, Kate Rudge, and Chelsea Owasi  CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION


      Topic: Exploring the Outdoors with Youth. From infants to kids to preteens, join us for a chat facilitated by three moms who love the outdoors. There may not be WiFi on hiking trails but we want to show our children that there is still a connection to be found in nature. Reminder that BCW events are for women ages 18+ so please keep kiddos at home for this chat.


      Location: Kildonan Park. Exact meeting location will be provided to registered attendees. Please note: Depending on interest in this topic, we may move the chat online (Google Meet) to accommodate more people and to stay within the Manitoba Public Health Orders. This decision will be made within 48 hours of the event and attendees will be notified by email. 

      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mails prior to an event.

      Registering for this event secures you a spot and fees are non-refundable and no credits will be issued, unless under exceptional circumstances. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

      • Thu, May 13, 2021
      • 6:45 PM - 8:45 PM (CDT)
      • Sage Creek
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      Regarding Covid-19: Due to the numbers placed on gathering restrictions, we need your cooperation in only signing up for events that you can truly commit to attending. 

      Masks are mandatory when gathering at the beginning and end of our events. Additionally, we strongly recommend masks be worn during the activity (but are not required as long as physical distance is being maintained) - if group members are closer than 6 feet apart they MUST wear a mask covering their mouth and nose. Please review our full Covid-19 policy and safety practices here

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (MAY 11) 

      PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

      Happy Trails Hikes are about movement, connection, and getting out on to the trails in or around Winnipeg during the week. This series of hikes, happening on select weeknight evenings is open to all levels and is designed to connect with like-minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community. 

      Event leader: Chelsea Owasi and Christina Hiebert Click for more information

      Arrival Time: by 6:45 PM. We will begin the hike no later than 7:00 PM. The time arranged allows for you to have time to attend to personal needs such as organizing your gear and for the leaders to share information with the group. 


      Location: Sage Creek TrailsWe do not need to venture far to connect with nature. Winnipeg has a number of active transportation routes, including in the newer community of Sage Creek. The pathway winds through natural prairie grass and ponds in an urban setting with a surprising variety of prairie wildlife!


      Backcountry Women acknowledges that this hike will take place on Treaty 1 Territory

      Overall Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 1/5.

      This rating is subject to change based on prevailing conditions at the time of the activity, including but not limited to weather.


      Duration/Distance: The walk will be up to two hours in length and distance will be approximately 6 KM.

      Experience: Have the ability to walk with the group (while physically distancing) at a slow to moderate pace for the duration of the activity and come to the activity with appropriate outerwear and layers. Be comfortable hiking in the dark and have a light source with you to use if / when needed. 
      Terrain: Packed limestone, gravel, and asphalt. Trail is suitable for all levels.
      Pace: This activity will be at a slow to moderate pace.

      Reach out to Chelsea if you are interested in bringing your dog. Please review dog policy here.

      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

      Registering for this event secures you a spot and fees are non-refundable and no credits will be issued, unless under exceptional circumstances. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

      • Sat, May 15, 2021
      • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
      • Birds Hill Provincial Park
      • 0

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (MAY 13)

      PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

      We've all been there - we see people getting out there to explore and feel inspired, but we don't know how our skills would stack up if we tried it ourselves without having to rely on someone else.

      We're here to support your journey starting where you're at so that you can be the most prepared, safe, self sufficient and confident hiker you can be - and we believe in you!

      For novice hikers and those who want to upgrade their skills, this foundational full day course provides hands on and dynamic learning about safe and responsible hiking. Join Backcountry Women and professional local guide Matt Peters from Wilderland Adventure Co. in a welcoming environment with other like minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community.

      You will create a trip plan, know what to pack, learn about emergency planning, environmental responsibility, how to stay safe out on the trail and more. This engaging and interactive learning experience will surely provide you with confidence and a foundational skillset to build upon a lifetime of outdoor adventure.

      Please read on for full details!

      Time & location: The course begins promptly at 9:00 AM - please allow extra time for arrival and settling in (at least 15 min; more if the location is unfamiliar). The timeline and a detailed itinerary is broken down below; please review it. Further instructions and important information will be emailed out to participants.

      Course Format & Objectives: 

      1. Self Care While Outdoors (9:00 to 10:00am) - We begin the day with understanding the importance of self care in the outdoor context. We discuss topics that build up a knowledge base to ensure students have insight into comfortable, safe and responsible outdoor activity.

      • Motivations & Personal Goals.
      • Dressing for the Conditions.
      • Maintaining Energy Levels (nutrition & hydration).
      • Environmental Responsibility.
      • Hygiene & Toileting.

      2. Trip Planning (10:15 to 11:45pm) - Students will be able to choose an appropriate destination to hike and create a realistic trip plan. Together, we will build a well thought out plan with with an easy to follow Trip Planning worksheet.

      • Activities, Route & Scheduling.
      • Risk Management (Identifying Hazards & Creating Defences).
      • Emergency Planning & Preparedness.
      • Equipment Planning & Packing.
      • Permits, Permissions, & Etiquette.

      3. Outdoor Skills (12:15 - 1:45) - Students will learn important outdoor skills for practical use as well as for emergency situations. The skills taught MAY include and are not limited to:

      • Fire Building & Safety.
      • Knife/Axe Safety.
      • Stove Use & Safety.
      • Water Purification.
      • Tarp/Shelter Set Up.
      • Packing a Day Hiking Bag.

      4. Hiking Tour (2:00 to 5:00pm) - This student-led hike takes the foundational learning to the trail in a practical way. Overseen with a certified guides, this beginner friendly hike will be at a more leisurely pace and include fundamental experience and ongoing discussion of safe and responsible hiking.

      • Pre-trip Checks.
      • Stepping, Pacing, & Breaks.
      • Map Reading.
      • No Impact Hiking (Leave No Trace).
      • Environmental Awareness.

      Participant Expectations: Students are expected to fully participate in this course with no exceptions. Students are responsible for transportation, personal food, hygiene, and equipment throughout the course. Students must also acquire appropriate Manitoba Parks Vehicle Permit (as applicable to course location). Students must be able to hike comfortably for 3-4 kilometres at a moderate pace with a 15-20lb pack. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

      What is Provided: Students receive a pre-trip email with an updated packing list, and course itinerary. We provide a Student Course Manual, emergency communication device, medical kit, and certified Outdoor Council of Canada field leader. For class demonstrations and education purposes we provide a diverse set of equipment (tarps, fire starting materials, water filters, cooking stoves, etc) for class use.

      This course will run with a minimum of 4 participants and are restricted to any current MB Health Orders at the date of the course.

      Gratuities are not included in the course fees and recognition of a good job by your instructor is greatly appreciated. 10-15% of your course fee is recommended as our instructors put diligent effort to ensure your course is all you expected and more.

      We look forward to seeing you at our course! 

        Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

        This event allows cancellation no less than 14 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

        • Sat, May 15, 2021
        • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (CDT)
        • Spruce Woods Provincial Park
        • 1
        Register

        Regarding COVID-19: Due to the numbers placed on gathering restrictions, we need your cooperation in only signing up for events that you can truly commit to attending. 

        Masks are mandatory when gathering at the beginning and end of our events. Additionally, we strongly recommend masks be worn during the activity (but are not required as long as physical distance is being maintained) - if group members are closer than 6 feet apart they MUST wear a mask covering their mouth and nose. Please review our full COVID-19 policy and safety practices here.

        DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (MAY 13) 

        **PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION**

        Join us for a Backcountry Women "Adventure Women" hike to take in the beauty of Spruce Woods Provincial Park! The Spirit Sands trail is a unique gem of Manitoba. It connects sand dunes with the Devil's Punchbowl, an ethereal blue-green pool of water fed by underground springs. We will hike this trail rain or shine, unless deemed unsafe.

        Event leaders: Kerry St George and Brittany Thiessen (click here for bios).

        Arrival Time: by 9:00 AM. We will begin the hike no later than 9:30 AM so please arrive on timeThe time arranged allows for you to have time to attend to personal needs such as organizing your gear and for the leaders to share information with the group. This hike is extremely busy, so in order to avoid peak times we're starting out early.

        LocationWe will meet at the Spirit Sands trail head. A valid Manitoba Parks pass is required and can be purchased online. Backcountry Women acknowledges that this hike will take place on Treaty 1 Territory.

        Overall Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 3/5This rating is subject to change based on prevailing conditions at the time of the activity, including but not limited to weather.

        Hiking series: Adventure Women - click for more info.
        Duration / Distance
        : Approximately 10 kms, 3 hours of actual hiking time. We will stop for some breaks and approximately half an hour for lunch.
        Experience: You should have the ability to walk with the group at a steady pace for the duration of the activity and come to the activity with appropriate outerwear and layers.
        Terrain: The trails are moderately demanding with level stretches and some steep slopes. The sand and increased temperatures in the dunes adds intensity to this hike. There are also stairs to climb up and down.
        Pace: This activity will be at a steady pace with opportunities to stop for photos.

        Please leave dogs at home.

        Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

        Registering for this event secures you a spot and fees are non-refundable and no credits will be issued, unless under exceptional circumstances. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.


        • Sun, May 16, 2021
        • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
        • Birds Hill Provincial Park
        • 0
        Join waitlist

        DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (MAY 14)

        PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

        Looking to get out multi-day backpacking but not sure where to start? This foundational full day course is for you! Spend time with certified hiking guides and learn to plan a safe and comfortable backcountry experience. You will learn about safety, trip planning, environmental responsibility, practice necessary camping skills and experiment with large amounts of camping equipment.

        We're here to support your journey! Join Backcountry Women and professional local guide Matt Peters from Wilderland Adventure Co. in a welcoming environment with other like minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community. This engaging and interactive learning experience will surely provide you with confidence and a foundational skillset to build upon a lifetime of outdoor adventure.

        Please read on for full details!

        Time & location: The course begins promptly at 9:00 AM - please allow extra time for arrival and settling in (at least 15 min; more if the location is unfamiliar). The timeline and a detailed itinerary is broken down below; please review it. Further instructions and important information will be emailed out to participants.

        Course Format & Objectives: 

        1. Self Care While Outdoors (9:00 to 10:00am) - We begin the day with understanding the importance of self care in the outdoor context. We discuss topics that build up a knowledge base to ensure students have insight into comfortable, safe and responsible outdoor activity.

        • Motivations & Personal Goals.
        • Dressing for the Conditions.
        • Maintaining Energy Levels (nutrition & hydration).
        • Environmental Responsibility.
        • Hygiene & Toileting.

        2. Trip Planning (10:15 to 11:45pm) - Students will be able to choose an appropriate destination to hike and create a realistic trip plan. Together, we will build a well thought out plan with with an easy to follow Trip Planning worksheet.

        • Activities, Route & Scheduling.
        • Risk Management (Identifying Hazards & Creating Defences).
        • Emergency Planning & Preparedness.
        • Equipment Planning & Packing.
        • Permits, Permissions, & Etiquette.

        3. Camping Skills (12:15 - 1:45pm) - Students will learn important outdoor skills for practical use as well as for emergency situations. The skills taught MAY include and are not limited to:

        • Fire Building & Safety.
        • Knife/Axe Safety.
        • Stove Use & Outdoor Cooking.
        • Water Purification.
        • Tarp/Shelter (tent) Set Up.
        • Packing & Outfitting.

        4. Trail Skills & Hiking Tour (2:15 to 3:15pm) - Students will participate in 2 short hikes. The first is an entry level trek to establish good habits while on the trail and basic navigation. The second short hike will include carrying a loaded multi-day pack and learning how to manage heavier loads over longer distances. Designed to provide practical experience for a multi-day trip, we help students establish a solid skillset of pacing, breaks, decisions points, and selfcare for longer periods of time. Overseen with a certified guide, this beginner level front country hike will be at a leisure pace and include ongoing practice and discussion of safe and responsible hiking.

        • Pre-trip Checks.
        • Stepping, Pacing, & Breaks.
        • Basic navigation & Landmarking
        • No Impact Wilderness Travel (Leave No Trace).
        • Environmental Awareness.
        • Local Heritage.

        Participant Expectations: Students are expected to fully participate in this course with no exceptions. Students are responsible for transportation, personal food, hygiene, and equipment throughout the course. Students must also acquire appropriate Manitoba Parks Vehicle Permit (as applicable to course location). Students must be comfortable carrying their own pack with full weight for a multi-day hike. We expect to hike between 2-4 kms. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

        What is Provided: Students receive a pre-trip email with an updated packing list, and course itinerary. We provide a Student Course Manual, emergency communication device, medical kit, and certified Outdoor Council of Canada field leader. For class demonstrations and education purposes we provide a diverse set of equipment (tarps, fire starting materials, water filters, cooking stoves, packs, tents, etc.) for class use.

        This course will run with a minimum of 4 participants and are restricted to any current MB Health Orders at the date of the course.

        Gratuities are not included in the course fees and recognition of a good job by your instructor is greatly appreciated. 10-15% of your course fee is recommended as our instructors put diligent effort to ensure your course is all you expected and more.

        We look forward to seeing you at our course! 

          Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

          This event allows cancellation no less than 14 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

          • Tue, May 18, 2021
          • 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
          • Harte Trail
          • 8
          Registration is closed

          Regarding Covid-19: Due to the numbers placed on gathering restrictions, we need your cooperation in only signing up for events that you can truly commit to attending. 

          Masks are mandatory when gathering at the beginning and end of our events. Additionally, we strongly recommend masks be worn during the activity (but are not required as long as physical distance is being maintained) - if group members are closer than 6 feet apart they MUST wear a mask covering their mouth and nose. Please review our full Covid-19 policy and safety practices here

          DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (MAY 16) 

          PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

          Pedal Pals is a fun bike riding series designed to explore active transportation trails and cycling routes around Winnipeg. The series is open to all levels and is about movement and connecting with like-minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community. Helmets are mandatory for participation. 

          Event leader: Christina Hiebert and Chelsea Owasi Click for more information

          Arrival Time: by 6:15 PM. Our pedals will start moving no later than no later than 6:45 PM. The time arranged allows for you to have time to attend to personal needs such as organizing your gear and for the leaders to share information with the group. 


          Location: Harte Trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail and runs through a narrow strip of wilderness on an old railway bed in the heart of Charleswood. Exact meeting location will be provided to registered participants


          Backcountry Women acknowledges that this hike will take place on Treaty 1 Territory

          Overall Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 1/5.

          This rating is subject to change based on prevailing conditions at the time of the activity, including but not limited to weather.


          Duration/Distance: Approximately 15 km 

          Experience: Have the ability to cycle with the group, while physical distancing at a moderate and steady pace. 
          Terrain: Crushed limestone and crosses asphalt roads
          Pace: This activity will be at a moderate pace with stops for water as needed. 

          Important information about bikes: Bikes must be in good riding condition and have recently had the ABC's looked over and tended to:

          • A is for Air: Having properly inflated tires helps prevent flats. Check the sidewall of your tire for the recommended tire pressure. Before you ride, make sure you have your patch kit and pump with you.
          • B is for Brakes: Squeeze your front and rear brake levers to make sure that the brakes engage properly and smoothly.
          • C is for Chain: Look at your chain and all the gears. Keeping your chain lubricated and everything clean will ensure your bike shifts easier and the drivetrain last longer.


          Please leave dogs at home.

          Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

          Registering for this event secures you a spot and fees are non-refundable and no credits will be issued, unless under exceptional circumstances. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

          • Sat, June 05, 2021
          • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
          • Whiteshell Provincial Park
          • 10
          Registration is closed

          Regarding Covid-19: Due to the numbers placed on gathering restrictions, we need your cooperation in only signing up for events that you can truly commit to attending. 

          Masks are mandatory when gathering at the beginning and end of our events. Additionally, we strongly recommend masks be worn during the activity (but are not required as long as physical distance is being maintained) - if group members are closer than 6 feet apart they MUST wear a mask covering their mouth and nose. Please review our full Covid-19 policy and safety practices here.


          PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

          DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (JUNE 3, 2021)

          Join us for a Backcountry Women "Adventure Women" hike on the Hansons Creek Trail, which follows along part of the Centennial Trail system in the Whiteshell Provincial Park! The hike leads through a mix of forests and up and down on the granite rock ridges. There are beautiful views along the way, and a cute red bridge and peaceful setting to enjoy lunch at the end. 

          Event Leaders: Brittany Thiessen and Patty Noble Click for more information!

          Arrival Time: Arrive by 9:00 AM. We will begin the hike no later than 9:30 AM. The time arranged allows for you to attend to personal needs such as organizing your gear and for leaders to share information with the group. 


          Location: Hansons Creek Trail in Whiteshell Provincial Park (the trailhead begins from across Highway 44 from the Bear Lake Trail). Drivers must have a valid Manitoba Parks pass. They must be purchased online. You can park in the Bear Lake trail parking lot. 


          Backcountry Women acknowledges that this hike will take place on Treaty 3 Territory. 

          Overall Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 3/5.

          This rating is subject to change based on prevailing conditions at the time of the activity, including but not limited to weather.


          Activity Category: Adventure Women
          Duration/Distance: ~8 KM
          Experience: This event is open to participants with an average level of fitness who have some hiking experience. You must have the ability to walk with the group at a moderate pace for the duration of the activity and come to the activity with appropriate footwear, gear and outerwear.

          Terrain: Rocky terrain, forests, boggy sections. There are plenty of ups and downs, including some steeper climbs and descents. 

          Pace: Moderate with a break for lunch and additional stops for water as needed. 


          Please keep dogs at home.

          Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

          Registering for this event secures you a spot and fees are non-refundable and no credits will be issued, unless under exceptional circumstances. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

          • Thu, June 24, 2021
          • 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM (CDT)
          • Beaudry Provincial Park
          • 8
          Registration is closed

          Regarding COVID-19: Due to the numbers placed on gathering restrictions, we need your cooperation in only signing up for events that you can truly commit to attending. 

          Masks are mandatory when gathering at the beginning and end of our events. Additionally, we strongly recommend masks be worn during the activity (but are not required as long as physical distance is being maintained) - if group members are closer than 6 feet apart they MUST wear a mask covering their mouth and nose. Please review our full COVID-19 policy and safety practices here

          DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (June 22) 

          PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

          Happy Trails Hikes are about movement, connection, and getting out on to the trails in or around Winnipeg during the week. This series of hikes, happening on select weeknight evenings is open to all levels and is designed to connect with like-minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community.

          Event leaders: Keli Hutton and Jessica Burtnick, accompanied by Reggie the Siberian Husky. Click for more information

          There will be a dog accompanying this hike. If you don’t have a dog or puppy friend of your own, this is a great opportunity to experience the joy and benefits of an animal companion! If you are uncomfortable around or allergic to dogs, we highly recommend you check out one of our other Happy Trails Hikes as this hike may not be the right fit for you.

          Arrival Time: by 6:30 PM. We will begin the hike no later than 6:45 PM. The time arranged allows for you to have time to attend to personal needs such as organizing your gear and for the leaders to share information with the group. 


          Location: The Wild Grape and Elm Trails in Beaudry Provincial Park follow the south bank of the Assiniboine River. The park features river bottom forest including large basswood, cottonwood and maple trees, tall grass prairie and plentiful wildlife including deer, owls and muskrat. Backcountry Women acknowledges that this hike will take place on Treaty 1 Territory.


          A valid Manitoba Parks pass is required
          ; a reminder that it must be 
          purchased online.

          Overall Difficulty Rating: Due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 1/5.
          This rating is subject to change based on prevailing conditions at the time of the activity, including but not limited to weather.

          Duration/Distance: Approximately 5.1 km. These trails take about 1.5 hours to complete.
          Experience: All skill levels are welcome. You should have the ability to walk with the group (while physically distancing) at a moderate, steady pace for the duration of the activity. Appropriate footwear and layered clothing is required.
          Terrain: Relatively flat. It can be muddy in some areas.
          Pace: This activity will be at a steady, moderate pace.

          Please leave dogs at home.

          Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

          Registering for this event secures you a spot and fees are non-refundable and no credits will be issued, unless under exceptional circumstances. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

          • Sat, June 26, 2021
          • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
          • Pinawa
          • 0
          Join waitlist

          DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (JUNE 24)

          PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

          We've all been there - we see people getting out there to explore and feel inspired, but we don't know how our skills would stack up if we tried it ourselves without having to rely on someone else.

          We're here to support your journey starting where you're at so that you can be the most prepared, safe, self sufficient and confident hiker you can be - and we believe in you!

          For novice hikers and those who want to upgrade their skills, this foundational full day course provides hands on and dynamic learning about safe and responsible hiking. Join Backcountry Women and professional local guide Matt Peters from Wilderland Adventure Co. in a welcoming environment with other like minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community.

          You will create a trip plan, know what to pack, learn about emergency planning, environmental responsibility, how to stay safe out on the trail and more. This engaging and interactive learning experience will surely provide you with confidence and a foundational skillset to build upon a lifetime of outdoor adventure.

          Please read on for full details! NOTE: This June 26 course is currently set up as waitlist-only so that we can gauge demand and plan future course offerings accordingly. Please only join the waitlist if you're available to commit to this date, and mark your calendar in the meantime - we will reach out regarding registration once we are ready to proceed with registration or provide alternative options.

          Time & location: The course begins promptly at 9:00 AM - please allow extra time for arrival and settling in (at least 15 min; more if the location is unfamiliar). The timeline and a detailed itinerary is broken down below; please review it. Further instructions and important information will be emailed out to participants.

          Course Format & Objectives: 

          1. Self Care While Outdoors (9:00 to 10:00am) - We begin the day with understanding the importance of self care in the outdoor context. We discuss topics that build up a knowledge base to ensure students have insight into comfortable, safe and responsible outdoor activity.

          • Motivations & Personal Goals.
          • Dressing for the Conditions.
          • Maintaining Energy Levels (nutrition & hydration).
          • Environmental Responsibility.
          • Hygiene & Toileting.

          2. Trip Planning (10:15 to 11:45pm) - Students will be able to choose an appropriate destination to hike and create a realistic trip plan. Together, we will build a well thought out plan with with an easy to follow Trip Planning worksheet.

          • Activities, Route & Scheduling.
          • Risk Management (Identifying Hazards & Creating Defences).
          • Emergency Planning & Preparedness.
          • Equipment Planning & Packing.
          • Permits, Permissions, & Etiquette.

          3. Outdoor Skills (12:15 - 1:45) - Students will learn important outdoor skills for practical use as well as for emergency situations. The skills taught MAY include and are not limited to:

          • Fire Building & Safety.
          • Knife/Axe Safety.
          • Stove Use & Safety.
          • Water Purification.
          • Tarp/Shelter Set Up.
          • Packing a Day Hiking Bag.

          4. Hiking Tour (2:00 to 5:00pm) - This student-led hike takes the foundational learning to the trail in a practical way. Overseen with a certified guides, this beginner friendly hike will be at a more leisurely pace and include fundamental experience and ongoing discussion of safe and responsible hiking.

          • Pre-trip Checks.
          • Stepping, Pacing, & Breaks.
          • Map Reading.
          • No Impact Hiking (Leave No Trace).
          • Environmental Awareness.

          Participant Expectations: Students are expected to fully participate in this course with no exceptions. Students are responsible for transportation, personal food, hygiene, and equipment throughout the course. Students must also acquire appropriate Manitoba Parks Vehicle Permit (as applicable to course location). Students must be able to hike comfortably for 3-4 kilometres at a moderate pace with a 15-20lb pack. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

          What is Provided: Students receive a pre-trip email with an updated packing list, and course itinerary. We provide a Student Course Manual, emergency communication device, medical kit, and certified Outdoor Council of Canada field leader. For class demonstrations and education purposes we provide a diverse set of equipment (tarps, fire starting materials, water filters, cooking stoves, etc) for class use.

          This course will run with a minimum of 4 participants and are restricted to any current MB Health Orders at the date of the course.

          Gratuities are not included in the course fees and recognition of a good job by your instructor is greatly appreciated. 10-15% of your course fee is recommended as our instructors put diligent effort to ensure your course is all you expected and more.

          We look forward to seeing you at our course! 

            Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

            This event allows cancellation no less than 14 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

            • Sun, June 27, 2021
            • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
            • Pinawa, Manitoba
            • 8
            Registration is closed

            DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (JUNE 25)

            PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

            For the beginner paddler or those wishing to expand basic paddling knowledge into day tripping, this foundational full day course is for you! We help prepare you for a safe and responsible outdoor activity through an introduction to skills and benefits of paddling, and build awareness of paddling opportunities in Manitoba expansive waterways. Special focus is placed on safety, planning, environmental responsibility, comfort, and of course spending actual time paddling with certified and experienced outdoor leaders. 

            We're here to support your journey! Join Backcountry Women and professional local guide Matt Peters from Wilderland Adventure Co. in a welcoming environment with other like minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community. This engaging and interactive learning experience will surely provide you with confidence and a foundational skillset to build upon a lifetime of outdoor adventure.

            Please read on for full details!

            Time & location: The course begins promptly at 9:00 AM - please allow extra time for arrival and settling in (at least 15 min; more if the location is unfamiliar). The timeline and a detailed itinerary is broken down below; please review it. Further instructions and important information will be emailed out to participants.

            Course Format & Objectives: 

            1. Self Care While Outdoors (9:00 to 10:00am) - We begin the day with understanding the importance of self care in the outdoor context. We discuss topics that build up a knowledge base to ensure students have insight into comfortable, safe and responsible outdoor activity.

            • Motivations & Personal Goals.
            • Dressing for the Conditions.
            • Maintaining Energy Levels (nutrition & hydration).
            • Environmental Responsibility.
            • Hygiene & Toileting.

            2. Trip Planning (10:15 to 11:45pm) -  Students will be able to choose an appropriate destination to paddle and create a realistic trip plan. Together, we will build a well thought out plan with with an easy to follow Trip Planning worksheet.

            • Activities, Route & Scheduling.
            • Risk Management (Identifying Hazards & Creating Defences).
            • Emergency Planning & Preparedness.
            • Equipment Planning & Packing.
            • Permits, Permissions, & Etiquette.

            3. Outdoor Skills (12:15 - 1:45pm) - Students will learn important outdoor skills for practical use as well as for emergency situations. The skills taught MAY include and are not limited to:

            • Fire Building & Safety.
            • Knife/Axe Safety.
            • Stove Use & Safety.
            • Water Purification.
            • Tarp/Shelter Set Up.
            • Packing a day bag & Outfitting a boat.

            4. Canoe Tour (2:00 to 5:00pm) -  This canoe tour starts with an hour or more of basic paddling strokes, water safety, and getting comfortable in the canoe. After we’ve established strong balance and ability to control our boats, we head out on a canoe tour and learn practical day tripping fundamentals. Overseen with a certified guides, this beginner friendly paddle will be at a more leisure pace and include ongoing practice and discussion of safe and responsible day paddling.

            • Basic Canoe Skills (Lifting & carrying, paddling strokes, safe entry & exit, and more).

            • Pre-trip Checks.

            • Paddling, Pacing, & Breaks.

            • Basic Navigation & Landmarking.

            • No Impact Paddling (Leave No Trace).

            • Environmental Awareness.

            • Local Heritage.

            Participant Expectations:  Students are expected to fully participate in this course with no exceptions. Students are responsible for transportation, personal food, hygiene, and equipment throughout the course. Students must also acquire appropriate Manitoba Parks Vehicle Permit (if applicable to course location). Students must be comfortable in water, though we wear mandatory PFD’s & may not actually get wet. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

            What is Provided:  Students receive a pre-trip email with an updated packing list, and course itinerary. We provide a Student Course Manual, emergency communication device, medical kit, and certified Outdoor Council of Canada & Paddle Canada field leader. For class demonstrations and and education purposes we provide a diverse set of equipment (tarps, fire starting materials, water filters, cooking stoves, etc) for class use. We also provide boats, paddles, PFD’s Transport Canada approved safety equipment.

            This course will run with a minimum of 4 participants and are restricted to any current MB Health Orders at the date of the course.

            Gratuities are not included in the course fees and recognition of a good job by your instructor is greatly appreciated. 10-15% of your course fee is recommended as our instructors put diligent effort to ensure your course is all you expected and more.

            We look forward to seeing you at our course! 

              Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

              This event allows cancellation no less than 14 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

              • Sat, July 17, 2021
              • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
              • Pinawa, Manitoba
              • 8
              Registration is closed

              DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (JULY 15)

              PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

              This course is designed to help novice paddlers and inspired canoe trippers gain valuable insight and basic experience with certified wilderness guides. Using the knowledge and expertise of experienced guides, this foundational full day course will give you the tools for safe and responsible canoe tripping in Manitoba. Special focus is placed on safety, planning, environmental responsibility, comfort, and of course spending actual time on a local waterway.

              We're here to support your journey! Join Backcountry Women and professional local guide Matt Peters from Wilderland Adventure Co. in a welcoming environment with other like minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community. This engaging and interactive learning experience will surely provide you with confidence and a foundational skillset to build upon a lifetime of outdoor adventure.

              Please read on for full details!

              Time & location: The course begins promptly at 9:00 AM - please allow extra time for arrival and settling in (at least 15 min; more if the location is unfamiliar). The timeline and a detailed itinerary is broken down below; please review it. Further instructions and important information will be emailed out to participants.

              Course Format & Objectives: 

              1. Self Care While Outdoors (9:00 to 10:00am) - We begin the day with understanding the importance of self care in the outdoor context. We discuss topics that build up a knowledge base to ensure students have insight into comfortable, safe and responsible outdoor activity.

              • Motivations & Personal Goals.
              • Dressing for the Conditions.
              • Maintaining Energy Levels (nutrition & hydration).
              • Environmental Responsibility.
              • Hygiene & Toileting.

              2. Trip Planning (10:15 to 11:45pm) -  Students will be able to choose an appropriate destination to paddle and create a realistic trip plan. Together, we will build a well thought out plan with with an easy to follow Trip Planning worksheet.

              • Activities, Route & Scheduling.
              • Risk Management (Identifying Hazards & Creating Defences).
              • Emergency Planning & Preparedness.
              • Equipment Planning & Packing.
              • Permits, Permissions, & Etiquette.

              3. Camping Skills (12:15 - 1:45pm)  - Students will learn important outdoor skills for practical use as well as for emergency situations. The skills taught MAY include and are not limited to:

              • Fire Building & Safety.
              • Knife/Axe Safety.
              • Stove Use & Outdoor Cooking.
              • Water Purification.
              • Tarp/Shelter (tent) Set Up.
              • Packing & Outfitting a boat.

              4. Canoe Skills (2:15 to 3:15pm) - Students will learn basic canoe skills to establish sound habits of safe entry & exit, balance, communication with other paddlers, emergency procedures, and water safety.

              • Basic Canoe Skills (Lifting & carrying, paddling strokes, safe entry & exit, and more).
              • Transport Canada Regulations.

              5. Canoe Tripping Tour (3:30 to 5:00pm) -  This short canoe tripping tour is designed to provide practical experience loading a canoe for a multi-day trip, establish a solid skillset of paddling strokes, understanding how to safely and wisely travel through moderately challenging water and environmental conditions, and getting comfortable in the canoe for longer periods of time. Overseen with a certified guide, this beginner friendly paddle will be at a more leisure pace and include ongoing practice and discussion of safe and responsible paddling.

              • Pre-trip Checks.

              • Paddling, Pacing, & Breaks.

              • Basic Navigation & Landmarking.

              • No Impact Paddling (Leave No Trace).

              • Environmental Awareness.

              • Local Heritage.

              Participant Expectations:  Students are expected to fully participate in this course with no exceptions. Students are responsible for transportation, personal food, hygiene, and equipment throughout the course. Students must also acquire appropriate Manitoba Parks Vehicle Permit (if applicable to course location). Students must be comfortable in water, though we wear mandatory PFD’s & may not actually get wet. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

              What is Provided:  Students receive a pre-trip email with an updated packing list, and course itinerary. We provide a Student Course Manual, emergency communication device, medical kit, and certified Outdoor Council of Canada & Paddle Canada field leader. For class demonstrations and education purposes we provide a diverse set of equipment (tarps, fire starting materials, water filters, cooking stoves, etc) for class use. We also provide boats, paddles, PFD’s Transport Canada approved safety equipment.

              This course will run with a minimum of 4 participants and are restricted to any current MB Health Orders at the date of the course.

              Gratuities are not included in the course fees and recognition of a good job by your instructor is greatly appreciated. 10-15% of your course fee is recommended as our instructors put diligent effort to ensure your course is all you expected and more.

              We look forward to seeing you at our course! 

                Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

                This event allows cancellation no less than 14 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

                • Sun, July 18, 2021
                • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
                • Birds Hill Provincial Park
                • 0
                Join waitlist

                DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (JULY 16)

                PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

                We've all been there - we see people getting out there to explore and feel inspired, but we don't know how our skills would stack up if we tried it ourselves without having to rely on someone else.

                We're here to support your journey starting where you're at so that you can be the most prepared, safe, self sufficient and confident hiker you can be - and we believe in you!

                For novice hikers and those who want to upgrade their skills, this foundational full day course provides hands on and dynamic learning about safe and responsible hiking. Join Backcountry Women and professional local guide Matt Peters from Wilderland Adventure Co. in a welcoming environment with other like minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community.

                You will create a trip plan, know what to pack, learn about emergency planning, environmental responsibility, how to stay safe out on the trail and more. This engaging and interactive learning experience will surely provide you with confidence and a foundational skillset to build upon a lifetime of outdoor adventure.

                Please read on for full details! NOTE: This July 18 course is currently set up as waitlist-only so that we can gauge demand and plan future course offerings accordingly. Please only join the waitlist if you're available to commit to this date, and mark your calendar in the meantime - we will reach out regarding registration once we are ready to proceed with registration or provide alternative options.

                Time & location: The course begins promptly at 9:00 AM - please allow extra time for arrival and settling in (at least 15 min; more if the location is unfamiliar). The timeline and a detailed itinerary is broken down below; please review it. Further instructions and important information will be emailed out to participants.

                Course Format & Objectives: 

                1. Self Care While Outdoors (9:00 to 10:00am) - We begin the day with understanding the importance of self care in the outdoor context. We discuss topics that build up a knowledge base to ensure students have insight into comfortable, safe and responsible outdoor activity.

                • Motivations & Personal Goals.
                • Dressing for the Conditions.
                • Maintaining Energy Levels (nutrition & hydration).
                • Environmental Responsibility.
                • Hygiene & Toileting.

                2. Trip Planning (10:15 to 11:45pm) - Students will be able to choose an appropriate destination to hike and create a realistic trip plan. Together, we will build a well thought out plan with with an easy to follow Trip Planning worksheet.

                • Activities, Route & Scheduling.
                • Risk Management (Identifying Hazards & Creating Defences).
                • Emergency Planning & Preparedness.
                • Equipment Planning & Packing.
                • Permits, Permissions, & Etiquette.

                3. Outdoor Skills (12:15 - 1:45) - Students will learn important outdoor skills for practical use as well as for emergency situations. The skills taught MAY include and are not limited to:

                • Fire Building & Safety.
                • Knife/Axe Safety.
                • Stove Use & Safety.
                • Water Purification.
                • Tarp/Shelter Set Up.
                • Packing a Day Hiking Bag.

                4. Hiking Tour (2:00 to 5:00pm) - This student-led hike takes the foundational learning to the trail in a practical way. Overseen with a certified guides, this beginner friendly hike will be at a more leisurely pace and include fundamental experience and ongoing discussion of safe and responsible hiking.

                • Pre-trip Checks.
                • Stepping, Pacing, & Breaks.
                • Map Reading.
                • No Impact Hiking (Leave No Trace).
                • Environmental Awareness.

                Participant Expectations: Students are expected to fully participate in this course with no exceptions. Students are responsible for transportation, personal food, hygiene, and equipment throughout the course. Students must also acquire appropriate Manitoba Parks Vehicle Permit (as applicable to course location). Students must be able to hike comfortably for 3-4 kilometres at a moderate pace with a 15-20lb pack. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

                What is Provided: Students receive a pre-trip email with an updated packing list, and course itinerary. We provide a Student Course Manual, emergency communication device, medical kit, and certified Outdoor Council of Canada field leader. For class demonstrations and education purposes we provide a diverse set of equipment (tarps, fire starting materials, water filters, cooking stoves, etc) for class use.

                This course will run with a minimum of 4 participants and are restricted to any current MB Health Orders at the date of the course.

                Gratuities are not included in the course fees and recognition of a good job by your instructor is greatly appreciated. 10-15% of your course fee is recommended as our instructors put diligent effort to ensure your course is all you expected and more.

                We look forward to seeing you at our course! 

                  Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

                  This event allows cancellation no less than 14 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

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