Home to the renowned Winnipeg Folk Festival, Birds Hill Park is a nature-lover’s paradise just 20 minutes north of Winnipeg. With an aspen and oak forest, blankets of wildflowers, prairie grasslands and a cedar bog, this three-and-a-half hectare park isn’t short on bucolic beauty. (Head north on Main Street, take Hwy 59 and follow signs.) Find a secluded spot to spread your blanket and don’t forget a soccer ball for a post-picnic match. Make a pit stop at Pineridge Hollow just south of the park to peruse the gift shop, wander the wildflower gardens and grab an ice cream. Round out your day trip with a meal inside the restaurant, which specializes in innovative regional cuisine sourced with ingredients from nearby producers.
Location: Birds Hill Park, St. Clements, MB; Pineridge Hollow 67086 Heatherdale Rd 25E, Oakbank, MB