Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Forest (Duck Mountain ProvincialPark)
Beautifully clear, spring-fed lakes have made "The Ducks" a popular tourist destination for years. Childs Lake, Wellman Lake, Singush Lake, and the Blue Lakes are among the most popular. The bottom of East Blue Lake, which descends to 60 m (196 feet) at its deepest, is visible to some 12 to 18 m (40 to 60 feet). Manitoba's highest elevation is found at Baldy Mountain, which rises 831.2 m (2,727 feet) above sea level. Baldy Mountain is accessible by car. An observation tower offers a scenic view of the surrounding forest of tall spruce. Location: Located off PR366, 32 km (20 miles) north of Grandview.
Kettle Stones Provincial Park (Kettle Stones Provincial Park)
The 4 km2 (1.5 mile2) Kettle Stones Provincial Park, on the north side of the Kettle Hills of Swan-Pelican Provincial Forest, features sandstone formations known locally as kettle stones. The stones, ranging in size from 45 cm (18 inches) to 4.5 m (18 feet), rise above the landscape like stone sentinels. The park is the only place in Manitoba where kettle stones - considered sacred by the First Nations people - can be observed in their original setting. A 2.4 m (8-foot) diameter kettle stone discovered during excavations in Swan River can be viewed at the Swan River Visitor Information Centre. A 2.4 m (8-foot) diameter kettle stone discovered during excavations in Swan River can be viewed at the Swan River Visitor Informatin Centre. Location: The park is located 70 km (45 miles) northeast of Swan River near the southeast shore of Swan Lake. The route east from Hwy #268 is not paved and is impassable when wet, so it should not be attempted by car or van. Contact the Swan River District Office of Manitoba Conservation for latest road conditions. Phone: (204) 734-3429
Porcupine Provincial Forest (Porcupine Provincial Forest)
Where the Parkland gives way to the north, Porcupine Provincial Forest is a rugged wilderness waiting to be explored. Few roads penetrate the forest, set among the Porcupine Hills along the Manitoba escarpment, which rises to 823 m (2,700 feet) above sea level at Hart Mountain, a summit to rival Baldy Mountain of the Ducks. Location: Campgrounds exist at Whitefish Lake (on PR279, northwest of Bowsman), North Steeprock Lake and Bell Lake (both northwest of Birch River on PR365).