Discover Winnipeg’s Natural Wilderness in Assiniboine Forest
Assiniboine Forest is one of Canada’s largest urban nature parks measuring 287 hectares (700 acres). The park’s trail system can be accessed by various city streets that run parallel. The trails are popular year-round for hiking, biking, birdwatching, jogging, and walking. The main trails in the Assiniboine Forest include the Sagimay, Preston, Sterling Lyon, Trans Canada and Harte Trails.
The Forest is also popular for picnicking throughout the summer. Facilities in the forest include restrooms, drinking water, viewing tower, day use picnic area and concession stand (summer).
It is a protected environment for the cultivation of plants, including: Manitoba maple, Northern wheat grass, Saskatoon, Indian-hemp, Wild sarsaparilla, Prairie sage, Swamp milkweed, Rattlesnake fern, Creeping bluebell, Frog orchis, Red osier dogwood, Yellow lady's-slipper, Wild strawberry, Narrow-leaved sunflower, Wood lily, Tartarian honesuckle, Apple tree, American dragon-head, Purple prairie-clover, Red-fruited choke cherry, Seaside buttercup, High bush-cranberry, Wild gooseberry, Snowberry, Wild red raspberry, Rose and the Northern bog violet.
Animals that call the forest home include shrews, bats, rabbits, squirrels, coyote, beaver, raccoon, mink, weasel, skunk, white tailed deer, frogs, salamander, snakes and turtles.
Birds living or migrating to the forest include the American Goldfinch, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue-winged Teal, Bohemian Waxwing, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Cliff Swallow, Common Nighthawk, Dark-eyed Junco, Fox Sparrow, Great Crested Flycatcher, Killdeer, Magnolia Warbler, Mourning Dove, Northern Waterthrush, Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, Eastern Screech Owl, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Red-eyed Vireo, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Spotted Sandpiper, Wood Duck and Mallard.
Address: Corner of Chalfont Road and Grant Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3R 0R3
Coordinates: 49.8547903924 -97.2443235753
How To Get To Assiniboine Forest: From the community of Winnipeg travel south on Highway #42. Take a right on Highway #105 (Grant Avenue) and continue west. There is a parking lot at the corner of Grant Avenue and Chalfont on the west side of the forested parkland.