Spruce Woods Provincial Park

Manitoba, Canada

Spruce Woods Provincial Park is located in south-central Manitoba, Canada where the Assiniboine River  passes through the delta of sediment left by the last glaciation.  The Carberry Sand Hills, sometimes called the Sprit Sands, consisting of  open and stabilized sand dunes  are within the park and provides habitat to species of plants and animals not found elsewhere in Manitoba.

The Government of Manitoba designated the area a provincial park in 1964. The park is 104 square miles in size.

Seton explored this enchanting area extenively during his Manitoba years and featured it in some of his works, such as The Trail of the Sandhill Stag.

The park has an extensive trail system, a section of which is called the Seton Trails.   The Seton trails consist of four routes which feature steep inclines and sand hills, named after some of Seton’s art works and stories – Snowy Owl, Chaska, Sleeping Wolf and Sandhill Stag.

The park has an interpretive center, camping facilities, horseback riding and other services.

The park s located approximagtely 16 miles south southeast of Carberry.

Spirit Sands

Travel Manitoba/George Fischer Photography/ CC BY 2.0

Travel Manitoba / CC BY 2.0