NEEPAWA — As I pull into the site, I see a massive hole in the ground with several bulldozers at work. I also see Alex Man standing at the far end of the dirt road. It’s the second time I’ve met up with Alex — the first time was on a bike ride near Dauphin, and now for a tour of his latest earth-moving project.
What I’ve learned between the two rides is Manitoba is seeing a significant boom in mountain bike trails being built, and Alex is the man spearheading much of that growth.
On this day, he has just returned from a meeting with Parks Canada about a project in Riding Mountain, and when I pull up he is giving a briefing to Neepawa mayor Blake McCutcheon and Economic Development Officer Marilyn Crewe on the in-progress mountain biking park in that community.
Paddlers can have the lake to themselves and support businesses missing out on American tourism
On Lake of the Woods, there are more than 14,500 islands for paddlers to hide behind if the wind gets too high.
The problem is, they’re not evenly spaced out like socially distanced shoppers lined up outside a Costco during a pandemic.
The northern basin most familiar to visitors from Manitoba has thousands of islands, many of them dotted with the cottages and camps. So does Whitefish Bay on the east side of the lake and Sabaskong Bay to the south.
Isolation requirements could end this month for some visitors to Manitoba, bringing the province in line with most others.
The next phase of Manitoba’s COVID-19 reopening plan, tentatively planned for June 21, could drop the province’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for people coming from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, northwestern Ontario and all three territories.
Gathering sizes could increase to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors in Phase 3 as well, Premier Brian Pallister said at a news conference announcing the draft plan on Thursday morning.
Pleased to welcome back Newfoundland T’Ways, Trails Manitoba and International Mountain Biking Association of Canada as members of Canadian Trails Federation. If you are a national group involved in land, trail activity or the outdoors we would welcome you as a member of CTF.http://canadiantrails.ca/partner/