Camping in summertime in Manitoba is very inexpensive and easy. It is too cold unless you have an RV after Sept.15 and too buggy in the spring I imagine. Almost every small town has a campground of sorts and they usually have spaces available so you don't have to book ahead. The fees range from $5-15.00 (cheap for Canada - often 30 or more) and sites are usually flat sometimes with only outhouses but often with flush toilets and hot showers. There are no "amenities" but that not why we camp - just looking to see natural Manitoba. The one in Souris was really nice with a creek running through with lots of wildlife and a nearby park with wild fowl so peacocks run free all around; they also have a pool and the restaurants in Souris are pretty good; on the down side, the park is a bit noisy at night. Camping is a great way to see the birds and wildlife of MB.
Although its not an "attraction" we could watch the funny ground squirrels for hours popping in and out of their holes near some campgrounds. By the way, their favorite food is orange sections.
This place is just a short drive from Holland, a small town in southern Manitoba. The couple there are super friendly and accomodating, and willing to spend as much or as little time with your group as you like. They are passionate about hosting their guests and taking them horseback riding in the pretty countryside meadows around their ranch, or taking you down to the nearby valley and sandhills for a hike. They'll have fresh baked bread and a carton of fresh eggs ready to give you for your morning breakfasts. All of us in our group that went would recommend this place in a second to others. It is just a wonderful, affordable, relaxing, unique weekend getaway or indoors-camping experience if that's your style. And the hosts Charlie & Susan are super.
The cabin is unique in that they hauled in an old railway car and built a cabin onto it, forming a sizeable cabin that can sleep well.. many! The Canadian national girls volleyball team has stayed there, and a group of 42 apparently, with bunks to beds and a futon. A super cozy living area with a wood stove, stereo, and tv and VCR for movies (no cable!) decorated in leather and wrought iron. Some games are available as well as some lego for children. A kitchen and dining are there complete with dishes, stove, small fridge, and microwave. The bathroom is like one in your own house, and has a shower. On the deck is a hot tub into which you can simmer and relax after a day of horseback riding or hiking, or whatever is your fancy. There is seating on the deck, and a picnic table with a large pit for campfires just off of it, and they've got plenty of wood ready to go for you, whether for indoors in the wood stove or outdoors on the fire. Along with their many horses they have one donkey, goats, and chickens! If you want a sleigh-ride in the winter, they have sleighs to take you on one. It's pretty countryside too. Oh yeah, and they also have a teepee in the yard in which you can pay to spend the night. Cost for the cabin is $150/night for 6 people, with $10 extra per person per night. Horseback riding is $15/hr. per person and it's riding - it's not nose-to-tail riding. Super affordable, and a lot of fun. They love to take to the time to teach you about the horses, rounding them up, grooming them, and saddling them up, if you are interested.
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