Whiteshell Provincial Park Things to Do
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Rainbow Falls is a popular spot in the Whiteshell Provincial Park for swimming, fishing and enjoying scenery while sunbathing. The falls are located on the Whiteshell River, which links Jessica Lake and White Lake and is one of two falls on this short stretch of river. The other falls (Reed Falls) are manmade.
When you arrive at the falls, you'll notice a number of warning signs about the dangerous undertow and hidden rocks. Those signs are very true, however, it is possible to swim in the falls safely. If you haven't swam in the falls before, your best bet is to watch some other people before you venture in. You can safely jump off the falls and even hang off while holding on to a little ledge. The water at the bottom of the falls is at the most six feet deep (and as shallow as 2-3 feet) and there are lots of hidden rocks so scope out everything before you jump. Just BE CAREFUL!
If you aren't feeling that brave, Rainbow Falls is an excellent place to birdwatch and fish. The later in the summer you go, the less water is typically flowing over. So you can safely walk across the edge of the falls to the other side. Remember, the closer you get to the edge of the falls, the easier it is to walk. Also, slide your feet, don't take them out of the water.
My husband and his family spent many summer days swimming in the falls and never got hurt, but you can't be too careful.
One of the great things about the Whiteshell is its extensive trail system. There are a variety of different lengths and difficulties, depending on what you are looking for. Several lakes in the Whiteshell aren't accessible by road, but you can get to them by hiking/biking several kilometres, or portaging a few kilometres from a more accessible lake with a boat launch. Taking a trip to these remote lakes is very rewarding because when you get there, chances are you'll be the only people there.
In the winter, many of these trails are used for snowmobilies. There are maps available at the various lodges and stores in the park and in Rennie.
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Nutimik Lake is really a widening of the Winnipeg River, (a historic waterway which runs from Lake of the Woods to Lake Winnipeg). Nutimik is within Whiteshell Provincial Park which means that the park is primarily intended for nature preservation and the enjoyment of vacationers.
In 2008, park entry is $28 for a season pass ($7 for a daily/weekend pass)Related to:
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
Whiteshell Provincial Park Restaurants
Once a week -- Friday evenings, the Dunlop Hotel in Seven Sisters has a delicious buffet. We went to it in July 2006 and quite enjoyed the food. Being Winnipeg, there is a Ukranian influence, and the buffet had perogies, and in a rural town, the buffet includes home-made pies for dessert.
Price in 2006 was $16 each