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Interlake Region
Manitoba, Canada

The Interlake Region is located in the central section of Manitoba, Canada wedged in between two very large lakes - Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba. Lake Winnipeg - the bigger of the two - is an inland sea and identified as the 10th largest fresh water lake in the world.

Highway #6 is the main highway route exploring the Interlake region. The highway travels in a north-south direction. Float planes, another mode of travel, operate from the lakes. The planes provide transportation to and from remote resorts and wilderness adventure destinations.

Most of the bigger villages and towns in the Interlake region are situated on or near the shores of Lake Winnipeg or on the shoulder of Highway #6. Some of the villages and towns in the region include Arborg, Selkirk, Ashern, Gimli, Fisher Branch, Hecla, Stonewall and Winnipeg Beach. Many provide accommodations and services.

There are a few sandy beach communities in the area. The sandy beaches are ideal for swimming, sightseeing, sunbathing and beachcombing. During the summer months people enjoy boating, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, wind surfing and water skiing on the lakes.

The wilderness parks provide opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, camping, picnicking, horseback riding and more. Golf courses, boat launches and marinas all contribute to an active summer adventure season.

Other activities to consider when in the area may also include geocaching, hunting, mountain biking and cycling. To assist in your activity there are wilderness resorts, lodges, guides, tours and outfitters ready to lead.

During the winter months people like to cross country ski, snowshoe, snowmobile and ice fish in the Interlake region. Some xc winter trails are groomed by local clubs and are developed with staging areas and fitted with warming huts and wood stoves.

There are long haul snowmobile trails with warming huts and staging areas as well... but these trails explore many kilometres and connect with villages, parks and wilderness regions.

The Interlake region is a low lying glacial lake basin. The geography is mostly comprised of sandy beaches, wetlands, lakes, rivers, creeks, bogs, farm fields, glacial till, rocky shorelines, marshland, grasslands and - mostly - aspen, oak and white cedar forests.

The history of the Interlake region is well documented by the museums, historic sites and monuments in the villages and towns. History is alive and well in the Interlake region. It seems every community has a historic site and museum.

Some buildings of history include the 1852 St Peter Anglican Church (East Selkirk), Creamery Museum (Eriksdale), New Iceland Heritage Museum, (Gimli), 1872 Little Britain United Church, Maritime Museum of Manitoba & the Kenosewun Heritage Park (Lockport), 1914 Stonewall Post Office (Stonewall) and the oldest stone church in Western Canada - the 1845 St Andrew's-on-the-red Anglican Church (St Andrews).

When exploring history plan for a sightseeing adventure. There are some excellent sightseeing destinations and routes to explore like the lake views and history of The Narrows (a one time fishing and hunting spot of the First Nation people). Or... drive, cycle or hike the River Road Heritage Parkway and visit heritage sites, more history and beautiful parks.

There are some beautiful sandy beach parks, picnic sites, playground parks, historic parks and wilderness parks in the Interlake region of Manitoba, Canada. Some of the larger parks in the region include the Birds Hill Provincial Park, Camp Morton Provincial Park, Gimli Beaches, Hecla / Grindstone Provincial Park, Lower Fort Garry Historic Site of Canada, Old Hammock Marsh and the Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park.