Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada is an agricultural community with a long First Nation history located on the banks of the Whitemud River surrounded by the rolling hills of the Manitoba Escarpment and Aspen Parkland.
To the north of Neepawa are the forests and meadows of the Riding Mountain National Park and to the south is the City of Brandon (Manitoba's second largest city). Located west of the town is Lake Manitoba (Manitoba's largest lake) and to the east is the Little Saskatchewan River and the Saskatchewan border.
History shows Neepawa, Manitoba was once the home and hunting grounds for the Assiniboine, Ojibway, Cree and Sioux First Nation people. The First Nation people would base their activities on the migration patterns of the Plains Buffalo. The buffalo would take refuge near Neepawa during the winter months and travel south in the summer.
Neepawa, which is Cree, for the "Land of Plenty" was a suitable name used as far back as the late 1800s when the Plains Buffalo roamed the land. Today the community is better known as the "Lily Capital of the World."
The community of Neepawa is one of the largest producers of lilies in the country. The growers in town are well known internationally producing over 2000 different kinds of lilies for transportation worldwide. Every year Neepawa attracts thousands to the community during the "Lily Festival".
The community is located on the Yellowknife Highway (Hwy #16), a major transportation route in the province. Because of its location the town enjoys many services which are important to travelers like accommodations, a campground, grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, bakery, internet, banks, coffee houses, laundromat and airport which services private and emergency aircraft.
The history and culture of the community is best discovered when visiting with the local museum and the Margaret Laurence Home. The Margaret Laurence Home is a Provincial Heritage Site and a Level 2 Museum.
Neepawa, Manitoba enjoys some community parks, day use picnic sites, trails... and it is situated close to some major recreation destination parks. Some of the more popular parks in the region include Park Lake, Rotary Park and Bird Centre, Gertrude Williams Park, Elizabeth Street Lily Park and the Riding Mountain National Park.
The most popular recreation trail is the RST (Rossburn Subdivision Trail). The trail measures 176 kilometres (110 miles) and is popular for hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling and xc skiing. This section of the trail is part of the TCT (Trans Canada Trail) and it connects to the communities of Neepawa, Russell, Sandy lake, Elphinstone, Oakburn and Rossburn.
In town there are some recreation trails on the river and near Park Lake. The river, the lake, the parks and the community attractions provide an opportunity to enjoy activities like golfing, hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, birdwatching, camping, cycling, horseback riding and cross country skiing.