Group Hike at St Adolphe Friendship Trail
Find a scenic escape a short drive from Winnipeg on the St Adolphe Friendship Trail.
The trail is 2.7km out-and-back and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete with flat and easy terrain. It starts south of the Pierre Delorme Bridge and meanders through a bird sanctuary that offers wildlife enthusiasts an opportunity to spot birds.
The trail itself is the creation of a local couple, Henriette and Richard Collette. During the first years of the pandemic, the duo kept themselves busy by picking up garbage and cleaning along the shore of the river. As a result of their work, a small trail was created in order to access the area. The access trail became an impromptu hiking route that sparked support for a permanent trail in the community, inspiring the Colettes to continue their work, and the St Adolphe Friendship Trail was born.
There are many spots along the way to rest and enjoy the view, as well as bird feeders, windchimes, and other unique decor created and installed by the Colettes and other community members.
How To Get There
Type in ‘St Adolphe Friendship Trail’ into a GPS or smartphone.
Note that the instructions may guide you to the north trailhead while we are meeting at the south trailhead.
Or follow these directions:
From Winnipeg, head south on Highway 75 to the junction of Provincial Road Hwy 210, then turn east on 210.
Continue until you reach the junction of 75 and Main Street, turn south onto Main Street.
Continue south until you reach the junction of Main Street and St Paul Street, turn west on St Paul Street. You’ll find the trailhead at the end of the street.
There are no outhouses at the trailhead.
The trail is inside the town of St Adolphe with a grocery store and gas station nearby.
How to Dress for Winter Hiking
The key to enjoying winter activities is to stay warm and dry.
Layers are your best friend. Hiking is good exercise. You don’t want to get sweaty while you’re moving and then catch a chill when you stop. So be aware of your body temperature and take layers off — or pile them on — as needed.
Start with a lighter puffer jacket or windbreaker supplemented by a sweater or fleece and a long sleeve shirt (a moisture-wicking fabric baselayer if you have one, cotton if you don’t.) You may overheat in a heavy parka unless it’s very, very cold out.
Snow pants or windbreaker/shell pants are well worth the investment. They don’t have to be expensive. They just need to keep your bottom half warm and dry, especially when you sit down for a snack break.
Don’t forget a warm hat, mitts and either a scarf or neckwarmer. You can layer thin gloves under heavy mitts for added warmth and flexibility.
Warm, comfortable and sturdy boots are a must. You don’t need expensive hiking boots. But you will not enjoy walking through the woods in sopping wet sneakers or leather boots with a high heel.
We recommend getting spikes or a traction device for your shoes for icy conditions. You can find them at Wilderness Supply, MEC, or even Costco!
What to Bring on Your Winter Hike
Bring at least two bottles of water: you can leave one in your vehicle on a short hike; you’ll want both on a long hike.
Snacks are a great way to keep your energy up along the trail. Many trails don’t have restaurants or stores nearby so you may also want to pack a picnic lunch.
Any medication you may need (like antihistamines, your asthma inhaler or an EpiPen)
A safety whistle, pocket flashlight and a basic first aid kit (not required, but a good idea any time you’re in the wilderness)
Outdoor Fun: What to Expect on Your Group Hike/Activity
Sometimes we just want to have some fun and enjoy a friendly chat with a stranger.
Our group hikes and activities are an easy way to get outside and explore Manitoba’s beautiful parks with other people.
CPAWS staff will share their love of nature on a relaxing hike along our favourite trails.
There won’t be any lectures along the way: when we stop for water and snack breaks we’ll keep the conversation casual and light.
If you’ve got questions we’ll do our best to answer them. However, we are not formally trained park interpreters. We encourage people seeking learning opportunities to check out our outdoor learning programming or try an interpretive event offered by Manitoba Parks.
How can we help?
If you have any questions or require any additional accommodations to participate, please email us at [email protected].
About CPAWS Manitoba:
CPAWS Manitoba has been instrumental in establishing 22 new parks and protected areas in our province. That’s an area larger than Lake Winnipeg at nearly 26,000 square kilometres. Our goal is to protect half of Manitoba’s lands and waters.
About the CPAWS Manitoba Nature Club
CPAWS Manitoba’s Nature Club is designed to help Manitobans get outside, make new friends and learn about the wonders of nature.
We’ve developed a wide range of programming and activities to help Manitobans of all ages and abilities enjoy the health and wellness benefits of nature.
Find out more at our website – www.cpawsmb.org – and be sure to subscribe to our events newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so you don’t miss out on upcoming events.
CPAWS Manitoba takes the safety of all program participants seriously.
All CPAWS Manitoba staff members have cleared a criminal record and vulnerable sector background check with the Winnipeg Police Department.
All CPAWS Manitoba staff members voluntarily disclose that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We adhere to all public health recommendations and guidelines.
CPAWS policy requires that at least one person leading programming that may involve children must be certified in first aid. This applies to staff or to volunteers.
This program is possible thanks to the generous support of The Winnipeg Foundation.