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.
Our 11:00am bilingual event is being offered in partnership with Sports en Français, an organization that contributes to the development of Manitoba’s Francophone community through sport and physical activity in French.
While French language skills are not required to participate, we welcome Francophones and Francophiles to join! For English speakers, it’s a great opportunity for you and your family to practice your French language skills.
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.
What to Bring on Your Hike
Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately! Pack a hat if it’s sunny, a raincoat if it’s going to get wet, and a sweater or jacket if it’s going to be windy or cold. Dress in layers so you can cool off or warm up as needed.
Bring at least two bottles of water: you can leave one in your vehicle on a cool day; you’ll want both on the hike if it’s hot.
Bug spray and sunscreen: you can apply in the parking lot so you don’t need to carry them on the hike.
Comfortable, sturdy shoes are a must. You don’t need hiking boots. But sneakers are definitely a better choice than flip flops.
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.
Hand sanitizer (Most trails have outhouses, not modern toilets.)
Any medication you may need (like your asthma inhaler or an EpiPen)
A safety whistle 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.