Challenge your whitewater skills or portage around the rapids on the Bird River in Nopiming Provincial Park. Follow the path of the voyageurs on the “Riviere l’Oiseau”, as shown on maps in the mid-1800s. Play for an afternoon or pack your tent for a 3-day return trip on this well-loved route.
Located 165 km northeast of Winnipeg, the aptly named Bird River offers the chance to spot herons, osprey, eagles and kingfishers. This popular canoe route embodies the meaning of the word Nopiming in the Anishinaabe language – “entrance to the wilderness”. Set amidst the boreal forest and ancient granite cliffs, it offers spectacular views along with great fishing.
Check out the Bird River to Elbow Lake route map or pick up a used copy of Canoeing Manitoba Rivers by John Buchanan to head south from Tulabi Falls towards Lac Du Bonnet. Find historic drawings and quirky details on the hand-drawn maps of Real Berard created in the ’70s.