Did you know the RM of St. Clements is the Sport Fishing Capital of Manitoba?
It’s true! Our western border is all water – over 1000 km of shoreline. Not to mention the many creeks and the substantial Netley-Libau Marsh which is considered one of the largest freshwater wetlands in Canada and an important wildlife area. Thousands of trophy-sized fish have been caught in these waters, as you can see on the Manitoba Master Angler pages: https://anglers.travelmanitoba.com/
Learn more about fishing in the area at https://redrivernorthtourism.com/activities/fishing/.
Ice fishing on Lake Winnipeg is very popular with fishers and is growing every year. To assist with parking and lake ice access, in winter the RM of St. Clements creates four access points onto Lake Winnipeg. See a map of Lake Winnipeg ice fishing access points here. A large parking area has been created on land at Beaconia Beach.
The growing number of fishers and a lack of washrooms has caused a problem with unsanitary conditions along the shoreline. To help protect the shoreline, the RM provides portable bathrooms and trash and recycling receptacles at the Lake Winnipeg ice access points Beaconia Beach, Balsam Harbour, Sunset Bay, and in Grand Marais at Grand Marais Boulevard & Oakdale Avenue.
The RM of St. Clements has a variety of trails for walking, cycling, skiing, and snowmobiling.
The Great Trail – Red River North Trail
What is the The Great Trail?
The Great Trail (formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail) is a multi-use recreational trail comprised of land and water routes across urban, rural and wilderness landscapes. Now 91% connected, the Trail is over 21,500 kilometres long, linking the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic coasts. A portion of The Great Trail known as Red River North Trail (RRNTA) runs through the RM of St. Clements. View an interactive map of The Great Trail here.
In 2017, the 260 km of trail that RRNT was fully connected thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Red River North Trail committee, who were tasked with developing this network of trails.
Download Trails Manitoba brochure.
Duff Roblin Parkway Trail
Duff Roblin Parkway Trail supports multi-use, non-motorized, four-season recreational opportunities along the Red River Floodway including walking, hiking, and biking in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter. The public can walk, run, bike, or ski as much or as little of the trail as they like. Along the way, users will follow the floodway channel and will have an opportunity to see wildlife and vegetation along with agricultural land.
A key focus of the development was to provide linkages to the existing recreational opportunities such as the Trans-Canada Trail and Birds Hill Provincial Park. Duff Roblin Provincial Park, located near the south end of the floodway, will link directly into the Duff Roblin Parkway Trail. For more information please visit the following link floodwayauthority.mb.ca/po_recreation.html
About Red River Floodway: built in the 1960s to protect Winnipeg from Red River flood waters, more earth was moved for this project than for construction of the Panama Canal. Learn more at stclementsheritage.com/index.php/heritage-articles/transportation/influence-of-the-river/the-red-river-floodway/red-river-floodway
Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail
The Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail is a 3.6 km return floating boardwalk interpreted from a First Nations perpective and translated in Ojibway and English. The Brokenhead Wetland is part of Lake Winnipeg’s vast watershed that filters surface water before it enters the lake. The trail highlights the cultural and envirnmental importance between the four themes of respect, purpose, balance and interconnection. For more information go to debwendon.org.
Extensive trail systems at Grand Beach Provincial Park and Birds Hill Provincial Park
East Selkirk is home to the Harold Road Archery Range which is used by the Selkirk Archers and Bowhunters.
This site has an extensive trail system that the public is welcome to use, but users must follow any safety notices that are posted.
For more information about the Selkirk Archers and Bowhunters group contact SAB@highspeedcrow.ca.
For information on archery and bowhunting in Manitoba go to the Archers and Bowhunters Association of Manitoba website. http://abam.ca/