Winnipeg, Manitoba

Assiniboine Forest

Dano via Flickr

Just south of Assiniboine Park, this regal stand of oak and aspen is one of the largest urban nature parks in Canada, and a perfect spot to escape the city crowds and spend some quiet time in the great outdoors. It’s also a great spot to train with a variety of terrain, from pavement, to boardwalks, to hard packed gravel, to woodchip trails.

We’ve put together a 6 km loop involving most of the main trails of the forest. Start out at the paved Sagimay Trail, in the northwest corner of the park, and head out to the boardwalk near Eve Werier Pond, about 1 km where you may spot a deer or two sneaking a drink. You can either loop back on the nice shady woodchip trails, or head south to pick up more mileage on the Harte Trail, the section of the Trans-Canada Trail which runs along the bottom border of the forest.

The looped, 1 km paved Sagimay Nature Trail takes you through forest and meadow to the Eve Werier Memorial Pond. A 6 km system of woodchip trails radiate from the Sagimay Trail. The new, 2km Preston Trail is also popular.

Essentials
  • 6 km (3.8 miles)
  • 13.7 meters (45 feet)
  • Chalfont Road
  • The 66 bus will bring you from downtown to the forest’s Grant Ave entrance.