Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer, Sunrise Corner of Manitoba has it all. We are renowned for our natural woodlands, the diverse wildlife, outdoor adventures and recreational activities.
Woodridge- M.A. Querel Community Park
The M.A. Querel Community Park in Woodridge is peacefully surrounded by forest and features a baseball diamond, children’s play area and picnic shelter. It’s the perfect place to stop, stretch your legs and take in a whiff of fresh air.
South Junction- J.L. Sturk Memorial Park
The J.L. Sturk Memorial Park in South Junction is home to events like Canada Day and local baseball tournaments. It features a baseball diamond, a covered picnic area and kid’s play structures. Whether you’re driving through with the kids and need a rest stop, or you’re coming out for Canada Day on June 30, the park is a peaceful place to stop and enjoy the day.
Gardenton- The Gardenton Park
The Gardenton Park is a sprawling community park that features a hall, an outdoor stage and the Ukrainian Heritage Museum. The Gardenton Park is home to events like the Gardenton Festival, fall suppers, bake sales, dances and more. The park also boasts the Gardenton Hill, a local landmark known for winter sledding. There is also a playground and a baseball diamond.
Gardenton Heritage Tour
Catch the tall grass prairie fever as former Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve Botanist, Laura Reeves, shares her passion for this endangered ecosystem with a walk around the Prairie Shore Trail (1 mile, easy terrain).
Then marvel at the structural and creative beauty of Historic St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church while those dedicated to its preservation enlighten you with stories of years gone by.
Feeling hungry? Local volunteers will be waiting for you at the Gardenton Museum with delicious home-made Ukrainian cuisine and an eagerness to share their memories and stories with you as you tour the Museum grounds and buildings.
Bus/group tours (min. 10 people)
Call or email to schedule your tour:
Prairie Shore Botanicals: firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-425-3520
Historic St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church: email@example.com or 204-339-2285
Gardenton Museum: firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-425-8197
Click here to download the brochure
Visit their Facebook page to find out more about events at the Gardenton Park: www.facebook.com/Gardenton-Park-Museum-736829033013554/
Vassar- Baseball Diamonds
Prairie Shore Interpretive Trail
The Prairie Shore Interpretive Trail is located on Provincial Road 209, southwest of Gardenton. It is a one-mile long, self-guiding trail through the peaceful and majestic Tall Grass Prairie. It’s the perfect adventure for bird and plant lovers who want to see more of Sunrise Corner’s natural heritage. The trail is perfect to do with all age groups, as it is only an hour of easy walking. At the trail-head, you’ll find a picnic spot with a working antique water pump!
Agassiz Interpretive Trail
The Agassiz Interpretive Trail is a place to see some of the rarest ecosystem in Canada! The trail winds through Tall Grass Prairie and Aspen forest. You will see some of our precious endangered plants, such as Lady Slippers and Orchids. It’s also a great place to bird watch, so bring your camera and binoculars.
With many rest stops, and easy terrain, the Agassiz Trail is perfect to do with family, or on your own. You can choose to walk the 1.75 kilometer round, or go through the Aspen forest on the 3 kilometer trail.
The trail is located on Road 36 East, just off Hwy 201 between Stuartburn and Vita.
Nature & Wildlife
Sunrise Corner’s diverse landscape is rich in birds, wildlife and wild edibles so you can experience nature up close. Where else can you see migrating song birds, Eagles, Sandhill cranes, black bears, fox, wild turkeys, gray wolves and porcupine? Or harvest a whole meal for yourself from the woods?
Sunrise Corner is home to parts of the Manitoba Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail. From the Tall Grass Prairie, to wildlife management areas, to the beautiful Sandilands Provincial Forest, you are sure to see rare and unique wildlife. From Sharp-tailed Grouse and Sandhill cranes, to Pileated Woodpeckers and Boreal Owls – from black bears to foxes – Sunrise Corner is habitat to a plethora of species.
On the Pine to Prairie trail look for:
Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre
The Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre, part of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, is a beautiful place to learn more about the unique ecosystems in our corner of Manitoba! The centre has an indoor, walk-through display, picnic shelter and a one-kilometer, self-guided walking trail.
With the help of friendly staff, murals, pictures and the great outdoors, the interpretive centre serves as a peaceful place to satisfy all your curiosities about this rare and indigenous ecosystem. Come see butterflies, the Oak Savannah, the Fringed Prairie Orchid and many more unique finds that can’t be seen anywhere else!
The centre is open seasonally for tours and events, and year-round for facility rentals.
Located east of Stuartburn – just follow the signs for Nature Conservancy down Road 32 East.
Call: (204) 425-8118
Tall Grass Prairie Preserve
Trails through the preserve include the Agassiz Interpretive Trail near Vita, MB and the Prairie Shore Interpretive Trail near Gardenton, MB. The whole preserve is open to non-motorized travel and is home to many rare species of plant and bird.
Rat River Wildlife Management Area
Known locally as ‘Ducks Unlimited’, the wildlife management area one of the largest expanses of water in Sunrise Corner. With a spectacular view and a hiking trail that traverses the ‘lake’, this is the ideal location to watch for birds, have a picnic and spend time in the outdoors.
Located on Road 13 North, off Highway 59.
Spur Woods Wildlife Management Area
Located on Highway 201, just west of Sundown, MB near the beautiful Sandilands Provincial Forest, Spur Woods is home to marsh birds, as well as a variety of owls. There are several year-round trails for use, but they are not maintained.
Sunrise Corner is rich in wild edibles and usable plant life. If you come in the right season, you can find a plethora of berries, mushrooms and plants for your enjoyment.
For your safety and enjoyment, please refer to this guide when you forage:
- Be respectful of private property and nature reserves
- Share the edibles – don’t pick everything there is in the area
- Be wild animal smart – there is lots of wildlife here!
- Know the difference between edible and poisonous plants – buy a wild edibles guide!
- Prepare your edibles safely – buy a preparation guide or take a workshop on preparing wild edibles
If you’re interested in learning more about foraging, consider taking a workshop by Prairie Shore Botanicals! For more information, visit www.psbotanicals.com
Not sure when to come? Here’s a seasonal guide to some popular wild edibles growing around Sunrise Corner:
- Cattails can be harvested in early spring or fall
- Morel mushrooms can be found in spring, once the dandelions begin to flower
- Wintergreen berries should be picked before June
- Blueberries, wild raspberries and Saskatoons start around July
- Chokecherries ripen in early August
- Lobster Mushrooms can be found in mid-summer
- Hazelnuts are ready to harvest in August
- Acorns can be harvested between August and October
- Highbush Cranberries should be picked after a frost
These dates are not set in stone. Before you visit, ask around to see if the season has started!
Prairie Shore Botanicals
Want to get an authentic, hands-on experience in Sunrise Corner’s natural heritage? Sign up for a workshop with Prairie Shore Botanicals!
Prairie Shore Botanicals was founded by local botanist and author, Laura Reeves. Laura runs workshops and courses in and around Gardenton. Laura teaches you how to sustainably harvest and utilize native plants. Laura de-mystifies using plants as medicine, and shows you the many ways that plants in this area can be used. You’ll leave Prairie Shore Botanicals enriched and ready to use your new skills at home.
Get ready for a peaceful day in the wilderness, breathing the fresh air and tasting wild edibles. Don’t forget your camera!
To sign up for a workshop, visit www.psbotanicals.com or find them on Facebook @PrairieShoreBotanicals
Tubing, Canoeing & Kayaking
The Roseau River
The Roseau River twists and curves right through Sunrise Corner and eventually meets up with the Red. It is richly surrounded by nature and wildlife so don’t forget your camera when you go canoeing, kayaking, fishing or tubing!
If you launch off in Gardenton, it’s a two-hour paddle to Stuartburn. If you have all afternoon, take some tubes and some friends and let yourself drift. Listen to the birds, watch for ducks and turtles, and let the peaceful sounds of nature envelope you as you experience Sunrise Corner on the water.
Access points: the Gardenton Park (by the old pump house or behind the Gardenton Hill) and the Stuartburn bridge
Ice fishing on Sunrise Corner lakes and rivers offers residents and visitors a wonderful way to enjoy Manitoba winters. Area lakes are known for their trophy size Northern Pike and Master Angler Walleye.
In late February, Manitobans and visitors to the province can enjoy ice fishing without needing a Manitoba fishing license during the annual winter Family Fishing Weekend. More information can be found here: http://www.travelmanitoba.com/event/winter-family-fishing-weekend/45944/
Offroad / ATV riding
Sunrise Corner’s hundreds of kilometers of designated and maintained trails attract ATV riders from across Manitoba, neighbouring provinces and from the U.S.
The trail system allows riders to experience the thrills of an ATV adventure and explore the wilderness in this region. Other users such as hikers, cyclists, horseback rider and berry pickers use this network of trails to enjoy the outdoors and participate in healthy and safe recreational activities. For more information about ATVing, contact the local and provincial ATV associations.
Sunrise Corner offers the snowmobile enthusiast hundreds of kilometers of designated groomed snowmobile trails where you can ride all day enjoying the cool, crisp days of winter. Ride from town to town or from warm-up shelter to warm-up shelter, Sunrise Corner is rich with forested trails that offer beautiful scenery, spectacular snowscapes and adventures. For more information, contact the local and provincial snowmobile associations.
Hunting is a time-honored tradition in Manitoba and Sunrise Corner offers a wide range of hunting opportunities to residents and non-residents including but not limited to white-tailed deer, black bear, gray wolves, upland and migratory game birds.
Special hunting land leases are available within Sunrise corner. Please contact the RM of Piney of for further information: http://rmofpiney.mb.ca/rm-land-available/
The Manitoba Wildlife Federation has a local club that operates out of the Vita area. Click for more information about the Vita & District Wildlife Club
To be eligible for a Manitoba hunting licence you must be 12 years of age or older and possess a valid Manitoba Hunter Education Certificate. For general hunting information, regulations and licensing go to www.manitoba.ca/conservation
KC’s outfitting is located near Sundown. It is an all inclusive hunting experience run by Ken Holme and his wife Judy. Stay at the lodge and get home cooked meals. There is excellent hunting just walking distance from the lodge! Visit their website for more information: http://www.kcoutfitting.com/about_us_home.html
Cross Country Skiing
If you are looking for an excellent way to get some fresh air and exercise, there are thirty-eight kilometers of classic cross-country ski trails in the Sandilands Provincial Forest. The high sand ridges and majestic forests are an ideal location for skiing enthusiasts.
Hockey / Skating
More information coming soon!
More information coming soon!