Hiking is a popular activity in Manitoba and there is a lot of interest in a trail design workshop coming up this weekend at Birds Hill Provincial Park. 

Registration is required to participate in the 3-hour event, and spots are filling up. 

Senior interpreter Lindsey Mitton says the workshop will include a look at the many considerations that are explored when they plan a new trail or want to improve an existing one. 

“To help participants just know a little bit more about how trails are designed and designated, and what they can do when they come out and visit a park and get out to explore trails.” 

Mitton believes this workshop will help hikers get the most out of their time on the different trails at Birds Hill. She notes that some trails run through different habitats which gives hikers a variety of scenery and experiences. 

“You might encounter different wildlife out on trails, so we're going to look at all of that, as well as signage, ties to Indigenous communities and what their uses on trails might be, and also accessibility on trails because that's a very hot topic nowadays, making sure that trails are accessible to everybody and their needs and desires.” 

She adds trail users can expect to see a lot of birds, especially chickadees.

Click here to register for the event. A limited number of people can participate in this event and registration is required. The free Trail Design Workshop happens on Saturday, November 25th from 1-4pm.

Mitton hopes to provide information that will turn people into respectful stewards of the trail; not leaving anything behind except for their footprints, keeping pets on leash at all times, and encouraging others to be respectful on the trails. 

-With files from Carly Koop.


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