The park’s western boundary near Falcon Lake is located 126 km east of Winnipeg via the Trans Canada Highway. Additional entry points to the park from Winnipeg are on PR 307 near Seven Sisters Falls and PTH 44 near Rennie.
This classic intermediate 7K trail is located at the Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary. It has a warm-up shack and outhouse about half way, with a lovely view over Jean Lake. The scenery and variety of terrain are awesome — up rocky hills and down into marshy areas, with many evergreen trees.
8K of classic intermediate loops with a warm-up shelter at the far end.
There are also two classic novice loops (“A” — 3.4K, “C” — 1.8K) from the Jessica Lake trailhead.
This well-forested classic trail is a 3K loop that links to a 7K loop. It has a couple of intermediate hills on the return from a well equipped warm-up cabin that is shared with snowmobilers.
Pine Point Rapids
This is a scenic 6.5K intermediate classic trail located between Betula Lake and Nutimik Lake. It has a couple of intermediate hills on the way to a nice warm-up cabin at the open water of the Whiteshell River. There is also an optional short hike up to a peak that overlooks the area.
South Whiteshell Trail (Falcon Lake town to West Hawk Lake town to Falcon Ridge)
This is part of the Trans Canada Trail — over 40K of classic trails. It links the Rec Centre in Falcon Lake town to Faloma to West Hawk Lake town to Falcon Trails (Falcon Ridge Ski Area) — all to each other with many trail branch options. It is single track and double track classic skiing, and has a little of everything – gently rolling cruising sections, twisty dense forest sections, lake crossings, demanding uphills, and technical downhills. A map is posted at every trail junction. Parts of the section between Falcon Lake and Faloma is close to the Trans Canada Highway in places, so it is somewhat open and noisy, and there is one place where the trail crosses a road while you are descending a hill.
It’s listed as a 4.2K snowshoeing and walking trail on the Winter Adventures brochure, but it was tracked for classic skiing in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.
Trail Conditions (interactive map, updated in real time) reported by Manitoba Parks.
See below for reports submitted by skiers.
Falcon Trails is in great shape for skate and classic. If you’re coming off of High Lake trail #5 (High Lake) has classic tracks, but #6 (Falcon South Shore) is just skate.
Pine Point Rapids is in good shape. Lots of the usual footprints on the track, but still very skiable. As usual, the prize at the end of the trail is spectacular.
A post on the A Cross Country Ski Club Facebook group dated January 2 says: “Otter Falls, Whiteshell Provincial Park – ski trails NOT tracked but still beautiful and great for a slow ski.”
The South Whiteshell trail has not been groomed lately. We took a peek at the Nite Hawk trailhead yesterday, but the skier-tracked conditions were not appealing enough to tempt us after we’d been spoiled by the nice conditions at Falcon Ridge.
Spent 3 days at West Hawk Lake. Ski trails not as good as expected. South Whiteshell had a track, but had not been groomed recently so had covering of fresh snow. South Falcon Trail had a “packed” trail, no ski track, so was not very good.
Anyone know the trail conditions at Alfred Hole?
From Cheryl Pearson:
Philippe and I skied Inverness Falls on Friday (January 28), and Jessica Lake (Loop A and C, and trail from Jessica Lake to Rainbow Falls) and Alfred Hole on Saturday. Conditions were fantastic. Trails had been freshly groomed at the time. Absolutely no one on these trails all weekend which was nice for us, but a shame that…[Read more]
I’ve checked to ensure the Pine Point Rapids trail is still groomed for classic skiing by Manitoba Parks.
Their website and maps show it as a ski trail.
On AllTrails, a post on January 15 says: “Beautiful trail. Cross country skiing trails looked like they were recently groomed. …”
And finally (definitive info), Manitoba Parks’ new Winter…[Read more]
From Andy Dwilow on Thursday afternoon:
Classic skied the South Whiteshell trail this morning from West Hawk townsite to Trans Canada Hwy underpass. Beautifully groomed double track, however being the first one on last night’s 3 Inches of snow, grip on climbs was challenging. Sun came out and what a winter wonderland. Didn’t have time to go to Fal…[Read more]