Monday morning we skijored & kicksledded the north loop of Spruce. It’s nicely packed for skating, with a few human footprints…very good conditions overall on a beautiful day with our dogs!
I skied it yesterday morning. I agree that the northern half of the trail is in fine shape. Unfortunately the first third of the trail from the Nimowin Rd parking lot was loaded with footprints. We encountered 5 people walking and 3 dogs (1 of which was off leash). I spoke to all of them and they all sincerely had no idea they were not supposed to be walking on the trail. I contacted the park to communicate this and say that, in all fairness, the signage improvements at the other trail heads is not replicated at the Spruce trail head. That said, only 2 of the 5 individuals were starting from the parking lot. The other 3 had accessed the trail from somewhere else further north, such that adequate signage from the parking lot would not address the issue fully.
The response from MB Parks was, “we are currently working on a new signage plan for this trail. We’ll pass your comments on to the staff at Birds Hill Provincial Park.”