I just love going on adventures with my family! We have so much fun and see such neat things. It’s the best! It’s as simple as going for walks on nice paths or trails or as fun as going on a big camping trip. And I can’t wait until they’re just a bit older and stronger so we can go backpacking! Anyways. I’m working on putting together my adventure must haves. Some are camping specific, some are Canadian Prairies specific, but these are the things I <3.
For my first personal adventure musts post, here are the books I use to help plan and go on adventures. These are pretty Manitoba specific, but I am pretty sure the Prairies have the least resources like this across the provinces. I could be wrong. Anyways, you should be able to find something! I use the internet a lot too, but these books give me ideas and starting points and I’ve gone on a few adventures I would not have otherwise thanks to them!
- Manitoba Backroad Mapbook – this is a good area resource. I usually use this map book when I have decided on a location to see what’s around it. It has a nice section in the back with blurbs on adventures, fishing spots and more.
- Hiking The Heartland – this is probably my most used resource. It’s all written in and has remnants of pressed flowers. While not definitive, this is a great place to find trails. I often plan our camping trips around trails and things to see so I usually start here. It has pictures, maps, GPS coordinates and is organized into sections like day hikes, in town hikes, family hikes and more. If you’re into trails and hiking I really recommend this book, it’s the one on this list I use the most.
- Saskatchewan and Manitoba Nature Guide – This one is a bit different than the other ones on the list, but probably our second most used book. The kids are always asking me what plants we’re seeing or what kind of bug just landed on them so I always toss this slim book in my hiking bag. It’s also great for identifying things around the campsite or to figure out what’s in the area. I love this book!
- Manitoba Trans Canada Trail Maps – I use the Boreal one the most, but these maps are a great resource for the Trans Canada Trail. The maps are easy to read and the backside is full of things to see in the area. There is a lot of Trans Canada Trail in our province so this is a great way to plan short or long hikes along it.
- A Daytripper’s Guide to Manitoba – This book is a newer addition to my local adventure planning library, but a good one. It’s divided by regions and is packed full of attraction and day trip suggestions. It’s a great place to look for out of the ordinary attractions when planning a trip.