For our last camping trip of the summer we went to Steep Rock. Which was just so different than anything else I’ve seen in the province. It was just gorgeous! The area is known for limestone cliffs and blue-green waters. It felt tropical! At the top of this post is the map at the trailhead with distances and such. I couldn’t find anything quite like this online. This map is great to help find the ways to the trail.
The night before we actually checked out the trail we accidentally checked out part of it. We drove from our campground to Steep Rock Kayak and Canoe to get some ice cream. There had just been a pretty major storm at our campground and the post-storm skies were just beautiful so we had to go check them out. Little did we know what we were driving up to. Did we somehow get transported out of Manitoba?!?! We got some ice cream and walked along the rocky beach and checked out some of the cliffs which just got us even more excited for the next day.
After breakfast the next morning we got our stuff together and hit the trail. We decided to check out the Quarry trail first. It’s a shared ATV and hiking trail around a former limestone quarry. It was really pretty. Unfortunately about a kilometre in, right before the really pretty part we saw some bear tracks following the same path we were taking. We were pretty unprepared for bears so we turned around. Back at the car we went and got lunch and drove to he furthest part of the trail.
The furthest point of the trail (the yellow starburst on the map) is a great place to start – it has a map as well as panels with information on the cliffs. It’s also a really quick walk to some breathtaking views.
We actually decided to start off going off-trail. The trail starts to the right, but we found some worn paths to the left that go up and around some more limestone cliffs. The kids had a lot of fun doing climbing up and down the cliffs. After exploring a bit we headed back to the path and continued down the trail. And oh what a trail! Every few was perfect. Seriously. There are lots of benches up on the cliffs to sit and watch the day go by from. It’s not a very long drive from Winnipeg as far as these things go so if you have a chance I really recommend checking it out.
We walked up, down and around the cliffs until we made our way back to Steep Rock Kayak and Canoe for a quick snack and a break. We decided to turn around and head back – there is a path through a slightly wooded area before the cliffs that was a bit quicker to walk back on. The trail actually meets up with the quarry trail and goes just about to the campground.