Southwestern Manitoba remains today, as it has been for thousands of years, an inviting and abundant land, full of promise and prosperity. It was the promise of the land which drew the Native inhabitants while hunting bison and the first explorers to the area.
The town of Ninette is located on the north shore of Pelican Lake in a scenic valley about 40 minutes from Brandon, or 2 hours from Winnipeg, MB. The village boasts a full-service grocery store & liquor outlet, hotel, 2 gas stations, restaurants, banking, and fishing licenses and supplies.
Ninette is also home to Terry Fox Memorial Park, which offers a lakeside picnic area with a public beach, bathroom, and playground, as well as a launch area for small boats and canoes.
We encourage you to come to visit Cottage Grove and even stay the night at Happy Land Campground. It has 26 seasonal, 27 full services, 11 electric & water and 8 unserviced sites plus showers, boat launch and dump station.
For you snowmobile lovers you will be happy to know that Ninette is part of Snowman’s 12,000 km of maintained snowmobile trails throughout the province of Manitoba.
Pelican Lake is the largest navigable lake in Southwest Manitoba measuring 14 miles by 11/2 miles. Now part of the Pembina river system, this lake was once part of the drainage system for the Glacial Lake Souris.
The lake has always been a popular recreation spot. Sometimes as many as 3 trains brought people from Brandon for a boat excursion and picnic on the lake. The Boat Company (est. 1906) ran scheduled tours of the lake and delivered mail & supplies to the many campers.
The Pelican Lake Yacht Club (est 1969) at the north end of the lake hold races most weekends and hosted the Canada Summer Games sailing and board sailing events in 1997 as well as the 2004 World Mobility Cup for disabled sailors. Junior sailing lessons are offered each summer for adventurous residents.
In addition to swimming and boating, Pelican Lake is popular for great bird watching and year-round fishing for Northern pike (Jack), walleye (pickerel) and perch.
Pelican Lake is an excellent location for bird lovers. It is well known for its Western Grebes but other grebe species also occur. American White Pelicans, a myriad of waterfowl and other water birds occur in adjacent wetlands. Eastern and Mountain Bluebirds frequent roadside nest boxes, while lakeside woodlands support a variety of Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Vireos, and Warblers.
Summer activities include:
- Swimming & Beaches
- Great Bird Watching
- ATV Trails
Winter activities include:
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Ice Fishing
Within 30 minutes you have access to 8 golf courses, The International Peace Gardens, and over 200 shops and services in Ninette & Killarney.
Souris and Glenwood Golf Course (9 Holes) – This beautiful 9-hole golf course has a new state of the art irrigation system which ensures green greens for our manicured fairways.
Killarney Lakeside Golf Course (18 Holes) – Premier 18-hole championship course, driving range, CPGA managed the facility, full pro shop, club rentals, power carts, modern clubhouse, bar, and restaurant.
Deloraine Golf Course (9 Holes) – A beautiful 9-hole golf course. Amenities include grass greens, cart rentals, licensed clubhouse, pro shop, driving range and putting green.
Pleasant Valley Golf Club (18 Holes) – Pleasant Valley is set in the picturesque Pembina Valley at the south end of Pelican Lake. Pleasant Valley Golf Club has become a must play golf course for all. With elevations rising up to 125 ft, oak tree lined fairways, a winding creek, and large undulating greens. Golfers have said, “it’s as pleasing a golf course as you’ll find among Canada’s best.”
Glenboro Golf & Country Club (9 Holes) – A superb 9-hole golf course, well known for its excellent condition with irrigated fairways and greens. This clubhouse is a large, modern, licensed facility complete with a snack bar.
Boissevain Golf Club (9 Holes) – Well treed and excellently groomed fairways lead into a wide range of fast and angled greens at this nine hole (par 33) golf course. An enjoyable, challenging course for every golf enthusiast in a natural setting, including water hazards. Licensed restaurant in the clubhouse.
Cartwright Town and Country Golf Club (9 Holes) is a pleasantly surprising 9-hole course surrounded by south-western Manitoba wheat fields. Built on rolling terrain with well-treed fairways and carefully maintained grass greens, Cartwright offers a good variety of challenges. The gentle slopes of the greens are a good test of your putt reading capabilities.
Shilo Country Club (18 Holes) – Its gently rolling, easy walking fairways stretch out over a championship 18-hole golf course that is widely considered as the best conditioned and maintained in the area. Most holes play very open but a scattering of trees, water and sand throughout the course will keep you on your toes and mindful of where you place your shots. Before beginning your game, step into the Pro Shop where there is a variety of golf apparel, equipment and accessories or warm up at the driving range or practice green. Our new clubhouse offers a relaxing atmosphere with an extensive menu, large dining area and service second to none.
Exploring Southern Manitoba
Boissevain is a community steeped in history and beauty. Four museums and a giant outdoor art gallery featuring over 20 murals.
Come and experience the history of early pioneer prairie life. Imagine the hardships of everyday life through early artifacts and pictures. Follow our self-guided tour of the area’s historical points of interest including the Clay Banks and Bison Jump, Rock Lake, examples of early stone buildings, country schools, churches, homes, businesses, and museums.
Located just 9.5 km (6 miles) south of beautiful Spruce Woods Provincial Park. Glenboro is an excellent base from which to explore the nearby natural wonders of Spruce Woods.
Located along the shores of beautiful Killarney Lake, the town of Killarney features several lakefront campsites and a buoyed swimming area for spectacular summer outdoor recreation. The Shamrock Centre is a 78,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art community facility. It’s the hub of recreational activities in the Killarney-Turtle Mountain area.
On November 28, 1797, David Thompson, Astronomer for the North West Company, camped on the edge of the Souris River in the place the Cree Indians called “Sipiweske” meaning “light through the trees.” Now called Wawanesa, this quiet, scenic community is home to many historical and recreational opportunities.
Set amidst the spectacular scenery of the winding Souris River Valley, the town of Souris offers excellent facilities, bird-watching opportunities, treasure hunting at the rock pits, Canada’s longest Swinging Bridge and much more!
International Peace Garden
There’s only one place to find the best of everything: The International Peace Garden. Envision a colorful picturesque floral garden, crackling campfires, music festivals, Antique Car Shows, weekly family events, bird watching, summer athletic and music camps for children, scenic bike & hiking trails, tasty picnics, and dining at the Border Walk Cafe or weekly Sunday Buffets.
Turtle Mountain Provincial Park
A large block of deciduous forest and more than 200 lakes and wetlands straddle the international boundary in Southwest Manitoba. This is, in fact, the first part of Manitoba to dry after the glaciers receded. Rising 245 meters above the prairie, this rolling terrain is popular among avid mountain bike enthusiasts. Its abundant wildlife includes white-tailed deer, moose, waterfowl, songbirds and its namesake, western painted turtles. The park offers a wealth of recreational activities – from skiing, skating, tobogganing and snowmobiling in the winter, to hiking, cycling, and canoeing in the summer.
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