Time at Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park relaxes and rejuvenates
People who live in places with long, harsh winters cherish and embrace their summers. That is true in my home province of Manitoba, where summer for many means time at the lake. Not surprising in a place known as the “land of 100,000 lakes.” The largest lakes in Manitoba are Lake Winnipeg (over 24,000 square kilometres), Lake Winnipegosis (over 5,000 square kilometres), and Lake Manitoba (over 4,500 square kilometres), but there are many other lakes of varying sizes attracting cottagers and visitors.
This summer I spent five days visiting a friend at a cabin she rented at Falcon Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park and was reminded of the appeal of lake life.
Whiteshell Provincial Park is 2,800 square kilometres of protected wilderness parkland in eastern Manitoba, with sandy beaches and forests bumping up against rugged Precambrian Shield. It contains more than 15 lakes, hiking trails, canoe routes, cross-country skiing and snow mobile trails, cottage lots, and campsites. Falcon Lake is at the southern end of the park.
Visitors and residents may spend time boating, fishing, or doing a variety of water sports. Not me – I was too busy with other things.
And there was still more to do when we returned to the cabin.
We also watched chipmunks chase each other, but they were too fast for my camera. (Or I was too slow, having adjusted to lake time.)
And wake the next day to another round of activity, sitting on the deck, listening to the birds serenade us and the breeze rustle through the leaves, in between crossword puzzles, books, and idle conversation.
There is something soothing about being at the lake, something healing in the warm rays of the sun (providing you use sunblock and don’t overdo it), something refreshing in the mingled scent of pine, water, and dried leaves. I felt the layers of stress I hadn’t realized I had peel away, like a bird’s molting feathers, leaving behind a lighter and renewed self. It’s no wonder the relaxing and rejuvenating experience of “going to the lake” is so popular.
You can find more information about the many attractions and things to do in Whiteshell Provincial Park on the park website. You can read more about one of its historical attractions in my post Bannock Point: Petroforms In A Manitoba Provincial Park.
This post is part of Travel Photo Mondays.