Last updated on January 11, 2021.

Come on, Lac du Bonnet, it’s time to get movin’! Green Action Centre’s Jack Frost Challenge is taking place from February 7th to February 13th, and we want our community to get involved.

The Jack Frost Challenge is a week-long winter challenge with your team made up of 1 to 5 people. Your team can be family members, friends, and co-workers as you work together to complete 130 collective kilometres of outdoor activities. This is the perfect challenge for people of all ages – including kids!

Whether your thrill is walking, running, biking, skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, or all of the above, you can enjoy all these activities and more while challenging yourself and entering in to win some great prizes.

This year, there are two grand prizes! Any two participants that complete their fair share of at least 26km’s during the week of February 7-13 will be entered to win one of two Staycations!

There are many other ways to win some amazing prizes from the Green Action Centre. Follow this link for the complete list!

All you have to do is find your team, register on Green Action Centre’s website, then get moving and log in your kilometres!

Winnipeg River Recreation District, the RM of Lac du Bonnet Recreation, My LdB and the Lac du Bonnet CDC are partnering up to make your experience even better! These four organizations are planning activities and more outdoor options to get you active for the Jack Frost Challenge.

How to Keep Track – Because you can’t Win Prizes if you Don’t Keep Track!

Before we get into all the fun things we have planned, let’s talk about how to keep track of your kilometres. Green Action Centre recommends using an activity tracking watch, Google Maps, Strava, or the GoManitoba App.

Louis Riel Day Weekend

While the Jack Frost Challenge technically ends on February 13th, we want the celebration of Louis Riel Day to partake in this fun week! Many of the activities we have planned for the Challenge will continue until February 15th so everyone can have a fun, entertaining long weekend.

More information on this favourite community event will be released in the coming weeks. We’ll keep you posted on the details!

WRRD’s Borrow for Free

Winnipeg River Recreation District’s program Borrow for Free offers free rentals for cross-country skiing and snowshoes equipment. This is the perfect opportunity to try a fun, new activity and experience some of Lac du Bonnet’s fantastic trail systems in a whole new way.

Visit WRRD’s website for the rental agreement document and contact information.

Cross-country Skiing

Well, you have skis from Winnipeg River Recreation, now where do you go? The hot-spot destination for cross-country skiing in Lac du Bonnet is Agassiz Provincial Forest. With 11 km of gorgeous trails, you can experience the almost magical beauty Agassiz has to offer. Groomed and maintained by the Lac du Bonnet Cross Country Ski Club, the trails are perfect for beginner and experienced skiers alike. Enjoy a day skiing among the pine and spruce bogs, catching sight of the wildlife that calls this forest home!

Follow this link for the trail map.

Other Places to Cross-country Ski:

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing was once a means of transportation, and now, it’s a great activity that gets you out in nature! The Blue Water South Trail is the perfect place to go on your snowshoeing adventure. The trail is a portion of the Trans Canada Trail that extends from the Pinawa Dam Provincial Heritage Park to Great Falls. This 37 km trail is managed by the wonderful volunteers of the Lac du Bonnet Trails Association and offers breathtaking views and sights.

From the boreal forests, pristine prairie landscapes to Canadian Shield outcroppings, these geographical locations’ mix and mingle create a wonderful atmosphere and view. Along the way, you’re likely to spot a few furry and feathery creatures like bald eagles, great horned owls, deer, and many more!

This year, the Lac du Bonnet Trails Association received a grant, giving them the opportunity to expand the Blue Water South Trail! This trail is being designed as a snowshoe trail, making this trail a snowshoer’s paradise!

Follow this link to the maps of the Blue Water South Trail. Map one starts at Pinawa Dam and ends at Old Pointe Road (12.8 km). The second, Is Old Pointe Road to McKenzie Point Road (9.3 km). And the third is McKenzie Point Road to Great Falls (17.7 km).

Other Places to Snowshoe:

Winter Hiking

Enjoy the simpler things in life and go hiking! This simple activity is a great way to stay active while being able to relax. Hiking at Blueberry Rock is definitely a fan-favourite when visiting Lac du Bonnet, and we can see why! This 1.8 km trek offers plenty of stunning sights and magnificent views at the Lookout Tower and quarry!

Maintained by the Lac du Bonnet Trails Association, you can experience well-maintained trails along with rest areas with firepits.

With a mix of boreal forest and Canadian Shield outcroppings, it’s the perfect place to do some sightseeing and snap a few photos. Not only that, but you’ll also see a variety of wildlife like bald eagles, great horned owls, deer, and many more!

Other Places to Hike:

Tobogganing

It’s time to pick up your toboggans, sleds, and magic carpets! Tobogganing is a great activity – no matter what age! If your kids are participating in the Jack Frost Challenge (or if you’re looking to let your inner child out), this is a fantastic activity to do it.

Head on down to the Town Dock to enjoy a few hours of whipping down the hill!

Green Action Centre breaks down how many minutes of tobogganing equals how many kilometres you’ve done. For tobogganing 15 minutes = 1.5 km, 30 minutes = 3 km, and 1 hour = 6 km. Racking up those km quals tons of fun!

Skating

While you’re at the Town Dock, bring your skates! The outdoor skating rink is beside the dock, and is the perfect place to race, twirl, spin, or, for a lot of people, fall on your butt; but no matter how skilled you are, there are hours worth of fun!

Green Action Centre breaks down how many minutes of skating equals how many kilometres you’ve done. For ice skating (easy) 15 minutes = 1 km, 30 minutes = 2 km, and 1 hour = 4 km. For ice skating (moderate) 15 minutes = 1.5 km, 30 minutes = 3 km, and 1 hour = 6 km.

Don’t forget to bring your hocking sticks! Pond hockey is another great way to add some kilometres to your tally! 15 minutes = 2 km, 30 minutes = 4 km, 1 hour = 8 km.

MHAC Self-guided Walking Tour

The Lac du Bonnet Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee (MHAC) designed and developed the Heritage Walking Tour. This self-guided tour takes you to some of Lac du Bonnet’s most cherished and historically significant buildings and locations.

See Lac du Bonnet like never before and discover intriguing facts and tidbits of the area! Follow this link to the printable PDF document for locations.

Check out MHAC’s website for more Heritage Sites that you can discover on your journey.

Geocaching

Who wants to go on a treasure hunt? Lac du Bonnet has over 165 caches hidden all over the area waiting to be discovered; the two biggest being the Power Trail Cache, dedicated to the Winnipeg River; and the MHAC’s Historical Geocache.

Geocaching is a great way to get out in nature and, of course, be active! It’s also a great way to explore Town and the RM of Lac du Bonnet’s pristine wilderness and significant historical sites.

Discover Lac du Bonnet’s Geocache with maps provided by Geocaching – the World’s Largest Treasure Hunt.