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August 17, 2017
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Manitobans looking for an interesting day trip with the family don’t have to look far. The 36-square-kilometre Oak Hammock Marsh, about 20 minutes north of Winnipeg, features a restored prairie marsh, an aspen-oak bluff, some of the province’s last remaining patches of tall-grass prairie and 30 kilometres of trails. It’s also home to 300 species of birds — the wetland is a staging area for waterfowl and shorebirds during migration — as well as various mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The Interpretive Centre is open year-round and offers several educational programs, including wildlife surveys. Admission: $5 for adults; $4 for kids aged three to 17 and seniors. (888) 506-2774; www.oakhammockmarsh.ca .

Just 30 minutes from Brandon, Spruce Woods Provincial Park is home to the Spirit Sands. Some 15,000 years ago, the Assiniboine River created an enormous delta as it brought glacial waters into the now nonexistent Lake Agassiz. Of the original 6500 square kilometres of delta sand, only four remain — the rest is now covered with plants and wildlife. Hiking trails give you a close look at this remarkable natural wonder, as well as the Devil’s Punch Bowl, a 45-metre-deep pool of blue-green water. (204) 827-8850; www.manitobaparks.com.

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