National Parks / Natural World
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre Stonewall
Where is it at?
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre
1 Snow Goose Bay
Where are we going today?
Located on the edge of the Oak Hammock Marsh Wildlife Management Area, the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre is a GREAT way for the family to get out into nature, explore a variety of habitats, and spot some pretty cool wildlife!
The area itself is 36 sq km, and is one of the BEST birding hotspots in the entire North America! It's also a great way for kids to explore various ecosystems, You can explore a restored prairie marsh, artesian spring, aspen-oak bluff, and even one of the province's last standing areas of tall-grass prairie.
If you love getting out into the mix of it all, there are 30km of trails just waiting for you to explore, so get those walking shoes on!
The Oak Hammock Marsh is home of around 25 species of mammals, and a HUGE 300 species of birds, as well as fish, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.
If you're around during the migration season, watch out for the waterfowl. In fact, you won't be able to miss them as their numbers exceed 100,000 DAILY!
The Interpretive Centre itself is a great place to begin your journey, as there are interactive exhibits that can enhance your visit, as well as a rooftop observation deck, so make sure you bring your camera and binoculars!
It's the best place to arrange some amazing excursions, such as critter dipping, canoe excursions and snowshoe walks!
Daily activities are offered too, including looking for animal tracks in the snow, or catching small invertebrates and looking at them under a microscope.
So why not get out into nature and really enjoy a day of learning, fun, fresh air and wildlife. You might see a side of Manitoba you didn't know!
How much does it cost?
- Children$6 (Ages 3 to 17)
- Free Under: 2 years
When can we go?
10am - 4:30pm. Closes dusk mid Sept to late Oct
Year round. Closed Jan 1, Nov 11, Dec 24/25.
With indoor and outdoor programming available for all ages, teachers are welcome to arrange a field trip! They have resources for you, as well as programs for different age groups, and lessons on how to care for the environment. .
The Oak Hammock Cafe is open year round, and not only offers breakfast and lunch, but also gives you a great view of the marshes!.
They have healthy options at the cafe, but it's also best to bring your own bottled water if you're heading out onto the trails!.
Any Top Tips?
Check out the events they hold, such as Birding Hour and Astronomy Night!.
Doing our bit
Admission and support allows the centre to care for this protected area, and continue learning about the environment, and how to protect it. .
Need a little extra help?
Speak to staff about the accessibility of the trails and centre!.
Can I get one of those?
They have a gift shop where you can pick up great items for kids, including games, puzzles and toys. They also have a great selection of clothing and books too!.
You can become an Eco Explorer! Check out the link on the website to learn more. It's a great way to show your love for the environment!.
What people are saying?
by dachy man
I showed up earlier last week just looking to do some crack. Like so much crack. Long story short my friend fell in the marsh water and was never seen again. 10/10 would marsh again.
Ps if you sit in the right place there's a horse that will come and nimble your toes. DO NOT FREE HIM. He is a stealing scumbag that doesn't love you and is only in it for the money. I feel sorry for anyone who fell for his trap before me
by Harman Preet Singh
Amazing people, amazing events, awesome café, will be here again
by A Google User
Can't think of a better place to be!