Welcome to Backcountry Women!

Join an amazing community of women who love engaging in different activities to experience nature first-hand while gaining confidence and knowledge of the outdoors.

Backcountry Women is a community driven organization connecting like minded women who love spending time outside. Located in Manitoba, Canada, we offer diverse activities throughout the year for varying experience levels: from beginner to more adventure-seeking, from social to adventurous, all in a positive welcoming space with the opportunity to get outside your comfort zone.

We make spending time outside easier, so pack your bag and leave the organizing to us! Join us at one of our upcoming events!

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Memberships provide benefits and savings for the cost of under $6 per month (about the same amount you're spending on coffee)! In return, you're supporting our offerings while also:

  • Saving an average of $150 annually compared to non-members ($10-$15 for each event we offer; some of our events have free registration to members only)
  • Receiving exclusive member discounts and offers 
  • Getting notified of all new events so you have the first chance to register
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Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • Tue, June 02, 2020
    • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • Birds Hill Provincial Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (MAY 31) 

    We are proceeding (very cautiously!) with certain events going forward. In order to make this work, we will be allowing a small number of participants at each event. We will need your cooperation in only signing up for events you can truly commit to attending. If you miss out on registering please get yourself registered on the waitlist. We also ask for everyone's cooperation and patience as we all adjust! Please see our policy and safety practices here.

    Happy Trails Hikes are about movement, connection, and getting out on to the trails in or around Winnipeg during the week. This series of hikes, happening select Tuesday evenings until the beginning of December, is a series open to all levels designed to connect with others. Some hikes will have a theme and others are just an opportunity to get active outdoors while connecting with like-minded women from the Backcountry Women community.

    Event leader: Christina Hiebert Click for more information!

    Arrival Time: by 6:45 PM. We will begin the hike no later than 7:15 PM. The time arranged allows for you to have time to attend to personal needs such as organizing your gear and for the leaders to share information with the group. 

    LocationWe will meet at the Pine Ridge Trail in Birds Hill Provincial Park. A park pass is required and a reminder that they need to be purchased online this year. 

    Overall Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 1/5.

    Duration/Distance: Approximately 5.3 KM
    Experience: You should have the ability to walk with the group (while physically distancing) at a slow to moderate pace for the duration of the activity and come to the activity with appropriate outerwear and layers. 
    Terrain: Trail is suitable for all levels. 
    Pace: This activity will be at a slow to moderate pace.

    Reach out to Christina if you are interested in bringing your dog. Please review dog policy here.

    Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

    This event allows cancellation no less than 5 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy.

    • Sun, June 07, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Whiteshell Provincial Park
    • 2
    Register

    We are proceeding (very cautiously!) with certain events going forward. In order to make this work, we will be allowing a very small number of participants at each event. We will need your cooperation in only signing up for events you can truly commit to attending. If you miss out on registering please get yourself registered on the waitlist. We also ask for everyone's cooperation and patience as we all adjust! Please see our policy and safety practices here.

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (JUNE 5) 

    Think Manitoba is flat!? This trail proves it isn't. Join us on Hunt Lake if you're up for a real challenge!

    The Hunt Lake trail is one of the most challenging in Manitoba which travels along Hunt Lake, then crosses over to West Hawk Lake. The hike brings you along the lake and climb high ridges overlooking the lake. This is a strenuous hike with lots of steep ups and downs, and lots of roots and rocks and trees to go over or under.

    We will hike this trail rain or shine, unless deemed unsafe. 

    Event leaders: Kerry St George and Jessica Burtnick with Reggie the Siberian husky. Click the links for more information!

    There will be a dog accompanying this hike. If you don’t have a dog or puppy friend of your own, this is a great opportunity to experience the joy and benefits of an animal companion! If you are uncomfortable around or allergic to dogs, we highly recommend you check out one of our other upcoming hikes as this hike may not be the right fit for you.

    Arrival Time: by 9:00 AM. We will begin the hike no later than 9:30 AM. The time arranged allows for you to have time to attend to personal needs such as organizing your gear and for the leaders to share information with the group.  This trail can be busy and we aim to start before it gets too busy.

    LocationWe will meet at the Hunt Lake Trail Head (park pass is required). Note: Google Maps will take you to the wrong location - we will send more information to registered participants with specific directions.

    Overall Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 5/5.

    Duration/Distance: Approximately 13 KM return, 6-7 hours with breaks.
    Experience: This event is open to participants with a good level of fitness who have intermediate or above level hiking experience and good endurance. You must have the ability to walk with the group at a moderate steady pace for the duration of the activity and come to the activity with appropriate outerwear and gear.  
    Terrain: The terrain is rugged and includes forested areas, overgrown areas with narrow paths, steep climbs and descents on rock walls, and has a lot roots, rocks and uneven or slippery surfaces. Hiking poles are highly recommended!
    Pace: Moderate to fast with some breaks (2.5-3.5 km/h over rocky uneven terrain-- not flat land hiking speed).

    Please leave dogs at home.

    Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

    This event allows cancellation no less than 5 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy.

    • Thu, June 11, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • La Salle, Manitoba
    • 9
    Registration is closed

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, ONE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT (JUNE 10) 

    We are proceeding (very cautiously!) with certain events going forward. In order to make this work, we will be allowing a small number of participants at each event. We will need your cooperation in only signing up for events you can truly commit to attending. If you miss out on registering please get yourself registered on the waitlist. We also ask for everyone's cooperation and patience as we all adjust! Please see our policy and safety practices here.

    Join our paddle nights with Prairie Paddlers for a fun and relaxing evening on the water with like-minded women!

    We have a paddle board rental registration option available (that includes paddles and all safety equipment) for a limited number of boards provided by Prairie Paddlers. We also welcome you join with your own SUP, canoe, or kayak. If you are bringing your own equipment, you must know how to use it and follow appropriate safety measures (this includes having your own PFD, paddle board leash). You are responsible for your own safety.

    Paddle board renters will receive an overview before launching.

    Event leader: Ashley Moore. Click for more information!

    Arrival Time: Please arrive at 6:30 PM if you're renting (otherwise, please arrive by 6:45 PM). We will launch on the water no later than 7:00 PMThe time arranged allows for you to have time to attend to personal needs such as organizing your gear and for the leader(s) to share information with the group. 

    LocationWe will meet at the boat launch in La Salle.
    How to get there:
    - From the South perimeter, head south on Hwy 330 to La Salle
    - After crossing the bridge, turn right on 1 Ave
    - Cross the railway tracks and turn right on Rue DeGagne St.
    - Head North, just past the community mailboxes and down the hill to the boat launch.
    - Park on the side away from the private residence and ensuring that you are not blocking the boat launch.

    NOTE: Restrooms are not available at the boat launch; please prepare accordingly. Please bring some water, bug repellent, sunscreen, and wear appropriate clothing for a variety of conditions (such as capri pants, t-shirt/long sleeve shirt, some extra layers).

    Overall Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 2/5.

    Duration/Distance: Approximately 1 hour of paddling. 
    Experience: Paddle board renters will be padding with two Paddle Canada certified paddle board instructors who will provide an overview before launching as well as some tips as required during our time paddling together to ensure you know the basics. All other participants must know how to use any equipment you bring and follow appropriate safety measures.
    Terrain: The water we are paddling on is sheltered and typically very calm. If you are a first time paddle boarder, you are not required to stand up! You have the option of paddling from your knees or sitting down.

    Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

    This event allows cancellation no less than 3 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy. A note regarding Paddle Nights: weather can be a reason for us to cancel - we will notify participants of any cancellations by 3 pm via email; be sure to check for updates.

    • Tue, June 16, 2020
    • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • Birds Hill Provincial Park
    • 7
    Registration is closed

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (JUNE 14) 

    We are proceeding (very cautiously!) with certain events going forward. In order to make this work, we will be allowing a small number of participants at each event. We will need your cooperation in only signing up for events you can truly commit to attending. If you miss out on registering please get yourself registered on the waitlist. We also ask for everyone's cooperation and patience as we all adjust! Please see our policy and safety practices here.

    Happy Trails Hikes are about movement, connection and getting out on the trails in or around Winnipeg during the week. This series of hikes, happening select Tuesday evenings until December, is open to all levels and designed to connect us with others. Some hikes will have a theme and others are just an opportunity to get active outdoors while connecting with like-minded women from the Backcountry Women community.

    Event leader: Jessica Burtnick, accompanied by Reggie the Siberian husky.  Click for more information!

    There will be a dog accompanying this hike. If you don’t have a dog or puppy friend of your own, this is a great opportunity to experience the joy and benefits of an animal companion! If you are uncomfortable around or allergic to dogs, we highly recommend you check out one of our other Happy Trails Hikes as this hike may not be the right fit for you.

    Arrival Time: 6:45 PM. We will begin the hike no later than 7:15 PM. The time arranged allows for you to have time to attend to personal needs such as organizing your gear and for the event leader to share information with the group. 

    LocationWe will meet at the Cedar Bog Trail in Birds Hill Provincial Park. A Manitoba Parks pass is required; a reminder that it must be purchased online this year.

    Overall Difficulty Rating: Due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 1/5.

    Duration/Distance: Approximately 3.5 km. This trail takes about 1 hour to complete.
    Experience: Beginner friendly. You should have the ability to walk with the group (while physically distancing) at a moderate, steady pace for the duration of the activity. Appropriate footwear and layered clothing is required.
    Terrain: This trail passes through a flat, forested area however it can be wet or muddy in some areas.
    Pace: This activity will be at a steady, moderate pace.

      This hike permits a limited number of registered participants to bring their well-behaved dogs, on a first-come-first-served basis. If you want to bring your dog, please select the “Member Registration with Dog” option at time of registration; you will be required to check-in with the event leader once registered, prior to the event. For more info on dogs at our events, please read our FAQ page.

      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

      This event allows cancellation no less than 5 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy.

      • Wed, July 15, 2020
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
      • Winnipeg, Manitoba
      • 28
      Registration is closed

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT (JULY 14)

      Climbing teaches mental and physical strength! Our climb nights are a fun and supportive way to get your climb on with an awesome community of women, and potentially try a new sport. Don't fear - just join us!!! Never climbed before? Scared to try? Don't feel like your fitness stacks up to be able to try climbing? Kick those doubts to the curb - Backcountry Women will get you through! P.S. - we have this evening privately booked just for us, so we can cheer for one another and build each other's confidence. We also build your skills during each climb night!

      This event is open to all experience levels, including beginners.

      Those new to the U of M climbing wall will receive a general climbing orientation at the beginning of the evening, and then will be assisted with getting ready to climb.

      Returning participants will get geared up, warmed up and will not only climb, but will also learn and apply skills for climbing!

      Equipment is included (harnesses, shoes). There is some chalk available to share as well.

      Climb time: starts at 7:00 pm - give yourself enough time before hand to find parking and locate the building and Active Living Centre front desk at the University of Manitoba.

      Difficulty: Open to all levels

      Location: The Active Living Centre at 430 University Crescent, University of Manitoba

      http://umanitoba.ca/maps/ 

      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

      This event allows cancellation no less than 7 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy.

    Past events

    Tue, May 26, 2020 Backpacking Basics Workshop
    Sat, May 23, 2020 Amisk/Inverness Falls Hike
    Sat, May 23, 2020 Devils Punchbowl and Spirit Sands Hike
    Tue, May 19, 2020 Happy Trails Hike
    Tue, May 05, 2020 *ONLINE* Monthly Members “Fireside” Chat
    Wed, April 22, 2020 Women's Climb Night
    Thu, April 09, 2020 *ONLINE* Fundamentals of Dehydrating Your Own Trail Food
    Tue, April 07, 2020 *ONLINE* Monthly Members “Fireside” Chat
    Sat, March 21, 2020 Old Pinawa Dam Adventure
    Wed, March 18, 2020 Women's Climb Night
    Tue, March 17, 2020 Monthly Members “Fireside” Chat
    Sat, March 14, 2020 Alpine Day at Falcon Resort (w/ lesson option)
    Sun, March 08, 2020 Guided Nature Therapy Walk to Celebrate International Women's Day
    Thu, March 05, 2020 Escaladies Night Ice Tower Climb
    Fri, February 28, 2020 Riding Mountain overnight oTENTik adventure
    Thu, February 27, 2020 Evening Cross Country Ski At Windsor Park Nordic Centre
    Wed, February 26, 2020 Women's Climb Night
    Wed, February 19, 2020 Evening Skate at Harbourview Recreation Complex
    Sat, February 08, 2020 Snow Moon Hike
    Wed, February 05, 2020 Women's Climb Night
    Tue, February 04, 2020 Monthly Members “Fireside” Chat
    Thu, January 30, 2020 Escaladies Night Ice Tower Climb
    Tue, January 28, 2020 Evening Cross Country Ski in Kildonan Park
    Sat, January 25, 2020 Snow Much Fun Getaway
    Wed, January 22, 2020 Climb On! Women's Belay Course
    Sun, January 19, 2020 Winter Adventure to Pine Point Rapids
    Tue, January 07, 2020 Monthly Members “Fireside” Chat
    Sun, December 15, 2019 Break from Holiday Mayhem hike/snowshoe
    Wed, December 11, 2019 Women's Climb Night
    Sun, December 08, 2019 Assiniboine Forest Hike


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    Backcountry Women’s primary mandate is to unite, educate, and empower women. We define “women” broadly to include individuals who identify as cisgender, transgender, femme/feminine, genderqueer and non-binary.

    This community for outdoors women in Manitoba connects us out on the trails and beyond, and provides a forum to exchange and build our outdoor-related knowledge, skills, and self confidence.

    We provide local workshops and activities that helps us address some of the barriers we face as women in the outdoors. We also foster connection among women who love being outside and provide opportunities to join new adventures where you meet like minded people, and potentially get outside your comfort zone!

    Backcountry Women believes in a judgement free space for women to encourage and build each other up. We also believe in growing outdoor leaders through our community. Life is better outdoors!

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