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!

Our home base is located in Treaty One Territory, the ancestral lands of Cree, Dakota, and Anishinaabe nations, as well as the homeland of the Métis Nation.

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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
  • Receiving exclusive content and offers through our members-only page!

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Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • Fri, August 07, 2020
    • 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • Sun, August 09, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    In light of the global pandemic, we are cautiously proceeding, allowing only 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.

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 8 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (JULY 30).

    PRE-TRIP MEETING (MANDATORY): FRIDAY, JULY 31 @ 6:30 PM (Location TBA - will be in Winnipeg)

    Nutimik is a front-country campground in the heart of the Whiteshell. This will be our home base while we explore nearby hiking trails, lakes, and beaches. In addition, Friday and Saturday evening will include our popular Fireside Chats (informal yet structured and unique learning opportunity) and Sunday morning will include an optional early morning nature-inspired guided journaling walk. This trip will proceed rain or shine unless deemed unsafe; plans will be adjusted accordingly in the case of bad weather. Full details will be provided to registered attendees.

    Event leader: Christina Hiebert Click for more information!

    Participants will need to bring appropriate camping and day hiking gear. A list will be provided upon registering so that you can adequately prepare. (Please check the details in your registration confirmation email!) Gear will be reviewed together during our pre-trip meeting. Please be prepared to rent, purchase or borrow any items needed for this trip if you do not have.

    What the registration fee includes: campground accommodations for 2 nights including firewood and event / activity planning
    Costs not included: optional equipment rentals, gas, park entry/passes, additional group-planned activities, meals, other misc expenses

    Mandatory pre-trip meeting: July 31 for getting ourselves organized and prepared as a group. An agenda will be emailed to participants. 

    What to expect:

    • To assist with physical distancing, 6 participants will be spread between 3 camp sites, all next to each other. Smaller tents are ideal so that we can remain physically distanced at camp.
    • Day hiking will include easy to intermediate level hikes at a slow to moderate pace. 
    • Each day (Saturday and Sunday) will have 1-2 planned activities as well as optional activities that we can plan as a group during our meeting. 

    Overall Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned above, this activity is rated a 2/5This rating is subject to change based on prevailing conditions at the time of the activity, including but not limited to weather.

    Please leave pets 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-mails prior to an event.

    This event allows cancellation no less than 8 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy.

    • Tue, August 11, 2020
    • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • Transcona Trail and Transcona Bioreserve
    • 4
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    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (AUGUST 9) 

    In light of the global pandemic, we are cautiously proceeding, allowing only 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. 

    Location: Transcona Trail combined with Transcona Bioreserve Full details will be provided to registered attendees. 

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

    Duration/Distance: Approximately 6 km plus additional exploration inside the Bioreserve.
    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: Pavement, loose gravel, crushed limestone, mud and water in boggy part of Bioreserve.Trail is suitable for all levels of hiking experience. 
    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.

    • Tue, August 18, 2020
    • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • Bois-des-esprits, Winnipeg
    • 7
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    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (AUG. 16) 

    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.

    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. 

    Location: Bois-des-esprits is a 117-acre urban forest in Winnipeg that has many interesting features, including tree carvings and wildlife. Details of meetup location will be sent to registered participants.

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

    This rating is subject to change based on prevailing conditions at the time of the activity, including but not limited to weather.

    Duration/Distance: Approximately 3.3 km. This trail takes about 1-1.5 hours to complete with breaks to take photos and enjoy the urban greenspace.
    Experience: All skill levels are welcome. 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: Relatively flat with gravel and dirt trails that pass through an urban forest along the Seine River. It can be muddy in some areas with some ups and downs near the river.
    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 email address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking email prior to an event.

    In light of the global pandemic, we are cautiously proceeding, allowing only 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.

    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.

    • Fri, August 21, 2020
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Sun, August 23, 2020
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba
    • 0
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    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 8 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (AUGUST 13).

    PRE-TRIP MEETING (MANDATORY): AUGUST 14 @ 6:30 PM (Location TBA)

    PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

    Join us in Riding Mountain for a fun weekend away together including hiking and exploring! Using our campsites at Wasagaming Campground as our home base, we'll be doing some exploring around town and hiking trails such as Bald Hill (intermediate trail) and Brule Trail (easy). Other options include renting kayaks or paddle boards to explore the lake and/or an evening venturing to the bison enclosure for potential wildlife viewing opportunities. Further details will be discussed at our pre-trip meeting. This trip will proceed rain or shine; plans will be adjusted accordingly in the case of bad weather. Full details will be provided to registered attendees.

    Event leaders: Ashley Moore and Brittany Thiessen.

    Participants will need to bring appropriate camping and day hiking gear. A list will be provided upon registering so that you can adequately prepare. (Please check the details in your registration confirmation email!) Gear and other details will be reviewed together during our pre-trip meeting. Please be prepared to rent, purchase or borrow any items needed for this trip if you do not have.

    What the registration fee includes: campground accommodations for 2 nights including firewood and event / activity planning.
    Costs not included: optional equipment rentals, gas, park entry/passes, additional group-planned activities, meals, other misc expenses.

    Mandatory pre-trip meeting: August 14 - an email will be sent to participants 1 week prior to our meeting with further details.

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

    What to expect:

    • Six participants will be spread between the 2 camp sites. Everyone will need a small tent as we are limited to 3 small tents per site. We will need to remain physically distanced at our sites and during activities.
    • Day hiking will include intermediate level hikes at a moderate pace. You should have enough experience and fitness to be able to comfortably join an intermediate level hike where we may be facing a variety of conditions and terrain for extended distances.
    • Each day (Saturday and Sunday) will have a main group activity planned as well as optional activities that we'll plan as a group during our meeting. There won't be a planned activity for Friday evening as this time will be reserved for setting up camp and enjoying a relaxing evening. 

    Overall Average Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned above, this activity is rated a 3/5.

    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-mails prior to an event.

    In light of the global pandemic, we are cautiously proceeding, allowing only 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.

    This event allows cancellation no less than 8 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy.

Past events

Tue, August 04, 2020 Monthly Members “Fireside” Chat
Thu, July 30, 2020 Paddle Night with Prairie Paddlers
Tue, July 28, 2020 Happy Trails Hike
Sat, July 18, 2020 Introduction to Hunt Lake
Thu, July 16, 2020 Paddle Night with Prairie Paddlers
Tue, July 14, 2020 Happy Trails Hike
Sun, July 12, 2020 Lost Lake Trail Hike
Thu, July 09, 2020 Ten Essentials of Hiking Workshop
Tue, July 07, 2020 Monthly Members “Fireside” Chat
Sat, July 04, 2020 Mantario North - Beginner Overnight Hike
Tue, June 30, 2020 Happy Trails Hike
Thu, June 25, 2020 Paddle Night with Prairie Paddlers
Thu, June 18, 2020 Nature Inspired Journaling Walk
Tue, June 16, 2020 Happy Trails (and Tails) Hike
Thu, June 11, 2020 Paddle Night with Prairie Paddlers
Tue, June 09, 2020 Monthly Members “Fireside” Chat
Sun, June 07, 2020 Hunt Lake Trail Hike
Tue, June 02, 2020 Happy Trails Hike
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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