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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  • 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

    • Mon, September 21, 2020
    • 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • St. Boniface
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (SEPTEMBER 19) 

    PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

    Join Backcountry Women for a leisurely urban cycle through St. Boniface. We will follow a portion of the Great Trail, the longest recreational trail in the world. The trail offers a wide range of activities across Canada including hiking, cycling, and paddling through a variety of landscapes in urban, rural and wilderness settings.

    St. Boniface is rich with Winnipeg history. Points of interest along the route will include Seine River Trail, St Boniface Cathedral, and Fort Gibraltar. We will stop at a few locations to take pictures and have water breaks.

    Cycling helmets are mandatory to participate in this event.

    Event leader: Christina Hiebert Click for more information!

    Arrival Time6:15 PM. We will begin cycling no later than 6:30 PMThe 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: We will begin and end our event at the Forks Market. The exact meeting location will be provided to registered participants. Hourly paid parking is available at spots around the Forks.

    Full details will be provided 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/DistanceDistance will be approximately 10 KM

    Experience: You should have the ability to cycle with the group at a steady pace and be comfortable riding with traffic on the road when applicable. Please familiarize yourself with cycling hand-signals if you are not and be prepared to use them. If you are new to urban cycling, check out How to Bike in the City from REI.

    Terrain: Natural trail, gravel, asphalt, and paved. A portion of the ride is along the Seine River where there could be wet and uneven spots. A mountain-style / hybrid bike is recommended for this reason.  
    Pace: This activity will be at a slow to moderate pace.


    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.

    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 2 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy.

    • Tue, September 22, 2020
    • 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • Silver Springs Park in the town of Birds Hill and Duff Roblin Parkway
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (SEPTEMBER 20) 

    PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

    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 Time6:15 PM. We will begin the hike no later than 6:30 PM(Please note the time change from previous Happy Trail Hikes if you have participated. We are slowly losing sunlight and want to utilize the daylight as much as possible.) 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: Silver Springs Park in the town of Birds Hill and Duff Roblin Parkway. These two trails are part of the Great Trail that extends 27,000 KM across Canada. The Great Trail is the longest recreational trail in the world and offers a wide range of activities including hiking, cycling, and paddling through a variety of landscapes in urban, rural and wilderness settings. 

    Full details will be provided 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: The walk will be two hours in length. We will walk in one direction for an hour before turning around to return to trail head. Distance will be approximately 7 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: Packed limestone, gravel, and asphalt. There are some gradual inclines and declines. There is approximately 550 meters of road-walking to connect Silver Springs Park to Duff Roblin Parkway. 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.

    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 2 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy.

    • Tue, September 29, 2020
    • 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • St. Vital Park
    • 1
    Register

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (SEPTEMBER 27) 

    PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

    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 Time6:15 PM. We will begin the hike no later than 6:30 PM(Please note the time change from previous Happy Trail Hikes if you have participated. We are slowly losing sunlight and want to utilize the daylight as much as possible.) 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: St. Vital Park  is located along the winding Red River in southern Winnipeg. We will explore this popular Winnipeg park while remaining on asphalt trails and roads which are suitable for all mobility levels.

    Full details will be provided to registered attendees. 

    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: The walk will be two hours and approximately 6 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: We will remain on asphalt trails and roads which are suitable for all mobility 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.

    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 wait list. 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 2 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy.

    • Sat, October 03, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Whiteshell Provincial Park
    • 0
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    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (OCTOBER 1)

    PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

    McGillivaray Falls is a looped trail featuring beautiful views, waterfalls and a peaceful lake along the way. 

    There is an option for a long and short loop and we will hike the 4.6 km long loop, which leads to McGillivaray Lake. The trail is located a short ways north of Caddy Lake in the central area of the Whiteshell. The trail follows through forest, across rocky areas and along the shoreline of the lake. There are some overgrown sections of forest to navigate, some ups and downs, and a couple of steeper but short climbs. We will stop for lunch at the shelter along McGillivaray Lake to enjoy the scenic views. 

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

    Event leaders: Brittany Thiessen and Ashley Moore. Click for more information

    Arrival Time: by 9:30 AM. We will begin the hike no later than 10:00 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.

    Location: We will meet in the parking lot at the trailhead of McGillivaray Falls. See the Google Maps location here

    Overall Average Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 3/5.
    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 4.6 km (2 hours with a break for lunch included).
    Experience: This event is open to participants with an average level of fitness who have some hiking experience. You must have the ability to walk with the group at a moderate pace for the duration of the activity and come to the activity with appropriate outerwear and gear.  
    Terrain: The trail is well-maintained and includes some ups and downs across rocky terrain and through forested sections. There are some overgrown sections of forest and the potential for muddy areas in the lower-lying areas. 
    Pace: Moderate with a break for lunch and additional stops for water as needed.

    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.

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

    • Tue, October 06, 2020
    • 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • Bird's Hill Provincial Park
    • 9
    Registration is closed

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (OCTOBER 4)

    PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

    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 6:15 PM. We will begin the hike no later than 6:30 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: We will hike the first loop of Cedar Bog in Bird's Hill Provincial Park and connect with the Duff Roblin Parkway (along the Red River Floodway) Our hike will take us over the pedestrian / cycling bridge on Highway 59. This is a gorgeous route to view the sunset. 

    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 8 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: Grass, dirt, crushed limestone, and asphalt. There are gentle inclines and declines. 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.

    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 2 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy.

    • Tue, October 20, 2020
    • 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • Bridgwater Forest Loop
    • 9
    Registration is closed

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (OCTOBER 18) 

    PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

    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 6:15 PM. We will begin the hike no later than 6:30 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. 

    LocationBridgwater Forest Loop and adjacent Bridgewater Forest trails.  We do not need to venture far for a connection with nature. Winnipeg has a number of active-transportation routes around the city, including the newer community of Bridgewater Forest. The pathways wind through meadow, lakes, and mature forest.

    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: Walk will be two hours and approximately 6 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: Crushed limestone and asphalt. 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.

    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 2 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy.

    • Tue, November 03, 2020
    • 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • Kings Park
    • 9
    Registration is closed

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (NOVEMBER 1) 

    PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

    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 6:15 PM. We will begin the hike no later than 6:30 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. 

    LocationKings Park The centre of the park boasts a beautiful Pagoda Gardens and the Carol Shield's Memorial Labyrinth. It is a beautiful, picturesque park located in the Fort Richmond neighbourhood. 

    Please note that there there is the possibility of coming into contact with off-leash dogs due to an off-leash section in the park. 

    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: Walk will be two hours in length and approximately 5 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: We will walk along the river where there may be muddy spots as well as walk on asphalt and crushed limestone. 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.

    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 2 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy.

Past events

Tue, September 15, 2020 Happy Trails Hike
Sat, September 12, 2020 Pine Point Rapids Fall Hike
Thu, September 10, 2020 Paddle Night with Prairie Paddlers
Thu, August 27, 2020 Paddle Night with Prairie Paddlers
Tue, August 25, 2020 Happy Trails (and Tails) Hike
Sat, August 22, 2020 Gorge Creek Trail Hike
Fri, August 21, 2020 Riding Mountain Weekend
Tue, August 18, 2020 Happy Trails (and Tails) Hike
Tue, August 11, 2020 Happy Trails Hike
Fri, August 07, 2020 Nutimik Weekend
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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