COVID-19 UPDATE: We are planning a lot of fun upcoming activities and are looking forward to the future. We are proceeding (very cautiously!) with events going forward which take place outdoors (click here for more info) and comply with Manitoba regulations. Don't forget to connect and engage with us on our community's Facebook hub where we have lots of sharing and fun things going on. If you're a Member, don't forget to check our Members-Only page for updates.

We run a variety of events throughout the year! Non-members can join events at our non-member price. Our events are exclusively for adult (18+) women. We define “women” broadly to include individuals who identify as cisgender, transgender, femme/feminine, genderqueer and non-binary. Learn more about us on our Who We Are page and also read our FAQ page here.

Upcoming events

    • Thu, July 09, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM (CDT)
    • Wilderness Supply
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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, 1 DAY BEFORE THE EVENT (JULY 8)


    Join Backcountry Women and Wilderness Supply for an evening workshop to learn about the Ten Essentials of Hiking and preparedness for your next hike! 

    This list of essential items to carry on a hike was created to answer two questions: can you respond positively to an accident or emergency and can you safely spend a night on the trail if you became lost or injured? Come learn about different gear that can be used to round out the Ten Essentials in your backpack and why each essential is important to carry.

    Participants will receive a Ten Essentials digital handout.

    Event Moderator: Christina Hiebert CLICK TO LEARN MORE

    Time & location: Please arrive at 6 PM. Wilderness Supply (50 Isabel St) is closed to the public at this time and doors will be locked. The workshop will begin promptly at 6:15 PM.

      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, July 12, 2020
      • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
      • Whiteshell Provincial Park
      • 2
      Register

      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. 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 (JULY 10) 

      A lot of the more popular trails in the Whiteshell area are getting busy, so this is an opportunity to check out a lesser-known trail in the Whiteshell called the Lost Lake Trail! (It's part of the The Great Trail.)

      This trail is located near West Hawk Lake. It is an approximately 7km route, which we will do out and back for a total of approximately 14km. Doing this as an out and back allows us to avoid a road walk. We will hike along the Great Trail (purple, #7 on the map below) until it meets up with the Lost Lake Trail (#8 on the map) and follow the trail until it meets up with Hwy 312, at which point we will turn around the retrace our route back to our vehicles.  This hike includes a potential opportunity to take a swim in West Hawk Lake.

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

      Event leaders: Kerry St George 

      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.

      LocationWe will meet at the the corner of Hwy 44 and 312.  We will park our cars along the side of the road on 312.  

      Overall Average Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 4/5.
      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 14 KM return, 5-6 hours with breaks.
      Experience: This event is open to participants with a good level of fitness who have intermediate 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 trail is a maintained wider trail with lots of ups and downs over roots and rocks. 
      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.

      • Tue, July 14, 2020
      • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
      • Northeast Pioneers Greenway
      • 5
      Register

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (JULY 12) 

      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!

      LocationNortheast Pioneers Greenway We will meet at East Kildonan Centennial Park. There is a parking lot at this location.

      This trail is suitable for all mobility levels and accessible by near by bus routes. Interpretive signs assist in identifying flora and fauna, such as big bluestem, little bluestem, needle grass, milkweed, asters, mallards, carp, turtles and more.

      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. 

      Overall Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 1/5This rating is subject to change based on prevailing conditions at the time of the activity, including but not limited to weather.

      Duration/Distance: The whole trail is 5.5 KM one way. We will walk in one direction until 8 PM and return back to our starting point for 9 PM.
      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: Asphalt surfacing and suitable for all levels. There is no shade along this route so please be sure to pack a hat.
      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.

      • Thu, July 16, 2020
      • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
      • La Salle, Manitoba
      • 2
      Register

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, ONE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT (JULY 15) 

      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. 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 a lesson, 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, pump for inflatables, etc. (Failing to do so means you won't be qualified to participate in the event.) You are responsible for your own safety.

      Event leaders: Ashley Moore and Prairie Paddlers

      Arrival Time: Please arrive no later than 6:25 PM if you're renting a paddle board - your instructors will begin providing important information and instruction for the lesson promptly at 6:30 PM, so please do not be late

      How it works:

      Paddle board renters will receive instructions before launching as well as a lesson with Prairie Paddlers.  As noted above, you must be on time for your lesson to begin promptly at 6:30.

      Other participants (those registered who are bringing their own equipment) are expected to allow plenty of time as well, as all participants will launch on the water no later than 7:00 PMWe recommend showing up by 6:30 latest and allow enough travel time so that you aren't late (especially if La Salle is a new location to you!).

      • The recommended 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. 
      • You must show up allowing enough time to get set up/inflate your own equipment. The instructors are there to conduct a lesson and can't help with participants needs unless they are signed up for the lesson option.

      We will be launching in a staggered fashion as separate groups based on who is renting & receiving a lesson, and who is bringing their own equipment.

      Thanks for doing your part to help us run a smooth event for all!

      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 Average Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 2/5.
      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 1 hour of paddling. 
      Experience: Paddle board renters will be padding with two Paddle Canada certified paddle board instructors who will provide a lesson before launching as well as throughout the session. This is your opportunity to learn or brush up on the basics, safety awareness, and techniques including mounting on the board, kneeling, standing, turning your board, forward stroke and more. The instructors are there to build your confidence! NOTE: All other participants must know how to independently set up and 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.

      • Sat, July 18, 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
      • Whiteshell Provincial Park
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      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, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (JULY 16) 

      Join us on Hunt Lake for a taste of the trail. This hike will be a good opportunity to explore the trail without committing to the entire distance. The first part of the trail is the hardest so be ready for a physical and mental workout! There will be opportunities to stop for photography and to enjoy the views. Depending on water levels and weather, there may be an opportunity to swim at our turn around point. 

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

      Event leaders: Christina Hiebert and Brittany Theissen Click for more information!

      Arrival Time: by 8:30 AM. We will begin the hike no later than 9:00 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. Plan to arrive early for parking at the trail head otherwise you will have to park on the road and walk to the trail head. 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 4/5This 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 return.
      Experience: This event is open to participants who have intermediate or above level hiking experience. You should have the ability to walk with the group at a 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 a narrow paths, steep climbs and descents on rock walls, and has a lot roots and rocks that are slippery when wet.
      Pace: Slow to moderate. Expect to hike with people who like to stop and take photos and take in their surroundings.

      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.

      • Tue, July 28, 2020
      • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
      • Birds Hill Provincial Park
      • 9
      Registration is closed

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (JULY 12) 

      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: A portion of interconnecting Bluestem/Chickadee/Aspen Trails. Parking is available at Birds Hill Ranch and we will meet at the Bluestem Aspen Trail head 


      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 1/5This rating is subject to change based on prevailing conditions at the time of the activity, including but not limited to weather.

      Duration/Distance: 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: A combination of grass and paved. Suitable for all levels of 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
      • 9
      Registration is closed

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (AUG. 16) 

      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 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.

      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.

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