Hiking Devils Punch Bowl & Spirit Sands

Hiking season is here, yay! This Sunday I will be doing hike number 4 and summer just started. I stumbled across a group on Instagram called hikerbabes and they were looking for ambassadors all across the world. I debated sending a bio in but finally just went for it and now I am the Winnipeg chapter ambassador! This Sunday will be our second hike as a group and it’s all about empowering and motivating women to get out and enjoy the great outdoors together. The lady who started hikerbabes also start the movement “journey to 100”. Basically you have to complete 100 hikes but there is no time frame, you complete the hikes on your own terms. I’m really loving the idea of the group so far and I can’t wait to see more women out on the trails.

hikerbabes

Devils Punch Bowl (May 13, 2018)

My first hike of the season was back in May (thank goodness for all the great weather we’ve been having). Pascal and I decided to head to Devils Punch Bowl. It’s about a 2 hour drive outside the city. We made a wrong turn at first (we went into Spruce Woods Provincial Park, you need to drive past that turn off and then you’ll see a sign on the left hand side of the road for where you need to turn). It was a good day to hike there, not too hot but definitely still needed lots of water and snacks. The Devils Punch Bowl trail is 7km return. I consider the trail to be beginner level, with just a couple of steep parts. The trail is mostly sand so you WILL get sand in your shoes and you’ll want to have some shoes with good ankle support. There are lots of benches on the trail to take breaks and a bathroom in the parking lot and one at the halfway point on the trail. The highlight of the trail for me was getting to see some turtles sunbathing. The whole trail took us about 2 hours, with us taking breaks to take in views and read the information panels along the trail.

Spirit Sands – Sand Dunes (June 2, 2018)

A couple of weeks after my first visit, I went back but this time with some women from my hikerbabes group to do our first hike as a group. We decided to do the sand dunes this time and we were not disappointed. It was cloudy which was good because it wasn’t so hot. We spent about 3 hours on the trail (we could have went a little further but it began to rain so we headed back). At the start of the trail there is a shelter area with picnic tables so we had lunch there together. We made sand angels and climbed sand hills. I would consider this part of the trail to be harder than devils punch bowl, more of an intermediate trail. If you only have time to do one of the trails, I would choose the sand dunes over devils punch bowl, as it has more of a desert feel to it, making it an interesting trail for the prairies.

I will continue to write about my hiking adventures and I hope to get lots of hikes in before the warm weather passes (including some overnight hikes). If anyone has any recommendations of where to hike in and around Manitoba, let me know so I can explore. Also, if you’re interested in joining the hikerbabes movement, feel free to join the Winnipeg chapter on Facebook (just search hikerbabes community: Winnipeg, Canada on facebook) and join us on our next hike! Feel free to follow me on Instagram as well to keep up with my adventures, @coasttocoast709 .

Sara the Camel
We stopped to see Sara the Camel in Glenboro (just before the turn off towards the trails)
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5 Things to do in Winnipeg in the Winter : Part Five

It can be hard to find the motivation to exercise in the winter, especially if you aren’t an outdoor kind of person or you hate the cold. The fifth and final activity that I’m going to share for this series is one that the whole family can have fun doing.  This is one that will be sure to get you moving and is also a great idea if you’re trying to think of where to host your kids birthday. If you’re looking for something new to add to your exercise routine, give Flying Squirrel a try. 

Throne for picture taking.

What is Flying Squirrel?

Flying Squirrel is the world’s largest indoor trampoline park. They currently have 12 locations, including locations in both Canada and USA with some new locations under way. Ticket pricing at the Winnipeg location starts at $20 for 60 minutes of jump time and this gives you access to all areas, not just the trampolines. They also have special times for just adults on weekend nights. Every Tuesday they offer special pricing for the whole day where children with special needs jump for $8 an hour and the caretaker jumps for free (how awesome is that?!) They have fitness classes starting soon as well. With so many options, there’s no excuse to give it a try!

Trampolines.

What is there to do at Flying Squirrel?

Flying Squirrel is more than just a trampoline park. They have 17 attractions and 31 trampolines. My favorite attractions were the rock climbing wall (3 people can climb at once) and the Battle Beam. Me and Pascal raced each other up the rock climbing wall and were exhausted after just 3 tries. The Battle Beam is where you balance on a beam with another person and use soft jousting bars to try and knock the other person off and into the pit of foam blocks (I won). They also have huge air bags you can fall onto (I was too afraid to fall backwards) and rope swings, just to name a few. Head on over to https://flyingsquirrelsports.ca/winnipeg-manitoba/attractions/ to see a full list of attractions. They also have a small arcade area and a bar & cafe.

Rock climbing wall.

They whole time I was there, all I could think about was how cool it would of been to have a party there as a kid. But in all honesty, I still had lots of fun there as an adult. So if you’re trying to think of a fun new date night idea or where to spend a family outing, check out Flying Squirrel and let me know your opinions.Head on over to my Instagram page ( @coasttocoast709 ) to see some video clips from Flying Squirrel as well. If you have any other fun date ideas for Winnipeg, please let me know as well. We love trying new things!