|Moose Mountain Provincial Park|
Nearly 100,000 acres of lakes and forest....home to a great variety of wildlife, great fishing and scenic grandeur - that's Moose Mountain Park. The park's main lake, Kenosee, is its focal point with beaches and swimming. The park has all the amenities the visitor needs and has plenty of accommodation with cabins for rent and over 300 camp sites. There are nature trails in the park which can be enjoyed on foot, horseback or on all terrain bikes. We hope you enjoy your visit to Moose Mountain and its surrounding area, in this province of so many beautiful parks.
Cannington Manor Tour (68 km return)
This tour starts and finishes at the park. The destination of the tour is Cannington Manor, a long abandoned English settlement that created many enduring legends. Leaving the park take Hwy 9 north. At the junction with Hwy 48, which is about 8km along the road, you should turn east towards Wawota. Hwy 9 is a paved road with wide paved shoulders which are in good condition. Hwy 48 is much the same but the shoulders are unmarked. There are several vacation farms along Hwy 48 which not only offer horseback riding, but also a meal or pack lunch on short notice. The town of Wawota has most essential services and one can pick up any supplies needed. Be sure to visit the Wawota District Museum on Main Street. The next stop on the tour is Cannington Man or. Take Grid Road 603 from Wawota south for 11km. The road is gravel, and maybe tricky to ride on if you don't have an MTB. At the end of Hwy 603 turn west and go for 2km, the turn north for 1km and you will approach Cannington Manor Historic Park. Cannington Manor was established in 1882 by Captain Edward Pierce, as a home for his family and also served as a general purpose school for the area. The Manor became a place where wealthy families in England sent their troublesome children.. As the Manor grew in size, it took on more of a cosmopolitan air, becoming a microcosm of English upper class society. The men indulged in games of soccer and cricket on the village green. They bred race horses and went on traditional fox hunts - glittering in full regalia. The settlement attracted artists Inglis Sheldon-Williams and Mary Maltby. Cannington Manor declined just after the turn of the century because the railroad decided to break the agreement with the settlement and locate its trans-continental lin e further north. As well some of the settlements more visionary schemes produced less than satisfactory financial results. Nowadays Cannington Manor has an information centre, a smithy, carpenters house, All Saints Anglican Church and the Maltby House. The church however is not apart of the park and is not open to visitors. On leaving the area take the same gravel road south for 1km and then head west for 5km. At the intersection take the road heading north and after riding for 6km on your left you w ill see the access road to Cannington Lake Resort 3km away. The resort has camping, rental cabins, picnic areas, miniature golf, and boat rentals. To return to Moose Mountain Provincial Park go 3km north past the entrance to the resort and take the Christopher Trail. Go west for 12km along this lightly gravelled, winding and easy riding trail, until you reach Hwy 9 where you turn north to the park entrance 200m away.
Moose Mountain - Arcola Tour (104 km return)
This tour is 52 km one way, starting at Moose Mountain Provincial Park and heading to the final destination at Kisbey. Take Hwy. 9 south, which after 3km will bring you to the start of an Indian Reserve and 7km further is the White Bear Lake Resort. The resort, owned and operated by the reservation, has three campgrounds, two beaches, a native arts and crafts shop and most amenities the traveler needs. The roads around the resort are winding and quite hilly. Continuing along Hwy 9 for another 11km you will come to the town of Carlyle. This road is paved with wide, paved shoulders and the terrain is generally flat with trees on either side until you reach the reserve. Carlyle has a great deal to offer the visitor. There is a variety of stores, several restaurants, a golf course, roller skating arena and a campground 1km past the local country club. Of special interest is the Rusty Relic Museum and Tourist Information Centre on 3rd Street West and Railway Avenue.
The tour continues by heading west for 16km on Hwy 13 to Arcola. The road is paved, straight and has paved shoulders. The countryside is flat with few trees. The town of Arcola has a magical sense of timelessness about it - vistas essentially unchanged since the 1920's and a beautiful location beside a series of low rolling hills. The town has been the site for two movies - W.O. Mitchell's ‘Who Has Seen the Wind' and the other produced by the National Film Board. Take Hwy 13 west from Arcola towards Kisbey. 4km before you reach Kisbey is a picnic/campground area which has toilets, tables and bar-be-que stands but no running water. The tour ends in Kisbey and the return journey is the same as the outward journey. If you feel that you spent too much time in the saddle, then it may be necessary to camp at one of the sites passed on the tour.
Moose Mountain - Kipling Tour (94 km return)
This tour starts and finishes at the park and goes to Kipling. Leave Moose Mountain Provincial Park on Hwy 9 north until you reach the junction with Hwy 48 about 20km away. Turn west at the junction and after 3km you will reach the town of Kennedy. Kennedy has retail stores, food stores and an information centre in the village office. There is a picnic area in the village which is also the site of a war memorial. Hwy 48 is paved but rough and the shoulder is unmarked. After visiting Kennedy take Hwy 48 west to Kipling. The edge of the road gets a bit better later on but remains unmarked. The countryside is gently rolling with clusters of trees. The trip from Kennedy to Kipling is 23km. In Kipling there is a museum on 4th Street and Centennial Avenue. The town is very active commercially, and there are many different restaurants and shops for you to pass some restful moments in before you get back on the bike. To get back to your home base at the park, in time for some early evening fishing, simply retrace your route along Hwy 48.