Nestled along the western border of Manitoba about 3 1/2 hours from Winnipeg on the Yellowhead Highway # 16, the picturesque Asessippi Parkland region includes the towns of Russell, Inglis, Binscarth, Angusville, Shellmouth and the surrounding municipalities.
The striking combination of rolling plinas and deeply incised wooded river valleys differentiates the Asessippi Parkland from other prairie landscapes. The beauty and diversity of the Assiniboine and Shell River Valleys and Asessippi Provincial Park along with the close promimity to Riding Mountain National Park and Duck Mountain Provincial Park have created a destination with a reason for all seasons.
Spring and summer in the Asessippi Parkland open the doors to a natural wonderland. The region boasts a wide variety of flora and fauna able to impress even the most experienced of birders and naturalists. To encounter nature at its finist hit the Trans Canada trail along the nature trails at Binscarth Park & Pool, Asessippi Provincial Park and Asessippi Ski Hill and Winter Park. The variety of trails provides options for hiking, cycling and horseback riding.
The fish are biting and Lake of the Prairies offers some of the best walley fishing in North America. During the first weekend in June, the Russell and District Lions Club hosts the “Prairie Classic” Walley Fishing derby, where 150 teams compete for major prizes. Opportunities for fly fishing increase each year as new lakes are developed in and around the regiona.
Asessippi Provincial Park, located on Lake of the Prairies, attracts thousands of visitors each year. In addition to great fishing, facilities exist for camping, yurt rentals, hiking trails, boating, swimming and water sports. Camping is available at several hidden treasure – SilverBeach, Asessippi Beach and Campground and the Binscarth Park and Pool. In addition to campsite the area has top notch hotel, cabin, bed and Breakfast and guest house accommodations that are sure to meet the needs of any size group year round. An outstanding variety of restaurants, retail shops and services round out your vacation experience.
If golfing is your passion you will surely enjoy the challenge of the Russell and Prairie Lake golf courses. A quick round at Binscarth’s community course or minigolf at Binscarth Park and Pool or Asessippi Provincial Park provides an excellent family diversion.
A Prairie history lesson can be enjoyed through a trip to the Inglis Elevators National Historic Site, the only remaining row of vintage Prairie Grain Elevators; and Skinners Arboretum, which highlights the work of Dr. Frank Skinner, one of Canada’s most innovative horticulturists. Tails of early settlement are told at the Angusville Heritage Hall, the Binscarth Gordon Orr Museum, St Elijah Romanian Orthodox Church Museum and the Paulencu Pioneer home near Inglis and the Asessippi Townsite as well as at many other points of historic interest that you will find along the way.
Wildlife abounds and hunters with the opportunity to hunt deer, moose, elk, black bear and geese every fall. Our location in the heart of two important waterfowl regions ensures some of the best waterfowl hunting in the Province.
In winter experience the thrill of skiing, snowboarding or downhill snow tubing at Manitoba’s premier resort. Asessippi Ski Hill and Winter Park features twenty five runs, 3 lifts, tubing, and two terrain parks. They have now added summer activities to the mix – river tubing, kayaking, paint ball, hiking and biking trails. X-country enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy the groomed trails at Moose Lake and Rivendell.
Snowmobilers will delight in our varied terrain and scenery; hills, valleys and wide open spaces with plenty of outstanding hospitality along the route. 500 km of groomed trail that wind through the Birdtail, Assiniboine and Shell Valleys are at your disposal.
If your visit entices you to stay the cottage industry around the lake and ski hill has exploded in the last couple of years. Private developments at Kilman’s, Prairie Lake, Asessippi Ski Hill, Beautiful Lake and Silver Beach as well as several government lot subdivisions around Lake of the Prairies offer a chance to own a little piece of our paradise!
To find out more about the area, the numberous events that take place throughout the year and how to book your visit check out the website at www.asessippiparklandtourism.com or phone 204-773-4792