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We spent four hours hiking the trails through the Spirit Sands area (formerly called Carberry... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2018
Courtenay, Vancouver Island, BC
Manitoba desert with wonderful scenery, but, the hiking is challenging

If you can handle the hiking conditions (trails have several soft sandy sections, which can be... read more

Reviewed August 17, 2018
Winnipeg, Canada
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Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Carberry, Manitoba, Canada
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Reviewed August 23, 2018

We spent four hours hiking the trails through the Spirit Sands area (formerly called Carberry Desert) in the Spruce Woods provincial park. The flora (grasses, shrubs and trees) are gradually taking over the sand, but there are still lots of areas that show how the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank WileyFrench
Reviewed August 17, 2018

If you can handle the hiking conditions (trails have several soft sandy sections, which can be especially challenging going uphill) a great place for a hike. The Spirit Sands Trail is about 2 kms to the top of the sand dunes, with additional trails (up...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank louguay67
Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

Awesome place for long or short hikes. Still quite wild and a cool anomaly in the middle of a farming province. Bring plenty of water and some snacks as it is hot and dry here. Make sure you know your limits and don’t exceed them...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Ray K
Reviewed January 29, 2018

Have been to Spirt Sands many times. It's in Spruce Woods Provincial Park. There is parking available & option to take a horse drawn wagon tour or use the foot path & hike. It's quite an experience & the scenery is remarkable. You won't be...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Geri P
Reviewed December 21, 2017

We have done a couple different trails at Spirit Sands, both were good groomed, well marked trails. We were here last in September and there were plentiful berries everywhere..some areas are taxing, especially in the heat, so bring lots of water....Pets are allowed and our...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Blaine J
Reviewed July 5, 2017

You don't need to hike to see the dunes, the forests, the views, and the famous Devil's Punchbowl! Ride the wagons! Horse-drawn, shaded Conestogas head out several times a day, from the trail head at the Provincial Park. Stops are included, at locations that have...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Islander001
Reviewed July 4, 2017

We hiked the Spirit Sands trail to the punch Bowl with a Park Interpreter while camping at Kiche Manitou Campground in Spruce Woods Provincial Park over the May long weekend. It was extremely interesting as different terrains are crossed - some of them quite surprising....More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Linda S
Reviewed July 4, 2017 via mobile

Earlier this I went hiking in the Spirit Sands and today I convinced my mom to come back with me and see the Sands on the covered wagon ride operated by Spirit Sands Wagon Outfitters. The wagons were busy today in spite of the heat...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank dawnac2014
Reviewed June 3, 2017

This is a educational and scenic hike, better if there's a park interpreter to elaborate on the sign boards. It weaves between the dunes (disappearing), prairie and woods. Lots of animals to be see though they're mostly small. Birds too. Not really difficult and rugged...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank YVRcockroach
Reviewed November 13, 2016

If you like sand, and the Spirit Sands has lots of it, you need to come investigate this. There are numerous trails to visit. And this has to be like the fortieth time I've come here. It is wonderful!

Date of experience: August 2016
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alex e
June 8, 2017|
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Response from YVRcockroach | Reviewed this property |
Dogs if on leash
March 8, 2017|
Response from barkermoney | Reviewed this property |
Depending on the length of the ride, those are usually $5-$7/person.