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Owner description: This small cluster of islands was once settled by migrating Icelanders.
Reviewed September 2, 2018

We went during the week in August and while not deserted, the park was quite quiet. Astonishingly so! There were times when we were completely by ourselves. There is a lot to do in this park, and the scenery is stunning. There are quite a number of hikes which are different lengths, from 34 km one way to 10km round trip to 1 and 2 kms. You can go to Grassy Narrows Marsh at the bottom of Hecla and do a number of hikes there too. The bird life there is fantastic! We also saw quite a few frogs there as well as snakes and insects. Near Grassy Narrows there is an animal hide. We did not see any animals, but we definitely had an excellent view of the wildlife refuge on the west side of the island. Around the island we saw a buck, several fawns, a mouse, and other small animals, as well as various birds. We went kayaking out of the Gull Harbor Marina which was very pleasant and not at all expensive. You can rent other types of boats there is well. We did not see any place you could rent a bicycle, but if you brought your own bicycle, there is a wonderful path that goes through the park. If you are staying at the campground, there is a tennis court close by. And you can walk down to Sunset Beach to watch the sunset. You can wander through historic Hecla Village during the day. Most of the buildings are still being used but some are now closed. The village is very picturesque and presents a number of opportunities for photography. You can swim in Lake Winnipeg which can be chilly depending on where you jump in. There is a pretty good spa with a number of swimming and soaking options at Lakeview Resort. There are a few good hikes behind the resort as well, including one to see very picturesque old and new lighthouses. If you play golf, there is the golf course right next to the resort which is supposed to be quite nice.

There are a number of places to stay, including Gull Harbor Marina and Lighthouse Inn, the Lakeview Hecla Resort, and the campground. There is also the Solmundson Gesta Hus B & B. Both the Lighthouse Inn and the Resort have restaurants which serve decent food. You can pick up groceries at the little grocery store in the village. There are picnic tables throughout the park.

One of the best things about the park are the plentiful clean outhouses that are sprinkled throughout! The island is large enough that you appreciate having access to these facilities after a long hike. Hilariously, even the cemetery has a restroom. We would heartily recommend a long visit. We spent 5 days and still felt we could have stayed longer.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 30, 2018

If you are looking for a place that offers something for everyone, then search no further. My husband, friend and I had never visited this area prior to, and were all pleasantly surprised and happy with everything that Hecla Provincial Park offers. We started our adventures in the historic village, which was charming, clean and all of the people we talked to were very polite and friendly. We rented out a non-electric campsite for the evening, which was located close to all of the amenities that you would need, clean washrooms, showers, water, close to the beach, etc. The campsite itself was a bit of a let down, it didn't look anything like the pictures on the site. We had prepared for a very private site, with a long driveway and a thick perimeter of trees. However, this was not the case. Once we set up and got settled in, we were fine with it, as we didn't actually spend a lot of time there. The beach sand was clean, soft and fine, similar to what you would find at Grand Beach. The water was clear and cool. We found a spot on the beach where you could watch the sailboats out on the water. Later that evening we spent hours on the beach, watching the meteor shower and star gazing. It was absolutely beautiful, and one of my favorite evenings ever! I wish we had more time to explore some of the hiking trails, but will go back very soon to do just this. Hecla is now one of our favorite spots to camp and I look forward to many more camping trips there. I highly recommend this place. Friendly reminder: take your camera! Everywhere you turn you will want to try to capture Hecla's natural beauty in a photo! Also, if you are looking for a place to eat, the Lighthouse Inn was fantastic. They didn't have air conditioning, and the service was kind of slow, but the food was delicious and the restaurant itself was very cute!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank tinalaugust
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place. Lots of spots to swim, hike and bike. The campground is nice clean.

It’s a beautiful place to go

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Slgway
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Reviewed August 24, 2018

Hecla Provincial Park is a Manitoba gem, with something for everyone. Beautiful scenery (at least by Manitoba standards), some nice trails, fishing, golf, history and heritage, and fine dining and luxury accommodations at the Lakeview Resort. On the down side, some of the facilities are showing their age, and some prime scenic areas have been overtaken by cottage lots.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank kimpete8
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Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

Hecla Village is definitely the highlight for everyone interested in history. The walk through this village with all the explanations is very interesting and the flyers are very helpful.
The trails in the area are also well marked and a great variety of birds and wildlife can be seen.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank PhilUweCollins
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