Exploring Canadian Backroads Coast to Coast 2007 travel blog

Kamsack water tower

Thye scenery improved as soon as we left Kamsack heading south east.

This was a great little road that even had a few hills

Welcome to Manitoba

This morning we left Kamsack, SK via a curvy little gravel road that eventually tied into a narrow paved road that was equally as curvy and a lot of fun to ride. The scenery and terrrain began to change quickly with more and more treed areas and even a few hills!

We entered Manitoba on a small secondary road just past Togo, SK then turned south on highway 83 to Roblin, Manitoba. At Roblin we stopped for lunch in an old train station converted to a cafe. A great atmosphere and very good food.

A lot of people were leaving just after we arrived and we wondered why until we figured out we had just lost an hour crossing the border and were arriving at 1:00 PM, not 12:00 noon.

From Roblin we headed west to Dauphin, Manitoba where we picked up a few groceries for supper then headed south to Riding Mountain National Park. I had heard about Riding Mountain Park for many years so I was looking forward to seeing it.

According to the Parks Canada web site "Riding Mountain, covering 2973 square kilometres (1145 sq. miles) of rolling hills and valleys, stretches eastward from a dramatic rise of land known as Manitoba Escarpment. This park includes expanses of boreal (northern) forest, a strip of eastern deciduous forest along the foot of the escarpment, huge meadows of rough fescue grasslands in its west end, and significant tracts of marsh and river-bottom wetland. This area of wilderness surrounded by agriculture is home to wolves, moose, elk, black bear, hundreds of bird species, countless insects and a captive bison herd."

The ride through the park was very nice. The pave road winds it's way through the various ecological zones as described above. Near the southern edge of the park we left the pavement and rode a narrow dirt road west about 22 km to Audy Lake.

We set up camp, cooked supper then whiled away the rest of the evening around a campfire listening to the loons out on the lake. This is a very peacefull place.

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