Spring is finally here and it seems as though most Manitobans are very excited to be outside and in the warmer weather! I've lived in Manitoba for four years now, and one place my husband and I always visit every spring or early summer is the desert near Glenboro, Manitoba. I remember the first time we drove down Highway 2 and saw the gigantic cement camel.
At that time we had no idea that Manitoba even had a desert and were a bit surprised and puzzled as to why there was a big cement camel. I learned a few months later while reading a Manitoba vacation brochure that there is a real, naturally occuring desert in Manitoba and that it is called Spirit Sands and is located in Spruce Woods Provincial Park near Glenboro. We decided to check it out. It is about 2 hours from Winnipeg and about 1.5 hours from Brandon and is very easy to find. There is a nice, well maintained hiking trail a short distance through the woods that leads you to the desert. The hiking trail is very easy and accessible and is suitable for a stroller and children. There is also an option of taking a covered wagon into the desert if you are not in the hiking mood.
Once you reach the desert it is pretty cool and quite amazing to see. You have no idea that you are in Manitoba.
There are dunes, cactus, even some small lizards and snakes. You are free to explore and enjoy the natural beauty.
If you are in Manitoba and you haven't been to Spirit Sands you really should check it out. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it. You won't be disappointed as it is definitely worth the drive.