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Feb 6, 2021

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Yurts so good

Used for centuries by nomadic tribes in Mongolia, yurts have quickly become a cool camping option across North America. While ancient Mongolians prized their portability and symbolic meaning (as a link between man and nature), modern campers appreciate yurts’ open space and cozy interiors. Today’s structures are also engineered to endure extreme weather conditions. In Manitoba, you can overnight in a yurt at several provincial parks, including: Asessippi, Bakers Narrows, Camp Morton, Campers Cove, Childs Lake, Nutimik Lake, Paint Lake, Spruce Woods, Stephenfield and Tulabi Falls. Park yurts feature windows and a skylight, electric lighting and outlets, a heater, cozy beds and rustic log furniture. And at just $56 per night, they’re an affordable, family-friendly vacation idea this spring and beyond.

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Cabin life

Rent a cabin for a woodsy retreat

Bunk for the night in a Camp Morton log cabin. Just an hour north of Winnipeg, the rustic abodes sit on the western shore of Lake Winnipeg. Nature lovers will relish staying in one of 20 cabins on Hecla Island. Choose from 15 standard structures or five upgraded premium options. Lap up lakeside luxury at Inverness Falls Resort. Stay in a spacious cabin complete with loft, hot tub, wood-burning fireplace and satellite TV.

Down on the farm

Rustic retreats help you find your inner farmer

An original Manitoba homestead, Farm Away lets you get hands-on with livestock, including horses, cows, sheep and chickens. The Portage la Prairie property offers bed-and-breakfast accommodations or a full farmhouse rental.

While technically not a farm, Barn in the Bush offers its own brand of country serenity. Overlooking Lake of the Prairies, the inn features seven rooms spread across two levels of a bright red barn. Cast a line just steps from your room, or try nearby river tubing.

Park your boots at 9 Finger Ranch near Rossburn for a rugged getaway a stone’s throw from Riding Mountain National Park. The working Angus cattle ranch has various accommodation styles, from hostel-like dorms to B&B rooms to RV camping.

Need help getting around? Check out CAA travel maps and guides to help you get where you want to go.

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