Reeve’s Ravine, an 11.5-km loop trail that rises 165 meters (541 feet) from the trailhead to the summit, presents many dramatic views of the seemingly endless Manitoba lowlands spread out below.
Designed with the help of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) and the Manitoba Escarpment Trail Society, the trail aims to deliver quality recreational experiences and improve safety for both hikers and mountain bikers, while limiting environmental impacts.
And, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette, celebrated the opening of the Reeve’s Ravine Trail, a new multi-use non-motorized recreation trail on the east side of Riding Mountain National Park.
“Trails inspire Canadians to get active, stay fit and see the wilderness,” said Mr. Sopuck. “This project is a fine example of community members, bike enthusiasts, First Nations and the Government of Canada working together to ensure visitors are provided with incredible opportunities to discover, experience, and learn about this beautiful escarpment area.”
The Reeve’s Ravine trail starts at the Burls and Bittersweet trailhead just north of the East Gate.
The best way to enjoy Reeve’s Ravine is to take the easier slope and ride or hike up the north leg of the trail to the summit. At the top, one can gaze out from a vantage point that has not been accessible to the public before.
From here, one can see into the microclimate of Reeve’s Ravine and out over the expanse of the great Manitoba prairie: the former lake bed of the great inland sea, Lake Agassiz.
Further down the trail, there are unique bur oak tree meadows. These trees, some of which are 295 years old, show evidence of the pioneer logging industry.
The trail was designed with the help of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), whose trail building guidelines aim to deliver quality recreational experiences and improve safety for both hikers and mountain bikers.
Reeve’s Ravine Trail was built at a total cost of $15,000 with the help of the Manitoba Escarpment Trails Society (METS) and community members whose volunteers contributed hundreds of hours of labour to help build the trail. Their work was mostly done using hand tools because the trail is not accessible to mechanized equipment.