The Glenboro-South Cypress trail extends for 45km/ 28 miles, from the trailhead at the boundary of RM North Cypress 8km/5 miles south of Carberry. There is a gap of approximately 10 km between the south end of the Carberry trail section and Spruce Woods Provincial Park, requiring you to follow Highway 5 until you reach the Epinette Creek parking lot, where the trail picks up again. The trail runs through the Rural Municipality of South Cypress and Spruce Woods Provincial Park, to the southern boundary of the park (6 ½ km north of the Cypress River).
The trail passes through mixed-grass prairie, a transition zone between the endangered tall-grass prairie of the east and the short-grass prairie of the west. Big bluestem, the plant that gives tall-grass prairie its name, stretches 2 m high in some areas including the edge of Spirit Sands. In other places, pincushion cacti are almost unnoticeable until their magenta blossoms open.
Where the prairie meets forest or open sand, the unusual western hognose snake can sometimes be found in wait for its prey. Manitoba’s only lizard, the northern prairie skink can be found on grassy hillsides. Herds of majestic wapiti absent for decades, once again graze on the prairie.
- Spruce Woods Provincial Park
- Habitat for Manitoba’s only lizard, the northern skink and other unique species.
- Mixed Grass Prairie
- Spirit Sands
- Epinette Creek Trail
- Stunning viewpoints along the trail
- Within Spruce Woods Provincial Park:
- Epinette Creek Parking Lot
- Kitche Manitou Campground
- Equestrian Campground #1 parking lot