Blue Water South portion of the Trans Canada Trail extends from the Pinawa Dam Provincial Heritage Park to Great Falls, a distance of approximately 37 km. The Pinawa Dam site contains what remains of the first year round operating hydroelectric generating station in Manitoba, and is located midway between the towns of Pinawa and Lac du Bonnet on the Pinawa Channel. Once a thriving community, it is now a popular spot for visitors to enjoy swimming, hiking, paddling, and exploring history through a self-guided walk.
From the Pinawa Heritage Park, the trail heads west along Pinawa Hill Road, then heads north then west again to where it will follow the edge of the Lee River Wildlife Management Area (trail currently under development). The trail winds northeast through crown land and crosses Tower Road, where it continues north through another section of Lee River WMA (trail currently under development). This section of trail is boreal forest, with rock outcroppings and black spruce providing ample opportunities for wildlife viewing.
At the north end of the Lee River WMA, the trail takes a turn east, then heads north, crossing Hwy. 313 and continuing north until it gets to Old Pointe Road. The trail heads west along this municipal road, arriving at the Winnipeg River bridge where Bridge Park is located, complete with a boat launch, parking lot, picnic tables, and washroom facilities. There is also a cairn marking the eastern edge of Manitoba when it was known as the postage stamp province.
The trail continues across the bridge on the pedestrian walkway, heading west on the north side of Hwy. 313 until it arrives at Blueberry Rock Drive. At this point it heads north on the municipal road, winding through an area that was excavated for clay years ago, eventually arriving in the parking lot of the Blueberry Rock hiking trail system.
The Blueberry Rock hiking trails are favoured by locals for the granite rock ridges, lookout tower that provides a view of the Winnipeg River, picnic tables, firepits, and accessibility to the town of Lac du Bonnet. The north end of the trail crosses Blueberry Rock Dr. and follows Mackenzie Point Road, a short municipal road that leads to the dyke along the Winnipeg River.
The dyke is a perfect place to ride a bike or a horse, or just go for a walk alongside the wide expanse of the Winnipeg River. The trail stays on the dyke for approximately 5 km before turning west at Crescent Bay Road to cross PTH #11, then turns north to continue along a Hydro transmission road for about another 5 km. before it heads east to cross PTH #11 once again, arriving back on the dyke. From here the trail stays on the dyke right into the town of Great Falls, which is the northern boundary of the Bluewater South trail.
- Pinawa Dam Provincial Heritage Park
- Boreal Forest
- Winnipeg River
- Bridge Park
- Blueberry Rock hiking trails
- Lac du Bonnet
- Great Falls
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