Welcome to Pinawa! This hidden gem in Eastern Manitoba has something for everyone. Pinawa’s resort-like community lies on the northern edge of the Whiteshell Provincial Park, just 110 kilometres from Winnipeg. Situated on the Winnipeg River, the town is a recreation paradise offering sailing, canoeing, fishing, hiking, swimming, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing. The town is home to one of Manitoba’s best golf courses, situated along the shores of the Winnipeg River and Pinawa Channel. Pinawa derives its name from the First Nations people who lived in the area prior to the explorer La Vérendrye’s arrival. This particular part of the landscape was referred to as “pinnowok” or “calm waters.”
The Pinawa Heritage Sundial, located at the marina, portrays the history of the region. The joy of life in the past, present, and future in Pinawa has been captured in wall murals in the F.W. Gilbert Elementary School and the hallway of the Pinawa Mall.
For the more adventuresome, Pinawa’s section of the Trans Canada Trail, includes mixed forest, granite ridges, and beaver dams as it winds from the Seven Sisters Generating Station to the Pinawa Dam Provincial Park. This section of the trail includes the Pinawa Channel Heritage Walk, Ironwood Trail, and Alice Chambers Trail. Hikers of all skill levels will delight in exploring Pinawa’s extensive trail system. Grab the kids, take a relaxing walk along the riverfront Ironwood Trail and look for the rare Ironwood trees, and small tree spirits carved by a local artist. Continue along the 10-kilometre Heritage Channel Walk, bounce, if you dare, across the Suspension Bridge, relax, and enjoy the scenery at the Pavilion.
The town trails are usable year round for hiking, biking, skiing and snowmobiling. The trails across the Diversion Dam are part of the Channel Heritage Walk and Red Ski Trail. The Pinawa Trails Group and the Whiteshell Cross Country Ski Club maintain the extensive network of hiking and ski trails. Eastman SnoPALs maintain snowmobile trails from the Red Deer Hills in the North to Elma in the south and from Pinawa in the east to Seddon’s Corner in the west. The five-kilometre Ironwood Trail along the Winnipeg River in Pinawa brings the traveler to accommodations and other services.
Are sports more your speed? Pinawa has exceptional recreational facilities and activities for the enjoyment of the public. The Winnipeg River and the Pinawa Channel are available for boating, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. There are two launching slips for powerboats and watercraft. Moorings at the marina, and canoe racks at several locations can be rented on an annual basis from the LGD of Pinawa. The Pinawa Rowing and Sailing Club, located near the marina offers lessons and equipment for members, and accommodates non-motorized watercraft. A remarkable amount of wildlife can be seen from the Pinawa waterways including bald eagles, otters, moose, and deer. Bring your canoe, kayak, or boat for a self-guiding adventure.
Pinawa features activities for all ages and interests. Enjoy the public beach equipped with a play structure, picnic shelter, volleyball court, and diving dock. The Pinawa Public Swimming Pool offers lessons as well as designated times for public, quiet, family and lap swim in the outdoor heated swimming pool. Lifeguards are staffed during the summer season at both swimming locations. The four-section Pinawa Club is the place for tennis, golf, curling and bridge. Memberships are very reasonable. Day passes for tennis are available from the Pro Shop located behind the Pinawa Club.
People are choosing Pinawa’s quality lifestyle for recreation, cottage living, and a place to do business. In the Deer Capital of Manitoba, deer are a common sight, on a walk or bike to work. Our excellent schools, hospital with medical clinic, full daycare services, public library, bike paths, and playgrounds make it a great place to raise a family.
Come discover the secret of Pinawa! Drive, snowmobile or boat on over. We’re located on Highway 211, just north of Whiteshell Provincial Park. Check out our events and join us for the Pinawa Birthday Celebrations, our popular Town Markets, golf tournaments, and other activities. To request the Pinawa Discover guide call the Pinawa CDC at 1-800-806-0412 or visit www.pinawa.com Imagine yourself in a place…. then Discover the Secret of Pinawa!