The Cowan Trail
The Cowan Trail is an annual event held each August. This Trail is over 120 years old and the original route into to Swan Valley by pioneers. Sat Morning – Cowboy Pancake Breakfast Over 75 Horse Drawn Wagons and Horseback Riders begin the 15-25 mile trek for about 6 hours. Next is the ATV Derby with over 70 participants who travel over 40 miles. This amazing day ends with a BBQ Supper at the Cowan Hall with hospitality at its best including unforgettable characters and good ol’ country dancing.
Birch River Riding Club
The Birch River Riding Club (BRRC) The Birch River Riding Club hosts their annual horse trail ride on the second weekend of August. The location of this event is south of the Madge Lake turn off on Highway #83 on designated Route Q, watch for signs. Participants are welcome to arrive on Friday to set up their camp area and join in around a campfire to visit and sing along (bring your guitar). The club supplies water for the horses and a biffy. You can purchase catered breakfasts..
and sit under the big tent on site. Both mornings the trail rides start (rain or shine) at 1 0:00 am. The trail meanders through the spectacular Duck Mountain and you will stop to enjoy the picnic lunch you brought along. Saturday’s trail is 12 miles long and Sunday’s is 10 miles. On Saturday back at the camp everyone enjoys the potluck supper, followed by horse games (gymkhana) and karaoke. Once the Sunday ride is complete there are hotdogs and snacks, then the 50/50 draw will be made.
For more information about the Riding Club call 204-281-2323 or 204-238-4712 or 204-238-4255. So saddle up or harness those horses and let’s go for a scenic ride in Mother Nature’s back country.
Little Springs Farm
Minitonas:At Little Springs Farm, Gordon and Marg Terry will take you along the spectacular East Favel River where you will see birds and wildlife on their horse drawn wagon or, (in the winter when the snow has fallen) horse drawn sleigh. Your senses of smell and sound will increase while your heart is filled with peace and happiness. Once you reach the camp site, a bonfire attracts your attention where the hosts have set out the wonderful campfire feast of hotdogs & marshmallows for you to roast along with snacks & dessert. You can eat while observing Mother Nature’s exquisite landscape; and pet and learn about the horses and hear local stories. Little Springs Farm is located 3 ½ miles south of Minitonas on PR 366. For more information or to make an appointment call 204-525-2222.