While a destination for cross-country skiers, fishers and kayakers, Beaudry Provincial Park is a small, relatively unknown treasure located on the eastern edge of the RM of Cartier.
About a 20-minute drive from the western edge of Winnipeg, Beaudry isn’t as popular as its eastern cousin, Birds Hill. It lacks a campground and swimming area, but does offer 20 kilometres in six trails that wind through preserved tall grass prairie and river bottom forest next to the Assiniboine River.
Fishers are able to cast their lines into the river, and according to Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship’s Sloan Cathcart, hook some walleyes or channel catfish.
"The fishing is generally pretty good along there," he said.
While the winding river isn’t suited to motorboats, it’s perfect for kayakers and canoeists who want to head downstream into the RM of Headingley and City of Winnipeg.
Bird watchers and naturalists can look for sharp-tailed grouse and wood ducks, as well as white-tailed deer, beaver and muskrats.
A large picnic area next to the parking lot contains tables and washrooms. The trails lead off from this area.
Winnipegger Uilia Macavei was the only person at one of the picnic tables on a sunny morning in late June. She said she usually goes to Birds Hill Park on her days off, but saw information on Beaudry Park and decided to drive out along Roblin Boulevard.
While she discovered that a recent rainfall had brought out mosquitoes along one of the wooded trails, she planned to get some sun and catch up on her reading, enjoying the peace and quiet of this rural area.