WINNIPEG — The west side power line will skirt provincial parks but it could cut through several forest reserves, according to a draft map released this afternoon.

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WINNIPEG — The west side power line will skirt provincial parks but it could cut through several forest reserves, according to a draft map released this afternoon.

The power line, needed to transfer electricity from northern dams to Winnipeg, bypasses popular parks like Duck Mountain and Clear Water Lake.

But all the three major route options down the west side of Lake Manitoba would bisect forest reserves like Cormorant, Porcupine and the Duck Mountain reserve.

A reserve is not a full-fledged provincial park but it does come with some development restrictions to preserve valuable habitats.

Manitoba Hydro is planning a series of public meetings around the province in the coming months to gather opinions on the proposed routes.

The province has mandated that Hydro build the power line down the west side of the province instead of the east side of Lake Winnipeg, which would be a much shorter and cheaper route.