A day trip to the Pembina valley


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This article was published 18/09/2020 (744 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

You don’t know how good you’ve got it until it’s gone. We take so much for granted and sadly it has taken a global pandemic to be reminded of that fact.

We have always had that ‘get up and go’ kind of approach to life. From travel to exploring our local community to shopping and dining out — all of which came to a screeching halt earlier this year.

Like most things, I do believe that this, too, shall pass. It is only a question of when, so until then we continue to adapt.

That doesn’t mean that we haven’t been able to explore the outdoors and the province itself through day trips. Granted, early on during the pandemic we had to consider distances and whether there would be washroom facilities available to the public but, that is not the case today.

One of our recent adventures was thanks to a colleague. She spoke of the vistas that can be found within Pembina Valley Provincial Park, which piqued my interest so, given the long weekend, we planned to make it a day trip.

A two-hour drive is what the map said. We packed a lunch, and an excited standard poodle named Alice, and off we went.

We opted to take the route through Altona in case there were still sunflowers in bloom — but there weren’t. The wind turbines, however, are always fascinating to see.

According to our map, our goal was Morden and from there, head south. Well, this is where our adventure really began. 

We soon found ourselves on Route 432, concerned that we were going to end up over the border. We passed field after field and only one car. That should have told us something. 

There was nothing to indicate that a provincial park was anywhere nearby.

Without warning, we found ourselves atop a steep hill and before we knew it, we were over the escarpment and literally heading south into the valley. It was not a road recommended for the faint of heart, but it did lead us into a beautiful area. Manitoba is so much more than flat farmers’ fields.

Five hours later, we found ourselves back home, a new experience under our belts and a funny story to tell about how we went looking for adventure at Pembina Valley Provincial Park, never to find it.

Even during a pandemic, there are new stories to create.

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

Debbie Ristimaki

Debbie Ristimaki
Bridgwater Forest community correspondent

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

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