COVID-19 UPDATE: We are proceeding in compliance with Manitoba regulations and any current restrictions. Events may or may not proceed due to these public health orders.

Please note the new protocols and guidelines that we implement at any of our events. Be sure to read our policy and fully understand it prior to registering for an activity. Reach out to us if you have any questions!

We run a variety of events throughout the year! Non-members can join events at our non-member price. Our events are exclusively for adults (ages 18+) and include women as well as individuals who identify as transgender, femme/feminine, genderqueer and non-binary. Learn more about us on our Who We Are page and also read our FAQ page here.

Upcoming events

    • Tue, September 21, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Brokenhead Wetlands Interpretive Trail
    • 3
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    Regarding COVID-19: Due to the numbers placed on gathering restrictions, we need your cooperation in only signing up for events that you can truly commit to attending. 

    Masks are mandatory when gathering at the beginning and end of our events. Additionally, we strongly recommend masks be worn during the activity (but are not required as long as physical distance is being maintained) - if group members are closer than 6 feet apart they MUST wear a mask covering their mouth and nose. Please review our full COVID-19 policy and safety practices here

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (SEPTEMBER 19)

    PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

    Happy Trails Hikes are about movement, connection, and getting out on to the trails in or around Winnipeg during the week. This series of hikes, happening on select weeknight evenings is open to all levels and is designed to connect with like-minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community.

    Event leaders: Brittany Thiessen Click for more information

    Arrival Time: by 6:30 PM. We will begin the hike no later than 6:45 PM. The time arranged allows for you to have time to attend to personal needs such as organizing your gear and for the leader to share information with the group. 


    Location: Brokenhead Wetlands Interpretive Trail located in Brokenhead, Manitoba (approximately one hour north of Winnipeg). 


    Backcountry Women acknowledges that this hike will take place on Treaty 1 Territory.


    Overall Difficulty Rating: Due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 1/5.

    This rating is subject to change based on prevailing conditions at the time of the activity, including but not limited to weather.

    Duration/Distance: Approximately 1.5 hours. The trail is approximately 2.5 km. 
    Experience: All skill levels welcome. You should have the ability to walk with the group (while physically distancing) at a moderate, steady pace for the duration of the activity. Appropriate footwear and layered clothing is required.
    Terrain: The trail follows along a short gravel section followed by a series of wooden boardwalks through forest and boggy areas. It is well maintained, flat and accessible. 

    Pace: This activity will be at a steady, moderate pace.

    Please leave your dog(s) at home.

    Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

    Registering for this event secures you a spot and fees are non-refundable and no credits will be issued, unless under exceptional circumstances. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

    • Sat, September 25, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Whiteshell Provincial Park
    • 3
    Register

    Regarding COVID-19: Due to the numbers placed on gathering restrictions, we need your cooperation in only signing up for events that you can truly commit to attending. 

    Masks are mandatory when gathering at the beginning and end of our events. Additionally, we strongly recommend masks be worn during the activity (but are not required as long as physical distance is being maintained) - if group members are closer than 6 feet apart they MUST wear a mask covering their mouth and nose. Please review our full COVID-19 policy and safety practices here.

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (SEPT 23)

    **PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION**

    Join us on a Backcountry Women Warrior Women Hike on Mantario Trail.  We will start hiking from the the South Trailhead to Caribou West Trailhead.  We will then retrace our steps back to the South Trailhead.  A total of 20km will be hiked.

    We will hike this trail rain or shine, unless deemed unsafe.

    Event leaders: Kerry St George - Click here for bio.

    Arrival Time: by 8:00 AM. We will begin the hike no later than 8:30 AM so please arrive on timeThe time arranged allows for you to have time to attend to personal needs such as organizing your gear and for the leaders to share information with the group. 

    LocationWe will meet at the Mantario South Trailhead on Hwy 312.  A valid Manitoba Parks pass is required and can be purchased online. Backcountry Women acknowledges that this hike will take place on Treaty 3 Territory.

    Overall Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 5/5This rating is subject to change based on prevailing conditions at the time of the activity, including but not limited to weather.

    Hiking series: Warrior Women - click for more info.

    Duration / Distance: Approximately 20 km, 6-7 hours with breaks.

    Experience: This event is open to participants with a good level of fitness who have intermediate hiking experience and good endurance. You must have the ability to walk with the group at a moderate steady pace for the duration of the activity and come to the activity with appropriate outerwear and gear.  Strongly recommend that you have walked, run or hiked more than 10km in the last 2-3 months.

    Terrain: The trail is a maintained trail with lots of ups and downs over roots and rocks, over and under trees.
    Pace: Moderate to fast with some breaks (2.5-3.5 km/h over rocky uneven terrain - not flat land hiking speed).

    Please leave dogs at home.

    Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

    Registering for this event secures you a spot and fees are non-refundable and no credits will be issued, unless under exceptional circumstances. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.


    • Sat, September 25, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Birds Hill Provincial Park
    • 0
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    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (SEPT 23)

    PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

    For newer hikers and those who want to upgrade their skills, our foundational full day course Hiking with Confidence empowers you to learn all about hiking safely and responsibly while in a welcoming environment with other like minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community. 

    Backcountry Women is here to support your journey starting where you're at so that you can build towards being be the most prepared, safe, self sufficient and confident hiker you can be. Our course is being delivered directly by Backcountry Women's Founder (Outdoor Council of Canada certified Field Leader) and members of our Advocate team! We are excited to offer this course to be able to share our wealth of hiking and backcountry experience with everyone. 

    This course will dive into topics including preparedness, planning, safety, goals and motivations, gear choices and selection, as well as provide our own tips and tricks. It provides the opportunity for engaging discussions where participants can share their personal experiences. We provide a variety of hands-on learning opportunities (such as basic map use, fire building, water purification, shelter set up; note topics covered are based on available timeframe). Expect to go on a short hike as part of the learning experience.

    Please read on for full details!

    Time & location:

    • The course begins in the morning (read below about staggered start times) and the duration is approximately 8 hours, but need this time to be flexible in order to cover course content. Anticipate the end time to be approximately by 6pm however, please note this time is very unpredictable (due to weather, group dynamics, and other factors).
    • We anticipate that the "Backpacking group" will start at 8:30 am (this applies to anyone who signed up for one of our Backpacking courses earlier this year) We are combining Hiking and Backpacking courses into one day and are planning staggered start times. Allow extra time if you're in the Backpacking group.
    • We anticipate that the remaining participants will start at 10:00 am.

    Further instructions, time confirmation and important information will be emailed out to participants. Check your confirmation and reminder emails.

    Participant Expectations: Students are expected to fully participate in this course with no exceptions. Students are responsible for transportation, personal food, hygiene, and equipment throughout the course. Students must also acquire appropriate Manitoba Parks Vehicle Permit (as applicable to course location). Students must be able to hike comfortably for a short distance at a moderate pace with a 15-20lb pack. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

    What is Provided: Students receive a pre-course email with a packing list to prepare you for the day, and any other relevant details. We also provide our GuidebookYour course instructors includes an Outdoor Council of Canada certified Field Leader (with Hiking, Winter, Paddling, and Overnight certifications). For course demonstrations and education purposes we use a diverse set of equipment (tarps, fire starting materials, water filters, cooking stoves, etc).

    We look forward to seeing you at our course! 

      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

      This event allows cancellation no less than 12 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

      • Wed, September 29, 2021
      • 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Bois des Esprits Trail
      • 2
      Register

      Regarding COVID-19: Due to the numbers placed on gathering restrictions, we need your cooperation in only signing up for events that you can truly commit to attending. 

      Masks are mandatory when gathering at the beginning and end of our events. Additionally, we strongly recommend masks be worn during the activity (but are not required as long as physical distance is being maintained) - if group members are closer than 6 feet apart they MUST wear a mask covering their mouth and nose. Please review our full COVID-19 policy and safety practices here

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (SEPTEMBER 27) 

      PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

      Happy Trails Hikes are about movement, connection, and getting out on to the trails in or around Winnipeg during the week. This series of hikes, happening on select weeknight evenings is open to all levels and is designed to connect with like-minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community.

      Event leaders: Michelle Ip Click for more information

      Arrival Time: by 6:15 PM. We will begin the hike no later than 6:30 PM. The time arranged allows for you to have time to attend to personal needs such as organizing your gear and for the leader to share information with the group. 


      Location: Bois des Esprits/Seine River trail. Exact meeting location will be shared with registered participants. 

      Backcountry Women acknowledges that this hike will take place on Treaty 1 Territory.


      Overall Difficulty Rating: Due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 1/5.

      This rating is subject to change based on prevailing conditions at the time of the activity, including but not limited to weather.

      Duration/Distance: Approximately 2 hours. We will hike from Shorehill Drive to Bishop Grandin and back for a total of approx. 6-7 KM. 
      Experience: All skill levels welcome. You should have the ability to walk with the group (while physically distancing) at a moderate, steady pace for the duration of the activity. Appropriate footwear and layered clothing is required. Please bring a headlamp.
      Terrain: Gravel and dirt (mud if wet) with some paved sections. Trail is generally level with some gentle up and down and well-maintained. 

      Pace: This activity will be at a steady, moderate pace.

      Please leave your dog(s) at home.

      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

      Registering for this event secures you a spot and fees are non-refundable and no credits will be issued, unless under exceptional circumstances. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

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