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

    • Wed, July 28, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • La Barriere Provincial Park
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    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 (JULY 26) 

    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 6:30 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: Amisk Trail in La Barriere Provincial Park

    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 and 6-7 KM.
    Experience: Beginner friendly. 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: Dirt (mud if wet). Trail is generally level 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.

    • Tue, August 03, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (CDT)
    • Beaudry Provincial Park
    • 6
    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 (Aug 1) 

    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: Chelsea Owasi Click for more information.

    Arrival Time: by 7:00 PM. We will begin the hike no later than 7:15 PM. The 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. 

    Location: The Wild Grape and Elm Trails in Beaudry Provincial Park follow the south bank of the Assiniboine River. The park features river bottom forest including large basswood, cottonwood and maple trees, tall grass prairie and plentiful wildlife including deer, owls and muskrat. Backcountry Women acknowledges that this hike will take place on Treaty 1 Territory.


    A valid Manitoba Parks pass is required
    ; a reminder that it must be 
    purchased online.

    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 5 km. These trails take about 1.5 hours to complete.
    Experience: All skill levels are 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: Relatively flat. It can be muddy in some areas.
    Pace: This activity will be at a steady, moderate pace.

    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.

    • Thu, August 05, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Whiteshell Provincial Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (AUGUST 3)

    PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

    For the beginner paddler or those wishing to expand basic paddling knowledge into day tripping, this foundational full day course is for you! We help prepare you for a safe and responsible outdoor activity through an introduction to skills and benefits of paddling, and build awareness of paddling opportunities in Manitoba expansive waterways. Special focus is placed on safety, planning, environmental responsibility, comfort, and of course spending actual time paddling with certified and experienced outdoor leaders. 

    We're here to support your journey! Join Backcountry Women and professional local guide Matt Peters from Wilderland Adventure Co. in a welcoming environment with other like minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community. This engaging and interactive learning experience will surely provide you with confidence and a foundational skillset to build upon a lifetime of outdoor adventure.

    Please read on for full details! NOTE: This August 5 course is currently set up as waitlist-only so that we can gauge demand and plan future course offerings accordingly. Please only join the waitlist if you're available to commit to this date, and mark your calendar in the meantime - we will reach out regarding registration once we are ready to proceed with registration or provide alternative options.

    Time & location: The course begins promptly at 9:00 AM - please allow extra time for arrival and settling in (at least 15 min; more if the location is unfamiliar). The timeline and a detailed itinerary is broken down below; please review it. Further instructions and important information will be emailed out to participants.

    Course Format & Objectives: 

    1. Self Care While Outdoors (9:00 to 10:00am) - We begin the day with understanding the importance of self care in the outdoor context. We discuss topics that build up a knowledge base to ensure students have insight into comfortable, safe and responsible outdoor activity.

    • Motivations & Personal Goals.
    • Dressing for the Conditions.
    • Maintaining Energy Levels (nutrition & hydration).
    • Environmental Responsibility.
    • Hygiene & Toileting.

    2. Trip Planning (10:15 to 11:45pm) -  Students will be able to choose an appropriate destination to paddle and create a realistic trip plan. Together, we will build a well thought out plan with with an easy to follow Trip Planning worksheet.

    • Activities, Route & Scheduling.
    • Risk Management (Identifying Hazards & Creating Defences).
    • Emergency Planning & Preparedness.
    • Equipment Planning & Packing.
    • Permits, Permissions, & Etiquette.

    3. Outdoor Skills (12:15 - 1:45pm) - Students will learn important outdoor skills for practical use as well as for emergency situations. The skills taught MAY include and are not limited to:

    • Fire Building & Safety.
    • Knife/Axe Safety.
    • Stove Use & Safety.
    • Water Purification.
    • Tarp/Shelter Set Up.
    • Packing a day bag & Outfitting a boat.

    4. Canoe Tour (2:00 to 5:00pm) -  This canoe tour starts with an hour or more of basic paddling strokes, water safety, and getting comfortable in the canoe. After we’ve established strong balance and ability to control our boats, we head out on a canoe tour and learn practical day tripping fundamentals. Overseen with a certified guides, this beginner friendly paddle will be at a more leisure pace and include ongoing practice and discussion of safe and responsible day paddling.

    • Basic Canoe Skills (Lifting & carrying, paddling strokes, safe entry & exit, and more).

    • Pre-trip Checks.

    • Paddling, Pacing, & Breaks.

    • Basic Navigation & Landmarking.

    • No Impact Paddling (Leave No Trace).

    • Environmental Awareness.

    • Local Heritage.

    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 (if applicable to course location). Students must be comfortable in water, though we wear mandatory PFD’s & may not actually get wet. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

    What is Provided:  Students receive a pre-trip email with an updated packing list, and course itinerary. We provide a Student Course Manual, emergency communication device, medical kit, and certified Outdoor Council of Canada & Paddle Canada field leader. For class demonstrations and and education purposes we provide a diverse set of equipment (tarps, fire starting materials, water filters, cooking stoves, etc) for class use. We also provide boats, paddles, PFD’s Transport Canada approved safety equipment.

    This course will run with a minimum of 4 participants and are restricted to any current MB Health Orders at the date of the course.

    Gratuities are not included in the course fees and recognition of a good job by your instructor is greatly appreciated. 10-15% of your course fee is recommended as our instructors put diligent effort to ensure your course is all you expected and more.

    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 14 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

      • Wed, August 11, 2021
      • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
      • La Salle, Manitoba
      • 1
      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, 5 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (AUG 6)

      PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

      Join our Backcountry Women paddle nights with AllStoke (formerly Prairie Paddlers) for an Intro to Paddle Boarding lesson. We provide a fun and relaxing evening on the water with like-minded people! This event focuses on teaching a paddle board lesson and is great for first timers or those looking to learn more and practice their technique. The goal is to get you comfortable on a board.

      All equipment is provided. Please read on for full details! 

      Event leaders: AllStoke. Organized by Ashley Moore.

      Arrival Time:
      Your lesson will begin promptly at 6:30 PM. To avoid any congestion, arrive no more than 10 minutes early. Please do not be late, otherwise you forfeit your spot.

      Upon arrival please wait at your vehicle and attend to organizing your personal gear to prepare yourself for the event to allow the instructors sufficient time to prepare and set up for the event. The instructors will greet you when it's time to begin introductions and lessons.  

      Thanks for doing your part to help us run a smooth event for all!

      Location: We will meet at the boat launch in La Salle. Parking is available on site. Respect any no parking signs.

      NOTE: Restrooms are not available at the boat launch; please prepare accordingly. 

      Participant Expectations:  You are expected to fully participate and show up prepared and on time to learn within a group of like minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community. Participants must be comfortable in water, though we wear mandatory PFD’s & may not actually get wet. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Please bring some water, bug repellent, sunscreen, and wear appropriate clothing for a variety of conditions (such as capris pants, t-shirt/long sleeve shirt, some extra layers). A detailed gear list will be provided in advance of the event.

      What is Provided:  All equipment included in the event. Participants receive a pre-trip email with a suggested personal gear list. We provide 2 certified Paddle Canada & Outdoor Council of Canada instructors to facilitate the lesson, an emergency communication device, and medical kit. We also provide the paddle boards, paddles, PFD’s, and Transport Canada approved safety equipment. Essentially, all you do is show up and we’ll be ready to get you on a board!

      As a bonus to this event, AllStoke will be offering extra tips and education. The event will begin by going over how to prepare you for your day out on the water. Leaders will go over what you need to pack along with recommended safety tips to help reduce your risk out on the water.

      Overall Average Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 2/5.
      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 hour of actual paddling. The lesson begins on land with an introduction to the basics to ensure you feel comfortable before getting on the water.
      Experience: You will be padding with certified Paddle Canada paddle board instructors. The instructors are there to build your confidence and it's not necessary to have any experience! If you are a first time paddle boarder, you are not required to stand up. You have the option of paddling from your knees or sitting down.
      Terrain: The water we are paddling on is sheltered and typically very calm. 

      Gratuities are not included in the registration fees and recognition of a good job by your instructor is greatly appreciated. 10-15% of your registration fee is recommended as our instructors put diligent effort to ensure your lesson is all you expected and more.

        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 7 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation PolicyA note regarding Paddle Nights: weather can be a reason for us to cancel - we will notify participants of any cancellations by 3 pm via email; be sure to check for updates.

        • Sun, August 22, 2021
        • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
        • Pinawa / Whiteshell Manitoba (TBA)
        • 0
        Join waitlist

        DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (AUGUST 20)

        PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

        This course is designed to help novice paddlers and inspired canoe trippers gain valuable insight and basic experience with certified wilderness guides. Using the knowledge and expertise of experienced guides, this foundational full day course will give you the tools for safe and responsible canoe tripping in Manitoba. Special focus is placed on safety, planning, environmental responsibility, comfort, and of course spending actual time on a local waterway.

        We're here to support your journey! Join Backcountry Women and professional local guide Matt Peters from Wilderland Adventure Co. in a welcoming environment with other like minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community. This engaging and interactive learning experience will surely provide you with confidence and a foundational skillset to build upon a lifetime of outdoor adventure.

        Please read on for full details! NOTE: This August 22 course is currently set up as waitlist-only so that we can gauge demand and plan future course offerings accordingly. Please only join the waitlist if you're available to commit to this date, and mark your calendar in the meantime - we will reach out regarding registration once we are ready to proceed with registration or provide alternative options.

        Time & location: The course begins promptly at 9:00 AM - please allow extra time for arrival and settling in (at least 15 min; more if the location is unfamiliar). The timeline and a detailed itinerary is broken down below; please review it. Further instructions and important information will be emailed out to participants.

        Course Format & Objectives: 

        1. Self Care While Outdoors (9:00 to 10:00am) - We begin the day with understanding the importance of self care in the outdoor context. We discuss topics that build up a knowledge base to ensure students have insight into comfortable, safe and responsible outdoor activity.

        • Motivations & Personal Goals.
        • Dressing for the Conditions.
        • Maintaining Energy Levels (nutrition & hydration).
        • Environmental Responsibility.
        • Hygiene & Toileting.

        2. Trip Planning (10:15 to 11:45pm) -  Students will be able to choose an appropriate destination to paddle and create a realistic trip plan. Together, we will build a well thought out plan with with an easy to follow Trip Planning worksheet.

        • Activities, Route & Scheduling.
        • Risk Management (Identifying Hazards & Creating Defences).
        • Emergency Planning & Preparedness.
        • Equipment Planning & Packing.
        • Permits, Permissions, & Etiquette.

        3. Camping Skills (12:15 - 1:45pm)  - Students will learn important outdoor skills for practical use as well as for emergency situations. The skills taught MAY include and are not limited to:

        • Fire Building & Safety.
        • Knife/Axe Safety.
        • Stove Use & Outdoor Cooking.
        • Water Purification.
        • Tarp/Shelter (tent) Set Up.
        • Packing & Outfitting a boat.

        4. Canoe Skills (2:15 to 3:15pm) - Students will learn basic canoe skills to establish sound habits of safe entry & exit, balance, communication with other paddlers, emergency procedures, and water safety.

        • Basic Canoe Skills (Lifting & carrying, paddling strokes, safe entry & exit, and more).
        • Transport Canada Regulations.

        5. Canoe Tripping Tour (3:30 to 5:00pm) -  This short canoe tripping tour is designed to provide practical experience loading a canoe for a multi-day trip, establish a solid skillset of paddling strokes, understanding how to safely and wisely travel through moderately challenging water and environmental conditions, and getting comfortable in the canoe for longer periods of time. Overseen with a certified guide, this beginner friendly paddle will be at a more leisure pace and include ongoing practice and discussion of safe and responsible paddling.

        • Pre-trip Checks.

        • Paddling, Pacing, & Breaks.

        • Basic Navigation & Landmarking.

        • No Impact Paddling (Leave No Trace).

        • Environmental Awareness.

        • Local Heritage.

        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 (if applicable to course location). Students must be comfortable in water, though we wear mandatory PFD’s & may not actually get wet. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

        What is Provided:  Students receive a pre-trip email with an updated packing list, and course itinerary. We provide a Student Course Manual, emergency communication device, medical kit, and certified Outdoor Council of Canada & Paddle Canada field leader. For class demonstrations and education purposes we provide a diverse set of equipment (tarps, fire starting materials, water filters, cooking stoves, etc) for class use. We also provide boats, paddles, PFD’s Transport Canada approved safety equipment.

        This course will run with a minimum of 4 participants and are restricted to any current MB Health Orders at the date of the course.

        Gratuities are not included in the course fees and recognition of a good job by your instructor is greatly appreciated. 10-15% of your course fee is recommended as our instructors put diligent effort to ensure your course is all you expected and more.

        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 14 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

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