COVID-19 UPDATE: We are planning a lot of fun upcoming activities and are looking forward to the future. We are proceeding in compliance with Manitoba regulations and any current restrictions. 

As you may know, Manitoba is in the COVID-19 Code Red zone. All in-person Backcountry Women events have been changed to self-directed activity for the foreseeable future.

We are continuing our Happy Trails Hikes with a self-directed version! We encourage you to continue exploring trails in and around Winnipeg. Staying active right now is so important for our physical and mental health! 

Visit https://backcountrywomen.com/Happy-Trails-Contest to learn more about self-directed Happy Trails and a fun challenge that we have put together to motivate you.

Don't forget to connect and engage with us on our community's Facebook hub and any of our other social media platforms where we have lots of sharing and fun things going on.

We run a variety of events throughout the year! Non-members can join events at our non-member price. Our events are exclusively for adult (18+) women. We define “women” broadly to include individuals who identify as cisgender, 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

    • Mon, January 25, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • Online on Zoom
    • 18
    Register

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (JAN 23)

    PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

    Enjoy winter and explore Manitoba!

    Things change in the winter; activities we enjoy in the summer aren’t going to be the same when the temperatures drop and there’s snow and ice on the ground.

    However, it’s time for those of us on the Prairies to embrace this next season - there's no need to hibernate in the winter! It's important to get out and explore this beautiful province and experience adventure, even when the temps dip.

    Winter is an opportunity to practice a variety of skills and grow our knowledge of the outdoors. We want to help you learn to plan and prepare accordingly so that our experiences are safe and rewarding during an adventure. 

    This is where our Winter Essentials workshop and Prairie Winter Guide comes in!

    Let's learn about facing colder temperatures with a focus on safety and reducing risks by preparing by packing our bags and layering appropriately. We will go over the Ten Essentials of hiking for the winter in this workshop, and provide a variety of gear examples with opportunities to discuss them and have your winter adventure questions answered. We want to help you think about potential risks, prepare, and get out there to have fun!

    Join Backcountry Women and professional local guide Matt Peters from Wilderland Adventure Co. to talk about winter essentials and get excited about planning some winter adventures!

    Along with our Winter Essentials Workshop, we are also doing a draw! Enter to win an Adventure for 2 Kit ($100 value!):

    • 2 Bannock & Toppings
    • 2 Metal Camp Mugs & Hot Chocolate
    • Fire Starter Bundle (Kindling)
    • 2 Snowshoe Rental Gift Certificates

    To enter, you must be registered for and attend the workshop - the draw will take place at the end. A huge thanks to Wilderland for the support and generosity!

    This workshop also includes our Prairie Winter Guide digital handout ($20 value!)! Our Prairie Winter Guide is a comprehensive (20+ page) guide that goes beyond the Winter Essentials topic to include information on:

    • The 10 Essentials (Winter) - what to pack including examples

    • Layering appropriately for winter activity

    • Winter footwear tips

    • Bonus essentials you may need to consider 

    • What to know before you go, and planning for winter adventures

    • Winter travel tips

    • Four legged friends on the trail

    • Being environmentally responsible on trail

    • Plus winter trail options to explore in Manitoba, including those for hiking, skiing and snowshoeing

    We look forward to seeing you at our online workshop!

    Time & location: The workshop begins promptly at 6:30 PM CST. This will be an interactive online workshop that will run approximately 1.5 hours. Participants will need a free Zoom account. Further instructions will be emailed out to participants; please download and test your account access prior to the date of the workshop. Participants will receive the course handout prior to the workshop.

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

      • Thu, January 28, 2021
      • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
      • Virtual Chat on Google Meet
      • 5
      Register

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (JANUARY 26)

      PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

      Join Backcountry Women for an informal yet structured and unique learning opportunity. These gatherings are different from workshops even though set topics are discussed. These chats are a round-table discussion and an opportunity to share and learn from others. 

      This event is open to Backcountry Women members only.

      Event Leader: Christina Hiebert CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION


      January topic: Hiking and Trip Plan Itineraries (topic chosen by Facebook group!)  We will talk about choosing where to go, for how long, and everything in-between. We will also collaborate and put together a sample itinerary.


      Location: Due to the current COVID restrictions on group sizes we will be doing a virtual Fireside Chat on Google Meet.  Details will be provided to registered attendees.  You do not require a Google account to use Meet, but it is more helpful.

      Time: We will begin promptly at 7 PM. 

      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-mails prior to an event.

      In light of the global pandemic, we are cautiously proceeding, allowing only a small number of participants at each event. We will need your cooperation in only signing up for events you can truly commit to attending. If you miss out on registering please get yourself registered on the waitlist. We also ask for everyone's cooperation and patience as we all adjust! Please see our policy and safety practices here.

      This event allows cancellation no less than 2 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

      • Mon, February 22, 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
      • Online on Zoom
      • 35
      Registration is closed

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 1 DAY BEFORE THE EVENT (FEB 21)

      Join Backcountry Women for a two-part series covering everything you need to prep your food for this year's adventures. Join the conversation as we share tips, recipes and tools to ensure you enjoy nutritious and delicious food on your trips. 

      Sign up for one or both sessions. Click here for the second session

      PART I – Planning Your Meals for Overnight Trips

      If you’re heading into the backcountry and you want more than Snicker bars and Ramen, this session is for you! Planning your meals and snacks so you have the right amount of nourishing food to fuel your body and satisfy your taste buds can make all the difference on overnight trips. Join the conversation and get tips, tools and ideas for fueling your next trip as we discuss:

      • How to make a meal plan 
      • How to coordinate with others
      • When calories, carbs, protein & fat matter
      • Creating a shopping & dehydrating list
      • How to calculate fresh water and fuel needs
      • Packaging food for trips
      • What to pack in your kitchen kit
      • Tips, tricks and stories from the trail


      Facilitator Getty Stewart

      Getty is an experienced backcountry enthusiast who enjoys extended hiking, kayaking and canoe trips as much as she loves good food. When not outdoors, this Professional Home Economist writes and teaches about growing, cooking and preserving local, seasonal foods. Getty’s workshops are always fun and packed with practical tips, tasty recipes and great stories from the trail. Get a sneak peek at her dehydrating tips and recipes at www.gettystewart.com.

      ** PARTICIPANTS WHO JOIN BOTH WORKSHOPS (Planning Your Meals for Overnight Trips & Dehydrating Your Own Food) WILL BE ENTERED INTO A DRAW FOR OUR BRAND NEW BACKCOUNTRY WOMEN NECK / FACE COVER!**

      Time & location: The workshop begins promptly at 7:00 PM CST. This will be an interactive online workshop that will run approximately 2 hours. Participants will need a free Zoom account. Further instructions will be emailed out to participants; please download and test your account access prior to the date of the workshop. Participants will receive the course handout prior to the workshop.

        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 Policy.

        • Wed, March 10, 2021
        • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
        • Online on Zoom
        • 35
        Registration is closed

        DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 1 DAY BEFORE THE EVENT (MARCH 9)

        Join Backcountry Women for a two-part series covering everything you need to prep your food for this year's adventures. Join the conversation as we share tips, recipes and tools to ensure you enjoy nutritious and delicious food on your trips. 

        Sign up for one or both sessions. Click here for the first session

        PART II – Dehydrating Your Own Food

        Make your own delicious, nutritious dehydrated snacks and meals for your next backcountry trip. In this workshop we’ll cover the ins and outs of dehydrating to make your food the talk of the trail. Join the conversation as we discuss:

        • What to look for in a dehydrator and what accessories are helpful
        • What foods can and can’t be dehydrated
        • Dehydrating full meals vs individual ingredients
        • How to prepare and dry different foods
        • How to know if food is dried safely
        • How to store dried food and how to pack it for trips
        • How to re-hydrate and cook food on the trail
        • Tips, tricks and favorite recipes from the trail


        Facilitator Getty Stewart

        Getty is an experienced backcountry enthusiast who enjoys extended hiking, kayaking and canoe trips as much as she loves good food. When not outdoors, this Professional Home Economist writes and teaches about growing, cooking and preserving local, seasonal foods. Getty’s workshops are always fun and packed with practical tips, tasty recipes and great stories from the trail. Get a sneak peek at her dehydrating tips and recipes at www.gettystewart.com.

        ** PARTICIPANTS WHO JOIN BOTH WORKSHOPS (Planning Your Meals for Overnight Trips & Dehydrating Your Own Food) WILL BE ENTERED INTO A DRAW FOR OUR BRAND NEW BACKCOUNTRY WOMEN NECK / FACE COVER!**

        Time & location: The workshop begins promptly at 7:00 PM CST. This will be an interactive online workshop that will run approximately 2 hours. Participants will need a free Zoom account. Further instructions will be emailed out to participants; please download and test your account access prior to the date of the workshop. Participants will receive the course handout prior to the workshop.

          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 Policy.

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