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McGillivary Falls Self-Guiding Trail

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Whiteshell Provincial Park

McGillivary Falls Self-Guiding Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Division No. 1, Manitoba, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 187 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

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The trail starts off by passing over a temporary bridge over the rocky waterfalls (there will likely be no water flowing in summer) and climbing up a hill next to where the waterfalls would be. Upon arriving at the top, there are beautiful views of the river flowing to McGillivray Lake and surrounding landscape. The trail continus through forest before arriving to a viewpoint on the rocky Canadian Shield with even better views overlooking the river and lake in the distance and lush greenery. From there, the trail climbs down a steep rock and enters the thick forest up until it arrives at McGillivray Lake. The path is very narrow in this section and is overgrown on both sides with thick bush. A lot of bushwhacking is involved!. There are no views along this part of the hike. It would be nice if the trail had been better maintained in this section. There was also a lack of signage which may cause some confusion along the way when trees were downed across the path. Having the map downloaded will help a lot in these spots. The trail can be muddy and wet in some areas as well and you will probably want to be wearing hiking boots. Eventually, the trail leads up to McGillivray Lake. McGillivray Lake is gorgeous. There is a covered shelter and a firepit on the rocks overlooking the lake which is a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch. It is so peaceful! From McGillivray Lake, the trail follows along the same path as the one that led there. There is a junction in the trail with a number 10 on a post which is where you turn right to take the loop back to the parking lot. This section of the hike follows through a mixture of forest on a wider path and across the rocky Canadian Shield with great views of the landscape. Right before arriving at the parking lot, there is a steep climb down the rocky trail. The signage is really good on this half of the trail and there were lots of signposts with arrows.

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Andrey Bezukhov
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HikingBugsOver grown

We did this hike 1 day after substantial rain... major mistake! The initial climb was nice, with some panoramic views on the lake. The falls looked nice and fresh. The rest of the hike was horrendous. We were swarmed by bugs from beginning to end. Going through the thick bush (very overgrown in parts) was such an uncomfortable experience. Stopping was simply impossible, and no amount of insect repellent could help with that amount of mosquitoes (does that thing even work?). We cut it short by taking the short loop. This was one hike that I couldn't wait to finish. I will never hike again after the rain.

Brittany Thiessen
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownRocky

I hiked the 4.6 km long loop at McGillivray Falls on the morning of July 3, 2020. I love this hike for its scenic views, and beautiful peaceful lake at the end. I hiked the trail backwards, ending with the falls, and found it was easier to follow the path this direction. There are some side trails off the main path along the way to watch out for, which are not marked. I used the AllTrails app and downloaded the map to follow which was helpful to stay on track. It started off with a steep climb to get the heart pumping before traveling over rocky and forested areas. There were some muddy sections but they were easy to navigate. The trail led to McGillivray Lake where there was a wooden shelter and beautiful views of the calm lake with large rocks for sitting on. If you keep following the trail past the shelter, it ends down to the shoreline. On the loop back, there were some really overgrown sections to walk through. The trail continued through mostly forest and also along the shoreline of the lake for a bit. Closer to the falls, there was a steep but short climb up a large rock. On top, there were gorgeous expansive views of the lake and river and surrounding rocky landscape! From there, the trail continued through forest before descending alongside the falls. The falls were non existent and completely dried up from the heat. A newly built bridge crossed at the bottom of the falls and led to the trailhead and parking area. The horseflies were terrible along the way and they constantly swarmed around my head, though they weren’t biting. There weren’t any mosquitoes that I noticed. There is an outhouse at the parking area. This trail is moderately challenging and there are some ups and downs, with a few short but steep climbs up rocks. It took me around 1 and a half hours to complete including a short stop at the lake. Love this trail and can’t wait to hike it in the fall!

Jeremy Kuffner
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HikingBugsGreat!Over grown

This is one of my favorite hikes recently. The views are great along the way out, and sitting at the lake mid way through is a fantastic resting spot. The path in isn't very well marked and very overgrown, and I think we may have gotten slightly off track but eventually found our way. Lots of blueberries to be picked along the way as well. Unfortunately there's a lot of garbage and broken glass left at the shelter. Bugs were pretty bad, but that's to be expected.

Anne-Marie Sinclair
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

Loved this trail. Did it over the weekend and yes whilst some parts were super muddy and it’s quite overgrown in places it was totally worth it. We wandered off the main trail and ended up doing over 7.5km all together. Definitely will be back to do this trail again for the views alone at the lake.

Michael Smith
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HikingRockyScramble

A hidden gem close to West Hawk, great rewarding views for a short trail. Great trail. Definitely a must do

Anna Machado
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Hiking

Great trail but the signage could be better. Also the picnic shelter area has lots of garbage bags.

Nicky Dandurand
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HikingMuddy

Muddy and boggy in parts, recommend hiking boots/ shoes. Great views.

Melissa Power
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HikingFloodedMuddy

Was a beautiful day on the trail. Some areas on the back half are muddy and washed out, but if wearing boots you'll stay dry, if in runners there are some spots to get around but expect to get a bit wet. The falls were stunning!

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Stephanie Lau
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HikingFloodedMuddyOver grownRocky

Highly recommended, beautiful scenery, perfect for starters or experienced people. Make sure you have proper gear and enjoy as the trail has many surprises awaiting you.

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Jessica Q.
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Did the trail backwards and had no problem navigating. There were about two areas with a great deal of mud and water that couldn’t be passed without getting wet shoes. Also a few short stints where trail was a bit overgrown but nothing unmanageable. The falls was great, but did cover the path in a few places. Took about 2 hours.

Allia Froebe
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Hiking

Do the trail backwards! It’s well-marked so it was easy to make sure we were still on the trail, but we wanted to see the falls last. It also helped us see a few small trails off down to the river which was so pretty to observe. Halfway through the trail there is a one-way trail down to a lookout point with a shelter right down at McGillivray Lake which would be excellent spot for lunch. There are plenty of uphill climbs but they aren’t hard. Long loop took a bit over 2 hours with a few stops to enjoy the views.

Maura Martina
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Hiking

Gorgeous trail, fall is right at the beginning but it’s very clean and well taken care of. Not hard at all.

Chuck Vidler
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HikingOver grownRocky

great trail, narrow and rocky reminded me of hiking near hope bc. a little overgrown in places and a little confusing trail markers but kinda added to the adventure. took us three hours with stopping lots for scenery, beautiful place.

Maria Charach
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HikingMuddy

Great trail! Total time 2 hours and 20 minutes which included a lunch stop.

Shravan Ramayanam
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Hiking

Short but beautiful hike. It took about 2-21/2 hours to complete the hike. There water fall is in the beginning of the trail. If you want to experience the falls at the end, do the hike backwards. There are lots of scenic view points all along the trail where you can stop by to take pictures or simply be calm and enjoy the nature. At one point you can deviate and cut short your hike but if you decide to continue and walk along, you will reach McGillivary Lake. It is a beautiful lake. We spent about 15 mins there just relaxing on the rocks on the shore. Some points to mention are there were lots of muddy spots so watch out for those. The trail is well marked, except for certain spots. We reached a few cross roads where there are no markings. We found colored ribbons tied to the trees and we just followed in that direction. Over all, a beautiful hike. I would rate this a 4-star and a must do in Manitoba.

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