5 quirky roadside attractions to discover in Manitoba’s Parkland

Whether you’re looking for something extra to tack onto your visit to Riding Mountain National Park or you’re looking to make some new memories with the family, you can’t miss these five quirky and fun roadside attractions along the southern edge of Manitoba’s Parkland region.


1. Russell — Arthur the Bull

So, who is Arthur the Bull? This town mascot has been Russell’s highway representative for over 30 years, named after Art Kinney, a founding member of the Beef & Barley Festival, the Russel Chamber of Commerce and mayor from 1975-1980. Talk about accomplished!


2. McCreary — Alpine Archie

Located near Riding Mountain National Park, McCreary is a picturesque town that was once known for the Mount Agassiz Ski Resort. The now defunct resort operated from 1961 to 2000 and was considered to be the best ski spot between the Rockies and Thunder Bay. Town mascot Alpine Archie is a remnant of this legacy.


3. Onanole — Elk

Did you know that Riding Mountain National Park is a hotspot for elk? While it’s rare to spot these elusive creatures in the wild, their bugle can be frequently heard in the fall rutting season. Snap a photo with the giant elk over the Onanole sign at the south side of town on Highway 16.


4. Erickson — Ship

The town of Erickson was settled by Swedish immigrants, who chose a dragon ship as its symbol (indeed, the Swedish also use Viking symbolism to show their Norse roots). Find all 16 feet of the ship at the west end of Main Street.


5. Rossburn — Duke the Giant Black Bear

Sculpted by renowned Ontario artist Ruth Abernethy, Duke the Giant Black Bear was molded after a famous bear that roamed through Riding Mountain National Park from 1978 to 1992. At the time of his death, Duke was the largest black bear ever measured and weighed around 812 pounds. Meet Duke in Memory Park on Victoria Avenue in Rossburn.


Wherever you travel throughout the province this summer, please remember to continue to practise physical distancing and be COVID careful.

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