Birds Hill Provincial Park is the official venue for the cycling, triathlon and open water swimming competitions at next year’s 2017 Canada Summer Games. The Park is located just a short drive from Winnipeg.
With approximately 30km of walking trails and over 7km of paved bicycle trails, it is no surprise that hiking and cycling are two of the most popular activities on visitors’ to-do lists. Visitors can also spend their day swimming in the man-made lake or enjoying the warm Manitoban sunshine on the beach’s sandy shore.
Those who want to spend more than a day exploring Birds Hill are encouraged to pitch a tent or leave their trailer on one of the park’s many campsites. There are a number of basic or fully serviced campsites available for reservation. The campground is typically open from early May to mid-October depending on the weather.
Birds Hill Provincial Park officially opened in 1967 to celebrate Canada's 100th birthday and therefore, it is only fitting that the park is an official sports venue for the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games happening next summer during Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.
Both cycling and swimming have been a part of the Canada Games since 1969 while triathlon was recently added to the program in 2009. Triathlon will take place during the first week of the Games from July 30 to August 4, 2017 while cycling and open water swimming will take place the following week from August 5 to August 13, 2017.